muscle bulking steroid cycles

For those that want to bulk up their muscles in the shortest time possible, you might be considering which steroids to combine together to get the best effect. In the bodybuilding world, this is known as stacking.

If bulking is your primary goal, the best bulking steroids are as follows:

Dosage during a cycle generally depends on your bodyweight and tolerance. This makes it a fairly imprecise process. The general rule is that if you begin to show any side-effects, you should cut the dose down or discontinue use.

The steroid cycles listed in this article are not for beginners. If you have limited or no experience with steroid use, do not attempt these cycles. Even experienced bodybuilders should use extreme caution when attempting to stack steroids.


Anadrol is the most powerful of the bulking steroids and is not suitable for beginners or those with a low tolerance threshold. It gets users large muscle size and strength, although it can also bring on impactful side-effects.

Being an orally taken steroid, Andarol is processed by the liver, so blood pressure and liver toxicity are things to be concerned about when using it.

Anadrol can be taken on its own, or stacked with injectable steroids like trenbalone, deca or testosterone.

Stacking Anadrol with other orally taken steroids is a bad idea, as this will overly tax your liver and considerably increase your cholesterol levels.

Anadrol Only Cycle

This steroid cycle is tailored for men who are looking for big gains in muscle mass but havn’t used Anadrol before. A cautious approach is therefore taken, slowly introducing the body to it to minimise toxicity.

For the first three weeks of the cycle, take 50mg per day, increasing to 75mg per day for the following three weeks to the end of a cycle of six weeks total.

Experienced users who can tolerate Anadrol well might choose to cycle Anadrol for 8 weeks, with dosage increasing up to 100mg.

Anadrol and Deca Cycle

This stacked cycle should only be attempted only after having been through at least one cycle of Anadrol on its own.

Since Anadrol is very powerful, a milder steroid added to the stack is advisable to reduce the risk of side-effects. Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca) is a good choice for this reason.

Deca is famous for a phenomenon known as “deca dick”, or erectile disfunction. This is partly because it reduces DHT levels, which is a chemical for nitric oxide production and blood flow in the penis. Taking Anadrol together with Deca helps prevent this because it is particularly androgenic.

Within this eight-week cycle, start with Deca at 400mg per day for the first three weeks. Sexual function usually hits at around the third week on deca so that is the time to introduce 50mg of Anodrol to counteract it. Increase the dose of Anadrol to 75mg on week six. Because Deca is a slow acting steroid, it is usually cycled for up to ten weeks, so that it can peak in the bloodstream for optimal effect.

Anadrol and Test Cycle

For an even more powerful stack than Deca Durabolin and Anadrol, there is Anadrol and Testosterone for exception muscle building gains.

Only advanced bodybuilders should attempt using this stack. If you’ve successfully managed the side-effects of Anadrol in previous cycles, you might consider it.

Be warned, this stack WILL increase your blood pressure significantly and you can expect your natural testosterone production to be shut down. You will also notice above average water retention in the muscles. The risk of liver toxicity is due to the use of Anadrol. If you are susceptible to gynecomastia, you can expect that to occur as well.

As a fairly conservative cycle, start with 50mg of Anadrol along with 200mg of Testosterone, increasing dosage to 75mg in week three and the testosterone dosage in the final week (week 6) to 350mg.

Dianabol (Dbol)

Dianabol is similar to Anadrol but slightly less powerful for adding muscle mass and bulking. They are both oral steroids but the main difference is that dbol is mildly androgenic while Anadrol is highly androgenic. The side-effects of the toxicity of Anadrol, like hair loss and acne are less of a problem with dbol. Dbol is taken in smaller doses as well.

Dianabol is generally more popular among bodybuilder for being less toxic.

Dbol and Deca Cycle

This cycle has less side-effects than the Anadrol-Deca one but should get close to the same results.

This ten week cycle starts with 2 weeks of 400mg daily Deca doses on its own. Keeping the Deca dose the same throughout the cycle, introduce Dianabol at week four and five at 10mg per day. From week six onwards, double the Dbol dose to 20mg per day.

You should monitor your blood pressure throughout this cycle.

A Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) should be applied to ensure that testosterone production recovers.

Dianabol and Testosterone Cycle

For bulking, this is a very powerful stack because it combines two of the most effective muscle building steroids.

In this six-week cycle, combine 20mg of Dbol with 200mg of Test per day for the first two weeks. From week three to the end of week five, increase the Dbol dose to 25mg and the Test dose to 300mg. In week six, increase the Test dose to 350mg per day.

The Test is stronger than Deca, making this cycle typically produce better results than the Dbol and Deca stack. The more powerful cycle will bring more side-effects though, and you can expect increased risk of breast enlargement, high blood pressure, water retention and repressed natural testosterone production.

Testosterone (Test)

Similar to Dianabol, Testosterone is great for increasing muscles. It is les anabolic than Dianabol however.

As an injectable steroid, it is less risky to use than Dbol as far as side-effects go.

Test and Deca Cycle

Among all of the bulking cycles listed in this article, this one is the safest bulking stack.

Testosterone and Deca Durabolin together will pack a far bigger punch than either cycled on their own and testosterone will counteract some of the side-effects like lowered sex drive and erectile dysfunction. Testosterone’s androgenic properties help balance DHT levels, keeping sexual function from being damaged.

This eight-week cycle is started off with 200mg per day each of Test and Deca. At week four, both doses are increased to 300mg. In the final week (week eight), reduce the dosage of both back to 200mg per day.

Test and Tren Cycle

A stack combining Testosterone and Trenbolone is considered the best steroid cycle for lean muscle gains. This means that it avoids water retention as much as possible to produce lean muscle tissue.

This cycle goes for eleven weeks. For the first week, take 300mg of Test and 150mg of Tren. From the second week to the end of the tenth week, up the dose of Test to 600mg while remaining on 150mg of Tren. For the eleventh week, discontinue the Tren and cut back the Test to 300 mg.

While the Test may produce a small amount of water retention on this cycle, you won’t experience the kind of bloat that is typical of Dianabol or Anadrol. Tren gives dry gains, meaning that it doesn’t aromatise (cause water retention in the muscles). Trenbolone also burns fat at the same time it builds muscle. This is handy if you’re taking in a lot of calories as part of your bulking process.

Tren can punish you with high blood pressure though, along with severe suppression of testosterone production. Thus, only advanced users should attempt this cycle, especially at the doses that are recommended.