test and deca cycle for beginners

Test and Deca Cycle for Beginners – All you Need to Know

I don’t exactly remember when I started thinking of taking steroids but I did know that, if I did it, I would do it the right way. Getting big may be aesthetically pleasing but it does come with a bunch of side effects if you are not careful.

Today I will be talking about Test and Deca cycle for beginners, or rather Testosterone and Deca Durabolin.

The combo of these two drugs goes way back, and there are thousands of bodybuilders that swear by its effects.

And while both Test and Deca are relatively easy to find nowadays, not many beginners know how to structure their cycle correctly. I often see questions regarding the cycle’s length, stacking as well as PCT-related questions.

So let’s dig in and give the answers.

Test and Deca cycle for beginners – Best practices

Test and Deca cycles are mostly used during a mass-building phase (bulk). There are some things you need to keep in mind before starting out, to ensure that you minimize side effects and your health is quickly recovered post-cycle:

Drink a lot of water 

Good hydration helps to keep your liver healthy. Aside from that, it helps prevents muscle cramping. Headaches are another factor, especially if you decide to add orals that increase your blood pressure.

Take Tudca and fish oil 

Tudca is the absolute best liver aid on the market and, while relatively pricey, you want to do things as good as possible. Aside from that, you should start supplementing with fish oil* unless you eat fatty fish on a regular basis. If on your supplement you have 500mg of EPA and DHA but each caps is 1g of fish oil, you need to take 4 caps to get your intake. Count these 4 grams as fat in your daily macros.

Add Vitamin K2

Bodybuilders that are exposed to steroid usage will (in the long term) see an increase in calcification of coronary arteries, which is a major risk factor for a heart attack or a stroke. This is where Vitamin K2 comes in.

Vitamin K2 is important as it prevents the deposition of calcium in arteries and soft tissue. It also helps with the blood clotting process.

Since this vitamin is fat-soluble, it is best taken with a meal that contains at least some fat (or taken together with your fish oils).

PS: In case you are taking Vitamin D as well, make sure you don’t take the two vitamins simultaneously. While there are no side effects of doing so, the effect of both vitamins will be reduced if taken together. You can find out more about this by watching this video (starts are 5:00 minute time mark).

Ensure that you have everything before you even get started

This one is self-explanatory. Since steroids are hard to obtain, you want to make sure that you have the whole stack, including pct, in house, before you even get started.

Eat healthy foods in the right portions 

The cycle will only give amazing results if you eat the right amount of protein, carbs, and fats. Some like to count macros while others prefer a more strict diet plan. Make a food plan and follow it to the letter. If you don’t know how to make a food plan, consider hiring an (online) coach.

Avoid alcohol 

This one is a recommendation on my side. While many people like to go out and have a beer on an occasional basis, you want to make sure that you live as healthy as possible during your cycle, and not put any additional strain on your liver. If you HAVE to drink, take a long drink (with a zero-calorie soft drink) and count the calories as fats.

Do your blood tests 

While this one can quickly get pricey, it will ensure that you know exactly what’s going on with your body during this process. Get your blood work done before, during and after your cycle.

Control your Estrogen/Prolactin/Progesterone

In order to control your Estrogen, you will need to have some Arimidex (Adex) in handy. If you can’t find Adex, consider Aromasin or Letro. You will be taking this one during your cycle.
Aside from that, to control your prolactin/progesterone, it’s also a good idea to get Cabergoline or Mirapexin (I prefer Caber). Do some research on these two, as it will help you understand how gyno, water retention, and high blood pressure can easily be avoided.

Here is a great post on Caber.

Here is another great post on Estrogen/Prolactin/Progesterone control.

I can’t stress these enough. There are so many examples of beginners taking AAS the wrong way and expecting a miracle. Meanwhile, they are borderline broke and too lazy to do their own research. That’s not how this works…

Not unless you want to get into some serious health trouble.

If you are not 100% serious about this you better lay down the needle. Unless you want to end up with a bunch of health issues, you should first make sure that you are certain about your decision, spend a fair amount of time doing research and find a good and reliable source. Once that is done, we can start talking about the specifics.

Setting up your Test and Deca cycle 

I will skip the part where I explain the chemical structure of each compound, their history and how they are normally used for medicinal reasons. If you want to read more on that, Anabolics by William Lwellin is an absolutely golden resource. 

In this chapter, we will be talking about the types of Test and Deca you can use and how to best set up your cycle.

Choosing your Testosterone

The most common types of testosterone when it comes to bodybuilding are Propionate, Cypionate, and Enanthate. There is Sustanon as well, but we will not be covering this one here, as I rather wish to avoid blends.

Testosterone Propionate (Test P) has a fast-acting ester, which is why bodybuilders prefer it for cutting cycles, or during the last few weeks/months of contest prep. I personally don’t like using Test Propionate because it needs to be pinned more often throughout the week. This can also become a problem for beginners that don’t really like the needle.

