For the performance enhancing individual, the bodybuilder or athlete, although a long standing favourite, it’s also one of the most misunderstood. The common idea is that Nandrolone Decanoate is a great bulking steroid and the truth is it is a fantastic bulking steroid. However, there are numerous positive effects this steroid can bring.
Deca-Durabolin is naturally reserved by most athletes and bodybuilders for bulking, mass-adding, and strength-gaining cycles. This is due in part to its positive and beneficial effects on connective and bone tissue, allowing a greater rate of healing in these areas and an added injury preventative when heavier weights are used and more intense physical activity is engaged in.
For the off-season athlete, Nandrolone Decanoate is often a staple and one of the best choices he can make. Increases in mass will not occur at a rapid rate. Strength should also increase to a degree, although Nandrolone isn’t well known for being a strong strength promoter. For the off-season athlete, he will also enjoy the recovery and therapeutic benefits this steroid provides. This is important as off-season training is normally the time when the heaviest weights are used. Due to the positive impact the steroid will have on the metabolism, the user will also find that he should be able to gain more size with less body fat than he would without Nandrolone use.
Very low doses of Nandrolone will provide the relief and recovery, and a slightly higher dose will provide this along with increased levels of muscular endurance.
Being that Deca Durabolin is a long-acting long estered variant of Nandrolone (possessing a half-life of 15 days), Deca-Durabolin cycles are and should be at least 12 weeks in length. Here it is often combined with similar long-estered compounds, such as Testosterone Cypionate. Because of its long acting nature, most users will not experience the ‘kick-in’ of the compound until at least several weeks into the cycle, and this is where many individuals will insert a kickstarting compound into the Deca-Durabolin cycle for the first few weeks. This is typically any oral anabolic steroid, such as Dianabol, Winstrol, Anadrol, Anavar, etc. However, for the purposes of bulking and strength gaining, most individuals tend to lean towards compounds generally suitable for these goals, such as Anadrol (Oxymetholone) or Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) for the first 4 – 6 weeks. These compounds are used because of their mass-adding properties that lend themselves to Deca and Testosterone quite well.
The usual dosage for physique or performance-enhancing purposes is the range of 200-600mg Nandrolone Decanoate per week, taken in cycles 8 to 12 weeks in length. This level is sufficient for most users to notice measurable gains in lean muscle mass and strength.
For an anabolic boost, 300mg per week is the common low end dose with 400-600mg Nandrolone Decanoate per week being fairly common. 400mg per week is as high as most athletes will go and most all they will need, but some do go higher. It’s always important to remember that the higher the dose the greater the risk of negative side effects. For most users, technically because of its long half-life, one injection per week will work, but splitting it into two or three equal size smaller injections per week is more efficient.
For the purpose of performance and physique enhancement, Deca is usually used by beginners in the range of 300 – 500mg per week. Intermediate users normally do not have to venture above the 500mg mark within that beginner range, especially when Deca Durabolin is stacked with other compounds such as Testosterone and/or another oral compound as a kickstarter. Advanced users should likewise have no major requirement to veer outside this dose range, but should an advanced user require a higher dose to elicit gains, a range of approximately 600 – 800mg or greater should suffice, especially if Nandrolone is the primary anabolic compound of a cycle and Testosterone is simply run as a supportive compound at TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) doses.