Deca Durabolin Cycle

Deca Durabolin has been touched upon as being a very versatile compound in terms of its cycle applications and how it can be used. Nandrolone serves as primary a mass gaining compound where rapid and dramatic mass gains are not required but instead steady quality gains are experienced by the user. Many prefer this attribute from Nandrolone, especially in Deca Durabolin due to its longer and slower acting nature. It is a well-known fact that the human body does not respond very well to rapid weight gain (whether it be from fat or lean muscle), and if the rapid weight gain is that of lean mass, it can be a very difficult struggle to maintain these gains following the end of a cycle even with proper Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) protocols and a solid nutrition and training regimen. Therefore, Deca Durabolin cycles is in many ways more favorable to the body because of its rate of gains associated with it that allow the body to more seamlessly and slowly adapt to this new muscle mass that has been created. It is not uncommon for rapid and dramatic mass builders, such as Anadrol-50, to shock the body and result in almost a complete loss of the additional mass by the end of the cycle. Deca Durabolin tends to provide the opposite of this, but it is by no means a weak anabolic steroid and should not be treated as such.

Nandeca 300Other compounds are frequently stacked in Deca Durabolin cycles in order to potentiate the mass gaining, often during bulking cycles. As previously mentioned, the most popular cycle stack in all history is the Testosterone/Nandrolone/Dianabol stack originally devised, pioneered, and popularized by the golden era bodybuilders of the 1960s and 1970s. This particular stack is often recommended for all tiers of users (beginners, intermediates, and advanced) as it is a timeless stack that will provide quality gains to any user no matter the experience. A Deca-Durabolin cycle in particular must actually be run for cycle lengths longer than average. This is due to the use of the very long Decanoate ester attached to Nandrolone, which provides the drug with a very long half-life and a long extended release time. As a result, peak optimal blood levels will not be reached until several weeks into the Deca-Durabolin cycle. This is why ‘kickstarting’ compounds, such as Dianabol or Anadrol are commonly included in Deca-Durabolin cycles, in order to provide the user with anabolic effects while Deca-Durabolin slowly builds in the user’s system. By the time the kickstarting compound is discontinued (usually be week 4 – 6), Nandrolone’s effects are in full force. A second method to overcome the long kick-in period with Deca-Durabolin is to frontload the substance (this is the practice of administering double the full dose on the first week of the cycle).

Beginner Deca-Durabolin Cycle

Beginner Deca Durabolin Cycle Example (14 weeks total cycle time)
Weeks 1 – 14:
– Testosterone Enanthate at 300 – 500mg/week
– Deca-Durabolin at 400mg/week

This is a typical beginner Deca-Durabolin cycle, where the most minimum of compounds are used while still providing an effective cycle. This cycle can be utilized for the addition of lean mass or as an all-out bulking cycle. With the inclusion of an aromatase inhibitor to control Testosterone aromatization, it is very possible for this cycle to also be utilized as a cutting cycle during periods of fat loss. As one may notice as well, the typical cycle length of this particular cycle is 14 weeks long. This is to accommodate the slow and steady action of Deca-Durabolin, as the average user on such a cycle will typically not begin to see any significant gains until approximately the 5th week mark. Most Deca-Durabolin cycles tend to be in the range of 12 – 14 week cycles at a maximum. It is not uncommon to see users venturing above this recommended cycle length, but one must understand that this will increase the likelihood of negative side effects, diminished gains, and increased potential damage to the HPTA (Hypothalamic Pituitary Axis).

Intermediate Deca-Durabolin Cycle

Intermediate Deca Durabolin Cycle Example (12 weeks total cycle time)
Weeks 1 – 12:
– Testosterone Enanthate at 100mg/week
– Deca-Durabolin at 600mg/week
Weeks 1 – 4:
Dianabol at 25mg/day

This intermediate Deca-Durabolin cycle introduces a couple of changes from the beginner cycle. The first noticeable change is the addition of the oral anabolic steroid Dianabol at 25mg daily. This is to provide a kickstart to the cycle for the first 4 weeks while Nandrolone levels slowly rise to optimal target levels in the body. By the time the Dianabol is discontinued, Nandrolone’s effects should be just about ready to commence. The second change is the reduction of Testosterone to 100mg weekly, which is a TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) dose, serving only to maintain normal physiological function of Testosterone during a period where endogenous natural Testosterone is non-functioning or suppressed. Testosterone is not meant to be a primary anabolic compound in this cycle and is instead relegated to a supportive position. The third change is that of a 12 week cycle total time instead of 14 weeks. This is to demonstrate that not all Deca-Durabolin cycles must be at the upper end length of 14 weeks, as often times a cycle that long can result in increased potential for HPTA damages.

Advanced Deca-Durabolin Cycle

Advanced Deca Durabolin Cycle Example (12 weeks total cycle time)
Weeks 1 – 12:
– Testosterone Enanthate at 100mg/week
– Deca-Durabolin at 600mg/week
Weeks 1 – 4:
Anadrol at 100mg/day

There is not much variation in this advanced Nandrolone cycle in comparison to the intermediate cycle. The only major change is the addition of the ever powerful oral anabolic steroid Anadrol, which serves to make this cycle strictly only a bulking cycle. The reason for this is because Anadrol does not convert into Estrogen but it yet exhibits considerable Estrogenic activity in the body. The result is bloating and water retention that cannot be dealt with, and as such, suits a bulking and sheer strength gaining cycle. Cycles including compounds such as Anadrol are typically regarded as directed towards advanced user cycles. This is because the function of Anadrol is very complex and must be fully understood before its use.