The frequently asked question by individuals who decide to use steroids for their bodybuilding goal is “What are the best steroids for me?”
The answer to that question is dependent on some considerations, such as what is your bodybuilding goal or how much are you willing to shell out. In this article, we will discuss three ‘best steroids’ categories – best steroids for women, best steroids for bulking, and best steroids for cutting up.
Best Steroids for Women
There is a very limited number of steroids that females should consider using and Anavar and Deca-Durabolin would be the top choices.
Let’s first consider Anavar. Anavar of the generic compound oxandrolone has been developed primarily to treat growth disorders in children. The fact that it is prescribed to children attests that Anavar is a mild steroid, which means that it is non-toxic, mildly anabolic, and causes less interference with the body’s natural testosterone production. Anavar does not aromatize; thus, estrogenic side effects are easily avoided. Because of its mildness, female users don’t have to fear virilization symptoms, such as hair growth and deepening of voice.
Deca Durabolin is one of the most recognized trade names of steroids. Its popularity is due to the fact that it is relatively mild when talking about androgenic side effects but efficient in delivering anabolic effects. Its generic compound nandrolone displays low tendency to undergo estrogen conversion; the rate is significantly lesser than what is observed with testosterone. As such, estrogenic side effects are rarely experienced with Deca-Durabolin.
Bear in mind that even the best steroids for women can cause side effects if they are improperly used. Women are advised to adopt conservative dosage and cycle regimen to avoid experiencing adverse reactions.
Best Steroids for Bulking
If the bodybuilding goal is to accrue muscle mass, the best steroids for this objective are Dianabol and trenbolone.
Dianabol, of the chemical compound methandrostenolone , is considered to be one of the most potent steroids that have been developed. This steroid maximizes muscle hypertrophy by promoting protein synthesis and glycogenolysis.
Trenbolone has a strong affinity with androgen receptors – it is three times more potent than testosterone in this regard. With trenbolone, a bodybuilder can obtain massive muscle gains at the shortest time. Trenbolone promotes positive nitrogen balance, which is often linked to muscle growth. Further, trenbolone is also an anti-catabolic compound. This means that if a bodybuilder uses trenbolone, he is gaining muscle and, at the same time, preventing muscle gains from being lost during intense training.
Best Steroids for Cutting
The leaning out or cutting cycle is when the bodybuilder attempts to lose the body fat he has obtained when he is bulking up. During bulking cycle, the bodybuilder does not only acquire lean muscle mass but undesirable amount of fat as well. This is where a cutting cycle is necessary.
The best steroids to achieve this bodybuilding goal are the non-aromatizable compounds like Anavar and Winstrol. The assets of Anavar have been discussed above; now let’s take a look at the characteristics of Winstrol.
Like Anavar, Winstrol does not aromatize and, as such, Winstrol is considered an ideal drug during leaning out. Its chemical compound stanozolol is DHT-derivative; thus, estrogenic side effects are unlikely with Winstrol. Avoid highly aromatizable compounds during cutting cycle since these are notorious for causing fat and water retention, which results to bloated look. With Winstrol, the user is assured of lean and qualitative muscle gains.
Antioxidants are substances that quench free radicals and include enzymes, vitamins, minerals and plant substances called phytochemicals. The most popular antioxidant supplements include beta-carotene and other carotenoids (such as lycopene found in tomatoes), vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, Coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, conjugated linoleic acid, N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), proanthocyanidins (found in pine bark and grape seed extract), curcumin (found in turmeric), the amino acids cysteine and methionine, and catechins (found in green tea).
The more you exercise, the more free radicals you generate. This is due partly to the 10-20fold increase in oxygen consumption, the increase in lactic acid production and the increase in heat generation. Heavy weight training is one of the worst. It results in microtears in the muscle that generate more free radicals, and this is partly responsible for post-exercise soreness and tenderness.
The body tends to adapt - thankfully - by producing higher levels of antioxidant enzymes to deal with the additional amount of free radicals. So could supplements provide any further benefit?
