With the increased popularity
and acceptance of Anabolic Steroids in the United States and elsewhere,
as personal trainers it is incumbent upon us to become more educated with
respect to their proper usage in bodybuilding and conditioning.
My observation as a personal
trainer is that they have become so widespread that to ignore continuing
education in this area is the equivalent to having one's head in the sand
as a professional trainer.
Anabolic Steroids are here to stay.
Indeed, my conservative estimate
is that at any given time probably 30% of my clients admit to being on
a cycle or between cycles, and upon questioning I have found that many
did not cycle on or off properly.
Although I will not provide
AS to my clients (this is still a felony in the US), I will provide what
I have learned in the way of recent information about beneficial usage
of AS through reading and through personal trial and error.
More and more of my clients
are women and it is exciting to see the field of bodybuilding becoming
so diversified with gender. I see more and more women doing intermediate
and advanced training routines in the gym.
Along with these increased
numbers, there has been an increase in the number of women who want to
bridge their genetic gap with proper use of AS. Unfortunately, compared
to the amount of trials and studies on men, literature and published cycles
for women is sparse.
In the last 3 years I have
been lucky to have been able to train several women who came to me with
expressed interest in using AS.
In several cases they came
to me with a supply of stack that would grow hair on a man let alone on
a woman. They were trying to base their decisions on limited information
that they derived from gym-talk and a little bit of literature, and I was
able to dissuade them by showing them better alternatives.
One lady had high blood pressure
as a pre-existing medical condition, but possessed and wanted to begin
using Dianabol at 20mg/day as well as 100mg of enathate/week. As a matter
of course, I do a pre-screening medical interview with all my clients to
keep a log of medical issues, last doctor's visit, etc.
I remembered that she had
been on blood pressure medication and explained to her the side effects
of androgenic AS, as opposed to the milder or non-existent side-effects
of the anabolics.
The look on her face said
it all as I could see that she knew that the androgenic could have been
a death sentence for her with her medical issues. Being approachable and
knowledgeable as a trainer is the best service that I can provide for my
Having said all that, I will
now describe for the lady readers a very successful cycle which a good
friend of mine recently completed.
She asked me to personal
train her and to provide her with any and all information that I had about
a fat-cutting, mildly anabolic cycle.
She is very feminine and
wanted to retain that while simultaneously adding some quality gains of
muscle with good definition.She has a medium build and had been bodybuilding
for about 5 years.
Also, she is 33 years old.
I did a routine medical screening with her and she was able to provide
the results of her most recent physical which included blood levels of
cholesterol and hepatic enzymes.
Everything was within the
normal range, and there was no history of blood pressure, kidney, or liver
problems. I gave her a rundown on the various problems that can possibly
be associated with AS use for women and in general, and told her to contemplate
what it was that she wanted to do.
She called me two days later
and we set up our first training session.
First, we did a body fat
analysis which rendered results of 21%. Her bodyweight was 127lbs at 5'4"
Her chief complaint was the lingering fat deposits around her buttocks,
thighs, and tricep area which seemed to defy cardio and a clean diet.
I could tell that her gains
in muscle had been respectable during her 5 years of bodybuilding, so that
was not going to be a major concern. She was not a hard-gainer. First we
looked at her diet to see just how clean it was. She had done her research
and was eating a good balance of proteins, carbs, and fats.
She was a little heavy on
the carbs and admitted to indulging in the late night carbs about three
nights/week, so we agreed to begin with disciplining that area first. I
also increased her protein to compensate for the lost carbs. Next, we looked
at her training routine and changed it from the 10-12 rep routines that
she was doing.
Instead, I adjusted it to
sets of higher reps and lower weight where she now began doing sets of
three for each exercise with the sets consisting of 15reps/12reps/10reps.
Also, she was doing 20mins of cardio three days week. I adjusted this to
45mins four days/week.
She would also strength-train
4 days/week. Two of the cardio and resistance-training days would overlap
giving her 6 days in the gym.
She was allowed one cheat
day per week but not with excessive cheating.
We decided on a 8 week training
program and she did the following in the way of supplementation.
The rationale for the above
AS cycle is as follows:
1) 100mg Deca Durabolin for
eight weeks was intended to be a steady and solid mass builder, but dosed
for subtle and non-virilizing effects.
2) 25mg of Proviron per day
for the first four weeks was intended to provide a mild androgenic; to
potentiate the activity of the other steroidal compounds being added in
by displacing them into the bloodstream; and, to promote a change in the
ratio of androgen vs estrogen in the female composition allowing for greater
solid gains, and to promote the fat-burning process.
Beyond four weeks of usage
is not advised for women due to the strong androgenic buildup which could
occur, and which could trigger virilization. Also, 25mg is the maximum
recommended dose per day for a feminine cycle for the same reasons.
3) 10mg of Nolvadex per day
in conjunction with the Proviron is a powerful tool in continuing to rev
up the fat-burning and to begin to tackle the trouble areas such as the
hips, thighs, etc.
4) Winstrol was added in
the fourth week as she prepared to remove the Proviron from the lineup.
She did not want too much androgenic/anabolic activity at once for fear
of side effects. Winny tabs were used due to the difficulty of administering
small enough feminine doses via injection.
5) Clenbuterol was added
in the sixth week as she prepared to remove the Winstrol from her cycle.
As there is differing opinions as to the anabolic effects of Clenbuterol,
this supplement was added primarily as a fat-burner and the daily dose
of 100mcg was split into morning and afternoon.
Most studies show that Clen
loses much of its effect after 21days, hence, this was added in for basically
the last 3 weeks of her anabolics.
In the case of my client,
her results were very noticeable, yet not dramatic, nor masculine.
Her bodyweight went to 116lbs
of very lean and sculpted look. Her quads become very pronounced, as did
her shoulders and rhomboids. Her body fat was at 12% at finish which was
a drop of 9% body fat.
Doing the math, one can see
that she lost about 10.5 pounds of fat and gained 2.5 pounds of muscle.
Very respectable results for an 8 week feminine cycle. No virilization
occurred and two weeks after the above cycle she had lost an additional
Her continued cardio and
clean eating warded off any rebound from stopping the clenbuterol.
Also, as the Deca is known
to remain very anabolic in the system for about 17 days, she was able to
continue to appreciate some notable changes in physique one month later.
In sharing this experience,
it is my hope that other female bodybuilders who are up and coming in the
realm of AS will see the importance of doing extensive homework, buying
quality gear, and seeking the guidance of a personal trainer for more efficient
The only way to have symmetry
in your body is to have it in the way of knowledge, training, and supplementation.