Deca durabolin is one of the best steroids on the planet for building muscle, and a popular choice among newbies; due to it being less toxic than other compounds.
Steroids and muscle growth go hand in hand. When bodybuilders go down the natural route, muscle gains can be slow, forcing you to remain patient in achieving your dream body. However, steroids like deca durabolin can help users gain significant amounts of muscle in a short space of time.
As impressive as natural physiques can be, no natural bodybuilder will be able to match the muscle fullness/thickness that deca creates. When running a deca durabolin cycle your muscles will become HUGE, looking insanely pumped even when they’re cold (out of the gym). This muscle fullness can make your physique look 3D and is literally impossible for a natty to replicate this look.
There’s a lot of naysayers and trolls online who talk about the dangers of steroids, and rightly so, but if they’re used smartly (and under medical supervision), the risks are reduced.
Otherwise doctors wouldn’t be allowed to prescribe them all the time to people with muscle-wasting diseases.
If you’re looking to run a steroid cycle that’ll give you big muscle gains, a Deca Durabolin cycle will do just that.
Before you even consider using this steroid, it’s vital you understand what it is, and how it works.
Here’s some interesting and important facts you should know about Deca Durabolin.
What Is Deca Durabolin?
Deca Durabolin, also known as Nandrolone, is one of the most popular and powerful anabolic steroids today.
It also happens to be pretty tolerable for users, which makes it appealing to bodybuilders who are health-conscious.
The steroid was actually developed way back in the 1960s and was rumoured to be used by Arnold and Franco (in the 70’s) when prepping for the Mr Olympia.
In most cases, deca is stacked with testosterone or/and dianabol, with a typical cycle lasting 12 weeks.
In terms of dosing, 200mg of deca per week is a popular protocol, along with 70mg of dianabol, and 500mg of Test.
Deca Durabolin Cycle Facts
Here are some facts you should know before running a Deca Durabolin cycle.
It Causes An Increase In Appetite
As effective as this steroid is for building lean muscle tissue, if you’re using it during a cut, it can be counter-productive.
This is because Deca causes a big increase in appetite, meaning you’ll crave food more than ever and will struggle to feel full. If you’re bulking this is perfect, where a calorie surplus is optimal for maximum muscle gains.
Thus, if you struggle to put on size, this increase in appetite is a blessing. But if you’re trying to keep your body fat percentage on the low-side, you might need to be cautious about how many calories you consume on deca.
One of the Best Steroids for Size & Strength
Building strength and muscle size are 2 of the main goals for a bodybuilder, especially in the off-season.
If you want to gain a tonne of muscle and become as strong as an ox – deca is the steroid to take.
When using deca, it’s not uncommon for users to gain as much as 30 pounds of solid muscle from a cycle.
Dosages of course vary, but studies have found that even tiny dosages of around 100mg every 14 days, can still produce notable increases in lean body mass.
Deca Encourages Nitrogen Retention
One of the main reasons why deca durabolin is able to build large amounts of muscle is because of its effect on nitrogen.
Deca helps the cells within your muscles retain more nitrogen, which is crucial for the muscle-building process. Greater levels of nitrogen retention creates a more anabolic environment in the body, helping to synthesize more muscle tissue.
Deca Is Great For Your Joints
One benefit of running a Deca Durabolin cycle is that it’s great for your joints.
Bodybuilders especially, suffer with painful joints as they grow older, because they’re heavier than the average person, due to them carrying more muscle.
Deca, however, is very useful because it stimulates collagen synthesis within the joints, helping them to become more lubricated and supple.
Collagen helps to cushion the joints and provide a protective layer for them.
This in turn means less pain and discomfort, and increased levels of flexibility and resistance to wear and tear.
Deca Boosts Red Blood Cells
The more red blood cells we have, the more oxygen/nutrients that are transported around our bodies via the bloodstream.
What does this have to do with bodybuilding?
Studies have found that deca naturally increases our number of red blood cells.
This in turn helps improve our circulation and overall health, as well as improving our performance in the gym. This means huge pumps during workouts and more endurance; helping you complete more sets and reps than before.
Deca Can Shut Down Testosterone Production
When running any steroid cycle, it’s always recommended to run a PCT (post cycle therapy). This helps to ensure you don’t experience any adverse side effects that prolong after a cycle.
Deca, like with most other steroids, will shut down natural testosterone production within the body.
Testosterone is highly anabolic and plays a key role in muscle growth and repair, thus by running a PCT you’ll be able to elevate this hormone quicker than normal.
Note: Even when taking a low dose, deca can shut down your natural testosterone production.
Because of this, deca can cause a reduction in libido and sexual performance.
To combat this, deca can be stacked with testosterone, ensuring your test and libido stay intact.
Deca is Better For Your Organs
A lot of steroids have high toxicity rates, meaning they can damage the organs, especially the liver and kidneys.
Deca, however, is a lot more kind to your organs and is considered far less potent.
If used correctly along with a PCT, there should be no real damage to your major organs, which is a big positive.
Clomid is an Effective PCT For Deca
In most cases, either Nolvadex or Clomid will work equally as well for a PCT.
However, things are a little different with a deca durabolin cycle.
You see, deca interacts with receptors in the body, increasing progesterone and prolactin receptors. Nolvadex also increases these 2 hormones.
The idea with a PCT is to help restore hormone levels and get them back to normal after you finish a steroid cycle, not to further imbalance your hormones.
Nolvadex therefore, will fail to restore these hormone balances, which is why Clomid is usually run instead.
For example, if you were to experience prolactin-related gyno from taking deca durabolin and you took nolvadex – this side effect would only get worse.
Llewellyn, William (2011), Anabolics. Jupiter, FL: Molecular Nutrition. pp. 494-501
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Dr O'Connor's the author of the book: America on Steroids - A Time to Heal, and has worked with many elite bodybuilders. He's also been featured in Muscle & Fitness, Muscular Development, whilst appearing in the bodybuilding film documentary Generation Iron 3.