now alot of the gains gained from steroids, are they permanent and maintainable or do they disappear in time after discontinuation. I say this because all these pros like kevin levrone look like they lose everything after retirement.
IMO, you should retain 75-80% of what you gain as long as you cycle roids appropriately. Many people will jump on a cycle but eat and train like sh!t when they're off and hence a major difference.
This doesn't really apply to the pros since they're on all year long and some of them probably use so much stuff that just lowering their dose would cause some losses. A lot of them come off or just lower their dose when they retire.
IMO, if you're not trying to become as huge as a pro then you can maintain most of your gains.
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if you are juicing before hitting your natural max, then you'd loose anything over that natural max once you stop. Theres a certain level your body can maintain with just appropriate gym time + nutrition, but you can reach well over that on steroids.
One little addon to this is that you can lower that natural max by not performing good PCT, or by not cycling or using materials like HCG while on cycle. Once your natural testosterone level is lowered, your max natural lean mass gets lowered too.
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...I have no reason to doubt him. He is known to respond VERY VERY well to large doses of slin & GH. The amount of food he can consume and have it result in primarily tissue growth is impressive.
You may ask yourself the opposite question...How can Lee Priest get fat in the offseason and then turn around and drop 40-60 pounds of fat in a couple of months? He responds very well to chemical cocktails...
Also keep in mind that many retired pros choose to drop a lot of their muscle & weight when they retire. I think Charles Glass says that being 180 pounds at 50+ years of age is just way more comfortable then the 225+ pounds he use to compete at.
sweet that makes a lot more sense now
yea if he mite 200mg a week of JUICE but that doesnt mean hes not doing 20ui of hgh and 20ui of slin 100mcg igf 400mg's MGF and god knows what else...
his response was that people never believe that he takes such a low dose of things. I believe the guy though - obviously he has great genetics - just look at his arms. He's what, like 4 foot 8?
I think Lee has a wicked sense of humor and sometimes says & does things to entertain himself. He just got a tatoo on his face cus he said he always wanted one...
At the same time his life is often an open book. Just a week ago it was rumored that he tried to kill himself & was in a Scottsdale hospital after the girl he lived w/ kicked him out.
Turned out not to be true... at least the attempted suicide part... apparently he was kicked out though.
Having said all of that I have seen enough in this sport to believe it is possible that Lee doesn't need much gear...some guys are hyper-responders. But I have seen enough of Lee to know that IF more juice would give him better gains he'd be on it in a flash...
So who knows. But there are other growth factors he utilizes and also the list of those things he uses to diet down may include DNP which for some has the benefit of resenstizing the body to steroids.
So again who knows.
Do you know levrone personally? IMO the way he looks as a retiree vs the way he looked at his absolute peak is astonishing! and in such a short amount of time.
16 weeks to gain all that back! that says something about 'muscle memory' now doesn't it? that, and like you mentioned, he is obviously hypersensitive to these chemicals.
I would like to hear more about levrone's claims/ past.
Dorian yates is another example. He looks like a totally different person. If these guys are just ON all the time during their career, and some "come off" upon retirement, doesnt it seem like there would be some serious crashing? I mean what kind of PCT does one need after years and years of constant AAS usage with little to no cessation (generalizations and assumptions of course). i would see no other option than TRT.
Lee is the man...
But when it came time to train and get ready for the Mr. Olympia he devoted himself totally to bodybuilding for those 6 months. IMHO he WAS a freak...a genetic freak. I don't know his exact protocol but it seems he could grow and later get quickly cut all while maintaining his size. He is hyper-sensitive to insulin/GH...he could use those hormones in quantity and coupled w/ a massive food intake just grow lean tissue.
If most people tried that they would gain a LOT of fat...of course he used steroids but the KEY to understanding Kevin are the following:
- His is a gentetic freak as far as the LOOK of his body.
- He is a genetic freak & hyper-responder when it comes to insulin/GH
As for muscle memory...the fact that the fascia surrounding and permeating the muscle has previously been stretched means that it is easier for him to regain size because the fascia is more pliable up to his previous stretch point...maybe fascia memory...
...keep in mind that one of the reasons a lot of guys use oil and synthol is to stretch the fascia so that their muscles can fill out quicker unconstrained. The oil will eventually be gone and in its place will be new muscle. Inject oil...stretch fascia...grow out muscle...repeat.
Also a lot of non-pros never come off...its not uncommon to bump into a guy here and there who has been on for 3 straight years and now wants to come off and HOPES & PRAYS he will recover. Maybe he will...probably he won't.
This leads to TRT for the rest of his life.
Levrone is definitely a freak. He had an awesome physique and to be able to totally detach from bodybuilding for half of the year, and then get in shape for the Mr. Olympia is amazing. I really wonder what type of protocols he would use for slin/GH. maybe not what "he" used but an example of a protocol that can be applied to theoretically gain that type of mass. Obviously his genetics are the key, but we can't do anything about that. The GH and slin is something anyone can apply.
Coleman supposedly also took half of the year (or there abouts) and didnt train much during that time from what I know.
I agree that someone doesn't need to be a pro to stay on gear for years on end, but I also think that it isnt necessary. Cruising in most cases should be considered ON, but really, compared to the "cycles" these guys run...the cruise is just a way to apply TRT early and at this point they probably are smart enough to realize that they will be "cruising" all the way into the grave, because recovering after that is probably just not going to happen.
That being said, I still dont think all of these guys (speaking to the freakiest of freaks-the pro's) are ALL committing to lifelong steroid use. I've heard enough talk about some of them doing otherwise to believe that in the big picture its not always the case.
bodybuilding is not the only drug influenced sport either. other pro and amatuer sports like football hockey and soccer are known for drug use. its a widespread thing.
this may be quite an aside, but still relevant to where this discussion is leading:
the thing that worries ME a lot about such long term steroid use is the issue of fertility. From one angle we can say well many of prior bodybuilders and ones today grow old and have a family, as goes for other sports and their athletes. On the second hand, we know that consistent TRT/steroid use can lead to a very small sperm count. (yes fertility drugs go a long way.... but I think prevention is best).
i just wonder.....especially since I haven't come across too much about fertility concerns..
It seems a lot of people are more concerned with the short term possible side effects.
anything I read on synthol is condescending. However, using it to stretch the fascia is by no means stupid. In fact, it makes a lot of sense. but...I think deep tissue massage and stretching will be my alternative before site oil is needed.
When I'm layin on my back & I get an erection I'm suddenly taller than Lee Priest...
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Kevin Levrone back then:
I've made the mistake of not keeping calories high enough to maintain the new gains post cycle, hence losing most of my gains.
The most fundamental diet and exercise principles need to be under discipline and consistency to retain gains, without them you take a chance of losing.