Well, antioxidant supplements will not stop you producing free radicals nor will they enhance your strength and performance. However, they will bolster your body’s defences against increased free radical attack, and studies have found that supplementation helps reduce the damage to muscles and other tissues caused by exercise. You also get less post-exercise discomfort, swelling and soreness.
The best advice is to get as many antioxidants as possible from food. It is not possible to replicate what you get from food in a pill. Food contains hundreds of phytochemicals, all of which have slightly different antioxidant actions. Taking a selected few in the form of a supplement will not give you the best protection.
The Department of Health and the World Health Organisation advise a minimum of 400 g or five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Aim to consume at least 2-3 portions of fruit and 3-4 portions of vegetables - the more intensely colored the better.
A number of experts have recommended optimal doses of selected antioxidants, which are considerably higher than the intakes you could hope to get from a normal diet. For example, to get 80 mg vitamin E you would need to consume 162 g (about 15 tb sp) sunflower oil (one of the richest sources of vitamin E) daily. To obtain 25 mg beta carotene you would need to eat 333 g carrots (that’s six carrots) daily. Therefore, it makes sense to take a daily antioxidant supplement.
There are two variations of the pullover exercise: the straight-arm pullover and the bent-arm pullover. In the straight-arm pullover the arms remain straight through the execution phase. This version is best suited for a greater range of motion and for more stretching and expansion of the chest. Also, it is done with relatively light weights. Because of these factors, this variant of the pullover is used most often as a general developmental exercise.
In the bent-arm version, the elbows remain flexed, which allows for the use of very heavy weights. Thus, this variant is used most often by bodybuilders seeking to develop greater strength and muscle mass. It is a main bodybuilding exercise to develop the lower pectoralis major, latissimus dorsi and teres major muscles.
Lie on your back on an exercise bench. Your body should he well balanced with the head, trunk and pelvic girdle on the bench and feet on the floor. The body should be positioned so that the forearms clear the end of the bench when the upper arms arc overhead (when the weights are down and back). Hold a weighted barbell or dumbbell directly above the upper chest on bent arms with the hands hip width or less apart, gripping the bar. Your elbows should point to the sides toward your feet.
Keep your elbows flexed and slowly bring the bar backward over the head and down until the upper arms are in line with your trunk. A slightly lower position can be attained if you have the needed shoulder joint flexibility. At the lowest position your forearms should be vertical and your elbows pointed to the rear.
The exercise begins from this position. Keep the elbows flexed 90 degrees or less (measured from the inner side of the forearm and upper arm) and slowly raise the barbell or dumbbell to a position where the upper arm is perpendicular to the bench. Concentrate on pulling from the shoulders without using elbow joint flexion. Inhale as you lower the weights and hold your breath as you lift the barbell (or dumbbell). Exhale forcefully as you reach the end position.
Men with signs of heart problems who take injections of testosterone or use gel containing the hormone may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a new study finds. The findings call for more cautious prescribing of testosterone, doctors say.
In 2011, 5.3 million prescriptions for testosterone were written in the United States. Testosterone therapy is often prescribed to men in order to counteract the age-related decline in the hormone and improve sex drive, bone density and muscle mass. But the benefits and risks of the long-term use of testosterone therapy are not well known.
In the new study, Dr. Rebecca Vigen, a researcher at the University of Texas, and her colleagues looked at 9,000 male veterans who had undergone coronary angiography between 2005 and 2011, a procedure for testing the arteries when people have symptoms such as chest pain or are at high risk for heart problems. The men, whose average age was 60, were also found to have low testosterone levels during their exam, and 1,200 of them started testosterone therapy after their tests.
The researchers followed up with the men after an average of 2.4 years after their angiography. During the study, 26 percent of men who were receiving testosterone therapy had either a heart attack or a stroke, or died from any cause, while 20 percent of men who did not receive testosterone therapy had experienced such events or died.
In other words, the men who used testosterone therapy had a 30 percent increased risk of heart attack, stroke or dying, compared with men who didn’t use the hormone, and the results held after being adjusted for several other factors that could have affected the outcomes, according to the study.
