5 things to know before you run a Deca Durabolin cycle
As one of the oldest Anabolic steroids and one with a proven track record, a lot of people contemplate using Deca Durabolin, but refrain from doing so because of misinformation that they may have read on the internet.
Deca is too slow. Deca needs to be run with tons of Testosterone.
You are better off running Trenbolone or NPP because both are 19-nors.
The amount of shit being peddled out there is incredible. What’s worse is that people are falling for it.
According to us, there’s two ways to go about using AAS.
Use compounds that allow you to make quick gains. Think Dianabol, Trenbolone and Anadrol. But the risk of losing the gains post cycle is huge. You might gain 30 lbs. in 6-months, but lose 20-22. Does that even make sense putting your body through all that hormonal imbalance to gain 6-8 lbs. of muscle?
Think slow, steady gains made over the period of a year or two, most of which you can retain post cycle. You will gain 30 lbs. in say, 12-18 months and retain 20-22 lbs. which is phenomenal.
Deca is a steroid that will fit into the second category of compounds.
It is compound that’s tailor-made for steady, long term gains.
If you have always wanted to run a Deca Durabolin cycle, then here are five things that you should know before running it.
#1 – Deca is a slow compound
Deca Durabolin is one of the best mass building steroids. However, it is very different as compared to other popular mass building compounds like Dianabol and Anadrol which are associated with rapid gains.
Nandrolone Decanoate on the other hand acts very slowly.
The compound takes at least 4-6 weeks to achieve peak plasma concentration in the blood. In many cases, it can take up to 8-weeks and until then, you will rarely see any potential benefits. Don’t get thrown off by the no-results phase of the cycle. Let the compound peak in your system.
#2 – Deca is a terrific mass builder, but a watery one.
However, once Deca starts to kick-in, it quickly boosts Nitrogen retention and IGF-1 levels which will allow you to gain a significant amount of strength and muscle mass.
However, there will be a fair amount of water retention along with the muscle.
Even if you use an appropriate adjunct to control the water retention, the gains will not be dry and shredded with Deca.
For this reason, many competitive athletes run it in the off-season to maintain the muscle that they’ve gained during the peak season.
They then flush out any excessive fat and water when they cut down for the competition. Like we said, the quality of the muscle gained during the deca cycle is so good that even a brief cutting period will give you that ripped, muscular body you seek.
#3 – Deca enhances collagen synthesis
Professional athletes as well as fitness buffs who are plagued by joint pains like tendonitis and tennis elbow, can benefit by adding even a low dose of Deca Durabolin to their stacks.
Even if you are not using any other anabolic steroid, you can use Deca Durabolin in a very low dose purely for its therapeutic benefits.
It helps increase bone mineral density and amplifies collagen production. Some say that it has a very positive effect on synovial fluids even in doses as low as 50mg/week.
Unlike Opioids and NSAIDS which only temporarily mask the pain that these conditions cause, Deca Durabolin will actually help eliminate the pain by healing the inflamed joint.
#4 – Deca aromatizes at just 20% of Testosterone. But is likely to cause Gyno due to Progestin
Anyone who’s used 19-nor steroids will vouch for the fact that these compounds are a different beast altogether.
One of the mysteries surrounding their use is the way they can cause gyno.
Deca’s rate of aromatization into Estrogen is very low. But it’s progestin nature is so strong that it manages to stimulate estrogenic activity in the mammary tissue anyway.
The result is gynecomastia.
Most users who are caught unaware with gyno get paranoid and jumpstart a SERM like Nolvadex or bump up their dosage of AI. In this case, an AI is ineffective and using a SERM might cause E2 levels to crash, adding fuel to fire.
Here are the two ways in which you can counter Gyno while using Deca.
- Use an AI from the start of the cycle. Since you will be running it with a testosterone base, this should help counter any possible progestin activity. If your nipples are getting itchy, start with Nolvadex. If are noticing any lumps behind your nipples, you’ll probably need Letro/Anastrazole.
- Stock up on Cabergoline before you begin the cycle. If you experience lactation due to a prolactin buildup, start with Caber.
May sound like a lot at the beginning, but those are the rules of the game.
#5 – Countering Deca Dick is easy.
We have seen tons of articles that tout Deca Dick as a reason to not use Deca Durabolin.
The fact is that it’s very easy to counter Deca Dick. No, you don’t need to run double the amount of Testosterone to do it either.
Deca Durabolin interacts with 5-alpha reductase producing DHN as a metabolite. DHN instantly replaces DHT from any and all androgen receptors in the body.
The problem is that DHN is weak and unable to produce the androgenic stimulation needed to produce an erection.
DHN also displaces DHT from androgen receptors in the brain by the way.
There are many workarounds.
- Add 0.5mg to 1mg of Finasteride/day. This will replace 50% of the DHN with DHT. Bingo. Suddenly, you have androgenic stimulation in the penile tissue which causes the erection. You have androgenic stimulation in the brain which causes arousal. No more Deca Dick. The caveat is that you will get severe acne. Guess you can cross that bridge when you come to it.
- If you are running Deca only, front load the compound. That will take some calculation though to get the right dose. This will help eliminate the waiting period that is associated with peak plasma levels due to the heavy Decanoate ester. Think of it like jump starting your Deca cycle which will help avoid deca dick.
- Run NPP instead of Deca. Problem solved.
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