How Long Does It Take for Steroids to Work?

Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only, we do not encourage the use of illegal steroids and the following isn't to be taken as medical advice.  

Virtually everyone on the planet knows how powerful anabolic steroids are for building muscle…but how long does it take for them to work?

In other words…

“When will I see gains?”

As you can imagine, every steroid is different in structure. Some compounds can have a dramatic impact straight away, which are known as short esters. Whilst other steroids take a while to enter your system…which are known as long esters.

Generally people like to combine long and short ester steroids together in a stack, so they can experience super fast gains that'll maintain until the end of their cycle. If you only go for fast-acting steroids you may experience rapid muscle gains, but you'll also plateau faster.

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Just sticking to slow-acting steroids may require more patience as you won't necessarily experience any noticeable gains for a week or two.

As a general rule, it'll take 5-10 days to first notice the results from taking steroids.

Deca Durabolin is an awesome bulking steroid, but is slow-acting compared to say anadrol…where some people may notice gains within the first 48 hours.

You might not notice much on deca for a week or two, but when it does get into your system and begins to stimulate protein synthesis; you'll make BIG gains that will continue for several weeks.

Fast-acting steroids (short esters)

  • Anadrol
  • Dianabol
  • Winstrol
  • Trenbolone
  • Clenbuterol
  • Test Propionate

Slow-acting steroids (long esters)

  • Deca Durabolin
  • Anavar
  • Human growth hormone
  • Test Cypionate

Mixture of both:

Fast-Acting Bulking Steroids

So if you're bulking and you want rapid muscle gains – anadrol, dianabol or/and trenbolone would be effective options. Put all these in the same stack and you may well see gains in the first 24 hours of your cycle!

You won't have to do a stupidly long cycle if you're only taking short-ester steroids; so in this case only take such compounds for 4-8 weeks. After this point their effects begin to tail off and your muscle gains will start to plateau.

Fast-acting Steroids for Strength

If you're obsessed with lifting heavy and you haven't got the patience to wait for long-ester steroids to kick in, the following steroids will do just the trick:

  • Anadrol
  • Dianabol
  • Trenbolone
  • Test Propionate

Okay it's virtually the same as the fast-acting bulking steroids, with the addition of test propionate.

If you were to take these 4 steroids together in an 8 week cycle, not only will your strength go through the gym ceiling…but your muscles will blow up faster than you can blink.

…Okay maybe not that fast, but you won't be waiting around for very long that's for sure.

The second morning after you start taking this stack, you'll wake up with your muscles looking even bigger than the day before.

These are quite probably the most powerful 4 bulking steroids in the world today.

Fast Acting Cutting Steroids

If you're cutting and you want fast fat loss; winstrol and clenbuterol will do just that. You could also throw trenbolone into your stack, as tren also has some fat loss attributes.

Generally, you'll notice better results when you combine both fast and slow-acting steroids together. It's like getting the best of both worlds. However, some people do prefer to do short/powerful cycles because they don't like to keep taking stuff for prolonged periods of time.

Each to their own.

Note: if you ARE going to use super fast-acting steroids, make sure you have regular check-ups with your doctor as these short-ester steroids generally pose more side effects.


Fast-acting Steroids for Beginners

As just mentioned, the short-esters/fast-acting anabolics generally will give you more physical symptoms.

However, if you're a beginner and you're extremely hungry for rapid gains; dianabol is your best option. A usual protocol for a beginners is a dbol-only or a test-only cycle.

Dianabol will yield bigger and faster gains than testosterone, but will probably result in a few more sides as well. Although dbol isn't the worst steroid in the world when it comes to adverse effects, it is taken by rookies.

If you're a newbie, stay away from fast-acting steroids like anadrol or trenbolone – as these are fairly toxic even for experience juicers.


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