Blood Test Protocol on Cycle. Blood work is essential if your intention is to utilise steroids safely. I split blood tests into two separate groups, those who are doing a normal cycle with a PCT and those who are blasting and cruising. Normal Cycle + PCT: Pre-cycle bloods will give you a hormonal baseline (necessary … Continue reading Blood Tests on a steroid Cycle.
Artificial Sweeteners and your Mental Health In the previous article we had just learnt that coffee might be protective of one’s mental health. What was interesting to researchers, however, is how the positive effect was negated when artificial sweeteners were added to the coffee. In a large study conducted over a decade, it was found … Continue reading Artificial Sweeteners and your Mental Health
Does Coffee affect for your mental health? Have you ever wondered if coffee has an impact on your mental well-being, whether it be negative or positive? Science seems to suggest that coffee might have a positive impact on one’s mental health. I must stress the word ‘might’ as these studies are mostly correlative and we … Continue reading Does Coffee affect for your mental health?
How do you get enough Vitamin D from the sun? Whilst it is common knowledge that the sun is the main source of vitamin D for humans, it is not commonly known how much time one should spend in the sun to achieve enough for the day. How does one get enough vitamin D from … Continue reading How do you get enough Vitamin D from the sun?
Is Vinegar Healthy? Everyone has heard about the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, but do those benefits extend to other Vinegars? In this article we will discuss the health benefits of a condiment that is surprisingly good for you, unlike most condiments, Vinegar. Vinegar is an anti-glycaemic agent. This means it decreases your blood … Continue reading Is Vinegar Healthy?
The Benefits of Turmeric: Preventing Cancer It is common knowledge at this point that Turmeric is a healthy spice. Its benefits are, in part, thanks to the curcuminoids and more specifically the main curcuminoid responsible for the colour, Curcumin. What, exactly, are some of the benefits? Many different compounds have been examined for possible effects … Continue reading The Benefits of Turmeric: Preventing Cancer
Does Alcohol cause weight gain? When someone starts a diet, it appears that not only is sugar cut out but alcohol is also, generally, cut out also. The reason for this is that individuals will state it inhibits weight loss. Is there science behind these claims or is it a myth? For those who regularly … Continue reading Does Alcohol cause weight gain?
Cheque Drops (Mibolerone) Known to many but used by a few, what is it about this oral 19-nor derivative that gave it so much hype back in the day? First developed in 1963 strictly for veterinary purposes, Cheque Drops were used to disrupt the normal menstrual cycle in female dogs to prevent them from going … Continue reading Cheque Drops (Mibolerone)
Asthma drugs for fat loss – Albuterol/Salbutamol Yes, you read that correctly. Drugs commonly inhaled by asthmatics are also used in weight loss. To those more familiar with the underworld of bodybuilding you might think this is an article about the almighty ‘Clen’ (Clenbuterol) but that will be expanded upon in a different article. This … Continue reading Asthma drugs for fat loss – Albuterol/Salbutamol
Natural supplements that reduce your cholesterol There are many natural supplements sold in pharmacies these days that claim to reduce cholesterol. The supplement always seems to advertise this new wonder herb that magically reduces your cholesterol. But what are the tried-and-true natural supplements that have research supporting their use in cholesterol management? Citrus Bergamot ExtractBergamot … Continue reading Natural supplements that reduce your cholesterol
Do not Fry your food! It is well known by many that smoking increases your chances of lung cancer but what is not well known is that frying your food puts your lungs at a similar risk. How does this happen? When fat is fried (this could be fat from oil or lard) and reaches … Continue reading Do not Fry your food!
Everything you need to know about Anadrol. Multiple people claim that Anadrol (Also known as oxymetholone, Anapolon or Anaps) is one of the strongest oral anabolic steroids on the black market. It is said to be a mixture of Dianabol and Superdrol giving the individual both strength and muscle size. Let us see what the … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Anadrol
Is Creatine Vegan? For those vegans looking to gain an edge in sport and fitness, you may have come across the popular legal supplement, Creatine. Creatine is only obtained from meat. This leads a vegan, naturally, to question whether or not this supplement is in fact vegan. The answer to this question is simple, most … Continue reading Is Creatine Vegan?
