Is A Steroid Bridge Useful?

Q: What do you think of using a mild steroid like Anavar to bridge between cycles? Is this a good idea to maintain mass between my normal cycles? If so, how much should I use?

A: There are many issues with “bridging” that should make the average person think twice about it. For starters, every anabolic steroid known to man will suppress testosterone production when used in doses sufficient to promote muscle gain. Studies have confirmed notable testosterone suppression with therapeutic doses of oxandrolone, so you are S.O.L. if a recovery bridge with Anavar is what you (like many) were hoping for. The next issue is the simple and more general fact that you are not going off steroids with a steroid bridge, and are potentially exacerbating the negative health aspects of their use, such their effects on serum lipids and cardiovascular disease risk. If you are spending your entire year going from strong cycle to lesser oral (Anavar) cycle, you are undoubtedly always going to be negatively altering your lipids (orals tend to be particularly harsh here, in fact). You may be putting yourself in some notable risk as the years progress. You need to remember that the whole point of cycling is to minimize the negative health risks of steroid use. The fact that these drugs have potential risks really cannot be disputed, just addressed intelligently. Bridging may be a very unhealthful way of sustaining these risks indefinitely, instead of mitigating them with off time. Don’t bridge with steroids!

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Best Anabolic Steroid For Strength Survey

Recently an important bodybuilding forum has done a massive survey about anabolic steroids and strength. In fact the detailed question they used was: Which Anabolic Steroid Gave You Best Quality Strength Gains? They received 813 responses from anabolic steroid users and here are the results of this survey. Now you can extract your own ideas … Read more

Are Anabolic Steroids Over Demonized ?

Will Brink is an excellent writer. On his site “Brinkzone” I recently read his great comments on some typical media bullshit which was trying to connect steroids with just about everything evil.

Take a read and see exactly how one tremendously educated and knowledgeable guy, Will Brink, makes the report look exactly like what it really is… total garbage.

Question: “Dear Will, I read an article in ESPN magazine which blaimed the death of some wrestler on steroids and linked steroid use to all sorts of deaths and pother problems. Did you read that article and what is your opinion on that?” Lisa Choret, NY

Response: Hi Lisa (from Will Brink)

Yes, I read the article…Some times I don’t know why I even try anymore. Every time I think we are making some headway over the truth about things such as anabolic steroids, supplements, and other controversial topics, up pops some new hysterical article claiming creatine causes brain cancer or steroids caused the death of some athlete. One of worst was a recent article published in ESPN (June addition) magazine regarding the death of wrestler Davey Boy Smith and was called “Canaries in the coal mine.” While we should appreciate ESPNs attempt to enlighten the public about the deaths of athletes, the article is full of the type of steroid hysteria, myths, incorrect assumptions, half truths, and out right fabrications so common in articles on this topic.

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Androgenic-anabolic Steroids Effects In Athletes.

Androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS) are synthetic derivatives of the male hormone testosterone. They can exert strong effects on the human body that may be beneficial for athletic performance.

A review of the literature revealed that most laboratory studies did not investigate the actual doses of AAS currently abused in the field. Therefore, those studies may not reflect the actual (adverse) effects of steroids. The available scientific literature describes that short-term administration of these drugs by athletes can increase strength and bodyweight. Strength gains of about 5-20% of the initial strength and increments of 2-5 kg bodyweight, that may be attributed to an increase of the lean body mass, have been observed. A reduction of fat mass does not seem to occur. Although AAS administration may affect erythropoiesis and blood haemoglobin concentrations, no effect on endurance performance was observed. Little data about the effects of AAS on metabolic responses during exercise training and recovery are available and, therefore, do not allow firm conclusions.

The main untoward effects of short- and long-term AAS abuse that male athletes most often self-report are an increase in sexual drive, the occurrence of acne vulgaris, increased body hair and increment of aggressive behaviour. AAS administration will disturb the regular endogenous production of testosterone and gonadotrophins that may persist for months after drug

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Testosterone action on skeletal muscle.

Herbst KL, Bhasin S. UCLA School of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University, Los Angeles, California 90059, USA. PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To highlight recent data demonstrating direct anabolic effects of androgens on the mammalian skeletal muscle and review the mechanisms by which testosterone regulates body composition. RECENT FINDINGS: Testosterone increases lean body mass and decreases fat … Read more

Anastrozole Show Benefits Over Tamoxifen

Anastrozole Show Benefits Over Tamoxifen: “Five-year results from the Arimidex, Tamoxifen, Alone or in Combination (ATAC) trial continue to suggest that anastrozole is superior to tamoxifen in the treatment of postmenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer. Principal investigator Anthony Howell, MD, professor, department of medical oncology, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, and director, research and development, … Read more

Talking Straight on Steroids & Supplements

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last couple of months following the news on steroids in sports with the hope that some truth – any truth – would emerge from the midst of the media hype and sensationalism.

While the issue of steroids in sport has been brewing since the early 1980’s, and while the Congressional Hearings in 1987 on Medical Devices and Drug Issues on April 8 and May 4, 1987 sought to address the issue of drugs in sport, nothing of substance followed from these hearings and steroids are today as much a part of organized sports as they’ve always been.

The Current Scandals . . .

The current sensationalism on steroids in sport began with two major events:

1. The publication of Jose Canseco’s book “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big.”

2. The now infamous BALCO scandal.

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Muscle-Building DNA Viruses, AWESOME!

