If you’re going to use steroids, there is only ONE smart beginner cycle you should do, and that is testosterone only. The reason for this, is because you need testosterone in every cycle you run. It’s the foundation for building muscle, strength, health, and longevity for a man. A lot of people will run very complex cycles for their first time in hopes of getting the most gains possible, but understand that not all steroids are created equal, and each group of anabolics (testosterone, 17-AA orals, and nandrolones) pose their own unique risks and benefits. I’ve seen people run first cycles consisting of test, tren (probably THE harshest injectable anabolic there is), anadrol, halo (two of the strongest orals), Hgh, insulin….there is no need to introduce your body to THAT much shit the first time through. The people who jump head first into the deep end right away, typically have very short lived experiences with steroids. Don’t end the amazing experience before you even start by doing things recklessly. Your body has NEVER been introduced to an anabolic stimulus before, and by starting with just a tiny bit of extra testosterone, you will absolutely see rapid and profound gains without many, if any side effects.
The side effects of steroids are caused by the body’s attempt to achieve homeostasis (balance hormones) when being introduced to unnaturally high and super physiological levels of anabaolic hormones. The main two are estrogen, and prolactin. Testosterone-based steroids effect estrogen through a process known as aromatization, and nandrolones (deca, tren, NPP) can effect prolactin. Too much estrogen and prolactin, and you could develop gyno, bloat up with water retention, experience high blood pressure, mood swings, uncontrollable acne, and so on. It is very important to use Aromatase Inhibitor’s when using high doses of anabolic steroids to keep side effects to a minimum, or reduce them altogether.
This is why it’s imperative to start small. The best first cycle is a simple first cycle. You have your whole entire life to experiment with stacking different anabolic compounds to achieve the strength, physique, or athletic goals that you wish. But if you jump into the deep end right away with no knowledge of how to control side effects, dose things properly, etc. you will end up being a hormonal mess and regret using steroids. There is a right way and many, many wrong ways to do this, and choosing to go down the anabolic road is a marathon…not a sprint. Don’t use things recklessly, do your research, get blood tests from a doctor semi-frequently to keep a close eye on any potential nutrient deficiencies, your hormone levels, blood pressure, and overall health. Those are the things that are most important, not the superficial things.
Once you’ve got a testosterone only cycle under your belt, then you can think about moving up to the next level and adding another mild compound to your second cycle - such as equipoise, or orals such as dianabol or anavar. Best of luck to you!