The results “make us take a pause, and make sure that everyone taking testosterone is taking it for the right reasons and is experiencing benefits,” said Dr. Anne Cappola, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania who wasn’t involved in the study. Doctors and patients should be wary of the aggressive marketing used by testosterone manufacturers, Cappola said.
"There’s a lot of marketing out there of testosterone and low-T syndrome, and a lot of men who want to feel better," she said. "So that marketing appeals to them, but they are not hearing any of the risks side, which is often harder to quantify."
If anyone tells you that he can hit the reset button between events in a triathlon, you can tell him science doesn’t agree. Whether your going from a swim to a cycle or a squat to curls, your performance on the second exercise will be diminished, according to a new study from Nottingham Trent University in Britain.
Physiologist Michael Johnson and his team showed that 10 minutes of high-intensity arm cycling significantly reduced performance on a “leg-cycling” time trial, compared to athletes who didn’t arm cycle. More surprising, the work leg muscles were able to do seemed to depend on by-products of the exercise, like lactic acid, and not just depleted energy.
This means the level of performance and speed you can maintain strongly depends on how much any part of your body performed above the lactate threshold. How much of a “sprint finish” you have, therefore, would depend on how much lactic acid (among other chemicals released in fatigued muscles) is in the bloodstream, rather than how much energy you have to burn, according to Johnson.
No matter how much energy you have stored in certain muscles, if you’ve overworked other areas of your body, you’re going to feel the effects. While these muscles seemingly have the physical energy to work fresh, researchers speculate that much of what slows you down is actually occurring in your brain. “It is possible that accumulation in muscles is ‘seen’ by the brain, which subsequently regulates the intensity of “drive” sent to the muscles in order to prevent metabolite accumulation exceeding some critical limit,” says Johnson. “Thus, maybe all exercise does indeed start and end in the brain.”
This might give you more reason to take it easy during the swim or your warm-up run. “I don’t think it is possible to go fresh into the next event of the triathlon,” says Johnson. “The fatigue process begins as soon as exercise starts, and it is very likely that the swim impacts on the cycle, thus the cycle would be quicker without the preceding swim.”
A drop in testosterone levels can lead to a gain in body fat, a loss of muscle mass, and a decreased sex drive. But a new study suggests that there may be another harmful culprit: low estrogen levels.
Men and women produce both hormones, but men have far more testosterone, and women more estrogen.
So when researchers gave a group of healthy men shots that stopped them from producing testosterone for 16 weeks, as expected, the men had less lean muscle mass. When they blocked estrogen production in another group, the men had increased body fat. A decrease in either hormone caused a diminished sex drive.
Until now, “the only thing that’s ever been proposed as a role for estrogen deficiency in men is bone loss,” says Dr. Joel Finkelstein, an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, who led the study.
The research hints that estrogen may be controlling a lot more than previously thought, and this may provide insight to diagnosing men who have symptoms of low testosterone but levels that are too high for therapy. These men may, in fact, be suffering from low estrogen and should discuss treatments with their doctor.
Catabolism is the breakdown of muscle tissue to produce energy. This is something you want to avoid at all costs when trying to build muscle. It is already difficult enough to build muscle as it is so why let your hard earned muscle tissue get eaten away? The opposite of catabolism is anabolism, the state in which your body is building muscle. This is the what you want and you should try to keep your body in this state as much as possible.
Usually your body uses glycogen for its energy needs but when this is energy source runs out it turns to your body’s fat for energy. When the fat is burned off the body turns to your muscle for energy. This happens quickly for hard gainers or those with fast metabolisms (skinny guys). The advice below will help keep your body out of a catabolic state and in an anabolic state.
1. Avoid Going 3 or more hours without eating - When trying to build muscle you need to eat often. Try to eat 5-6 small meals a day spaced 2.5 to 3 hrs apart so that you always have enough energy to fulfill your body’s needs while also keeping your body from going into a catabolic state. Consume large amounts of complex carbs such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice that are low on the glycemic index. Low glycemic complex carbs ensure that you always have enough energy over longer periods of time after eating them. Healthy fats such as those found in all kinds of nuts are also a good choice and a good source of energy.
