Something that I believe is more important than understanding half life is understanding derivatives. Many experienced members know this already while the less experienced may have no clue. Without going deep into it now I would share that there are 3 major steroid derivative classes and their pro-hormones -
- Testosterone derivative
- DHT derivative
- Nandrolone derivative
When I plan a cycle I take the derivative of the steroid in consideration before adding it to a cycle. Each have some common side effects but each also have unique side effects. Combining too many steroids or to large of dose in the same derivative classification is going to increase my likelihood of adverse side effects associated to that specific derivative. Take a basic Test/Deca cycle as an example. It is so popular because you are able to increase total dosage without greatly increasing adverse side effects. Test at 750mg and Deca at 500mg makes much better sense concerning side effects than Test at 1250mg. Add in a kicker or mid cycle of 50-100mg of anadrol to the Test/Deca cycle and boom… a moderate dosed and very good mix of covering all three classification while mitigating side effects.
I always like to focus on the synergy that different classifications bring to the cycle. The sum is greater than the total of the individual parts.