Mice, manipulating DNA and muscle-building viruses: The next big scam or the future of bodybuilding?
by Paul Cribb, B.H.Sci HMSAST Director of Research
Hot on the heels of the myostatin scam, more research into genetically enhanced muscle growth has caught the attention of athletes across the world. You may have read some reports in the media of research by Dr. H. Lee Sweeney and colleagues that have recently shown that genetic manipulation combined with resistance training can dramatically accelerate muscle growth.
Dr. Sweeney heads the Physiology department at the University of Pennsylvania. The main interest of these scientists is in muscle regeneration from injury and disease. As part of this current research study, these scientists investigated the effects of transferring growth-factor genes into muscle cells to accelerate muscle growth during exercise. And, they have been successful.[1]
Using recombinant DNA technology, the researchers created a piece of DNA that codes for Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1); the muscle growth stimulator. DNA is the genetic code the body uses to construct proteins within the body. Imbedded within our DNA is a code that creates every protein that the body needs, whether it is an enzyme for breaking down food, a component of muscle tissue or a hormone. Recombinant technology “re-combines” the components of DNA to produce a blueprint for a protein that the scientists may want to examine; in this case, the DNA code was for IGF-1. Despite the recent media interest, the research involving the insertion of new DNA into muscles was first published in 1998.[2]

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Anabolic Steroid Use Should Be Legalized

The 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, proved to be one of the most exciting Olympic games of all time. World records fell in everyday of the 14-day event; in every sport ranging from shuttlecock to track and field, records fell like dominos. The most competitive sport in the 1988 Olympiad was the men’s 100-meter dash, with a field consisting of the ten fastest men in the world, at the time. World record holder Ben Johnson, who shattered the world record by thirteen hundreds of a second a month earlier, and 1984 Olympic 100-meter dash champion, Carl Lewis, highlighted the field. The winner of this race would carry with him the title of being the Worlds Fastest Man.

As the competitors lined up at the starting line, they knew the race would be over in less than ten seconds. The gun sounds off and the start is clean. Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson are tied for the lead at the thirty-meter mark but the next seventy-meters would prove to be the most disappointing seventy-meters in Carl Lewis’s life. After the thirty-meter mark, Ben Johnson pulled away from Carl Lewis and the rest of the field with little effort and crossed finish line first, winning the race by seven meters over Carl Lewis. Seven meters is an eternity in the 100-meter dash. Ben Johnson now had the title of World’s Fastest Man. Spires 2 Four days later that title and his medal would be

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Aromasin & Tamoxifen During Post Cycle Therapy

Aromasin (Exemestane) is one of those weird compounds that nobody really knows what to do with. What we generally hear about it makes it very uninteresting…It’s a third generation Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) just like Arimidex (Anastrozole) and Femera (Letrozole). Both of those two drugs are very efficient at stopping the conversion of androgens into estrogen, and since we have them, why bother with Aromasin? It’s a little harder to get than the other two commonly used aromatase inhibitors, because it’s not in high demand, and there’s never been a readily apparent advantage to using it. And I mean…lets face it: It’s awkward-sounding. Aromasin doesn’t have much of a ring to it, and exemestane is even worse. Arimidex (Anastrozole) has a bunch of cool abbreviations (“A-dex” or just ‘dex) and even Letrozole is just “Letro” to most people. Where’s the cool nickname forAromasin/exemestane? A-Sin? E-Stane? It just doesn’t work. It’s the black sheep of AIs. And why do we even need it when we have Letrozole, which is by far the most efficient AI for stopping aromatization (the process by which your body converts testosterone into estrogen)? Letro can reduce estrogen levels by 98% or greater; clinically a dose as low as 100mcgs has been shown to provide maximum aromatase inhibition!

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Anabolic Steroids Help HIV Patients To Gain Weight

People with HIV who are treated with anabolic steroids to prevent AIDS wasting may realize modest gains in weight and muscle mass, a new review shows.

The review covered 13 studies of adults age 24 to 42 with HIV, 294 of whom received anabolic steroids for at least 6 weeks and 238 of whom received placebo. The average weight increase in those taking anabolic steroids was nearly three pounds.

“The magnitude of weight gain observed may be considered clinically relevant,” said lead author Karen Johns, a medical assessment officer from the agency Health Canada. “One hopes there would be greater weight gain with the long-term use of anabolic steroids; however, this has not been proven to date in clinical trials.”

The review appears in the most recent issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic.

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Post Anabolic Steroid Cycle Recovery

My intention in preparing this article was to focus attention on some of the common theories about post-cycle strategies that are widely being practiced today and hopefully prevent some common mistakes. I am also going to explore some of the lesser known ergogens used to maintain size post-cycle. This article is geared primarily towards the recreational athlete or occasional steroid user, although it can be of value to the professional athlete.

You just finished a steroid cycle and have made significant gains. Through brutal workouts, proper and generous food consumption, rigid supplement use, proper psychological attitude, and lots of rest, your performances have improved, and your physique has made a significant progress. You are satisfied with the accomplished results.

However, there is more to proper steroid use than making gains while on a cycle. Successfully maximizing your gains while on is only part of the bigger picture. The toughest part – that of keeping your gains – is yet to come. Through improper and erratic steroid use, your hormonal system will be disturbed. Even if you used steroids and other ergogens properly, your organism will still have to readjust to normal physiological hormonal levels.

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