2. Avoid Overtraining - The best way to avoid overtraining is by limiting your workouts to 45 minutes or less (this does not include for warm-up and stretching). When you train for more than 45 minutes a hormone known as cortisol is secreted by your adrenal glands. What you should know is Cortisol is the hormone that triggers the breakdown of muscle tissue for energy. Since weight training burns through your stored glycogen in your muscles quickly this requires the production of cortisol.
3. Have A Pre-Workout Meal - Eating a small pre-workout meal can delay the onset of catabolism during your workout. My favorite pre-workout meal is a whey protein shake with a banana. Fruits contain fructose, which gets absorbed into the bloodstream quickly, providing a ready source of energy.
4. Have A Post Workout Meal - It is extremely important to have a post workout meal as soon as you can upon finishing your workout. This required because you need to replenish your energy stores and to avoid your body from breaking down muscle tissue for energy. Preferably you should have this meal within half an hour and it should contain foods that are digested quickly such as a whey protein shake and fruit. I should add that post workout is the ONLY time when it is ok to consume high glycemic foods such as potatoes and white bread.
Tip #1 – Use Only 2-3 Ball Busting Lifts Per Session - What are ball busting exercises? Big movements like squats, deadlift, bench press, barbell rows, over head presses, cleans, still leg deadlifts, close grip bench presses, dips, good mornings, front squats, leg presses, pull ups, etc. Start each workout with 2-3 of these challenging movements before moving on to less intense work. If you aren’t using 2-3 of these lifts, then something is wrong. Shying away from the best possible compound exercises is a fast way to derail your gains. Try to perform the most challenging movement first.
Tip #2 – No More Than 4 Training Days Per Week - If you are training properly, with the right amount of hard work and resistance, then you won’t need to train more than 4 days per week to reach your goals. In fact, if you are training properly, then you most likely won’t want to train more than 4 days per week. If you are one of these guys that believes “more is better”, you need to set that mindset aside quickly. Most of the top beginning to intermediate workouts in the weight training realm advise 2-4 weight training sessions per week. This is not to say that if you are an advanced lifter that you should never workout more than 4 days per week. I am not speaking to highly experienced lifters here.
Hit the gym, work hard, and head home to eat and rest. Do this several times per week and you will build muscle and strength at a rapid pace.
Lastly, it should be noted that while younger trainees may be able to workout more frequently, and may recover more quickly, this doesn’t guarantee that adding more workouts will increase gains.
Tip #3 – Balance Your Exercise Selection - What is a balanced routine? It means you are either working the body as a whole in a balanced manner, or working individual body parts in a balanced manner – taking muscle size into consideration, obviously. Most trainees overwork the chest, while under-working shoulders and back. It is very common for novice lifters to hammer the chest with 3-5 compound movements, while only hitting the shoulders with one compound lift – and this shoulder exercise is usually an inferior one, like the Smith machine overhead press. These types of unbalanced training programs also usually go easy on the back. Back exercises often include some moderately taxing lat pull downs, and maybe some light dumbbell or Hammer strength rows.
We haven’t even touched on the average lifter’s obsession with biceps and abs training. To keep your weight training routines balanced, use about the same number of compound exercises and working sets for chest, back and shoulders. Also, don’t overwork smaller muscle groups such as biceps and abs. It’s simply not needed.
Tip #4 – If You Can’t Do It In 75 Minutes, Don’t Do It - I’m not going to sit here and tell you that workouts over 75 minutes are catabolic. That’s not the point of this tip. With that said, workouts that run over 75 minutes are usually bloated. If you can’t destroy yourself in the gym in 75 minutes or less, then you probably aren’t pushing hard enough, or you’re taking too much rest between sets. If the number of exercises you have crammed into your workout makes you exceed the 75 minute mark, then you’re probably trying to do too much. Probably. This is a general guideline, and not a carved in stone rule.
