4 Best Beginner Steroids for a Safe and Effective First Cycle

You’re kinda ready for your first cycle.

But, you're not sure which are the best steroids for beginners... 

and how to use them correctly without ending up in an emergency ward.

Look, I'm not your mother, and I'm not going to preach to you about the realities of steroid use.

But at least you’re doing the right thing in getting educated, which is the whole purpose of this article.

Running your first steroid cycle is like learning to drive.

What you don't do is jump into an Indy 500 racing car with no driving experience. 

That's only going to end in a whole world of pain.

Makes sense, right?

Unfortunately, most newbies don't apply this logic to their first anabolic steroid cycle. 

Instead, they want to use the most potent steroids they can get their hands on.

And when you ask'em ...

 "you running any cycle support and post cycle therapy with that?"

The standard reply is... "huh"?

Why do they do this?

Well, they want results and they want them fast.

The madness racks up as Summer beach season approaches. Guys want the hot chicks drooling over their muscles.

"But the only thing drooling will be their mouths as they're stretchered into ER!"

For a beginner steroid cycle to be safe and effective, you need to take things slow.

Learn as much as you can about each compound, their side effects and how to protect yourself.

That's how you reduce the risk of something nasty happening when you do decide to take the fast-lane.

Look, I don't advocate steroid use or abuse.

Anyway,  you have several alternatives that are legal and safer...

And when combined with healthy eating habits, a consistent training program, you can experience excellent gains in size and strength – at a fraction of the cost - of steroids.

Are You Ready For A First Time Steroid Cycle?

Reality check.

Most guys think they're ready for steroids because they've been working out for year.

Hate to break it to you, buts that's not even close.

On average, it takes you 3 years of consistent training to reach your natural limits.​​​​

And that's not all.  

You should only consider steroids if you tick all the boxes below:

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    Training consistently for at least 5 years
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    Body fat percentage is 15% or lower*
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    Body trained to its natural limits
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    Blood work done before cycle
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    Over 25 and healthy
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    Clean diet

*Steroids should only be taken when you're in top condition. A body fat percentage above 15% means you're not.

Getting your blood work done gives you a baseline to determine how the steroids affect you.

What You Shouldn't Do On Your First Cycle

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    Take the harshest compounds available
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    Run without ancillary support and PCT 
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    Stacking multiple steroids

Let's explain these in more detail.

Avoid Powerful Steroids

The best steroids for a beginner cycle are milder compounds.

You may be thinking "F*@K that! I'm taking trenbolone (tren) or deca to get the most bulk for my buck."

Dumb idea.

Remember; you're introducing foreign chemical stimulants into your body for the first time. You don't know how your body will react.

What you don't do, is take the most powerful bodybuilding steroids with the harshest side effects.

Here's another thing.

Your first cycles will produce your best and biggest results.

So, there's no need to use the most potent steroids anyway.

Stacking Multiple Compounds

Stacking multiple compounds is another dumb idea because your body has not built up a tolerance level.

Not only will this amplify the side effects it could also result in permanent damage to the internal organs. 

Also, how will you know which steroids are producing the results or side effects?

As a beginner with no experience, you don't.

For you're first steroid cycle use only one compound at a low dose so that you can gauge how the steroid effects you.

In this way, your body's tolerance levels have a chance to increase before moving onto more harsher compounds. 

Not using Ancillaries or Post Cycle Therapy

Often beginners get too obsessed about getting big that they forget about the side effects.

What they don't realise is the serious effects of anabolic androgenic steroids can have on the bodies endocrine system.

Steroids Effects on the Endocrine System

The endocrine system produces hormones to regulate your metabolism, reproduction, growth and development, moods, sleep and sexual function among other things. When you take steroids you alter the way the body produces hormones

It's serious stuff, and you need to take this seriously.

Steroids will shut you down, increase risk of gyno, high blood pressure, hair loss, fluid retention, just to name a few. 

Without protection, your health is at risk, and most of your gains will be lost.

