Bodybuilders, whether beginners, intermediate or advanced, use two different types of steroids. The most commonly used type by beginners is for bulking. Bulking steroids quickly increases muscle mass and beginners will likely be more focused on increasing mass rather than forming the muscles. Of course, in time the bodybuilder will have to focus on lean muscles in order to participate in any competition.

The most common type of steroids used for bulking is testosterone. This has been used for decades and has proven to be highly effective when it comes to building mass. However, it needs to be noted that a good portion of this mass is due to water retention and without proper training, much of the mass produced by bulking steroids will disappear.

Steroids are used in cycles often referred to as bulking or cutting cycles. Cycles, in effect, are a way for the body to recover from the use of steroids. Each cycle will normally last for 8 to 12 weeks. After that, the body is given enough time to recover before starting another cycle.

What does the body need to recover from

Steroids introduce testosterone in the body. Now, it is important to take note that testosterone is normally produced by the body on its own. The only reason to use steroids is so that more testosterone enters the body thus increasing muscle mass a lot faster.

Unfortunately, steroids actually stop the body from producing its own testosterone. However, after its use, the body will attempt to recover and start producing testosterone normally again. This is the precise reason why steroids have to be used in cycles.

The normal bulking cycle for beginners is 8 weeks. Bulking steroids like Testosterone Enanthate and Danabol DS are relatively quite inexpensive and can really build muscle mass quickly. 400-600mg per week of Testosterone Enanthate and 30mg per day of Danabol DS is normally recommended for beginners.

Intermediate bodybuilders need quite a number of other types of bulking steroids as well and the cycle will also be either 8 or 12 weeks. Advanced bodybuilders need even more and the increase in the amounts of steroids that need to be taken is mainly due to the amount of muscle mass that is required.

While beginner bodybuilders only need a noticeable amount of muscle mass in order to be satisfied, intermediate and especially advanced bodybuilders will need more and more muscle mass hence the need for more steroids.

Unpleasant side effects

Before you get too excited and start a bulking cycle, there is one thing that you need to be aware of. The male body not only has the male hormone testosterone. It also has the female hormone estrogen although in much smaller quantity. As the male hormone increases with the use of steroids, the body will also increase the amount of estrogen.

Now, estrogen has some quite undesirable effects in male bodies, like increased breast size and sore nipples. If you do not want to end up with huge muscles, but female like breasts, make sure that you also include anti-estrogen drugs when you are using bulking steroids.