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Nothing is so simple in this life. This law of conservation of energy operates in all spheres of our life. Including when you abandon the cycle. After a big plus in the form of increases in muscle mass and strength, the corresponding minus goes. And our task is to minimize it. This is not about complete elimination. It is not possible, because you would have to go on the cycle again. Why does it happen?
During the cycle, you get a very big bonus in terms of hormonal stimulation in general and in terms of anabolism in particular. This can be seen in a faster recovery between workouts, in more rapid and volumetric accumulation of the necessary substances in the muscles (glycogen, amino acids), in large loads that your muscles can withstand. However, when you stop taking dope, your system returns to its original state (best case scenario), but more often, your hormonal system becomes slightly worse for some time than it was before the cycle.
This is due to the fact that for some time your glands were “asleep” (did not work), and those hormones that you received from outside are no longer available. As a result, there is a “kick-back”. The main reasons of which are:
- Decreased anabolic hormones (testosterone).
- Increased catabolic hormones (cortisol) and estrogens.
All other reasons are somehow connected with the indicated deuce. Therefore, if you continue to train as you are used to during the cycle of anabolic steroids, then you will lose most, if not all, of the gained.
At the stage of rest after the cycle, our task comes down to two things:
- Restore your natural hormones as quickly as possible.
- Reduce the catabolic effect of external factors (trainings) to the required.
Before I go to specific recommendations, I want to note that I do not particularly believe that you can save a result (primarily in muscle hypertrophy) for a long time than the natural maximum that is inherent in you. I.e. no matter how much you swell up on steroids, if you take a break long enough (for example, for 6-12 months), then you will “blow up” to your natural maximum. For example, if you are a man of medium build and height (170-180 cm), who are quite long and wisely training with a barbell in diet control (you are not fat), then your weight will stabilize about 90 kg (+, – 10 kg).
You can inflate your muscles to 120 kg, for example, but if you completely eliminate anabolic steroids from your menu, your weight will roll down to 90 kg. By the way, the strength in this respect is preserved slightly better than the muscle mass. Strength is only one parameter, and muscle mass is usually the development of both strength and strength endurance and energy capacities… in short, a number of factors that depend more on the anabolic profile than the maximum strength in itself.
Training experience, as well as a slowing down metabolism is the reason. For example, at the age of 30-40 years old, you can count on a weight of 90-100 kg. Well, I think you understand: “kick-back” seeks to return you to your natural state. What are the ways to slow down this process?