I recommend planning your compound movements first, per tip #1. After this point, fill in your training days with as many assistance exercises as you desire, as long as you are not training over 75 minutes per day.
Keeping your workouts around 60-75 minutes forces you to prioritize, and avoid workout bloat – such as trying to do 30 sets for biceps.
Recap – How To Build A Workout
In summary, use the following guidelines to help you structure a reasonable, effective and balanced workout:
Although the family of steroids is very large and one can easily get lost, there are only two ways to absorb: orally or by injection. It is on this point that we will look at trying to draw a comparison of these two methods.
First, it appears that the oral dose is preferred by beginners, probably for fear of the needle or the problem of consciousness, the image of the remaining sting may be marginal or negative.
Only absorption in capsule form is often less effective and proves in most cases harmful to your liver due to the toxicity of ingested. There are injections for two types of containers: the 1 and 2ml ampoules or vials of 10ml.
If there are two types of applications is that there is two user profiles. Everyone will find his account and therefore the most appropriate product for his case, is obviously the achmophobes guide to the capsules. Let’s go now a little more in detail and compare the advantages and inappropriate for these two types of treatments.
You should know that oral steroids (Not all, but most) are more or less long term have adverse effects on organs such as the liver or kidneys due to their liver - toxicity. One of the significant benefits of oral steroids for your health is the time for action in your body is much shorter and therefore in case of complications, you can stop treatment quickly. Everyone can see his body react differently to the product. It may therefore be better for a beginner to start with this kind of cycle.
The treatment by intramuscular injection offers the advantage that certain products should be administered once a week, which makes the treatment less restrictive. However the action of an injectable steroid in the body is longer, the medical point of view, make an 8 week cycle close to 12 weeks. There is still hygiene measures to respect as well disinfect the injection site with alcohol swab or remember a syringe and qu’aiguille are disposable.
The association of ingestible and injectable steroids is quite possible. Everything depends on the result you want. For example it is possible to combine with Winstrol Dianabol to get a dry ground. The combination of the two often proves to be a powerful and effective cocktail.
Take advice from our metabolic advisor and do not forget that a good diet is important.
In conclusion, with a good track and good advice, everyone can find the method and product that suits him best.
Very rarely do you ever see people deadlifting. Those that do are usually powerlifters or someone who is actually performing a variation of a deadlift. Often missing, the deadlift is an integral component of a strength building program. That’s not to say that everyone should be performing this movement or one of its variations, but the benefits of the deadlift for a power or strength building program are innumerable.
Though it is one of the three lifts in powerlifting competition, it is not given the respect that the squat and bench press are. You never hear people bragging about how much they can pull. In fact, the deadlift may be a better measure of total body strength than the other two lifts by nature of the sheer number of muscles that are needed to perform the deadlift. The deadlift is a compound exercise targeting several muscle groups in the lower and upper body including the latissimus dorsi, trapezius, erector spinae, gluteals, hamstrings, quadriceps, and psoas (hip flexors). Your forearm muscles, which are involved in gripping the bar, are strongly involved, as are muscles involved in trunk stabilization such as your obliques and abdominals. In all, nearly three quarters of your total muscle mass is involved in performing this compound movement.
The deadlift also has many benefits. As a compound exercise, the movement involves action at almost all of your body is joints, including ankles, knees, hips, the vertebrae, shoulders and fingers. When compared to isolation exercises, compound movements that involve larger muscle groups elicit a hormonal training response that result in greater strength gains. The dynamics of the lift itself may also lead to greater gains in hypertrophy. In laymen’s terms, you will get stronger and bigger muscles!
The deadlift also has possible rehabilitation benefits. It has been hypothesized that the moderate to high hamstring activity elicited during the deadlift may help to protect the Anterior Cruciate Ligament during rehab. The movement of the deadlift translates well into real life as it mimics bending and lifting. Anyone who has a toddler is quite familiar with the motion of the lift already.