Testosterone Cypionate (Test C) and Enanthate (Test E) are longer esters and often used during mass building phases. They take a little longer to “kick-in”, especially Enanthate, but are well worth the wait. Aside from that, you don’t have to inject these as often as propionate.

Furthermore, the amount of testosterone in each ml of your vial may also differ. More often than not, the contents are either 100mg/ml or 250mg/ml. 

I like to use Test E 250mg/ml to inject fewer MLs and be able to combine it with the Deca into one pinch session.

Choosing your Deca

Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate) also comes in different volumes per ml. Usually, you will come across the following:

Deca 250mg/ml – This is the most common volume per ml of Deca. Pharma grade Deca will usually look like this. 

Deca 300mg/ml – Again this has to do with preference, as some people like to inject smaller amounts in their muscle.

Deca blends – For now, it’s best to avoid blends. As a beginner, you want to know exactly what it is you are taking and not play with underground experiments.

Whenever possible, I try to find and invest in pharma grade steroids (Test and Deca). They might be a little more expensive, but it’s certainly worth it. If that is not possible, I invest in brands I know and trust. Avoid random steroid dealers from Facebook groups and shady forums. 

Finally, and I can’t stress this enough, ensure that your steroids are not fake.

Structuring a Test and Deca cycle

You will come across a lot of different variations of a Test and Deca cycle for beginners. Some will recommend high-test low-deca, while others will tell you that high-deca low-test works best.

I have tested different variations and even took both compounds on their own, and came out with a cycle that works best for me. Keep in mind that I put my health and safety as a priority, and will not test my limits for the sake of gains. 

For someone who is just starting out, this is how a Test and Deca cycle should look like:

Timeframe Testosterone Enanthate Deca Durabolin Arimidex* Caber*
Week 1 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 2 400mg  400pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 3 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 4 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 5 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 6 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 7 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 8 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 9 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 10 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 11 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)
Week 12 400mg  300pw 0.5 mg EOD 0.5mg pw (split over two doses)

* – For both Adex and Caber, dosing will differ per person. The numbers on the table above are only an indication of the average. Once you do a blood test mid-cycle, you will be able to confirm if your dose is working, or if it needs adjusting. Never trust anyone but your blood test. The indicated amounts reflect what has worked great for me personally, over the years.

The above cycle is recommended for beginners that are looking to build muscle. If you are an experienced, enhanced athlete, chances are that you will need to take larger amounts of both Testosterone and Deca Durabolin for best results.

How to inject Steroids – Understanding needle size

Test and Deca are both oil-based compounds. This means that the raw Test/Deca powder is slowly melted in oil. This has several benefits:

  • Since both Testosterone and Deca are oil-based, you can mix them together in one syringe and inject them in one time.
  • Oil-based steroids usually have less PIP (Post Injection Pain). This is observed both in studies and in my personal experience.

Because oil is thicker than water, you will need a needle that can easily draw and inject the oily substance in your muscles.

How to inject Test and Deca step by step

Here is the step-by-step process to ensure you do things the right way:

Step 1: Use 20 or 21 gauge needles that are 1 or 1.5″ long to draw the Test from its vial. 

Step 2: With the same syringe/needle, draw the Deca from its vial.

Step 3: Once the two compounds are mixed in the syringe, switch the needle to a new 23 or 25 gauge by 1 inch to inject with. 25 gauge needles will hurt less but take a longer time to inject the fluid in your muscles.

Step 4: Inject the muscle of your preference and gently pull back the plug of the syringe to ensure that you haven’t hit a vein. If you happen to draw blood in your syringe, pull the needle out and inject a different spot.

Step 5: Slowly and gently push the fluid into your muscle. To avoid scarring your muscle tissue, inject as slowly as possible.

Step 6: Once injected, pull the needle out with a swift movement and gently massage the area. It goes without saying that you dispose of the syringe and the needle immediately.

And that’s it. Since we will be injecting 2x per week (Monday and Thursday), each time you inject, the syringe should contain 200mg Testosterone and 150mg Deca. For example, if you use a 250mg/ml Test E and a 300mg/ml Deca, you should draw 0.8 ml and 0.5 ml respectively.

Best Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) for Test and Deca cycle

After your cycle has ended, you will need to run a PCT. The purpose of a PCT is, among others:

  • Restore your natural hormonal background as soon as possible
  • Preserve your hard-gained muscle mass Fighting the rollback phenomenon.
  • Reduce the side effects that occur when ending a steroid cycle
  • Prevent testicular atrophy that occurs when introducing exogenous testosterone

If you have been taking Arimidex and Caber as suggested, you should not worry about any signs of gynecomastia or other feminizing side effects. While most hormones will be unbalanced at this point, things will slowly start to return back to normal.

Your blood work will, of course, be a big indicator of the situation, but in general terms, a good PCT starts with Nolvadex/Clomid and HCG(Human chorionic gonadotropin).

You can read more on Nolvadex and Clomid before you go ahead and buy some. Then, check this resource to learn more about HCG.

