Dianabol (dbol) is one of the most popular and powerful anabolic steroids on the planet.
Athletes and bodybuilders have used it for decades to improve their overall aesthetic appearance and performance.
If you are ready to transition to dbol, you need to plan your Dianabol cycle effectively in order to achieve the desired results.
Below, you can learn more about how to create a cycle that will add sheer volume and minimize the risk of side effects.
Avoid a Standalone dbol Cycle
First things first, it is important to note that you should never run a standalone Dianabol cycle. This is a very, very potent steroid and one that will not serve you well during a long cycle.
Most of the time, athletes and bodybuilders will incorporate dbol into the front ends of their cycles to help them kick-start gains while other steroids build in their systems.
The average length of time is four to six weeks at the start of a cycle, and the average dose is 50mg per day. However, bear in mind that you may need only half of this amount to achieve the Dianabol results you want.
A Dianabol only cycle is often not recommended because much of the gains that come from Dianabol are water weight. Using it alone may help you achieve muscle gains, but usually they won’t last long post cycle – some high dose users might put on 20lbs+ of weight but only keep a small percentage of this as muscle post cycle.
What’s more, high-dose Dianabol taken over long periods of time will exacerbate the risk for liver damage, which may be irreversible. It’s always best to pair your Dianabol cycle with other steroids that enjoy synergy and allow you to cycle safely.
Gather Everything You will Need
It is absolutely crucial to make sure that you have everything you will need to complete not only your cycle, but also your post-cycle therapy or PCT, before you even start. You will need the following:
- Enough dbol to complete your cycle, depending on your overall dose and cycle length.
- Arimidex (an aromatase inhibitor). You will need 0.5mg per day for every single day of your cycle.
- Testosterone enanthate, cypionate, or propionate. Doses vary based on the type you choose, so be sure to do your research. This will maintian your testosterone levels during your cycle and lead to better quality gains – especially when using Dianabol as a kickstarter. This is better than using a dbol only cycle.
- Clomid or Nolvadex for post-cycle therapy to help your body start producing natural testosterone following your cycle, even if you used a form of testosterone intra-cycle.
- Milk thistle (optional) for protecting your liver during and after your cycle.
What to Expect
Unlike some other anabolic steroids, dbol works very quickly and you will likely notice some changes toward the end of the very first week.
Much of the gains during your dbol cycle are the result of water retention, which you can manage with the help of anti-estrogen medications.
Many bodybuilders claim that they gain up to 30 pounds in as few as six weeks, but since much of it is water weight, these are not permanent gains.
You can expect to gain about half of that as muscle. Again, gains are more permanent when it’s not used alone.
Possible Side Effects of a dbol Cycle
Some men are simply more sensitive to the effects of a Dianabol cycle than others, so the best way to reduce the risk of side effects involves carefully titrating your dose for your first cycle so you can determine your personal tolerance level.
Side effects range from mild to severe, and may include oily skin or acne, libido changes, mood changes, worsening male pattern baldness, gynecomastia, and bloating (water retention).
If you experience gynecomastia or significant bloat, you should reduce your dose or even stop using Dianabol altogether.
Conversely, if you experience any of the other side effects, simply reduce your dose until those effects seem tolerable. You may also use over-the-counter treatments for acne and oily skin if you so choose.
A Dianabol Cycle for Cutting?
There are a few very rare instances in which you might want to use a dbol cycle for cutting, though even in this case, the Dianabol will not be the main compound.
This may occur when athletes and bodybuilders want to maintain the “fullness” of their muscles as they burn away fat, and a very low dose of Dianabol can help with this.
A Dianabol cycle may also be used for strength gains, especially when paired with compounds like Trenbolone. The chart below shows the appropriate dosages to consider in each unique situation.
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Of course, the bulking Dianabol cycle is the most popular because it allows for massive gains. Though some men do use it for strength and cutting cycles, depending on their individual wants and needs, this is not possible for everyone.
If you are especially sensitive to the effects of Dianabol, any amount – even 10mg a day – may cause gains. Be sure to consider this carefully before you use a dbol cycle for anything other than bulking.
As mentioned, you will need to follow your Dianabol cycle with PCT in order to condition your body to begin testosterone production again.
Otherwise, it may take up to a year for this to occur naturally, resulting in side effects such as testicular atrophy and gynecomastia. Because Dianabol is short-estered, you need to start taking a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator, or SERM, three days after your last dose.
Clomid and Nolvadex are great examples, and either can help boost your pituitary gland’s production of LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which in turn stimulate the testicles to produce testosterone.
Maintaining Your Gains
Finally, as you finish out your Dianabol cycle and move into PCT, you should also think about the best ways to maintain your gains.
If you’ve followed the advice for Dianabol stacking your Dianabol and using it at the front of a cycle with a longer-acting steroid, you have already done your part in ensuring more permanent gains.
Of course, you will need to continue to exercise and eat right based on your goals.
If you are happy with your current weight following a cycle, determine the number of calories you will need to consume for maintenance using a macronutrient calculator, and stick to a workout regimen that will help you keep your new muscles in optimal condition.
Planning an effective dbol cycle is not difficult. In fact, much of it is about planning responsibly and ensuring that you have everything you need to complete the cycle and ward off potential side effects.