The deadlift itself has many variations. You can use barbells for lighter weights or use a limited range of motion if the situation calls for it. For instance, I recently had an ankle injury that limited my range of motion in that joint. Instead of doing reps from the floor, I only lowered the bar halfway. There are also specialized bars that some people find more comfortable such as the Combo Bar, “U” bar or Trap Bar.
Keystone deadlifts are a great exercise that can help you increase your deadlift totals. They are done in a power rack and the weight is only lifted from your knees. There is an exaggerated pelvic tilt such that you go into mild hyper flexion of the lumbar spine. This forward pelvic tilt pre-stretches the hamstring and allowing you to overload them more effectively.
Stiff-legged deadlifts, also called Romanian deadlifts, target your hamstrings and erector muscles (the muscles in your lower back). To perform this exercise, place your feet about 8 inches apart and place your hands on the barbell shoulder width apart. Keeping your legs and back straight, lower the bar to mid-shin level and bring the bar back up. Though your legs are straight, your knees should not be locked. The positioning of your body and movement plane of the bar is similar to a deadlift.
As in all exercises, the deadlift is not for everyone. If you have lower lumbar injuries or any other joint injuries, it is important to get your doctor’s or chiropractor’s release before adding this lift to your regime.
Because of the wide range of muscles the deadlift targets, some people use it as a warm-up lift before their workout. In whatever form you use, the deadlift should play an important role in your training program.
Nandrolone based anabolic steroids are some of the oldest and most popular anabolic steroids of all and while there are many forms none is more popular than Nandrolone-Decanoate, better known by its most common trade name Deca-Durabolin given to it by Organon. A Nandrolone base with the Decanoate ester attached Deca-Durabolin is a very powerful steroid and with the release of this steroid by Organon in many eyes this became and to this day remains the end all be all of Nandrolone steroids and since that time there has been no turning back. When looking at Deca-Durabolin we simply only need to understand the Nandrolone hormone and by this understanding we can then begin to understand how the large Decanoate ester affects it. This is very similar in regards to how we examine testosterone and the many compounds found within the hormone; if you recall all testosterone is simply testosterone but it is the attached ester that affects the compounds total duration and initial activity.
A Decanoate ester based anabolic steroid; Deca-Durabolin is a very slow acting steroid with long lasting effects. As it is comprised of a very large ester, one of the largest esters used in the compounding of anabolic steroids Deca-Durabolin carries with it a very long half-life that stretches to approximately 15 days. There are very few anabolic steroids that will ever surpass this 15 day mark with only Undecanoate ester based forms being any longer but most will find such anabolic steroids to be very rare and in all likelihood of very little concern. As a large ester based steroid; very large, in most cases it will take up to 4 weeks of continuous use to notice any affects but as is common with most large ester based hormones Deca-Durabolin will still present benefit to the user far surpassing the final administration as this steroid takes an abundant amount of time to clear the system.
As one of the more powerful anabolic androgenic steroids on the market, as you may have easily guessed Deca-Durabolin is also one of the most beneficial and for any anabolic steroid user, be it performance enhancing or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) the benefits are nothing short of amazing. When we look at what Nandrolone is it’s easy to see strength and tissue growth are going to increase with the use of this steroid and generally these are the primary roles of this steroid; especially regarding actual size. However, there is another benefit to Deca-Durabolin that is often greatly appreciated in the performance enhancing world and it is that of joint relief.
No, Deca-Durabolin does not force water into the joints as is commonly believed, that is impossible but it does provide a lubricating affect around the joints that can be very soothing when an individual undergoes regular strenuous activity. While this steroid is primarily used in gaining phases or what is commonly referred to as “Bulking” in the world of competitive bodybuilding it is not uncommon for Deca-Durabolin to be used in low doses even when dieting in-order to provide joint relief, as dieting can be murder on the joints when coupled with regular intense weight training.
