What is the point in taking steroids, unless you’re going to keep the gains from your cycle afterwards?
Why look awesome for a couple of months if you’re going to shrink back to the size of your Nan post-cycle?
…and if you do get smaller, prepare for every one of your family/friends pointing this annoying fact out to you.
But do not fear young padawan; there are steroids which can give you permanent gains, even long after you’ve stopped cycling that compound.
ALL cutting steroids’ gains are 100% permanent. In short, with cutting steroids you’ll lose a tonne of fat and it will stay off.
Best Steroids to Keep Gains (After a Cutting Cycle)
(Winstrol is the only steroid in this list which’ll result in significant lean muscle gains)
The controversy over permanent and temporary gains generally falls on the topic of bulking steroids.
Many people use bulking steroids and look huge on-cycle, but shrink post-cycle. This is due to certain steroids causing water retention, meaning the muscles will temporarily fill up with water (making them look fuller than usual), which will diminish post-cycle.
So if you want to keep all your size and strength gains, you want to take ‘dry steroids’ – which are steroids that don’t cause water retention.
By taking steroids that don’t cause much fluid retention, you’ll know that if you gain 30lbs – you’ll be keeping most of this weight. Alternatively, if you take high doses of a ‘wet steroid’ like anadrol; you might gain 50lbs, but lose half of this weight after you stop taking it.
Best Steroids to Keep Gains (After a Bulking Cycle)
Testosterone will generally result in little water retention, compared to other bulking agents such as dianabol and anadrol. Similarly, trenbolone won’t cause you to hold any water weight, meaning you’ll nearly all of your gains when bulking.
Trenbolone is actually a diuretic, meaning you’ll lose water weight whilst cycling this steroid. So your strength and muscle fullness may actually increase after taking tren; due to more intracellular water retention.
Test and Tren are both very powerful bulking steroids, which can make you look super-aesthetic; as you can be ripped whilst adding size…instead of looking fat and puffy.
Which Steroids Will Keep you From “Shrinking” Post-Cycle?
Steroids that shut you down hard and cause you to retain huge amounts of water are the ones to avoid if you don’t want to shrink.
Here’s a list of the most popular steroids people use today and how good/bad they are for keeping ALL of your gains:
- Anadrol – Poor
- Dianabol – Moderate
- Deca – Moderate
- Testosterone – Good
- Trenbolone – Very Good
Although you’ll lose some obvious size/mass when taking anadrol, you’ll still gain a lot of lean muscle.
Tips to Keep Gains Post-Cycle
Taking a PCT (post-cycle-therapy) is a strategy some bodybuilders use to successfully retain gains from a cycle. A PCT is also incorporated to restore a person’s hormones back to normal, after their testosterone levels become suppressed.
Low testosterone = Catabolic
If a steroid-user doesn’t go on an excessive cycle with huge doses, they can get away with not running a PCT and retaining most of their gains. However, if you’ve run a very aggressive cycle with harsh steroids (tren, anadrol) – a PCT could be a good option.
A standard PCT protocol usually involves taking natty testosterone boosters, such as: d-aspartic acid, tongkat ali or/and maca. Bodybuilders take these in a bid to raise natural testosterone levels back to a normal range.
When your testosterone production is truly shut down you’ll often experience: fatigue, less energy, low sex drive and feel quite low on life.
Llewellyn, William (2011), Anabolics. Jupiter, FL: Molecular Nutrition. pp. 525-533, 760-771, 705-714, 376-386, Clenbuterol 899-904.
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.