Hello guys, I am at a point in my life and fitness journey where I have decided it is time to give my first cycle a go. I am 26 years old and fitness has been apart of my life for about 10 years now. Most of those years being consistent and some on and off. Cardio has always been my strength, I quickly see gains when it comes to cardiovascular exercises such as running. Lifting weights, not so much. I am an ectomorph, 5’8 and 156 pounds. I have tried many resistance training routines and can honestly say I have never seen any size gains throughout the years I had lifted. Some routines I would gain strength, but it always plateaued around the same weight for each exercise.
At 156 pounds I still have what I feel like is a gut, a bit of excess body fat. I would put it at around 20% BF and have always been susceptible to weight gain in that area. What I have learned about my body is that I can lift until I am blue in the face and be consistent, but I will never get stronger unless I consume 3,500 + calories a day. I got noticeable strength gains on the starting strength routine years back as I was in a caloric surplus, however I also got a lot of belly fat and with my build I looked like a skinny, pregnant weirdo. Because of that, I never went on a surplus again and just continued to lift weights at maintenance which of course yielded me no strength gains.
This brings me to here. I am currently trying to cut weight on a caloric deficit and doing only cardio for 30 minutes daily. By cardio I mean it is pretty high intensity with each session putting me in the 180-195 HR range depending on if it is steady state or HIIT. My plan right now is to cut weight for about 3 more weeks until I receive my first cycle. Want to get rid of some of the gut to start the cycle with lower bodyfat as I will be going on a caloric surplus once I start.
My brother has a close friend who has purchased from cencored and says it is legit, so he decided to buy his first cycle. He had purchased two 10 week cycles so I figured I would just buy the extra one off of him. I plan to do blood work prior to starting and do another blood test during week 6. I’m going to be using Test E and Nolvadex for PCT. I will be injecting twice a week on Monday and Thursday 250ml.
I was looking at doing a pull, push, legs routine being P/P/L/ Off/ P/P/L/ Off as this is a high frequency and will be able to hit each muscle group two times a week and will also be consuming a minimum of 3,500 calories while on cycle.
Any advice or suggestions on my cycle, routine, or nutrition would be appreciated. Thanks guys!