Oral vs. Injectables

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Should you use an oral or injectable for a first-time steroid cycle?

For example, oral anabolic steroids are easy and convenient.

You pop a pill and get on with your life. No messing with needles.

However, oral compounds are more more toxic than injectable steroids.

Orals pass through the liver before hitting the blood stream, making them hepatoxic.

Oral steroids also affect the kidneys, blood pressure levels, and lipid profiles.

By injecting, the steroid is delivered straight to the muscle cells.

Therefore, results and side effects can happen rapidly.

Of course, this can be daunting when you're injecting for the first time.

Oral only steroid cycles for beginners are not a good idea because you need to build up tolerance levels to cope with the side effects.

In most cases, an oral is stacked alongside an injectable, preferably testosterone.

I suggest going with an injectable for your first cycle.  

4 Best Steroids for Beginners

  • Anavar 
  • Testosterone
  • Dianabol
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    Deca Durabolin


Muscle Gains: 


Fat Loss: 

Anavar (oxandrolone) is a solid choice for a beginner because it's a mild steroid.

Side effects aren't as harsh as other compounds, although liver toxicity can be an issue for some.

Anavar is not considered true bulking steroid, but you can expect strength and muscle gains.

The steroid is very effective for...

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    Improving muscle definition
  • Reducing stubborn belly fat
  • Maintaining gains

At the end of a bulking cycle, pro bodybuilders use Var to get ripped and muscle hardened before a competition.

If your goal is to lose fat, Anavar is definitely worth a look.


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    Muscle hardener 
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    Mild side effects 
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    Maintains gains
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    Strength gains
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    Fat cutting


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    Often faked
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Bodybuilders also love Anavar because of its anti-catabolic properties.

A major downside of cutting is losing gains. Muscles can also look flat because the glycogen drains from the muscle cells.  

"Anavar helps stop muscle loss because it's highly anabolic; keeping you jacked by refueling glycogen tanks."

Female bodybuilder's love Anavar because at low doses, androgenic (masculine) side effects are rare. 

What's more, women build more muscle on Anavar than men!

Don't worry, you're not going to transform into a female version of the Hulk, but you will add size that will give you a lean athletic looking body.

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Female bodybuilders love Anavar 

Anavar costly to manufacture compared to Dbol and test, which isn't practical if you're on a budget.

The major downside of Anavar is the cost.

And because it's expensive, Anavar is one of the most faked steroids.

Furthermore, pharmaceutical grade Anavar is hard to find without a prescription.

The only other option is to buy Anavar from an underground (UG) lab.

Be careful, as you never know the true quality of the steroid you're purchasing.

Beware Fake Anavar

If you do come across very cheap Anavar, beware, its either fake, under-dosed or masquerading as DBol or Winstrol (stanozolol).

When weighing up the pros and cons, Anavar is one of the safest steroids you can take, especially if you're the goal is to cut and maintain gains.

If money is tight Clenbuterol or Phen75 are more affordable and probably more efficient fat burners you should consider.

Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)

Muscle Gains: 


Fat Loss: 

Often, beginners prefer orals over injectables when using steroids for the first time.

However, side effects can be harsher because of the way the body metabolizes them.


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    Immense Strength
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    Packs on Mass
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    No Injections 
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    Fast Results


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    Highly Estrogenic
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    Water Retention
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    High Gyno Risk 
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If I were to choose an oral for my first bulking cycle, it would be Dianabol.  

Not only is it scientifically proven to add serious mass and weight at a rapid rate it also gives you superman strength.

"For packing on serious muscle mass and weight rapidly - DBol is the preferred choice."

However, I wouldn't recommend Dbol on its own, especially on a first cycle.​

It's better to add Testosterone to combat D Bols suppressive nature and maintain the gains once you come off Dianabol.

You'll want to use an AI to control estrogen conversion and milk thistle for liver support.

 Without question, Post Cycle Therapy is a must with DBol.

arnie schwarzenegger dianabol

7 x Mr Olympia Arnie was believed to use Dbol during the 1960's and 70's.

