I know it’s more reminiscent of an old school cycle but I honestly would not doubt that many pro bodybuilders are still following the concept of low dose cycles in order to avoid strong muscle wasting hormones build up when quitting cold turkey prior to competition. Think of it like someone trying to quit smoking a pack a day all at once without scaling down to lesser smokes per day. The withdrawal is intense because all the neurotransmitters that were boosted during smoking drop dramatically once the nicotine leaves the body. Same goes with anabolics, once you stop taking them, the hormones that cause destruction of muscles rise to compensate for the prolonged period of muscle building hormones occupying all the muscle tissues. Now if you take lower amounts of steroids, then switch to a testosterone booster like Test Stack 17 or Phytoserms , the rebound will be almost non-existent.
IFBB professional bodybuilders are literally walking experimental drug laboratories. As with all experimental protocols, time is required to determine the results. Time and controlled scientific study is what is required to see the harm that may or may not occur in those who enter this uncharted territory. From seeing these guys up close, and what monetary rewards they gain from competing, I’m not sure that their drug use is worth the price they may pay in the future. Every drug has side effects, and as a weathered and very wise, old West Texas physician once told me, "Boy, there’s no free lunch in pharmacology."
Hey, great list!
I don’t use them personally, but I train with a few women who do. I’ve noticed some of the side effects and they’ve mentioned it too.
But I didn’t know what to look for and how many alternatives there were – so while I’ll probably still choose not to use any (my goals are just to stay active), I’ll pass this along to my friends who want different results than I do. Maybe it’ll help them make some good choices, or to switch to something with fewer (or no) side effects.