The Strongest Steroid: Trenbolone This drug has gained popularity in the fitness industry lately. This is mainly attributed to the memes surrounding this drug. The memes usually mention the fact that Trenbolone (Tren) is a very potent anabolic steroid. Does the science support this notion? First studied in 1967, Tren was being sold as a … Continue reading The Strongest Steroid: Trenbolone
Anti-Oestrogens – Everything you need to know about Arimidex (Anastrozole) Welcome to the first in the Anti-oestrogenic drugs series. We will start off this series by looking at one of the more popular anti-oestrogens, Arimidex (Anastrozole). This is a relatively new drug, first developed in 1995, it was developed to contend with Tamoxifen for adjunctive … Continue reading Anti-Oestrogens – Everything you need to know about Arimidex (Anastrozole)
Water can make you stronger! The title may seem a bit odd since water does not contain any specific muscle building nutrients, but more and more studies are being published highlighting the importance of hydration is strength performance. Let us see what the science says. Research shows that a body weight loss of just 2% … Continue reading Water can make you stronger!
How often should you lift weights for muscle growth? Most anaerobic training programs suggest 3 times per week is adequate. Is this a scientific estimate? What does the science say? Training frequency will be used here as a term for the number of training sessions per week. When looking through the literature around training frequency, … Continue reading How often should you lift weights for muscle growth?
How to warmup before training Warming up before performing physical activity has been drilled into out minds since we started physical education. We would do a slow jog around the field and then perform static stretching afterwards. Was this the correct way to warmup? How should you warmup? Although it is considered essential to many … Continue reading How to warmup before training
Are you training hard enough? It is one thing to go to the gym and it is another thing to push yourself in the gym. Anecdotally from what I have seen in the gym, most individuals do not push themselves hard enough or are trying too hard. How to you make sure you are training … Continue reading Are you training hard enough?
How many Sets and Reps should I do to gain muscle? One of the more confusing aspects of weight training comes in the layout of a training program (i.e., the sets, reps/repetitions, and exercise choice). To more seasoned individuals this might not be an issue, but for those who are new or are looking to … Continue reading How many Sets and Reps should I do to gain muscle?
Improve your pumps with Arginine! Everyone who lift weights cannot help but admit that getting a ‘pump’ in the gym is part of the reason they are in the gym in the first place. There are actually a variety of legal supplements you can take to get a ‘sick pump’ and here is one of … Continue reading Improve your pumps with Arginine!
Green Tea for Fat loss As I have alluded to in my previous article on green tea, besides the enormous range of health benefits, green tea has a lot of research on its ability to aid in fat loss. Let us delve into the research and come to our own conclusions. Green tea is the … Continue reading Green Tea for Fat loss
Natural Fat burner: Citrus aurantium Most people who have ever tried a fat burner would have, unknowingly, consumed Citrus Aurantium (CA). It is not the main ingredient of most fat loss supplements but let us delve into why it is thought to be a fat burner. As stated in the name, CA is a small … Continue reading Natural Fat burner: Citrus aurantium
Overtraining – Immune System Suppression During this pandemic one of the most researched topics must be how one can improve their immune system to prevent themselves from attracting any unwanted pathogen. Whilst it is known that exercise and training are great for the immune system, it is not commonly known that overtraining can impact the … Continue reading Overtraining – Immune System Suppression
Overtraining – What is Periodization and How to use it Overtraining is common amongst individuals new to a certain type of sport/exercise regime. New individuals become very motivated in the beginning and, perhaps, become too diligent. How do you prevent yourself from overtraining? The key is training periodization. Periodization is essentially a concept one uses … Continue reading Overtraining – What is Periodization and How to use it
Overtraining – What is neural (CNS) fatigue and how to you recover from it? This will be the first article in a series of articles relating to overtraining. There are many different effects one will experience because of overtraining. Neural fatigue (named more correctly as the Central Fatigue Hypothesis) is a relatively new concept and … Continue reading Overtraining – What is neural (CNS) fatigue and how to you recover from it?