How powerful is Deca-Durabolin; even in slight therapeutic level doses this Nandrolone can provide large increases in size by way of new formed lean tissue and a large portion of this is due to simple nitrogen retention. It’s no secret, just look at all the over the counter supplements that use nitrogen retention as a point of intrigue; a high state of positive nitrogen retention is extremely anabolic and as Deca-Durabolin promotes this retention greatly muscle mass is gained. While the effect and buildup will be very slow, with extended use the buildup can be nothing short of massive (assuming food quantities are high) and when coupled with the increased collagen synthesis provided we are benefited by a nice strength increase as well.
Like testosterone, Nandrolone also provides a nice boost to IGF-1 production as well and of all benefits this may be one of the most beneficial of all. IGF-1 (Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1) is a very powerful naturally produced protein based hormone belonging to the peptide class that in many ways largely regulates yet another powerful anabolic hormone, HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and affects almost every single cell in the body in-terms of growth and efficiency.
While all of these affects greatly benefit muscle hypertrophy, by its very state of nature it is this hormones direct effect on metabolic activity that may truly be the golden factor. In the most simplistic terms possible Deca-Durabolin allows a large increase in muscle tissue size to occur without a large fat gain accompanying it. No, this does not mean we can eat whatever we like, our diet still plays a massive role; all this means is our metabolic efficiency is increased and improved upon but it is done so greatly. Through the use of this hormone we are able to build a larger more powerful physique and one that is leaner than would otherwise be had such a physique been built in the absence of this powerful Nandrolone based hormone.
Testosterone-induced increase in muscle mass is associated with hypertrophy of both types I and II muscle fibers, and a proportionate increase in the number of satellite cells. The rotation of testosterone injections is a commonly-used practice among bodybuilders. The common sites for intramuscular injections include the buttock, lateral side of the thigh, and the deltoid region of the arm.
Because of the large number of muscle fibers and extensive fascia (fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds and separates muscles), the drug has a large surface area for absorption. Absorption is further promoted by the extensive blood supply to muscles. Ideally, intramuscular injections should be given deep within the muscle and away from major nerves and blood vessels. The use of rotating injections is common because it prevents scar tissue buildup in the area injected, but you may notice that the site the testosterone is being injected into will have a spurt in new growth.
Uncovering the Mystery of Intramuscular Nandrolone Injections for Muscle Growth
Researchers wanted to examine the direct actions of nandrolone, when directly injected into muscle fibers of animals. In addition to its direct effects on increasing protein synthesis, other mechanisms include an anti-catabolic effect due to interference with glucocorticoid receptor expression. Nandrolone decanoate (also called Deca-Durabolin or 19 nortestosterone) is also the most widespread anabolic steroid used to increase muscle mass by athletes— especially bodybuilders. Nandrolone has a higher affinity for androgen receptors than does testosterone.
Consequently, nandrolone has higher anabolic and lower androgenic effects than testosterone. Despite its widespread use, however, the effects and mechanisms of action of nandrolone at the cellular level are poorly understood. Researchers injected nandrolone into the pectoralis muscle of chickens to examine the effects of nandrolone on fast-twitch muscle fibers as the chest is mainly a fast-twitch muscle.
The researchers were interested in the molecular aspects of nandrolone and at the end of the study, sacrificed the animals and examined the chest area where nandrolone was administered. Interestingly, the researchers did not see a change in bodyweight, compared to the control group when nandrolone was administered in the chest, but the group that had nandrolone administered had a 22 % greater weight, in addition to larger muscle fibers than the control group.
The average muscle size was about 24%larger than the control group. The satellite cells were about 28% higher in the nandrolone-treated group as well. Now mind you, these were sedentary animals and were not free-range animals; they basically were confined to their cages. It would be like a bodybuilder sitting on the sofa, injecting nandrolone in his chest once a week, thereby achieving a bigger chest!
It is well-known that testosterone enhances satellite cell proliferation as a prelude to an increase in muscle hypertrophy. The study demonstrates that nandrolone-induced hypertrophy is associated with increases in satellite cells and muscle mass when injected. Androgen receptors are located primarily on satellite cells, which seem to be the means by which both testosterone and nandrolone effect changes in muscle size, via the androgen receptor. This study suggests that local injections of testosterone have direct effects on muscle growth, mediated by activation of satellite cells.
