Are you thinking about the enhanced path, my friend?

Hopping on steroids is a bigger deal than some make it seem and it can also get very addicting.

This is because your progress will come faster than you could’ve imagined.

If you are wondering how long does it take to get big on steroids, you might be starting off at the wrong foot.

Getting something faster is always better. But, when doing so in bodybuilding it almost always comes at a cost.

That being said, you are responsible for your body. This article is meant to show you how fast you can get big when using steroids, in combination with proper training.

So, how long does it take to get big on steroids?

The answer depends on the following facts:

  • The quality of your steroids
  • The cycle you run
  • Your work ethic and ability to stick to your meals
  • Your starting point
  • Genetics

Let’s talk about those in a little more detail.

The quality of your steroids

Not all steroids are the same when it comes to quality. Buying AAS from an unknown vendor online may often put you at risk. When you have the opportunity to buy AAS from “that dude” in your gym, its most likely going to be a better choice. 

More specifically, if your steroids a UGL (made in underground labs) you will not know if the volume of the product you buy is exact. You will also not know if your product is pure, especially with more expensive products, like Anavar.

While you can’t be sure about the volume, you can test the purity of your product by buying a ROIDTEST kit from Amazon.

All in all, it is best to try and find Pharma grade quality, even if it costs you more.

The cycle you run

Some steroids will make changes to your physique almost instantly, while others take some time to get things rolling.

In fact, some peoples’ steroids results 1 month after starting their cycle are insane!

Very often, when trying to get big, steroid users will opt for products like Testosterone Enanthate or Deca Durabolin. This is one of the most common cycles for beginners.

However, esters like these take longer to work. You might not see any significant changes in your physique for the first 8 to 10 weeks. For that reason, people often “kickstart” such cycles with an oral that speeds up the process.

The orals mostly used to kickstart a bulking cycle are Dianabol (Metandienone) and Anadrol (Oxymetholone).

Overall, short esters and orals will start making changes to your physique faster. Additionally, the number of steroids you run will also play a determining role. One only needs to look at Lee Priest (image below) to understand this point.

Your work ethic and ability to stick to your meals

If you’re going to jump on the needle, you better make fitness your number 1 priority. Skipping meals and missing workout sessions will play a detrimental role in the timeframe required to get big.

Yes, most times you will not be hungry. You may even feel like throwing up. This is where researching the right food sources, particularly those that digest quickly, will be important.

Other times you will not feel like working out. Heck, your wife may get angry that you spend so much time in the gym. The trick here is to be fully organized and make time for the gym:

  • If you are going on holiday, choose a hotel with a gym.
  • If you can’t find time to cook your meals, make sure you have an alternative option.

So, how fast do steroids work to build muscle? Look at your habits and discipline and you’ve got the answer.

Your starting point

This may be hard or pleasant to hear depending on your starting point. “Newbie” lifters (like our first example below) or those with muscle memory (second example below) will generally get big on steroids much faster.

Advanced lifters that have reached their natural potential or seasoned steroid users will require more time to see significant differences in their physiques.

This, of course, shouldn’t discourage you. It should only motivate you to work harder.


Genetics play a very important role for bodybuilders. Ronnie Coleman and Lee Priest looked incredible before they ever started taking steroids.

Others go through incredibly damaging steroid cycles and don’t even look half as good.

You need to need in mind that your genetic predisposition to muscle building will affect the timeframe required to build muscle. 

That being said, with the right cycle, even shitty genetics can make you look incredible.

One such example is Dorian Yates, who has said multiple times that his genetics did not support his passion for bodybuilding. 

Yet, he will stay in history as one of the biggest bodybuilders to ever step on stage.

Impressive steroid transformation examples

The following examples were chosen to illustrate the points we discussed above. Keep in mind that each individual has a different response to drugs and that this is, in no way, an indication of what you can expect when starting your cycle.

Abe T. – 6 weeks


Abe was a total “newbie” in the gym, with no prior experience other than recreational lifting. Within 6 weeks, he completely changed his diet and, as he mentions: “ate until I couldn’t eat anymore then ate some more”.

Of course, what you do need to keep in mind is that Abe was trained by a professional contest prep coach, who created his workout and nutrition plan, from which he didn’t deviate.

