Advanced anabolic steroid users are the uppermost tier of experienced users, and it is plainly assumed that at this point, the anabolic steroid user has obtained enough experience and gathered enough knowledge to assume the status of an advanced user. Advanced steroid stacks involve many of the more advanced level compounds (such as Anadrol and Trenbolone), but this is not to say that advanced anabolic steroid cycles cannot also be of the basic Testosterone-only cycle protocol. This has been previously touched upon, whereby it has been made clear that intermediate and advanced anabolic steroid users are not limited to the use of very harsh compounds, extremely high doses, or complex cycle stacks. Often times the majority of advanced users will opt to run the basic tried, trusted, and true methods of Testosterone-only cycles, or very basic anabolic steroid cycles. This is usually much surprise to beginners, as very often beginners (and prospective anabolic steroid users) will possess a flawed understanding of what it is to be an advanced anabolic steroid user.
Once again, it must be reminded to the reader that the following two points define an advanced anabolic steroid user:
– The cumulative gathering of cycle experience, training experience, knowledge, and understanding that are all only possible throughout years of anabolic steroid use.
– The complete understanding of one’s own body, its responses and reactions to different compounds, substances, and stimuli provided by the years of experience from anabolic steroid cycles.
The definition of an advanced user is NOT: an individual who utilizes increasingly higher and higher doses of anabolic steroids in every subsequent cycle.
Mistaking Oneself as an Advanced User
One extremely important point to be made to the reader is the fact that many beginner and intermediate anabolic steroid users will often make the mistake of assuming they are prepared to engage in advanced steroid cycles and cycle protocols. This is potentially an extremely dangerous mistake that every individual should ensure not to fall into, as progression into the advanced stages when one is not prepared or does not hold the appropriate experience can and will often lead to injury, harm, and/or potential bodily damage and setbacks.
The natural progression from basic/beginner to advanced/elite within the realm of anabolic steroid use is the same as that of any other discipline or practice in all aspects of life: the build-up of the basic foundations, knowledge, and skills necessary in order to build upon itself so as to eventually reach an intermediate level of experience, and ultimately an advanced level of experience. No individual ever begins any activity or journey at an advanced level. For example, all individuals must first learn basic math skills prior to learning advanced university level calculus. If an individual were to hypothetically be provided advanced calculus equations, they would be lost, confused, and have no possible idea of how to go about solving the provided equations.
Such is the way with anabolic steroid use, where the learning curves can vary between individuals, but the general idea is that of a slow advancement in experience through every subsequent cycle. Delving into advanced steroid stacks, cycle protocols, and anabolic steroids that are reserved for advanced level users only will often result in disappointing results as well as a high potential for injury and harm. The question is then often asked: “after how many cycles is an individual considered an advanced user?”
The answer is that the number of cycles engaged in and the amount of cycle experience is but only one of the many factors involved in determining the experience level of an anabolic steroid user. Remember that it is a multitude of different factors that come together as mentioned earlier on in this section of the article. Furthermore, it is ultimately up to the individual themselves as to whether or not they truly and honestly feel they are an advanced anabolic steroid user – and it must be emphasized that upon assessment of a person’s experience level, honesty with oneself is paramount.
If an individual knows they are not yet ready to progress to advanced steroid cycles and cycle protocols, they should be plainly and bluntly honest with themselves and recognize that it may be necessary to engage in more reading/research, and several more basic or intermediate steroid cycles prior to advancing.
Advanced Steroid Cycle Protocols
Advanced anabolic steroid users may or may not also engage in anabolic steroid cycle protocols that might seem out of the ordinary to beginners or against common comprehension. This, once again, is because advanced users possess the required experience and knowledge of their own individual bodily responses. Some of these protocols include high-dose Testosterone cycles, of which an example will be provided under the advanced cycle examples. There might also be many differing opinions and reasons as to why steroid cycles might be utilized in an unconventional manner by an advanced user.
High-dose Testosterone cycles: These cycles always involve a single solitary Testosterone-only cycle at an excessively high dose only meant exclusively for advanced users only if they wish to engage in a cycle involving high Testosterone doses. An advanced user should be experienced enough to understand how to control side effects with ancillary compounds (such as SERMS and AIs), and of course should be equipped with both the knowledge and practical experience in order to properly manage any potential risks of 1,000mg per week of Testosterone. No other compounds are normally stacked alongside Testosterone in such cycles, as the dose of Testosterone utilized is already very high. Such cycles can be considered a type of ‘back to the basics cycle for beginners’. The only moment(s) during which advanced users will stack other compounds alongside a very high dose of Testosterone would be in a situation where the person is involved in competition where such excessive use of anabolic steroids is required. This is not recommended for the average recreational user utilizing these compounds for cosmetic purposes.
High-dose short-term cycles: Such a cycle practice involves the very high dose of any anabolic steroid (or stacks of anabolic steroids) in one cycle, and is almost exclusively a cycle in which short-estered compounds are utilized. The purpose in utilizing short-estered compounds exclusively is due to the shorter release rate and quicker peak in optimal blood plasma levels of the hormone. This facilitates a quick rise in blood plasma levels, as well as a quick drop following cessation of use. Overall, this allows for very short cycle lengths (approximately 4 week cycles) in which the idea is to make very fast manageable gains that the body can hold on to whilst at the same time decreasing the incidence of HPTA suppression and/or shutdown. The quicker a cycle can be completed, the less incidence of severe HPTA suppression resulting from use. As explained previously in this article, lengthy cycles (12 weeks or greater in length) provide a greater degree of HPTA suppression, and subsequently a far more difficult restoration of HPTA function following long periods of suppression. Such short cycles (4 weeks or less) also allow advanced anabolic steroid users to engage in subsequent cycles sooner following fast recovery (although this is not always recommended). Long-estered anabolic steroids do not work at all in such high-dose short-term cycle protocols, as the release rate of long-estered compounds is too long.
Advanced Cycle Examples
Advanced Cycle Example #1 (12 weeks total cycle time)
– Testosterone Enanthate at 100mg/week
– Trenbolone Enanthate at 800mg/week
– Drostanolone Enanthate (Masteron) at 400mg/week
Advanced Cycle Example #2 (8 weeks total cycle time)
– Testosterone Propionate at 25mg every other day (100mg/week)
– Trenbolone Acetate at 100mg every other day (400mg/week)
– Anadrol at 100mg/day
Advanced Cycle Example #3 (12 weeks total cycle time)
– Testosterone Enanthate at 1,000mg/week
Advanced Cycle Example #4 (high-dose short-term cycle of 4 weeks)
Weeks 1 – 4:
– Testosterone Propionate at 150mg daily (1,050mg/week)
– Trenbolone Acetate at 150mg daily (1,050mg/week)
It should be remembered that these are advanced steroid cycles and care should be taken when using anabolic steroids dosages such as the above. It is also strongly recommended that you seek a physicians guidance and conduct regular blood tests.