If you haven’t checked out Part One and Two, make sure you do that now. You’ll need that context to keep pace with this piece.
Before we get any further, I need to say that I am NOT a steroid guru; I can’t answer your questions about what you should take and when. That said, I truly wish the best for you and I don’t want you to listen to broscience. If you’re interested using, consult a real scientific resource first. I recommend William Llewellyn’s Anabolics.
If you’d rather watch than listen:
None of the following information is to be construed as factual in nature. This is strictly for entertainment purposes. None of the following information is to be construed as advice in any shape or form whatsoever. Nothing herein is to be substituted for competent advice from a medical professional.
Joining a Powerlifting Gym
In early 2013, I joined a real powerlifting gym for the first time. Putting myself around other powerlifters who were much bigger and stronger than me was the single best decision I’ve ever made for my training. To this day, if at all possible, I will only train at black iron gyms. In my opinion, you simply cannot get the same quality of work done at a commercial gym.
Now, I was never naïve or stupid enough to believe that the top guys in the sport were drug-free by any means, but training at a real gym was my first true glimpse into enhanced lifting. I met guys who were 5’8”, 275lbs and capable of 2000lbs+ raw totals. When someone has forearms the size of your legs, it impresses upon you that if you ever want to produce the same results that they do, if you ever want to make a legitimate run at world records, you will have to make the same “sacrifices” that they make.
However, I was still far too naïve to realize that most of the enhanced lifters in powerlifting are not highly dedicate athletes who are “sacrificing” to get that last bit of performance out of themselves. Enhanced lifters come from a similar broad demographic as non-enhanced lifters. Of the group of people who use, to name only a few, there are people who simply like being really big and strong; there are drug addicts and drug dealers; there are gym rats who just want to look better; and, lastly, there exists a very small group of super dedicated athletes trying to get the most out of themselves.
At the time, I could only conceive of the last category and I personally thought I belonged to it myself. After all, I wanted to be the best, I wanted to be the greatest; I wanted to chase world records and to compete for championships. How could I do that without using the same things the top guys used?
My Steroid Cycle
I made up my mind to use “supplementation” in preparation for my next meet. The 12 week cycle was meant for a true beginner and consisted of:
- 500mg Test E divided into twice weekly shots
- Dbol tabs to kick start the cycle for the first two weeks
As I said at the very beginning, I am not a steroid guru. I have done one cycle. I can only answer questions about my experience. That’s it.
I cannot answer your questions about where to get steroids, what to take, or when to use them. However, if you’re looking for a resource that is based in actual science rather than just rely on what the “big guy” at the gym tells you. I highly recommend Anabolics by William Llewellyn. The book is over 1,000 pages long and contains hundreds upon hundreds of references to literature on the subject. Please don’t settle for broscience.
Preparation for UPA Iron Wars
Instead of my usual 5×5 style of training, I trained with a group who used Westside training principles. Apparently not having learned my lesson the first time, I figured I could go back to eating like crazy because I now had the magic of supplements on my side. I trained harder than I ever had in my life and I was able to put together the single greatest competitive day I’ve ever had in any athletic endeavor.
Dates: Feb ’13 to Jun ‘13
Squat: 418 no wraps to 551 w/ wraps
Bench: 242 to 320
Deadlift: 463 to 534
Total: 1124 to 1405
Totaling 1405 @ 220
On June 8th, 2013, I went 9 for 9 and totaled 1405@220 via a 551 squat, a 320 bench, and a 534 deadlift. In just over 3 months, I added nearly 300lbs to my total.
On the day of the meet, I felt just like I would on any other training day. In fact, in the warmup room, I wasn’t hitting weights as solidly as I would’ve liked. However, when I got on the platform, everything seemed to change. I SMASHED my opener and everything for the rest of the day was downhill from there.
I felt virtually unstoppable. I had 100% certainty that I was going to make each and every lift I attempted that day. Before I was even called to the platform, I had already successfully completed the lift in my own mind. To this day, for me, there aren’t many moments that can compare to when I hit my last deadlift to secure a 9/9 day and a 1405 total. I exceeded even my wildest expectations.
You can watch the whole meet here:
Evaluating My Performance
This one experience, more than any other, has now set me on a course where I cannot imagine life without powerlifting as one of my central focuses. Getting back to that level and surpassing it is worth it. Period.
Now, it would be easy to say that I gained so much on my total just from the drugs. However, most people would be completely wrong to assume gains of this magnitude are typical from a basic, beginner steroid cycle.
Keep in mind, when I totaled 1124, I went for 4/9 and greatly underperformed on both the bench and squat. My final squat was 418 and I squatted that for 4 in training.
I also went from competing in the USAPL without knee wraps to competing in the UPA with knee wraps. So, I definitely got 50lbs+ just from the knee wraps, rule differences, and deadlift bar alone.
I also was “regaining” some lost strength from my previous highs when I bulked to 242 during Starting Strength. I gained 30lbs of bodyweight in those three months. Any time you do that, you’re going to get a lot stronger. Of course, I was also making some new gains just from gaining weight and training hard.
And then, on top of all of that, I was also using steroids. The result was a ridiculously dramatic improvement in my total.
In Part Four, I’m going to discuss what drove me off of the drug-use path, why I feel that using was a mistake for me personally, and how the whole process affected my training AFTER the high point of meet day.
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Table of Contents
Part One: Starting Strength and Gaining 80lbs in 9 Months
Part Two: My First Meet and Cutting 50lbs
Part Three: My Experience with Steroids and Totaling 1405@220
Part Four: Tren, Almost Getting Arrested, and Why I Quit Steroids
Part Five: Losing 30lbs in 80 Days and Qualifying for Nationals