Overall, one could say that proper nutrition, training, and gear, in combination with Abe being new in the gym gave him results that to most seem extraordinary.

Lee Priest – 8-12 weeks

how long does it take to get big on steroids

Lee priest is known as one of the biggest genetic freaks in the industry of bodybuilding. At age 16 he already looked better than most of us will ever look juice.

One thing that is noteworthy about Lee is how much his body changes during offseason. 

Lee eats a massive amount of food when he isn’t on prep. He ends up looking like an average overweight man. However, when the time comes to cut down for a competition, he makes an incredible transformation.

Moreover, Lee has mentioned that he usually diets down for 12 weeks before a competition but he is ready to step on stage in 9 weeks or less.

While this is not necessarily an answer to “how long does it take to get big on steroids”, it does show the dramatic effect that steroids can have on your body in a very short timeframe.

Cody Montgomery – 8 months

Cody Montgomery is a teen bodybuilding champion, with six 1st places in a total of eight competitions. 

Many thought Cody retired after he stopped competing following his 7th place in 2016, in Arnold Classic Australia. The young bodybuilder also got a son, which changed his priorities, at least for a while.

However, in 2019, Cody posted this incredible transformation picture of himself. In just 8 months, he went from “dude that barely lifts” to an Olympia worthy physique.

What must be noted here is that Cody has been active on the stage since 2010 when he was just 16 years old. All these years as a competitor ensured that even untrained, he had significant muscle memory.

Bostin Lloyd- 1 year

Possibly one of the best transformations in the history of bodybuilding and one that got a lot of attention, was that of Bostin Lloyd.

Bostin’s father was a bodybuilder and the young man got introduced to the concept of bodybuilding quite early in life (only 20 years old). He is the perfect example that covers all the points discussed above.

In just one year, the bodybuilder (whoo took 13 substances including Synthol) packed on massive amounts of mass, stepping on stage at 240 lbs.

Additionally, Bostin has been open about his steroid use and shares his cycles with his fans.

What does this mean to you?

Oftentimes, bodybuilders will use extreme amounts of steroids to get the perfect look in the shortest amount of time. 

In most cases, these bodybuilders have very knowledgeable coaches and doctors to back them up and advise them. 

If you are thinking of running a cycle on your own, with a limited amount of knowledge, don’t even think of going that way. It is for some reason that people recommend Test only cycles for first time users.

Health will always be more important than your image. You may not see it this way not. You may feel invincible. But if you don’t take care of the more important aspects, your bodybuilding journey will be cut short.

It is always better (health-wise) to first reach your natural potential before adding steroids in the mix. 

And even then, your transformation should be based on diet and training with steroids acting as a supplementary measure.

Frequently asked questions

To sum up and give more concrete answers, here are the most commonly asked questions and their answers, with regard to this topic.

How long does it take for anabolic steroids to work?

Anabolic steroids start working immediately. However, the timeframe required to see physique changes will depend on many factors and there is thus not one answer to this question. Here are the things you need to consider:

  • The quality of your steroids
  • The type of steroids
  • Your work ethic and ability to stick to your meals
  • Your starting point
  • Genetics

How much muscle can you gain on steroids in a month?

When taking steroids to get bigger, bodybuilders will usually start their cycle with the addition of an oral steroid to increase its effectiveness. Most commonly, the oral steroids used to kickstart bulking cycles are Dianabol or Anadrol.

Alternatively, some bodybuilders skip the orals and use fast-acting testosterone esters instead (e.g. Primobolan, Test P, etc.).

With the right cycle, users can expect to see a growth of 10-20 lbs in the first month. This, of course, entails that all aspects of your nutrition and workouts are in check and that the dosage of steroids has been carefully planned to match your goals.

How long will the muscle stay after I stop taking steroids?

By maintaining a healthy diet and a good workout regime, you should be able to maintain at least part of your gains after your steroid cycle is completed.

Studies have shown that testosterone-based cycles may offer advantages to muscle building even 1,5 year after the last pin. There is, however not enough evidence to support this and thus more research is needed.

What are some fast-acting steroids?

  • Most oral steroids, especially 17α-Alkylated AAS will start making changes to your physique as soon as you start taking them.
  • Additionally, short ester injectables are known to cause immediate changes to your physique.



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Dimitris writes articles related to his experiences as a coach and bodybuilding athlete.

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