Start the post cycle therapy 2 weeks after your last pinning sessions to allow the exogenous (synthetic) testosterone to exit your body. 

PCT for a Test and Deca cycle for beginners

Timeframe Nolvadex* HCG Tudca Omega-3
Week 15 40mg ED 300iu E5D 500mg ED 2000mg EPA/DHEA ED
Week 16 40mg ED 250iu E5D* 500mg ED 2000mg EPA/DHEA ED
Week 17 20mg ED 500mg ED
Week 18 20mg ED

*HCG is injected 3 times in total, subcutaneously, every 5th day, at the dosages described above.

Additional components:

  • Continue using Tudca or any other liver aid for 3 more weeks after your cycle has ended. This will ensure that your liver is protected until the drugs are out of your system.
  • Continue taking fish oils (Omega-3) for 2 more weeks after your cycle has ended, to normalize your lipids/cholesterol and protect your heart and blood vessels.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. In order to preserve your muscle, you will need to keep eating a protein-rich diet.

Test E and Deca Cycle Results

So, what can you expect when you decide to test out this beginners’ Test and Deca cycle? Simply put, and if you follow the protocols as seen above, you should see an increase in muscle mass, the amount of which will depend on your diet.

Keep in mind that, on cycle, your body will require higher amounts of protein and carbs. This means that the typical 1 gram per pound of body weight can be increased to support the enhanced effects of the drugs you are consuming.

Given that you follow a carefully structured bulking diet, you should be able to gain between 15-20 lbs of weight, most of which will be muscle. I will be updating this article as soon as my cycle is finished since I am currently running this exact protocol for my off-season bulking phase.

Final thoughts

Getting started with steroids is a bigger deal than some people make it look like. It is a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life unless you are very responsible and aware of the requirements it entails.

If you decide to give it a go, make sure you have a reason for doing it, whether that is a competition or an important photoshoot. Don’t simply do it to mask your self-confidence issues – that won’t help. 

All things being said, I find that this Test and Deca cycle for beginners is the best way to gain some muscle while not overstressing your body. In the future, I will be updating this post, adding more detailed information and more resources. Until then, wish you all the best!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some common Test and Deca cycle side effects?

Frequent side effects include a drop in libido, lower production of natural testosterone, oily skin, acne, mood swings, increased hair growth, hot flashes, night sweat. However, by following the best practices as shown in this article, you should experience minimal to no issues.

What orals can I add to a Test and Deca Stack?

First off, understand that adding orals is not a preferred practice for beginners. That being said, you could kick-start your bulking cycle by adding either 30mg of Dianabol (methandrostenolone) or 50mg of Anadrol (Oxymetholone) per day, for the first four weeks.
To reduce the strain on your liver, take the orals by sublingual administration. This process involves placing the drug under your tongue until fully dissolved.

Can beginners also take try a Deca only cycle?

Even though Deca only cycles are trending lately, it is recommended that you avoid them as a beginner. Some individuals claim that they saw great results while others felt terrible throughout the process. After stopping the administration of a Deca only cycle, the rebound is usually way worse than when administering Deca together with Testosterone. Side effects tend to also be more prevalent on a Deca only cycle. While there is not enough evidence to support my claims, I share my opinion based on my work with clients and by testing it out on my self.

What if I forget an injection of my Test and Deca cycle for beginners?

Try to make up for your missed dose as soon as possible. If you are unsure whether or not your forgot to inject, let it go and move on. 

What can I take for liver protection instead of Tudca?

While Tudca is the best liver aid protection you can get, there are also cheaper alternatives. These are:

  • N2Guard
  • Liv52
  • LPC

Where can I see some Test and Deca before and after pictures?

You can browse through popular forums, such as anabolicsteroidsforums, Brotherhoodofpain, and others. Aside from that, you can join relevant Facebook groups and request users to submit their photos. From my personal experience, users are more than willing to share and help out.

What is Deca dick and how can I avoid it?

Deca dick is an acronym that refers to the erectile dysfunction in individuals that use Deca. The term gained popularity over the years since, back in the day, most bodybuilders were not educated enough to understand how they could control their estrogen and progesterone. However, if you follow this Test and Deca beginner cycle, the chances of getting a Deca dick are slim to none.

What are the best steroid brands?

From personal experience, I am very satisfied with Keifei, PCT labs, Horizon, Magnus, Malaysian Tiger, and Baikal. Before you go out and search for these brands, keep in mind that they are illegal in most countries, and should not be purchased from the black market. That being said, if you happen to obtain them, always ensure they are legit since counterfeit products are very common nowadays.

What happens if you don’t go through PCT?

In the best-case scenario, you will lose the muscle you took so long to build. Your hormonal levels should return back to normal after a few months, except if a permanent shutdown occurs. Additionally, skipping PCT could lead to gynecomastia (“b*tch tits”), acne on face and back, erectile dysfunction and high blood pressure.

Dimitris Tsapis

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

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