The fitness industry is more informed than ever when it comes to what our hallowed and respected professionals are using to get an edge, but that’s not to say we yet have the full scoop on who’s taking what at the elite level.
Retired professionals and present-day contenders alike have opened up on their usage of steroids, with characters like Bostin Loyd obscenely honest about his cycles, while even greats such as Arnold Schwarzenegger have long been candid regarding the topic.
Thanks to an anonymous IFBB pro’s decision to lift the lid on steroids in bodybuilding, said anonymous Pro has provided a glimpse at what’s most commonly used around the circuit, as well as how much it costs to live the lifestyle and the risks involved.
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The Cost of Success
Despite what many believe, bodybuilding glory isn’t a direct science. It’s not a case of ingest this plus working this hard equals desired results; unfortunately, there are too many unforeseen variables at play to account for.
This is even more so the case when writer “Shadow Pro” proclaims he’s spent a gargantuan $20,000 on a 16-week cycle in the past, but goes on to say anywhere between $8,000 and $15,000 is a more average cost.
Human Growth Hormone is one of the most popular and desirable substances available to bodybuilders, but because it’s a protein and more difficult to synthesize, it’s also one of the drugs likely to run up any bill the quickest.
“A pro bodybuilder could spend more on a competition cycle than he or she can win at the show!”
– Shadow Pro
This is the biggest takeaway from Shadow Pro’s entire article. Above money, some merely seek fame and appreciation in the narcissistic world of fitness, but how long does one expect to keep that lifestyle up without a way to fund the habit?
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Complete with a very sweet “Don’t Try This At Home” tag attached, Shadow Pro opens up on a cycle he’s run in the past, cited as a common routine for professionals of today. It reads:
1-10 Testosterone Enanthate, 750mg a week (1000-1200mg advanced)
1-10 EQ, 800mg a week (1000mg advanced)
1-10 Tren E, 600mg/week (800mg advanced)
1-8 D-Bol, 50mg every day (up to 100mg advanced)
10-16 100mg Testosterone prop EOD (100mg ED advanced)
10-16 100mg Trenbolone Acetate EOD (75-100mg ED advanced)
10-16 100mg Masteron propionate EOD (100mg ED advanced)
10-16 50mg Winstrol or Anavar ED (sometime I do both)
8-16 Start T3 at 25mcg ED and taper up as needed.
12-16 Halotestin, start at 20mg ED and increase by 10mg every week (not a good choice for those who aren’t mentally strong.)
Pharmaceutical GH 6-12 IU ED for the whole cycle (If people can afford more then the sky is the limit. I know guys who’ve gone up to 30 IU but this is rare.)
Insulin For advanced lifters only! 5-10 IU pre-workout followed by drinking Plazma right away. This is a moderate dosage, a lot of guys are using much more.
When to cut insulin is very individual and depends on conditioning, water retention and the amount of carbs the bodybuilder is eating. It could be run straight through or cut out in the weeks prior to the show and possibly reintroduced later on.
Clenbuterol is on option starting at 6-8 weeks out. Most start low, 20-40mcg.
That’s not accounting for a peak-week cycle (arguably the most important of the lot for competition purposes), which is titled “too complicated” to include (did Shadow Pro read the above?), not to mention a list of anti-estrogens to ensure testosterone is almost oozing out of your every orifice.
This shopping list of chemicals goes a long way to illustrating just how serious one needs to be before even considering entering this world.
Top tip: If there are words on your cycle you can’t pronounce, you’re better off leaving it alone. This is a human body you’re tinkering with, not Lego.
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Our man-behind-the-curtain insists first and foremost that doctors visits be adhered to as strictly as any bro might stick to a workout regime.
He writes that when seeing a private doctor, “you can pay for any testing without questions being asked.” After all, most doctors will understand a bodybuilding client will pursue their desire with or without them, so it’s unsurprising to hear specialists would rather steer them in the right direction than simply neglect them altogether.
Regular blood work is a must if you’re to ensure everything is working as it should—there’s little point looking like a Ferrari on the outside, but feeling like your mother’s Volvo V60 wagon on the inside.
What is slightly worrying is that Shadow Pro states during “heavy cycles” (one can argue between the point of “heavy cycles” versus a “light” or “medium” cycle), the liver and kidneys can fall out of whack, but often test results return to normal following post-cycle therapy, specifically after oral consumption ceases.
In our books, no period of organ disruption—short or long-term—should be considered just “part of the process,” and so would ward off usage this extreme for the sake of longevity.
Special Note: Above all else, perhaps the biggest lesson to take from this article is that less is more, and mixing steroids with recreational drugs is termed as a “recipe for disaster.” You can get big, ripped, shredded, anything you want—but you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Just ask “Bob” from Fight Club.