Q: “I want to have really good steroid cycle results over the next year, not like a pro bodybuilder but still very serious. But I don’t want to spend a penny more than I have to. What is the cheapest way that’s also sensible in terms of adverse side effects?”
I suppose the absolute cheapest way would be testosterone propionate only for eight cycles of 2 weeks on, 4 weeks off, taken as 450 mg on Day 1 and 150 mg/day for days 2-10. (This counts as 14 days “on” because of continued effect of the drug after injection.) For those that are not sensitive to estrogen, testosterone alone can work fine. However, many would have adverse side effects from excess estrogen.
Another similar-cost alternative would be to use 300 mg on Day 1 and 100 mg/day for days 2-10 but also include Dianabol at 50 mg/day throughout; or to use testosterone at the same amounts as above but beef up Days 11-14 with Dianabol. The same estrogen concerns would apply.
The principal reason for adding Dianabol, if doing so, is to get the most out of the last few days of the cycle, as the levels from injected testosterone drop. While it’s not so important to get the last bit possible out of the last few days of a longer cycle, with a 2 week cycle, it’s highly desirable to do so.
Unless already knowing by personal experience that this much aromatizing steroid can be used without problem, I’d really rather an antiaromatase such as letrozole be used. This will add a little cost, but not much. Although dosing will vary according to the individual, an average amount would be 2.5 mg on Day 1, followed by 1 mg/day through Day 10.
If liking 2-week cycles, it’s not absolutely necessary to use a SERM such as Clomid in the first two off weeks, but it’s recommended.
If preferring longer cycles such as 8 weeks, as is more common, the same drug choices are generally the biggest bang for the buck, but I absolutely would not recommend omitting the SERM.
That said, if using powders, all kinds of choices open up at quite reasonable prices, so you may not have to go the absolute cheapest route possible. But if you choose to do so, anabolic steroid choice really can be reduced all the way down to nothing but testosterone with still excellent results.
Generally, however, it’s best to also control estrogen and to have proper PCT, so testosterone as absolutely the only drug of a cycle isn’t preferred.