As most people around the (boxing) world will know, the lineal and undefeated (ex) Heavyweight Champion of the world, Tyson Fury, is currently attending a UKAD hearing for alleged doping offences. Having already lasted a day longer than expected and with rumours that one of the panel members has been asked to leave, it might be high time to look at what has is actually going on here and why Mr. Fury is going through this at all. Well, in short it relates to three things:
- A positive test for Nandrolone back in early 2015
- A positive test for cocaine in 2016
- Refusal to take a test in 2016
You may have noticed that the title of this piece states that Tyson Fury has NOT doped (and by ‘doped’ I mean used performance enhancing drugs) and I will now explain why I believe this to be the case.
Nandrolone. This is the reason why. The two forms of Nandrolone available on the black market are Nandrolone Decanoate (often referred to as deca durabolin) and Nandrolone Phenylpropionate (often referred to at NPP). Both are injectable forms of the drug (an oral version of Nandrolone doesn’t exist) and both have extremely long detection times (decanoate 18 months – 2 years; phenylpropionate 12-14 months. It is these detection times that make it verging on impossible for Tyson Fury to have used either of these to have doped and here’s why:
He tested positive for trace amounts of Nandrolone after his fight against Christian Hammer, which took place on 28th February 2015. Let’s look at his fights before and after this fight:
15th February 2014 vs. Joey Abell
29th November 2014 vs. Dereck Chisora
(28th February 2015 vs. Christian Hammer)
28th November 2015 vs. Wladimir Klitschko
‘Trace amounts‘ of Nandrolone means that almost all of the drug would have have been out of his system on the 28th February 2015, meaning that even if he’d have taken the form of Nandrolone with the shortest detection time (NPP – 12 months) then he would have failed a drug test after the Dereck Chisora fight, because that falls within the 12 month detection time for NPP. Even though there’s a minute possibility that he could have taken NPP one day after the Dereck Chisora fight (meaning that by the time the Klitschko fight rolled around he could be clear) the levels of Nandrolone in his system three months later (when he tested positive after the Christian Hammer fight) would be be more than ‘trace amounts’.
So where does this leave Tyson Fury? I am certain he’ll be found not guilty of using PED’s, but will instead get a hefty fine and a suspended ban for his use of cocaine and his refusal to take the test.
Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate) is probably the second most popular injectble anabolic steroid after Testosterone and it easy to see why: it is an effective bulking compound, it is relatively mild and it is also fairly inexpensive…however, when you look at the real side (and long lasting) side effects of Deca it is baffling to see why anyone would choose to run it as part of their cycle….
11 times more damaging to blood vessels than testosterone: Yes, you read that correctly, Deca is 11 times more damaging to blood vessels (as show by this study). I know most people seem to pay attention to side effects that can be viewed in a mirror (water retention, acne, hair loss etc…), but it is the internal side effects that are by far the most dangerous. All steroids will increase red blood cell count and blood pressure to some degree, both of which are of course dangerous, but add in the damaged blood vessels and you are further increasing the risk of serious internal harm.
Stays in your system for up to 18 months: Unless you are staying on indefinitely and don’t seem to acre about the serious side effects of steroid use (or abuse in this case), then you will be running a PCT at some point. It is sort of a given that you wait for your system to be clear of all steroids before commencing PCT (hence why you wait three to four weeks after a long-estered Testosterone cycle before starting PCT), however with Deca you will still have steroids in your system, and as we all know 19-Nor steroids are the hardest to recover from.
The dreaded Deca dick: A funny name, but not so funny when you have to deal with it. Why does it happen? Firstly, as most will known, Deca has some interaction with the progesterone receptor, which is something you definitely don’t want as a man. And secondly, Deca actually activates the estrogen receptor to some degree also – again something you really don’t want being male; combine the two and you’re in for a world of trouble. In addition, the 5-alpha reduced form of nandrolone known as DHN has high affinity for the androgen receptor, yet exhibits very little androgenic action (even less than deca!). It is thought that DHN may displace some DHT within the penis (DHT is needed for penile health), which in turn causes erection problems.
Those three reasons should be enough to deter any person from taking Deca and that doesn’t include the massive watery bloat that is inevitable either…
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Can you add mass without increasing body fat percentage? This is a difficult question to answer as there are so many variables. The usual definition of ‘bulking up’ or ‘gaining mass’ is the accrual of total body mass, which typically includes adding a small amount of fat to speed up the muscle gain. Nowadays, however, everyone seems to want to ‘lean bulk’, which is adding lean muscle mass with either very little or no fat gain. Is this possible?
The first question that must be asked is, ‘how fast do you want to gain muscle mass?’. If you want to gain muscle mass as quickly as possible then a typical bulk is the way forward as the the extra calories will induce greater muscle gain (yes, there will be fat laid down too). If you want to add muscle slowly then a lean bulk is totally fine because you’ll understand that you may only add 1lb of muscle per month, compared to 2-3lbs you could add on a typical bulk. This lead to to the question, ‘can you do a typical bulk without gaining fat?’. In my opinion, no, but you can minimise the fat gain by optimising your food timings.
As with most diets, Carbs are the key here; timing your carbs is the key to minimising fat gains whilst bulking. The way you structure your food on training days ad non-training days needs to be different. As you would expect, Carbs need to be lower on non-workout days than workout days; in addition, the timing of the carbs needs to be different. Let us assume you train in the evenings:
Training days: Protein and fats all day up until 1 1/2 hours before training at which point a high carb, moderate protein, low fat meal should be consumed. Post training nutrition should be high carb, moderate protein, low fat also and this should be consumed up until you go to bed.
Non-training days: Majority of carbs for your breakfast. You’ll still be anabolic the morning after your workout so make the most of this by eating a carb heavy breakfast. After this meal however all of your meals should be high protein, high fat, low carb.
