Arnold Schwarzenegger Steroid Cycle

Few bodybuilders have received such a universal recognition as Arnold Schwarzenegger did, since this kind of iconic personalities are seen just once in a generation. His personality, acting career, and overall physique have attracted to the sport all sorts of people, even those who were never interested in bodybuilding. Perhaps, this is one of Arnold’s major merits, as it was easy to get the attention of those already following the sport, but it is much harder to catch the eye of those who are far from bodybuilding. It is not surprising that Arnold was able to achieve this because he had everything that’s needed and even more.

However, his incredible physique was always the source of rumors about his steroid use, which caused vivid discussions both among bodybuilders and the general public. Nowadays, when talking about steroid use by Arnold Schwarzenegger we must keep in mind that back in those times fewer compounds and ancillary drugs were available. One thing is known for sure – Arnold Schwarzenegger did not abuse steroids, and these days even ordinary bodybuilders are using much higher dosages of these drugs. Interestingly, the main steroids used by Arnold were mentioned in the movie Pumping Iron, and these were Primobolan, Deca Durabolin, and Dianabol. As a matter of fact, some further discussions have confirmed that these three compounds were the only ones by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Some may wonder now, why didn’t he use testosterone together with Deca Durabolin. Well, there are two reasons for that. First of all, back in those days bodybuilders did not know that Nandrolone based steroids are extremely suppressive, and relied on tapering (or pyramiding) of the dosages for the recovery of natural testosterone production. Secondly, testosterone was very hard to get in those times, even for such stars as Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Assuming that in the golden era of bodybuilding few bodybuilders could run a comprehensive post cycle therapy (PCT) that would allow them to keep their gains made on cycle, most probably Arnold cycled closer to the contest days. What’s more, considering the little knowledge about cycling in those days, it would be more feasible to think that Arnie did not cycle on and off with PCT’s in between, but rather used bridges from one cycle to another. Here is how Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cycle would look like:

WeekDeca DurabolinDianabolPrimobolan
1200 mgs per week60 mgs per day600 mgs per week
2200 mgs per week60 mgs per day600 mgs per week
3200 mgs per week60 mgs per day700 mgs per week
4200 mgs per week60 mgs per day700 mgs per week
5300 mgs per week80 mgs per day800 mgs per week
6300 mgs per week80 mgs per day800 mgs per week
7300 mgs per week80 mgs per day800 mgs per week
8300 mgs per week80 mgs per day800 mgs per week
9400 mgs per week100 mgs per day800 mgs per week
10400 mgs per week100 mgs per day800 mgs per week
11400 mgs per week100 mgs per day800 mgs per week
12400 mgs per week100 mgs per day800 mgs per week
13400 mgs per week100 mgs per day800 mgs per week
14400 mgs per week100 mgs per day800 mgs per week
15300 mgs per week80 mgs per day700 mgs per week
16300 mgs per week80 mgs per day700 mgs per week
17200 mgs per week60 mgs per day600 mgs per week
18200 mgs per week60 mgs per day600 mgs per week

As we can see, bodybuilders of 1960’s and 70’s considered that the best way of controlling and preventing side effects was the pyramiding, which we now know is completely useless. Neither were they completely aware of the stress inflicted on the liver by such oral steroids as Dianabol, so little attention was given to liver supporting supplements. Another thing that may strike some readers, is that just like all the bodybuilders of his time, Arnold did not use anti-estrogens because it was believed that with moderate dosages of steroids estrogen related problems could be avoided. Interestingly, this might be the main reason steroids were not as heavily abused in the golden era of bodybuilding.

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As mentioned above, most probably Arnold Schwarzenegger did not run proper PCT’s, and would instead opt for bridges, and this is how they looked like:

WeekPrimobolanDianabol
1200 mgs per week30 mgs per day
2200 mgs per week30 mgs per day
3200 mgs per week40 mgs per day
4200 mgs per week40 mgs per day
5200 mgs per week30 mgs per day
6200 mgs per week30 mgs per day

Then after the bridge the main cycle would be repeated.

