I have been bodybuilding for 15 years now. Please take what I say very seriously.
If you are thinking of steroids, dont do it. You will regret it- I promise you. If your life or career depends on it- maybe, but nothing else. I have
done and do regret, and so do many others who have. You will gain in the short run(if you know really well what youre doing), but you will only lose
in the long run. You will never have as good a hormone levels as you did before, even with proper post-cycle therapy (PCT) . You will never be the
same person mentally or physically afterwards either. Also, if you havent gained much naturally, then steroids arent the answer and wont help you
much. Many unknowledgable dudes are trying steroids and are not gaining much because they arent doing theyre nutrition and workouts right in the first
place. Figuring out how to do things properly naturally is the answer.
Any healthy male can put on a ton of mass and strength naturally if they know how to do it and apply it over time. If you arent doing things right
naturally, then you will not be doing things right with steroids either. I went from 130 lbs at 19 y/o to 185 lbs at 21 y/o naturally with only a 7%
increase in BF %( a very long bulking cycle). But I had someone to teach me the right way.
Learn about bulking and cutting cycles at bb.com or elsewhere. They are crucial for making gains! You will not gain much muscle on a maintenance diet,
nor will you lose much fat, and it will take a very long time to make meager gains. You will make faster and much more sgnificant gains alternating
bulking and cutting. Basically with bulking and cutting cycles, you force muscle gain in bulking cycles and force fat loss during cutting cycles,
alternating between the two. You will also lose a little muscle during cutting and gain a little fat during bulking, but your routine will make it
sway the way you want each time for more muscle gain/fat loss over time. So in your bulking cycles, you gain more muscle than fat, and in your cutting
cycles, you lose more fat than muscle. Generally, you do 3 to 6 months of each. Cutting and bulking are crucial to what you want to do and you must
understand how to do this properly if you want the best results! I cannot emphasize that enough. Most amatuer bodybuilders fail in this aspect. Learn
exactly how to do this though, because what I just stated is just the jist of it. The nutrition schedule for each is what youre going to have to learn
about and figure out for yourself.
Go to the bodybuilding.com forums and start learning:
250,000 members there
Stick mostly to the "nutrition" and "workout programs" forums and start reading and learning as much as you can. It will make all the difference
in the world. Use the search feature. There is a vast amount of knowledge there.
Also, go to the misc forum and click on the religion and politics section if you want. Thats where we discuss stuff like is discussed at ATS. Stay out
of the Misc section itself though. Nothing but trouble there.
Concentrate on the barbell heavy compound exercises!:
bent over row
These should form the bulk of your routine and these will give you more muscle and strength than most everything else. Concentrate on increasing the
amounts lifted over time.
Do not concentrate on isolation work! It will only leave you wondering why you cant gain. Dont do those 4 or 5 day a week of isolation work routines
you see in the mags. For gaining muscle and strength naturally, a 3 day/week full body routine designed around a plan like " Madcow 5 X 5 " is the
best way to go for most guys. Almost everyone who does Madcow 5 X 5 is having excellent results and is raving like crazy about it.
Most all supplements are BS. Whey protein, creatine, and a good multivitamin are exceptions though and will help you considerably.
Learn about proper "post workout nutrition" and nutrition in general. You are most anabolic in the first several hours following an intense workout
and proper post workout nutrition is also crucial. Solid food is good if its dense in protein and carbs, but many prefer faster digesting liquid meals
PWO. Mine is whey protein, ground oats(quick oatmeal ground up fine in a coffee grinder), peanut butter, honey, and water, blended with a hand
This is my best advice I can give in as short a post as this.
Good luck and have fun!