Bulking is a term used in the body building industry to refer to the process of gaining weight in form of lean muscle mass. Bulking cycles involve this muscle gain while minimizing the rate of gaining fat. A bulking cycle therefore involves the use of exercises as well as a high caloric diet. For most people taking part in body building, it gets to a point where intense physical exercises and diet do not make any more incline in bulk. As a result, the aid of anabolic androgenic steroids is sought.
A steroid bulking cycle involves the use of bulking steroids. Although all steroids can be used for bulking, there are those with more bulking abilities than others. They are however not used singly but in combination to form a bulking stack. The best bulking stack for beginners is that which is easy to adapt to. Beginners have to use the mild steroids in order to give their bodies time to adapt to the anabolic nature. A milder bulking steroid also exposes them to fewer side effects.
Beginners have a hard time choosing what steroid to use and what the best bulking cycle involves. The beginners bulking diet should be made up of high calories, most of which should be contributed by proteins. It is important to keep to proteins that are clean such as white meat instead of red meat. A bulking diet involves 6 to 8 meals a day. A typical diet totals up to 3000 to 6000 calories.
Exercise forms part of the best bulking cycles. This is because exercise forms the driving force behind muscle growth. When individual muscle fibers are exposed to successfully increasing force, they have to adapt in order to handle the added force. Muscles do this by using proteins in order to increase their cross sectional area. As a result, exercise increases the rate of muscular hypertrophy as well as muscle strength.
One of the commonest steroids to use for a beginners bulking cycle is Testosterone. This is the oldest steroid to be synthetically produced. The Testosterone esters are available in either injectable or oral formulation. Testosterone can be used singly as a bulking agent but most beginners can use a stack of the ester with Deca Durabolin. This bulking stack should be used for a maximum of 12 weeks. The dose of Testosterone Enanthate used is 500mg per week and that of Deca is 200 mg per week. This cycle should be followed by post cycle therapy as it is associated with endogenous Testosterone suppression.
Another steroid stack that can be used is Testosterone, Dianabol and Deca Durabolin. The doses of Testosterone Enanthate and Deca remain the same as above for 12 weeks. Dianabol, due to its great anabolic and androgenic effects, is used for the first 6 weeks of this cycle at a dose of 25 mg per day.
Testosterone Enanthate has also been used with great results singly at a dose of 500 mg a week for 8 to 12 weeks. All the four esters can also be used in combination and are packaged and marketed as Sustanon 250, 350 or 400. Sustanon cycles also last for 8 to 12 weeks.
It is important for beginners to carry out a test cycle to increase their ability to tolerate the steroids and to prepare for bulking stacks with greater potency.