However, Arnold’s cycles would look considerably different with the compounds and knowledge available at this moment, and due to the greater variety of compounds, he would be able to run cutting and bulking cycles separately. This is how it would look like today:

Bulking

WeekTestosterone EnanthateDeca DurabolinDianabolAromasin
1600 mgs per week800 mgs per week80 mgs per day12.5 mgs every other day
2600 mgs per week800 mgs per week80 mgs per day12.5 mgs every other day
3600 mgs per week800 mgs per week80 mgs per day12.5 mgs every other day
4600 mgs per week800 mgs per week80 mgs per day12.5 mgs every other day
5600 mgs per week800 mgs per week80 mgs per day12.5 mgs every other day
6600 mgs per week800 mgs per week80 mgs per day12.5 mgs every other day
7600 mgs per week800 mgs per week12.5 mgs every other day
8600 mgs per week800 mgs per week12.5 mgs every other day
9600 mgs per week800 mgs per week12.5 mgs every other day
10600 mgs per week800 mgs per week12.5 mgs every other day
11600 mgs per week800 mgs per week12.5 mgs every other day
12600 mgs per week800 mgs per week12.5 mgs every other day
13600 mgs per week800 mgs per week80 mgs per day12.5 mgs every other day
14600 mgs per week800 mgs per week80 mgs per day12.5 mgs every other day
15600 mgs per week800 mgs per week80 mgs per day12.5 mgs every other day
16600 mgs per week800 mgs per week80 mgs per day12.5 mgs every other day

Cutting

WeekTestosterone enanthatePrimobolanAnavarTrenbolone enanthateAromasinDostinexCardarine GW-501516
1400 mgs per week600 mgs per week50 mgs per day400 mgs per week10 mgs every day0.5 mgs per week12.5 mgs per day
2400 mgs per week600 mgs per week50 mgs per day400 mgs per week10 mgs every day0.5 mgs per week12.5 mgs per day
3400 mgs per week600 mgs per week50 mgs per day400 mgs per week10 mgs every day0.5 mgs per week12.5 mgs per day
4400 mgs per week600 mgs per week50 mgs per day400 mgs per week10 mgs every day0.5 mgs per week12.5 mgs per day
5400 mgs per week600 mgs per week50 mgs per day400 mgs per week10 mgs every day0.5 mgs per week12.5 mgs per day
6400 mgs per week600 mgs per week50 mgs per day400 mgs per week10 mgs every day0.5 mgs per week12.5 mgs per day
7400 mgs per week600 mgs per week400 mgs per week10 mgs every day0.5 mgs per week12.5 mgs per day
8400 mgs per week600 mgs per week400 mgs per week10 mgs every day0.5 mgs per week12.5 mgs per day
9400 mgs per week600 mgs per week400 mgs per week10 mgs every day0.5 mgs per week12.5 mgs per day
10400 mgs per week600 mgs per week400 mgs per week10 mgs every day0.5 mgs per week12.5 mgs per day

During the entire cycles, a good liver supporting supplement would be used, since both Dianabol and Anavar are liver toxic. For this purpose the best supplement would be N2Guard.

Here are the reasons the above mentioned drugs would be used:

Testosterone enanthate: It is already considered the classic base steroid for any cycle, as it can truly enhance the effects of the other steroids in the stack, and even alleviate the side effects of some steroids (such as Deca Durabolin).

Deca Durabolin: This nandrolone based steroid is a very well known bulking steroid that gives some very prominent mass gains to the user.

Dianabol: It is the most widely used steroid for kick-starting cycles with slower acting steroids. However, due to its wet nature, it is rarely used in cutting cycles.

Anavar: This is a good alternative to Dianabol in the role of a kick-starter during a cutting cycle, where it will give very lean gains, and will render a good performance boost very fast.

Primobolan: Although it is not very effective on its own, primobolan is one of the best stacking agents, as it will add quality to the mass gains without any side effects. In fact, it is considered to be one of the safest steroids out there.

Trenbolone Enanthate: This steroid was not very popular back in the day due to its extremely harsh nature. However, we now have all the ancillaries needed to combat its side effects, so it is a very good nandrolone based replacement for Deca Durabolin during cutting cycles, where it will help achieve incredible definition and lean mass gains.

Aromasin: It is the best aromatase inhibitor available (AI). Since it is a suicide AI, there is no danger of getting an estrogen rebound once the compound is discontinued. Besides, unlike the popular Arimidex, which can cause lipid strain, aromasin actually improves cholesterol levels.

cardarine-gw501516

Cardarine GW-501516 – This PPAR modulator Cardarine GW, most frequently associated with SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulator), has the unique ability of combating trenbolone’s side effects, allowing to improve the cycle effectiveness by enhancing cardio performance, endurance, and recovery. Additionally, it will burn fat and add a little bit of lean mass without any side effects whatsoever.

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