With any oral, get your blood checked regularly by a doctor as Dbol can increase blood pressure and increase cholesterol levels.

BTW, Arnie Schwarzenegger was known to have taken Dianabol during the 1960's and 70's.

At this time, the terminator dominated Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia competitions.

Keep in mind, a good proportion of DBol gains will be water retention.

So, expect to lose up to 30% of your gains when coming off Dianabol.


Muscle Gains: 


Testosterone is the most popular compound for a newbie steroid cycle because it's well tolerated by most.

Side effects are mild, and the anabolic compound produces impressive gains in size and raw strength.

As a beginner, there's no need to stack test with other compounds as you'll get great results running the steroid on its own.


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    Builds Muscle Mass
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    Boosts Performance 
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    Increases Strength


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    Converts to Estrogen 
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    Water Retention
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If you can tolerate testosterone, there's a good chance you'll be able to tolerate other compounds.

Now, testosterone comes in a variety of esters as follows

  • Propionate 
  • Cypionate
  • Sustanon

For example, test enanthate and test cypionate are slow release esters meaning; results take longer compared to a faster-releasing ester like test propionate.

About Testosterone Esters...

"Esters don't affect testosterone's potency, what they do is control the rate in which the hormone is released and exists the body."

Should you take a short or longer ester?

Both have there pros and cons.

For example, you don't have to pin as frequently with a longer ester, which is an obvious benefit if you don't like needles.

However, I suggest going with a shorter ester for your first test cycle as the side effects will pass out of the body quickly.

If you can tolerate it , try a longer ester such as a testosterone enanthate or testosterone cypionate cycle as your second cycle.

"Testosterone side effects are very androgenic so water retention and gyno are common."

Regarding dosage, 250 to 500 mg per week is more than enough to give you serious gains.

To control estrogen conversion have a SERM such as Nolvadex on standby. 

Deca (Nandrolone Decanoate)

Muscle Gains: 


Fat loss: 

Deca is a nandrolone steroid.

It's considered one of the best bulking compounds around and hugely popular with bodybuilders and athletes.  

"Old skool body builders Arnie Schwarzenegger and Mike Mentzer admitted to using Deca to gain their huge muscles and upper body strength."

Deca Durabolin can give you serious strength as well as size. 

Even though it doesn't produce the huge mass you get with DBol, Deca's gains are cleaner and last longer.


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    Increases Strength
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    Muscle Endurance
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    Builds Lean Mass
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    Joint Protection


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    Suppresses Testosterone
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    Erectile Problems 
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    Water Retention

A big frustration with bulking steroids is losing gains post cycle.

You can quickly lose weight and size when a high percentage of the gains come from water retention.

With Deca, it's less of an issue because gains are cleaner.

There's less water retention, so you maintain more gains.

In fact, Deca Durabolin is unique because it's rare for a steroid to add the amount of size it does and not produce strong estrogenic side effects.

"Bodybuilders love Deca because of the steroids joint protection properties enabling them to train harder for longer.

Another reason Deca is a firm favorite with bodybuilders is joint protection. 

Intensive weight training can reduce the protective synovial fluid between the joints causing inflammation and pain.

Of course, this makes it harder to stay motivated.

However, Deca's protective properties are known to help replenish the synovial fluid, so you can remain in the gym longer and get jacked.

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Deca Durabolin is considered to have joint relief and protection properties that are beneficial for weight training 

Deca's also known to boost red blood cells which play an important role in exercise and endurance because they're a key transporter of oxygen in the body.

The more red blood cells you have, the more oxygen is pumped to the major organs, brain, lungs and muscle cells, so you can train harder and recover faster.

As you know, to gain serious size, you need to pack on calories and convert them into energy in the gym to build muscle.

"Deca stimulates your appetite which is a big benefit for bulking, especially if you're a skinny guy."

Deca has a long ester, so results can take a while to kick in.

But the wait is worth it, because the muscle gains are pure quality.