Everything you need to know about Equipoise (Boldenone undecylenate). Known to many as the horse steroid (it is in the name), this drug is commonly sought after as a cheaper alternative to Primobolan. It is called the horse steroid due to its popularity amongst horse racers. Let us look at everything there is to know … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Equipoise (Boldenone undecylenate).
Health Benefits of Green Tea It is common knowledge amongst everyone that green tea has multiple health benefits. It is an acquired taste (which I am yet to acquire). But it there any science behind these health claims? The health benefits seem to be derived from a nutrient that is unique to the tea plant. … Continue reading Health Benefits of Green Tea
How much should you exercise per week? Whenever it comes to something that requires effort, everyone wants to know how much of it is enough to confer positive effects. I will lay out the results from various studies investigating different durations of exercise a week and it is up to you to decide which duration … Continue reading How much should you exercise per week?
How to get enough iron on a vegan diet! One of the more common misconceived arguments against a vegan or plant-based diet is the argument around iron. This is an important topic because iron deficiency can result in multiple unwanted ailments. How do you get enough iron on a vegan diet? Whilst the following fact … Continue reading How to get enough iron on a vegan diet!
Improve your memory with exercise! “A life without memories is not much of a life.” It is well known that as you age your memory is going to go with it, at least to some extent. Some accept it and others try their best to stave it off. If you are like the others, then … Continue reading Improve your memory with exercise!
Can too little sleep cause a stroke? How much sleep one needs has been a question asked for decades. What happens in the long run when you do not sleep enough? How much sleep do we need? In 2015, Patyar et al. found that too much or too little sleep but one at risk of … Continue reading Can too little sleep cause a stroke?
Everything you need to know about Dianabol. This drug gained a lot of popularity during the golden era of bodybuilding. Even Arnold himself said Dianabol was by far his favourite. What makes this steroid so popular? Let us look at the science. First described in 1955, it was released as a prescription drug in 1958. … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Dianabol.
Should you eat Carbs before or after you work out? There are multiple schools of thought for this question with each one seeming as true as the other. You may have heard someone say, “You should eat carbs before working out because carbs give you energy” or “You should eat carbs after you work out … Continue reading Should you eat Carbs before or after you work out?
How much water should I drink a day? Let me preface this by warning that these recommendations are for individuals who are healthy with good, heart, kidney, and liver function. With that out of the way, let us answer this common question. Current recommendations for women are that they consume at least 2.7 litres of … Continue reading How much water should I drink a day?
Can men have multiple orgasms? Many individuals know, when you talk about sexual intercourse, that it is possible for women to have multiple orgasms whilst males are only able to have one. Is this true and if it is true, what is the cause? Men tend to have longer refractory periods than women. A refractory … Continue reading Can men have multiple orgasms?
Do BCAAs work? BCAAs and creatine are steroid users go to when they are asked what they are using to get so muscular. We know that creatine has evidence behind them but how do BCAAs compare. Are they worth your time or money? Will they make you the next Arnold? If you are consuming enough … Continue reading Do BCAAs work?
The best pre-workout From C4 to Redcon total war, its safe to say that supplement companies have capitalised on everyone’s love for neurological stimulation. So, which pre-workout is the best? The answer to which pre-workout is best might disappoint you because the answer is caffeine. If it were not for caffeine, pre-workouts would not be … Continue reading The best pre-workout
How to use Creatine If you look at the back of a creatine tub there will be serving suggestions. Should we just use these suggestions or is there are more scientific way to use creatine? It takes time for creatine stores to reach the level required for more powerful output. Some suggest that you load … Continue reading How to use Creatine
Do you need a protein shake after working out? For anyone who has worked out before, you may have been told that you must have protein after working out because of this “anabolic window.” Is this a myth? What does the science say? First and foremost, if you are new to the gym, nutrient timing … Continue reading Do you need a protein shake after working out?
