|This is me on my first ever cycle of testosterone after 10 years of training. Though I took it only in medicinal doses for my osteoporosis and not in dosages required for bodybuilding.|
IF YOU WANT TO BUILD A COMPETITIVE PHYSIQUE, THE SEQUENCE OF IMPORTANCE, KEEPING TRAINING AS A CONSTANT, IS AS FOLLOWS:
FOOD - SUPPLEMENTS - PHARMACEUTICALS - STEROIDS - GH and PEPTIDES.
Never ever jump the order. It will never be worth it. And even though I have mentioned it above itself, I repeat again - TRAINING and REST AND RECOVERY IS A CONSTANT. It is an inseparable part of the equation. I have come across trainers and coaches who in order to make a quick buck or to show extreme results, jump the gun and skip the order of ths hierarchy - often at the cost of their trainee's health and wellbeing, not to mention, their financial wellbeing as well.
Remember, even before you consider all this, you need to consider an ROI. A return on Investment.
How much money are you making and how much can you make and how much will this eventually cost you?
Can you afford it as a lifestyle or only as a one time thing?
Can you afford to go wrong and face a side-effect and pay for that too?
Remember, once you go beyond the pharmaceutical stage, the stakes only get higher. So you always have to keep a risk to returns ratio in mind. Its called being grounded. And it makes a hell of a difference.
Coming to the hierarchy:
1. FOOD COMES FIRST.
2. WHEN FOOD ALONE CANNOT COMPLETE YOUR BODY's NUTRITIONAL NEEDS, ADD SUPPLEMENTS.
3. WHEN YOUR TRAINING EXCEEDS YOUR BODY's CAPACITY TO RECOVER DESPITE ADDING IN FOOD AND SUPPLEMENTS, USE PHARMACEUTICAL AIDS TO AID DIGESTION, ABSORPTION, BMR and BLOOD FLOW AND NUTRIENT TRANSPORT.
4. BEYOND THAT POINT, YOU MIGHT CONSIDER STEROIDS. Even here, don't jump to complicated cycles. Keep a progression in mind. And you will need enough downtime between cycles to recover and asses how your body reacts to a certain steroid.
5. AND THEN and only AFTER PLATEAUING OUT EVEN ON STEROIDS, DO CONSIDER ADDING IN GH. BECAUSE THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF GH taken in effective dosages are way more compared to anything else. 2 iu of gh will only give you lipolytic benefits. To have an anabolic advantage you will have to exceed 6-10 IU a day.
AND THAT'S BLOODY EXPENSIVE. IN COST - FINANCIAL AS WELL AS PHYSICAL.
PS for the common people: THIS IS ONLY FOR COMPETITIVE PHYSIQUES. PEOPLE WHO DO NOT AIM FOR COMPETITIVE PHYSIQUES NEED TO READ THIS. AND YES, IT IS NOT 'HEALTHY' - but neither is racing motorbikes or drinking alcohol. Im not a bodybuilder, i train for fitness. But i do understand that Bodybuilding is a sport of passion - and that it is not for everyone. So don't judge the ones who do.
I will try and do a video on the importance of this anabolic hierarchy soon.
Needless to say, this unleashed a mini storm on social media, but some points were valid and need to be added here. So posting off from my FB page here: