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Bulk, Cut and Refine – The Process of Gaining Your Ideal Body

by 3J, www.3jsdiet.com

Lets talk about something that, though obvious to the experienced, is missed a lot by amateur bodybuilders who are aspiring to get that model physique. I will write this article as if speaking of a person with statistically average stats and the process he has to go through to gain a wonderful body. Lets call Mr. Average “Bob.”

Bob is a 26 year old male. He has dabbled in the gym all his life but has never really gotten serious about his training or his nutrition. He is 5’10 165lbs and about 14% bodyfat. Bob is underweight and needs to go through a process of bulking, that would be our step one

The Bulkideal body

Running a 5 day basic compound movement training split, Bob would commit himself to training every week while giving himself rest on the weekends. He would change his diet, allowing for 5-6 meals a day and aiming for about 3000 calories at first. Bob would see how the 3k calories was working for him by weighing himself weekly. Initially bob would see weight gain, ideally about 1-2lbs a week. At some point his body and metabolism would outgrow the diet and he would need to increase calories. Ideally, you want to increase calories so that you continually gain 1-2lbs a week. Usually an increase of 200-300 calories at a time is the right way to go. Not only will you continue to grow, but you will lower the chances of unnecessary fat gain. So Bob does just as I have said, and now, after about 3 to 4 months he has added about 30lbs. Not bad at all for bob, he now weighs 195lbs. Do we jump straight into a cut? Absolutely not!

The Maintenance phase

So why not jump on a cut and bring all those wonderful muscles and abs out that we have worked so hard to get? Its because we have worked so hard to get them. Our bodies have a homeostasis that they like to keep. There is a target number, plus or minus 10lbs, which our bodies are used to. Our metabolism is used to that number, so it likes to keep at that level. If we were to cut after only 3 months of bulking our body is nowhere close to getting used to our new weight. Here is where the maintenance phase comes in. For the next 3 months at minimum, we have to keep our weight at 195. This gives the body enough time to adjust to the new weight and primes us for a much better cut.

The Cutting phase

OK, the 3 months are up. We are ready to cut. Taking into consideration Bobs new and improved weight, we can estimate that we should start cutting at about 3000 calories, which is what he started his bulk with. We will ride the cut out without cardio, looking for 1-2 lbs a week of weight loss until he stalls. Once bob stalls, we will add some cardio, very lightly at first. Losing weight is like an onion, it has to be done in layers. First you cut calories, stall, add cardio, stall, add more cardio, stall, and then cut calories again. Little by little you continue to do this so that you only lose 1-2lbs a week continuously. Having done it correctly you should have saved a lot of muscle you would have lost and made it to 8 percent bodyfat fairly easily.

It is no secret guys – this is how it should be done. Think again when you set up your goals and want to immediately jump into a cut. It will definitely do more harm than good.


Andropen 275

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Testosterone Acetate, Testosterone Decanoate, Testosterone
Propionate, Testosterone Phenylpropionate, Testosterone Cypionate
Testosterone + 5 esters
[4-androstene-3-one, 17beta-ol]
Molecular Weight of base: 288.429
Molecular Weight of Acetate ester: 60.0524
Molecular Weight of Propionate ester: 74.0792
Molecular Weight of Phenylpropionate ester: 150.174
Molecular Weight of Cypionate ester: 132.1184
Molecular Weight of Decanoate ester: 172.2668
Formula (base): C19 H28 O2
Formula of Acetate ester: C2 H4 O2
Formula of Propionate ester: C3H6O2
Formula of Phenylpropionate ester:C9 H10 O2
Formula of Cypionate ester: C8 H14 O2
Formula of Decanoate ester: C10 H20 O2

Manufacturer: British DAndropen is a combination of five of testosterones. The presence of the acetate ester allows the testosterone to display a rapid initial physiological response. The other four esters, which release at slower rates, prolong the physiological response with a relatively flat absorption curve over the duation of the injection life-cycle. Testosterone is a male sexual hormone with pronounced, mainly androgenic action, possessing the biological and therapeutic properties of the natural hormone. It is normally produced in women in small physiological quantities. In addition to the specific action that determines the sexual characteristics of the individual, testosterone also has a general anabolic action, manifested in enhancement of protein synthesis. Under the effect of testosterone, body weight increases and urea excretion is reduced. High doses suppress the production of hypophyseal gonadotropin, while low doses stimulate it. It has an antitumor effect on mammary gland metastases

Comes in 10 ml multidose vials. Each vial contains 20 mg per ml of testosterone acetate, 90 mg per ml of testosterone decanoate, 45 mg per ml of testosterone propionate, 45 mg per ml of testosterone phenylpropionate, and 75 mg per ml of testosterone cypionate. Vials come with a purple coloured flip-off top.

Andropen 275 is mixture of five different ester compounds designed specifically for athletes and body builders. It is a great steroid to stack for bulking or cutting, as it will produce results in muscle gain, fat loss, etc. Expect the usual side effects associated with testosterone acne, water retention, gynocomastia, etc. Price wise, Andropen 275 is less expensive than other steroid cocktails but still more than single ester compounds.


Durabolin (nandrolone decanoate)

diagram of durabolin

Side effects are mild and rarely reported when the drug is used responsibly.

Durabolin is a verypopowerful anabolic steroid known for its versatility in both bulking and cutting cycles. Side effects are mild and rarely reported when the drug is used responsibly. Acne, insomnia, testicular atrophy, impotence and nausea are some of the side effects possible from Durabolin use. Some of Durabolins more positive properties include reversing muscle destruction, increasing red cell production and promoting tissue regeneration, which is why this drug is often administered medically to patients wasting from HIV.

Durabolin is very similar to the popular Deca-Durabolin. Durabolin must be injected frequently and in regular intervals, every 2-3 days. The substance nandrolone-phenylpropionate quickly gets into the blood, where it remains active for two to three days. The dosage is around 50-150 mg per injection, or a total of 150-600 mg/week. Durabolin has a distinct anabolic effect which assists the protein synthesis and allows the protein to be stored in the muscle cell in large amounts. This is combined with a moderate androgenic component which stimulates the athlete’s regeneration and helps maintain the muscle mass during a diet. It shows that Durabolin stores much less water in the body than Deca-Durabolin. For this reason, Durabolin is more suitable for a preparation for a competition while Deca should be given preference for the buildup of strength and muscle mass. Durabolin, however, can be used for this purpose as well. The gains are fewer and slower than with Deca but of a higher quality and remain, for the most part, after discontinuing the compound. This is mostly due to the fact that lower dosages are used in most cases, resulting in less HPTA suppression.

The side effects of Durabolin are few. Water retention, high blood pressure, an elevated estrogen level, and virilization symptoms occur less often with Durabolin than with Deca-Durabolin. Female athletes therefore take Durabolin in weekly intervals since, due to its short duration of effect, no undesirable concentration of androgen takes place. Three to four day intervals between the relative injections are to be observed. Durabolin is one of the safest non-toxic steroids offering satisfactory results. Durabolin has no negative effect on the liver function so it can even be taken in cases of liver disease. Side effects occur only in rare cases and in persons who are extremely sensitive. Virilization symptoms in women such as huskiness, deep voice, hirsutism, acne, and increased libido are possible but occur only rarely if reasonable dosages are taken at reasonable intervals. Men usually experience no symptoms with Durabolin. Since the release of gonadotropins in the hypophysis is inhibited, a proper post cycle therapy of HCG and Nolvadex/Clomid is recommended.