A question we get a lot here at Black Diamond Supplements… “What is a good stack?”
Well that depends… Let me start out by giving you a little detail on the prohormone compounds that are available and legal. Each compound has different benefits, so the best way to start out is by knowing what you can achieve with a specific compound. Then, based on the results you want you can stack two or more compounds to achieve those results.
1-Andro – Once ingested converts to 1-testosterone and has an anabolic potency of 200 (or 2x that of testosterone) and androgenic potency of 100 (or 1x that of testosterone). Users of 1-Andro (a.k.a. 1-AD, 1-Testosterone or 1-DHEA) will experience increased aggression, lean muscle mass, better endurance and huge strength gains. 1-Andro cannot convert to estrogen, therefore you should expect very dry, hard gains.
4-Andro – This one converts to testosterone. Its anabolic potency and androgenic potency are both 100 (or 1x that of testosterone). 4-Andro (a.k.a. 4-AD or 4-DHEA) is ideal for those looking to bulk, but can also be used during a cutting cycle. Expect enhanced muscle fulness, increases in strength and power output. Results will come with some water retention due to estrogen conversion.
1,4-Andro – Target hormone Boldenone. Making this ideal for bulking cycles. It has an anabolic potency of 50 (or 1/2 that of testosterone) and androgenic potency of 100 (1x that of testosterone). When cycling with 1,4-Andro (1,4-DHEA) your appetite will increase, which can directly relate to mass gains. If you have awesome self control when it comes to your diet, you can use this compound as part of your cutting cycle because it will help increase vascularity, muscle hardness, and definition
Epi-Andro – Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is what EpiAndro will convert to in the body. With an anabolic potency of 260 and androgenic potency of 60, this would seem to be ideal for bulking. However, this compound is ideal for hardening, strength and definition. Plus, it is also known to increase libido. This is a must for any cutting cycle.
19Nor-Andro – The coveted Nandrolone. Anabolic potency of 125 (1.25x that of testosterone) and androgenic potency of 37 (0.37 that of testosterone). Perfect to add to your bulking stack.
Now you may be wondering, “What do you mean by anabolic potency and androgenic potency?” Don’t worry, these are explained here. The anabolic potency indicates how powerful the hormone is for building muscle mass. In other terms, the more anabolic a compound is, the more potential for increased muscle mass. Then, the androgenic potency refers to how powerful the compound is for building strength, muscle hardening, and increasing libido (YES! Increases in sex drive). Again, the higher the number the more potential for that compound to help you achieve the associated results.
Unlike previous prohormones, actually designer anabolics, which were banned in Dec. 2014, all the prohormone compounds are non-methylated. This means you do not have to worry about the damaging effects on your body’s organs such as your kidneys, liver and prostate. That does not mean you can’t or won’t experience any side effects from these compounds, but it is a lot more unlikely. Therefore, when considering to stack these compounds all you have to worry about is how much more you can gain. But, do not take that as, the more I stack the better the results will be. That is not true, so do not waste your money on too much.
Stacking prohormones is a lot easier than you may think. All it takes is a little bit of knowledge, which you should have before making the commitment to using a prohormone. For example, if you were looking to add as much mass as possible a good option would be 1-Andro (1-Testosterone) and 1,4-Andro (Equibolin). If you wanted more lean size, stack 1-Andro with 4-Andro (Androdiol). Want to focus on lean/hard gains stacking 1-Andro with Epi-Andro is a great way to go. Just looking to add bulk, go with a 4-Andro, 1,4-Andro and/or Nor-Andro (Decabolin) stack. Also, there are prohormone supplements out there, like Anavar, Dianabol, Monster Plexx, and many others, that contain multiple compounds in them. These products usually have each compound dosed lower than getting just the single compound, so don’t be afraid to stack Anavar and Dianabol for some serious gains. Just be careful and find out what ingredients are in each, that way you are not over consuming any given compound.
Still not totally confident in your ability to pick a stack. We got you covered with some stacks we think are good, check the stacks out here. Want a custom option, Contact Us and we will be more than happy to help you out. Just don’t ask what is the “best” prohormone because we will tell you “best” will vary from person to person. Anyone that tells you different and says that X product is the best, is trying to sell you. We are not in the business of trying to sell you, we are here to help you get results.
How long should I cycle for?
Typically, 4-6 weeks is sufficient. The longer you go the harder it becomes to maintain your gains. Plus, you need to let your hormones go back to normal, that way your body does not become dependent on increased hormones. You also have to worry about the diminishing return on gains, which will just waste your money. You are better off cycling 3-4 times per year, 4-6 weeks on, followed by 4-6 weeks off.
I have heard people talk about PCT (Post Cycle Therapy), do I need this? In one word, YES.
Why is a PCT required after using a prohormone?
A PCT or post cycle therapy is used to help you maximize your gains. It does this by helping your body produce more natural testosterone and decreasing or eliminating the conversion to estrogen. A post cycle will help solidify your gains and achieve harder, leaner muscle mass. Although some estrogen is good, too much is bad, so do not get stuck with extra estrogen and low testosterone that can leave you with a “soft” look and lethargy (tired). Plus, who wants “bitch tits,” I sure don’t. Be the smart one and be sure to get your PCT when you pick up your prohormone stack this way you are not waiting for it in the mail when you finish your cycle. Ideally, you should start your PCT 1-2 weeks prior to ending your cycle.
Getting prohormones with the best bioavailability.
If you haven’t heard of it already, it is call Cyclosome Technology. This technology was developed to increase the bioavailability of poorly absorbed compounds. You will achieve maximum gains from prohormones that utilize this technology. Its stealth effects help it get past the destructive gastric system and the effective ingredients make it into the blood stream.