Everything you need to know about Propecia (Finasteride) With the discovery that hair loss prevention (using agents like finasteride before hair loss is seen) is much more effective than hair loss treatment, the need to full study the effects (and side effects) of these drugs become more important. In this article, we will explore everything … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Propecia (Finasteride)
Everything you need to know about Winstrol. Winstrol (also known as Stanozolol) is one of the oldest and most researched oral anabolic agents to date. It has got a reputation for being the steroid to take if you want to get shredded (lose body fat whilst maintaining or even building muscle). Let us look at … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Winstrol
Everything you need to know about Anavar. Welcome to the start of the steroid profiles. These will include short pieces of information about common steroids used in bodybuilding. We will start with a very popular oral anabolic steroid, Anavar (Oxandrolone). This drug is popular due to those believing side effects are minimal and it is … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Anavar
Healing an injury with BPC 157 Injuries and weightlifting go hand-in-hand. If you have been weightlifting or doing any form of exercise for quite some time, you have most likely encountered an injury or two, if not I envy you. Are there ways we can pharmaceutically speed up the healing process for injuries? Let me … Continue reading Healing anything with BPC 157
Everything you need to know about Phentermine (Adipex), the appetite suppressant. There are not many drugs prescribed for fat loss and if there are, these drugs tend to be pulled from the market quickly after realising the dangerous side effects. However, there is one drug that is still prescribed for weight loss. It is Phentermine. … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Phentermine (Adipex), the appetite suppressant.
How to use steroids safely Steroids are known in society to be dangerous, especially towards your health, which is true. But is there a way to use them and avoid these health complications as best as possible? The first question you might ask is why someone would want to use something dangerous in the first … Continue reading How to use steroids safely
DNP – The most effective, but most dangerous fat loss supplement. There have been numerous fat loss drugs to pass through the market, but none so controversial as DNP (2,4-Dinitrophenol). What is DNP and why is it so controversial? DNP is not sold for human consumption. It is sold as an industrial chemical to aid … Continue reading DNP – The most effective, but most dangerous fat loss supplement.
Do steroids cause heart attacks and how do they impact the heart? It is well known by most in society that Anabolic steroids impact the heart. They will tell you that if you use steroids your heart will become enormous or that you will have a heart attack. Are they right? What does the science … Continue reading Do steroids cause heart attacks?
The Pill’s effect on Libido The pill can refer to a variety of different hormonal combinations. The most used pill is the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP). This preparation contains oestrogen and progestogen. Individuals use the pill for a variety of different purposes ranging from contraception, improved skin health to treatment of conditions such as … Continue reading The Pill’s effect on Libido
Everything you need to know about Ephedrine (and ECAs) ECAs were a very common supplement sold legally over the counter at supplement stores for fat loss. However, it is no longer legal to be sold or is more controlled (depending on where you live). Why is this the case? Ephedrine is a stimulant and specifically … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Ephedrine (and ECAs)
Do steroids cause Prostate Cancer? It is natural to think that if the development of prostate cancer is dependent on the levels of circulating androgens in the body, that steroids (which cause high circulating androgen levels) will contribute to the development of prostate cancer. But what does the science say? One of the methods of … Continue reading Do steroids cause Prostate Cancer?
Do steroids shrink your penis? As absurd as this question might seem, I have been asked about this multiple times by individuals looking to start utilising anabolic steroids. The answer is “No but…” Stay tuned for the answer to the “but…” If you have gone through puberty and are above the age of 18, you … Continue reading Do steroids shrink your penis?
Do steroids cause depression? If you are familiar with the fitness industry and especially with the bodybuilding community, you might notice that suicide is quite prevalent. This could just be a cognitive bias, but what does the science say? Depression most commonly occurs not whilst one is one a steroid cycle but commonly when a … Continue reading Do steroids cause depression?