For many of you proper squat form can seem like a puzzle.
You’ve read all the articles, watched all the videos, but your squats sill look ugly and don’t feel right.
This article will point out 2 common squat mistakes and tell how to fix them. By clearing up these errors you will be taking a giant stride forward towards better squatting form, and reducing your risk of injury.
Mistake №1 – Knees Forward Squatting
“Knees forward” squatting is by far and away the most common squatting form flaw.
The squat should be performed with the toes pointed out in a natural manner. For most lifters, this will mean about 30 degrees, give or take.
When squatting, the path of the knee should be about the same as the angle of your foot. Unfortunately, most lifting magazines feature the old school, “knees in”, bodybuilding-style of squat.
A knees in squat will make it much harder for you to hit proper depth. Because of this, most lifters who squat with their knees in end up half squatting. Half squatting is one of the worst things you can do with a barbell on your back. It puts the knees in a precarious position, and increases the risk of injury.
Mistake №2 – Flying Elbows
It is extremely common to see inexperienced lifters folding over in the hole of a squat like a wet piece of paper. Believe it or not, this issue isn’t necessarily caused by a lack of strength. It’s generally the result of a loose upper back and elbows.
Watch videos of less experienced lifters performing sets of 5 to 20 reps. You will notice that with each rep, their elbows slowly creep up and up. As this is happening, the lifter starts to lean more forward in the hole with each rep. When your upper back and elbows are not tight, or are not kept tight throughout a set, they will natural start to fly up over time. This seemingly trivial change actually results in more forward lean than you would think.
Stand upright and pretend you are about to squat. If you keep your back and arms tight, your head remains in a consistent position and there is a reduced chance of forward lean. Now from this position loosen up your back and raise your elbows. You will notice that your head wants to move forward and your mid-back wants to round. When this looseness occurs during a squat set, it results in near-good morning style squat reps. Your lower back and erectors are hit hard, and you increase the risk of strains, pains and injury. The fix for this issue is simple. Before each squat rep, make sure you squeeze the bar with a death grip and tighten your elbows and back as much as possible.
Yes, you will be doing this in between reps during your sets. It only takes a fraction of a second, but will save your lower back a lot of grief.
Many would argue that abs are the most wanted muscle on any physique. But what’s realistic when it comes to abdominal endeavors? I decided to write about the 7 myths I hear most often. Hopefully, this clears up any misleading information.
Should Girls Lift Weights Excuse List
Girl Lifting Weights
First things first, every woman has seen a celebrity in a magazine or on television and wished themselves into having that great body “she” has. The truth of the matter is, 99% of time, even those celebrities that everyone is idolizing have to lift weights too. So what that means is, if you desire to have that body you keep envisioning yourself having, you’re going to eventually have to pick up a weight or two.
Myths on Women Lifting Weights
To tap into the biggest myth that most women believe with regards to looking masculine, one thing that should be noted is that women just do not naturally produce as much testosterone as men. It would be relatively difficult for a woman to put on as much muscle mass as a man by just incorporating a bit of weight training. So unless you plan entering the next strong woman of America contest, this fear can be set aside.
I’m not sure if you have ever heard the term “skinny fat”? That’s the look of the slender girl who seems thin but also seems to be fat and soft at the same time. How is that possible? Well that is the look of cardio alone gets you. To gain the tight and tone look, some strength training is going to be necessary.
Lastly, if lifting weights seems intimating or you’re not sure how to go about it, don’t just dismiss it. Just like it’s important learn and understand other things we want, educating yourself is going to be key. There are a lot of great instructional videos online, nicely written and detailed articles in popular women’s magazines and not to mention personal trainers would love to help you with your questions. Don’t be afraid to inquire ask someone who is qualified on the best way to go about this new addition to your workout. What’s the point in drooling over that dream body if you’re not going to do what it takes to get it!