The logic behind this? You need to remain sensitive to insulin to continue to make muscle gains. Consuming carbs at all meals will desensitise you to insulin overtime, thus reducing the power of this extremely potent hormone when you need it (post workout). By only consuming a lot of carbs for the several hours after training and the morning after too, you will make use of insulin for muscle building purposes. Any carbs outside of this period will probably be laid down as body fat, which is something that you should be looking to avoid.
Is Dianabol really the best bulking oral steroid available? Arnie certainly loved it and those from that era dubbed it ‘The Breakfast of Champions’, but is the number one (oral) choice for those looking to add mass? I’m going to go out on a limb and say yes, it is, and I’ll explain why below. I know this will cause some fierce debate as some people hate Dianabol and some just don’t rate it, but I believe it is the best for several reasons.
Firstly, it does what it says on the tin. Dianabol will put mass on you and quickly. Granted, a lot will be water weight, but the scales will shoot up and that’s the aim of a bulk, right? The strength increases it will induce will will be off the scale and we all know what more strength equals, don’t we? More muscle. Period. But I know what you’re thinking – ‘there are other orals out there that do these two things even better than Dianabol, so why not choose one of those?’. To an extent this a valid point – orals such as Anadrol, Superdrol and Methyl-1-Testosterone probably will add more mass, muscle and strength that Dianabol BUT they are all much harsher on the body than Dianabol is. All three will be harder on the liver (particularly Superdrol and M1T – these two are scarily potent) and will no doubt cause other negative side effects to a great extent (increased blood pressure for example). Of course, it will depend on the individual, and there will be some who can’t tolerate Dianabol well at all, but all things even Dianabol is less harsh on the body and provides nearly as good gains as the other three steroids mentioned, so it’s a no-brainer, right?
I will admit it is hard to compare oral steroids as most people believe that oral-only cycles are worthless and should never be done, but I am of the opposite opinion. Oral only cycles can yield great gains so long as diet, training and rest are on point. Even though I’m not a fan of Superdrol nor M1T, a three week cycle of either one of those dosed at 20mg and 15mg respectively would result in huge gains, as would four weeks of Anadrol at 100mg per day. This is where Dianabol shows it’s greatness again as four weeks is the limit for those three anabolics, whereas Dianabol could be taken for up to six weeks without any issues.
It is often suggested that Anavar is an exceptionally mild steroid, so mild in fact, that it has very little or no side effects and can also be used by women. While that latter is true (although I would never advise females to take anabolic steroids, mild or not), the former isn’t and this is something we shall discuss in todays blog post.
Oxandrolone is a mild steroid in the sense of its ability to build lean muscle mass, despite its extraordinarily high anabolic rating (340-620), which is just one example of why the anabolic:androgenic ratio/rating system is pretty much obsolete when it comes to gauging a steroids potency. It has been proven to build a small amount of mass whilst reducing body fat, but nothing beyond this. Of course, those looking to decrease their body fat levels whilst maintaining or increasing lean muscle mass (slightly) it can be a useful drug, but there are far better compounds to take for this purpose – a short testosterone propionate blast would be a far better choice in my opinion.
The reason most people call Anavar mild is because of its side effects, or apparent lack of them, however the trap most people fall into is judging side effects on what they can see, rather than looking at actual health markers. The reason why I don’t deem Anavar (or any oral for that matter) mild, is because of its astoundingly negative effects on cholesterol, lipids and triglycerides. I have seen several sets of blood results that not only show the rapid negative impact Oxandrolone has upon these markers (within only a few weeks), but also that it doesn’t take a massive dose to induce such huge changes. For example:
Pre-cycle: Cholesterol – 3. Triglycerides – 0.58. HDL – 0.92
On-cycle results: Cholesterol – 7. Triglycerides – 5. HDL – 0.34
Yes, that is right, Cholesterol more than doubled, triglycerides increased nearly ten-fold and HDL was nearly a third of its value. These results are staggering and exemplify just how unhealthy taking anavar can be – remember it is the hidden side-effects that are the worst; the ones you can’t see by looking in a mirror or judging by how you feel. Luckily, these can be reversed post-cycle and with a healthy diet (plenty of omega-3 and vegetables) they can be addressed without a problem, but Anavar users please be aware!
For more information please click here to read our full Anavar (Oxandrolone) profile
Having frequented numerous bodybuilding and weightlifting based online forums over the last ten years I have learnt so much. What I love about the collection of people and knowledge that is available online is the fact that is is ever evolving and changes with the times, and those who need advice and guidance have a vast arrays of sources to obtain information from. Every topic is covered. No stone unturned. The latest science and ‘bro-science’ is brought to fore. But one area where I still see archaic advice given is PCT and it frustrates the hell out of me!
If you listen to an old-school bodybuilder or one who hasn’t evolved beyond the mid-nineties, then you will here utterly insane dosages when it comes to using nolvadex and cloimd – and I do mean insane! 300mg clomid and 60mg of nolvadex in one day? You’d be lucky to still have your vision after the retinal buggering your eyes would receive.
It is sad to see (excuse the pun) the amount of posts on forums of people complaining about feeling emotional after dropping 100mg+ of clomid for several days straight. I know that feeling and it isn’t pleasant! When the old timers catch up and stop advising silly amounts of what are very powerful drugs (more so than the preceding anabolics) – it is well proven than 20mg of nolvadex alone for 3/4 weeks is enough restore the HPTA, hell, I even advise 12.5mg of clomid and 5mg of nolva a day for 4 weeks as part of my advanced PCT and that has never failed me.
So please, for the love of everyone, quit turning the next generation of bodybuilders into blind emotional females!