Deca side effects are relatively mild at low dosages.

Even its androgenic side effects are mild as the rate of conversion to estrogen is only 20% compared to testosterone.

Deca and Prolactin

Deca is known to increase prolactin levels which can lead to erectile problems such as the infamous 'deca dick'

What's more, nandrolone steroids are progestins - meaning they stimulate the progesterone receptors - which can result in water retention, acne, and gyno.

If you're genetically prone to these side effects, consider using an Aromasin Inhibitor.

"Deca will shut you down - even at a low doses of 100 mg the steroid suppresses natural testosterone." 

If you're going to use Deca, stack it with testosterone to avoid a complete shutdown.

Due to its long ester deca cycles should run for at least 12 weeks.

As a beginner, a baseline dose of 200 mg per week is a good place to start.

And you don't need to exceed 400 mg per week to experience impressive gains.

The Newbie Cycle 

Its simple, safe and all you need to get started in the right direction.

This is a 10 week single steroid cycle using testosterone.

Week 1-10: 250mg/week of testosterone

On Cycle Support

Week 1-10: - 0.25mg/week of Arimidex


Allow 2 to 3 weeks for the testosterone steroid to leave the body.

Week 15-16:

40mg/day of Nolvadex 

Week 17:

20mg/day of Nolvadex

Beginner Mass Gainer Cycle

A 10 week testosterone and dianabol cycle for packing on serious mass.

Week 1-4:  30mg/day Dianabol

Week 1-10: 500mg/wk Testosterone Enanthate

On Cycle Support

To combat the aromatisng nature of test and dbol have SERM like Nolvadex on standby.

If you're more estrogen prone use an AI like Arimidex.


Week 1-2: 100mg/day of Clomid and  40mg/day of Nolvadex

Week 3-4: 50mg/day Clomid and 20mgs of Nolvadex per day

Beginner Lean Gainer Cycle

This gets you ripped without too much water retention.

 However, your diet needs to be clean. Pizza, Ben and Jerrys are a no no.

Its a 12 week cycle that includes test enanthate for size.

 Anavar add strengths, muscle hardening, definition and enhanced vascularity.

Week 1- 12: 250mgs/week of testosterone enanthate

Week 8 - 12:  25mg/day Winstrol

On Cycle Support

Week 1-12:

5mgs/day of Arimidex
1000mgs/day of Alpha-lipoic acid (liver support)
Glucosamine supplement (joint support)


Week 14 - 18:  

Clomid - 100/50/50/50

Week 14-18:  

Nolva - 40/20/20/20

To Summarize

Now you have a few options to choose for your first cycle.

Its up to you which steroids you choose.

However, the top 3 steroid compounds for a beginner are; 

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    Deca Durabolin
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These steroids are going to give you serious size and strength and as long you run a full PCT the side effects shouldn't be too harsh.

As its your first cycle the gains will be the best you'll ever experience so no need to take huge doses.

Just keep killing it in the gym and ensure you're in a calorie surplus.

Anavar is probably the mildest steroid you can take, however don't expect any serious gains with it unless you're a woman.

For guys, anavar is a good choice for a cutting cycle.

Still confused about your first steroid cycle?

If you’re like most beginners who rely on broscience advice, I'm not surprised.

The insane amount of guys saying different things about steroids, dosage levels, PCT’s would make any beginner scratch their head in frustration.

It’s no wonder you don’t know where to start.


If you’re determined to run your first cycle regardless of the side effects, then you’ve got to do it safely.

It will be the most important steroid cycle of your life.


Because you will be injecting powerful chemical substances into your body.

And as its your first time, you’ve got no idea how the body will react.

That’s why it's so important to to get the right knowledge, so you are prepared.

And the best way to gain that knowledge is from a pro’s who’ve actually taken steroids and know what their talking about.  

They’ve made all the mistakes, so you don’t have to.

Here’s the deal.

If your serious about going through with this...

Then, for your mother's sake, read this guide.

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