You've decided to look into using steroids and are unsure where to begin. Maybe you have an idea of where to begin, you've heard that gear makes you get huge, and you may even have a first cycle in mind. The following criteria will help you decide if the time is right for you to begin. The most important caveat to keep in mind is STEROIDS SHUT DOWN NATURAL PRODUCTION OF ANDROGENS AND SUCH NATURAL LEVELS OF ANDROGENS NEVER RETURN TO NORMAL AND POST CYCLE THERAPY IS NOT A GUARANTEE FOR THE RETURN OF NATURAL PRE-STEROID USE PRODUCTION OF ANDROGEN I.E., TESTOSTERONE. USE OF ANABOLIC ANDROGENIC STEROIDS COMES WITH RISKS. USE WISELY, AND SANELY. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO UNDERSTAND THESE RISKS. A WONDERFUL SOURCE FOR SUCH INFORMATION IS DAVE CROSLAND.
Here is the checklist:
1. You have been training for at least 3 years, and i mean TRAINED. Not 3 days a week doing 3 sets of 8-10 per exercise. You are well acquainted with a variety of training protocols and have used them. If such need to be spelled out for you, you are not ready.
You have reasonably ascertained that you have reached or are close to reaching your natural, genetic potential. This is fairly subjective, you only need to be honest with yourself here. Honesty is the best policy.
Your body fat percentage is at or below 15%. Ideally, it will be below 12%. If its higher than 15%, you need to use diet and training to drop the fat naturally. Its not too difficult to do this. Steroids are not for fat loss. They may have a positive effect on fat loss, but only shines when bf% is already low.
You have done a full hormonal, metabolic, and lipid panel (blood work), thus you know your base levels of testosterone (free, bound, and total), your estrodiol, liver levels, and lipids. If anything needs corrected, like lipids, correct the issue before beginning steroid use.
You are well acquainted with diet protocols, know how to ratioalize macros or at the very least know what they are, and their importance. If you had to work to get sub-12% body fat, you're in good shape.
This may all sound harsh. Many steroids are harsh, and being ready for using strong compounds is serious business. Your safe and sane use is our main concern, and such concern and appeal to safety and sanity cannot be stressed enough.
Good luck, and may Gods bless you on your journey to your health and fitness goals