Dianabol is one of the most versatile anabolic steroids available today and can be run a number of different ways. Usually when a steroid user wants to use a Dianabol cycle it’s to gain muscle mass as Dbol is one of the most potent mas building compounds available to us steroid users. It packs on size in no time at all as well as strength gains and is available in a simple oral tablet or capsule. Years ago it was common practice to use a Dianabol only cycle, this isn’t an optimal way of cycling Dianabol as we will explain more below.
When to use a Dianabol Cycle?
Dianabol has been around since the 1950’s and was cycled differently than to how it’s cycled now. Why? Because more is understood about a steroid that was created more than 60 years ago, that’s why. For a long time it was used alone, in conjunction with no other anabolic steroids at all. Then it was suggested to be used a “kick start” to a steroidal cycle waiting for longer acting estered androgens to become effective. Finally more experimenting went on and Dianabol was used to smash through plateaus experienced after a long course of steroids. Breaking through a plateau can be hard work, but one of the ways is to add a compound like Methandrostenolone (Dianabol) at the right doses. More will be discussed about the various uses of Dianabol below.
“Kick starting”- This is when a steroid user is using other anabolic steroids, such as injectable testosterone or Sustanon. These long acting testosterone preparations take 6-7 weeks to fully “kick in” and reach stable blood plasma concentrations – which is when they’re most active in the blood. So what does the steroid user do to get steroid effects faster? Simple, add Dianabol for the first 4-5 weeks. This will mean the user will get all the positive effects from Dianabol and then get more steroidal effects from the main anabolic steroid (Test Enan, Sustanon) later on. This is common practice now and has been done successfully for years. Dianabol is a potent component used like this when wanting to gain muscle mass and strength.
Cutting – Dianabol can be used during cutting cycles or phases due to its ability to help retain lean muscle mass when in a calorie deficit and also its ability to reduce unwanted body fat. How? Because it increase fat oxidation, lipolysis, burns visceral fat and reduces catabolic hormones. Its effects are immediate. Dianabol becomes active in the blood after about 1-2 hours and its half-life is 8-9 hours. It can be used during pre-competition, cutting or leading to MMA or contact sporting events. Due to its ability to make the user hold water retention it may not be optimal or ideal for those wanting to totally drop water weight. However, because it aromatases it can be used effectively with aromatase inhibitors, such as Exemestane where the amount of water the user will hold will be vastly reduced.
Bulking – Dianabol will vastly increase water retention (as discussed above) and add mass to just about anyone’s physique in the right doses and with a decent diet rich in protein. It’s a potent anabolic steroid at increases protein synthesis, reducing protein breakdown and increasing nitrogen retention, therefore is perfect for adding mass gains when used with other good mass building agents, such as Deca-Durabolin and Trenbolone. In fact, D-Bol and Deca was a staple mass building stack years ago and a favourite of Arnold. However, after trial and error its better to also use a form of testosterone, such as Sustanon with Dbol and Deca-Durabolin because of loss of sex drive and HPTA inhibition.
Breaking through a plateau – When we use anabolic steroids for a number of weeks their effects become less apparent, why? Because the body begins to build a tolerance to the steroid and their effects. Muscle gain and fat loss slow, the effects of the steroid used for 6-7 weeks lessens. The ways to increase these effects and not experience this loss of gains is to increase the dose of the said steroid(s), or to add another steroid. This is where Dianabol comes in. Research states introducing more anabolic and androgenic steroids can help us bust through this plateau. This isn’t the only way, changing your diet and also training style will help. Using high volume instead of HIT would benefit the user, but its best to change a lot of variables and adding something like Dianabol will really aid the steroid user.
Bridging or using Dianabol during PCT – Now this is a tricky subject because a lot of people will disagree with what I am about to write, but others will agree and I will try and remain unbiased. We know that a Dianabol cycle is inhibitive to the HPTA (even in small doses of 10mg/ED) so it’s not advised to be used at the start or during PCT. PCT is the time we want to recover endogenous testosterone, not inhibit it and cause more problems to an otherwise traumatic experience. However, Dbol can be used AFTER the user has recovered testosterone output to baseline levels or around baseline in low doses. The consensus years ago were that 10mg taken in the AM would not suppress the body’s own testosterone, that’s nonsense, it will and dose hinder testosterone output. So what are you suggesting? I am suggesting recovering first, then using a small dosage of Dianabol in the AM or pre-training that’s what. But the user has to have recovered testosterone output before this otherwise they risk compromising their PCT and wasting valuable time and money.
Stacking – What steroids are best to use with Dianabol? Well, the answer is almost everything. Dianabol is one of the most versatile compounds available (and it’s cheap) and can be used anything from pre-training as a kick, stacked with Testoseterone Propionate, Deca-Durabolin for mass, Winstrol for cutting (but its noted liver toxicity needs to be taken into account). It’s used in doses from 10mg every day right up to 150-200mg every day (abuse) by IFB pro’s and those alike. Used for short periods in burst type fashions and pulsing too at larger initial doses 3x week or EOD. I have used Dianabol plenty of times, but most prefer it at 5-6 weeks (beginning of a steroid cycle) at a dose of 30mg every day all the way through with a liver aid, such as Milk Thistle at 1g every day. That is a tried and tested method still used by the masses and more experienced users.