For the performance enhancing athlete, steroid stacking is a crucial factor to a total performance enhancing plan. Because you’re a smart person you probably already know this; you know you don’t grab a bunch of anabolic steroids and take them like candy. Of course, you could do that if you wished, but you’d be shooting yourself in the foot. In any case, proper steroid stacking is tremendously valuable as the right stack will help you obtain the desired end. To create a perfect stack, this is going to take some thought, for as you know there are many anabolic steroid variations and countless combinations we can come up with. The key to successful steroid stacking is knowing how to mix and match various anabolic hormones in-order to reach maximum results, and further, to get the most out of each steroid we possibly can; this will all makes sense as we go along.
When coming up with steroid stacking plans, there are a few key issues that must be addressed, a few questions we must ask. Once we can answer these questions, we’ll have a better understanding on the direction we need to go to meet our goals; if you cannot answer these questions it will be impossible to come up with a solid plan:
Once you’ve answered these questions, and assuming your answer to number three implies you’re in good health you’re now ready to come up with a solid steroid stacking plan. For the vast majority, some form of testosterone will be the foundation of all stacks; it is not always needed in high doses, but it is essential to a well-planned stack. When we supplement with anabolic steroids, our natural testosterone production is suppressed; regardless of who you are or how special you believe you may be your natural levels will fall below an optimal range. The rate of suppression will vary depending on the steroids being used, but it will still occur, and remedy must be taken. For this reason, it is imperative you provide your body with enough testosterone to meet its needs; the form is generally inconsequential; all that matters is your body has enough of this primary androgen to function properly. Failure to do so can lead to a low testosterone condition, and such a condition is extremely unhealthy.
While testosterone is the foundation of all well-founded steroid stacking plans in the name of health, it is also one of the most beneficial anabolic steroids we can choose. Testosterone is one of the most versatile anabolic steroids of all, and can provide benefits to any cycle for any purpose. Regardless of your intended goal(s) this is a steroid that can help you reach them; further, in healthy adult men it is the most well-tolerated anabolic steroid of all. When it comes to performance enhancement, toleration is one of the most decisive factors; if a stack is successful yet causes enormous problems it hasn’t been successful at all.
As testosterone is the foundation of all our steroid stacking plans, of course we need to know what to add with it. There are numerous options, but most will find adding a steroid with a strong anabolic nature to be the best bet. As you understand, all anabolic androgenic steroids carry an anabolic and androgenic nature; in the case of testosterone, it is equal in both parts. For a solid plan, we will add a solid steroid that carries a strong anabolic nature far above its androgenic nature; specifically one that displays stronger anabolic traits than androgenic. There is, however, an exception to this rule, and it is in the form of the powerful and extremely versatile Trenbolone hormone. Trenbolone is highly anabolic and androgenic in nature, and quite simply the most versatile anabolic steroid of all other than testosterone.
Most all steroid stacking plans will be built around injectable steroids; steroid stacking plans that are built around oral steroids only are normally largely inefficient. Make no mistake, oral steroids have their place, but they should be viewed as additions to a well-planned stack and not as foundational items. At any rate, oral steroids are extremely powerful; they are often some of the most powerful steroids of all, and as such can turn an ordinary steroid stacking plan into one that’s a monster. Even so, caution must be applied as oral anabolic steroids carry a risk most injectable steroids do not possess.
The vast majority of oral anabolic steroids belong to the C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) family, and as they carry this trait their nature is very hepatotoxic. The reason for this nature is straightforward; in-order for an oral steroid to survive the first pass through the liver it must be structurally altered at the 17th carbon position. Without this structural change, the hormone would largely be destroyed by the liver; unfortunately, this process makes it toxic to the liver. There are exceptions to this rule; for example, oral Primobolan and Proviron are not C17-aa oral steroids, but they also produce remarkably little in-terms of anabolic activity; in-fact, oral Primobolan is almost useless.
At any rate, because of the hepatotoxic nature of oral steroids, steroid stacking plans that include them must do so in a way that minimizes risk and protects the liver. In-order to achieve this end, we must limit the amount of time we supplement with oral anabolic steroids. Most oral anabolic steroids should not be used for more than 6 weeks with 8 weeks being our maximum time of use. Some oral steroids or so hepatotoxic in nature, we will find 4 weeks of use to be all we can tolerate if our liver is to remain in well-functioning order. Of course, a responsible dose is also very important, but dosing will vary from steroid to steroid. Beyond these factors, avoiding over the counter (OTC) medications where possible is highly advised; many OTC meds are far more hepatotoxic than most oral anabolic steroids. Of course, most OTC meds are not taken every day where oral steroids are during use, but we still must limit the stress to the liver. Further, avoiding heavy alcohol consumption will greatly serve you. Excess alcohol can do more damage to the liver than any oral steroid could ever imagine; to be truthful, you’d be best served avoiding all alcohol consumption, and since you’re trying to enhance your physique and alcohol is detrimental to a physique this shouldn’t be hard to do.
If you can do these things, if you can supplement with responsible doses for responsible periods of time; if you can avoid OTC meds where possible as well as alcohol consumption your liver will remain healthy. If you do these things, your liver enzyme values will increase with oral steroid use, but if your liver was healthy to begin with the enzyme values will return to normal shortly after oral use is discontinued as the liver possess remarkable rejuvenating capabilities. There is one more important note we must mention; all steroid stacking plans that include oral anabolic steroids should extend past oral use if gains are to be maintained. Further, if it’s a long cycle that includes oral steroids at two different points there should be at least 4 weeks of no oral use between the two phases. This last note on the 4 week break is not something most will need to concern themselves with, as the only ones who it will affect are the extremely hardcore who run very long cycles.
There are 22 anabolic androgenic steroids most steroid stacking plans will be built around; no, you’ll never use all 22 at once; these are simply the most commonly used and the most commonly available. Within each steroid, you’ll find most carry a primary role such as promoting mass or strength. While most carry a primary role, most also carry strong secondary traits that serve another purpose, and as such, you may find them in numerous steroid stacking plans. Then we have the truly remarkable steroids; anabolic steroids that are so versatile in nature their primary role is all roles; there are actually two steroidal hormones that meet this class, Testosterone and Trenbolone, and of course the non-steroidal hormone Human Growth Hormone (HGH).
You may have noticed above we mentioned a non-steroidal hormone in HGH, and that’s because most all steroid stacking plans include other items that are not anabolic steroids. Such items are often chosen to enhance a cycle, such as HGH or to protect against side-effects such as Arimidex or Letrozole among many others. Then of course, there are fat burners, thyroid hormones, other peptide hormones such as IGF-1, Insulin, HCG and a host of others. We’re not going to go over all of those items today; here, we are only concerned with the actual anabolic steroids. As such, we have provided some solid steroid stacking plans below that will give you an idea on how to mix and match various anabolic steroids; these are merely examples, but should provide you some understanding. Before we do that, we have also provided you with a list of the most common anabolic steroids and listed them by actual compound name and most popular trade name where applies. Further, we have included its primary and secondary traits as well as its bulking and cutting score so that you can make a proper decision:
Strength & Fullness
Conditioning (hardness, preservation)
Tissue Preservation & Joint Relief
Mass & Strength
Strength & Conditioning (hardness, vascularity, preservation)
Versatile (all traits)
Conditioning (hardness, fat-loss)
Conditioning (hardness, dryness)
Strength & anti-Aromatase
Conditioning (hardness, dryness)
Conditioning (dryness, tight)
Conditioning (overall) virtually primary
Arimidex (if needed)
Arimidex (if needed0