Steroid cycles help bodybuilder’s and anabolic steroid users know when to use and when not to use. On average, a steroid cycle can last anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks while a ‘off cycle’ should be taken after the 6 to 12 weeks are up, and should last anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks. Having an ‘off’ cycle is a critically important aspect to using anabolic steroids in a healthy manner and ensures long-term success. The ‘off’ cycle also reduces any experienced side effects that may occur and prevents your body from becoming too dependent on the steroids when it comes to bodybuilding and gaining muscle.
Professionals and studies both agree that you should have a total of two complete steroid cycles a year to keep the number of natural hormonal levels at fine balance that is needed for optimal health. It’s important to remember that the overuse of steroids will cause your body to develop a long-term tolerance, thus leading to ineffective steroid cycles and making the use of steroids practically useless for the body. A safe and healthy ‘off’ cycle is needed to keep things in balance and reduce the effects caused by the use of anabolic steroids.
Short vs. Long Cycles
Experiments and studies have matched short and long cycles and concluded that short steroid cycles are superior and more effective. Short cycles are can be anywhere from 1.5 to 2 months. It’s been proven that longer cycles lasting more than 2 months have a drastic effect on the body’s receptors caused by over-stimulation. Once this happens the body will quit responding to the steroids, forcing the user to take more. It’s vital to remember that anabolic steroids are a drug and that addiction is possible if they’re over-used, and over-use can eventually lead to an unhealthy and unstable body and mind.