Cardarine (GW501516, GW516) This drug was first brought to my attention when I saw that many personal trainers were giving it to clients to promote fat loss. I was surprised at the popularity and wanted to delve deep into the research. First described in 1992, Cardarine is a Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Delta (PPARD) receptor agonist … Continue reading Cardarine (GW501516, GW516)
Does the hCG Diet (Simeon’s Diet) work?In this article, we will discuss whether the hCG diet works and whether it is safe. As with most of my articles I will try to keep this article as brief as possible. What is hCG?First discovered in 1920, it stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. It is produced by … Continue reading Does the hCG Diet work?
You Need Oestrogen Oestrogen tends to be perceived as a hormone only needed in higher quantities by women. However, this notion is harmful, especially to men (most of whom perpetuate this stereotype) and even more so to athletes. We will focus on the role on oestrogen in men (especially on oestrogen control in bodybuilders) since … Continue reading You Need Oestrogen
What are Steroid Cycles? In this article we will discuss the very basics of steroid cycles and how individuals tend to use steroids. I am not condoning the use of steroids. This is for entertainment purposes. You should always consult with your doctor. The purpose of the article is to familiarize people with how steroid … Continue reading What are Steroid Cycles?
MK-677 (lbutamoren Mesylate) First described in 1995.It is a growth hormone secretagogue which essentially means it stimulates growth hormone secretion.It is part of a class of drugs called it belongs to the GHRP (Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides).MK-677 is a third generation GHRP because it can be taken orally.MK-677 mimics ghrelin (the hunger hormone).In many studies … Continue reading MK-677 (lbutamoren Mesylate)
Are SARMs Safe? The issue is that individuals have different definitions of what ‘Safe’ might mean. Just because something is legal or available Over the counter (OTC) does not make it safe. There is a lot of decision making that goes into the process of scheduling drugs and it would take multiple pages to cover. … Continue reading Are SARMs Safe?
S-23 This drug was initially developed as a male contraceptive.It is a potent Androgen Receptor agonist (helps activates the receptor) and very selective meaning it binds to bone and muscle, and no other unwanted tissues.Studies of S-23 in humans are lacking however there are in vitro (‘Test Tube’) and in vivo (animal studies) studies.In the … Continue reading S-23
YK-11 First described in 2011.This SARM differs from the other SARMs because it uses an anabolic androgenic steroid backbone but is unique in comparison to Anabolic steroids. Other SARMs are non-steroidal in nature.It only partially activates Androgen Receptors (ARs).Even classification as a SARM is contended by many because of the fact that it increases release … Continue reading YK-11
RAD 140 First described in 2010.In vitro studies (‘Test Tube Experiments’) have shown that it has a much higher binding affinity to Androgen Receptors (ARs) than testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT).It strongly binds to bone and muscle ARs.It has also been shown to be highly selective and in fact antagonises (opposes) ARs in androgenic tissues.It does … Continue reading RAD 140
Andarine (S4) This is a second generation SARM.There is no conversion to oestrogen.Andarine when compared to testosterone is as anabolic on muscle tissue however has 30-40% fewer androgenicity (Discussed Above).In animal studies it significantly decreased total fat mass.It is more potent at preventing bone loss than DHT.Andarine minimally stimulates the prostate (thanks to its selectivity)Studies … Continue reading Andarine (S4)
Ostarine (MK-2866) A second generation SARM.Works strongly at ARs (Androgen Receptors) in the bone, connective tissue and muscle.Weakly binds to ARs in the prostate.This SARM has the most research.It has undergone phase 3 trials.In studies using a dose of only 3mg a day it was shown to increase lean body mass by 3%.Furthermore, it has … Continue reading Ostarine (MK-2866)
Ligandrol (LGD-4033) First described in 2007, it is a a second generation SARM.It has been subject to Phase I clinical trials on humans.In the most referenced study Ligandrol (LGD) was studied in various doses ranging from nothing (the placebo) to 1 mg daily. The studied showed that 1lb of muscle was gained a week in … Continue reading Ligandrol (LGD-4033)