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I will prob be lurking around and asking some questions from time to time so I figured I say hi.
compete in 198 lb class
Training seriously now for 2 years
Max raw lifts
Standing curl: 175
strict curl: 155
My legs are pretty weak due to a poor blood circulation condition called P.A.D. (Peripheral Artery Disease). The more I lift the better they seem to get but it's very slow in gaining and doesn't heal nearly as fast.
I have done one cycle it was a basic test e 10 week cycle and I got great results. I am going to start my second cycle in a week. It will consist of test prop, masteron, and Anavar for 8 weeks.
Hope to continue to learn and gain more experience through this forum.
Welcome to AM.
You're very young to have P.A.D. I assume it's a genetic or inherited problem. With that said, I would recommend you be very, very careful taking AAS with P.A.D. These compounds can raise blood pressure in many people and you are just asking for trouble if you have P.A.D. at 29 years old and then have hypertension on top of it. You don't want to be looking at cardiovascular disease or lower limb amputations down the road because you further exacerbated P.A.D. by taking compounds that raise your BP.
Ultimately, what you do is up to you, but I really hope for your sake you have thorougly investigated P.A.D. and closely monitor your health if you are going to dabble with AAS. Your upper body strength is impressive, especially given your height and weight.
My bp is good and when I was on cycle it actually lowered my bp. I definitely do my best to keep everything in check. Unfortunately my family has lots of cardiovascular issues. Pretty much every man on my dads side of the family has heart or bp issues. My dad had a heart attack a while back around 50 years-old and my uncle had one at 40. Yeah we suck lol! The difference I hoping for me will be the fact that I eat good and work out a lot which is something they NEVER did. I also keep my body fat in the 9-12% area year round.
I only started working out legs about a year ago because of my issue but I have worked upper body on and off since middle school. This and my genetics have helped me get my upper body where it is. I hope to bench over 400 by the end of my next cycle. I will probably keep a log and post it up.
varicose veins have nothing to do with PAD. its either inflow or outflow. you'd need to see a vascular surgeon for an arterial ultrasound for the arterial side. you could have venous stasis/claudication which is an outflow issue, whole other animal, often treated by general surgeons. agree you're far too young for PAD, and if thats the case your brain and heart arteries are shot too, so i would stay FAR away from strenuous activity until you know for sure.
I would also recommend you keep a very close eye on your blood lipids (chol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides) given your family history. Again, taking AAS can have detrimental effects on blood lipid levels so that's also something to consider.
I would certainly agree with the overall sentiment that regular training (assuming it's safe) and a good diet will be good for your overall health. I just don't think the anabolics are a great idea given your family history.
Either way, stay on top of things and good luck.
Aspirin helps and alcohol helps a lot too but I rarely drink, which is good. I figure as long as I keep an eye on blood pressure and cholesterol I should be ok. At least until I can get checked out. Stopping training is out of the question.
Welcome. As you probably know, people here are always helpful and willing to help out without the ridicule and alpha male bs that other forums have.
Gotta agree on this, even though i haven't been here long no forum is worse than bodybuilding.com's forum
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