Best Steroids for Beginners [First Steroid Cycle]

Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only, we do not encourage the use of illegal steroids and the following advice shouldn't replace a doctor's visit

Many people know about different steroids and what they do…but which are the best steroids for beginners?

If you're a newbie, I'll explain everything you need to know to get some kick-ass gains, whilst keeping your heiny in the gym…instead of the hospital bed.

Taking steroids is like learning how to swim. 

If you jump straight in the deep-end, without any experience of what you're doing, you could be putting your life at risk. However, if you take the slow approach and learn the ropes, when you do eventually jump in the deep-end, the risk of something bad happening will be massively reduced.

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Doctors understand that steroids can be taken in a sensible way as they're happy to prescribe steroids to millions of patients on a daily basis. They know that if they keep them on a low to moderate dose and don't administer them for too long, risks of side effects are much less. Doctors also monitor patients regularly when taking drugs, conducting health checks to make sure there's no underlying problems.

So if you're planning on running a steroid cycle for the first time, make sure you do have regular check ups with your doctor, ensuring your blood pressure or your liver values aren't too high during your cycle.

The type of steroids you opt for will also have a bearing on how many side effects you'll endure…

For example, if it's your first cycle and you start injecting mega doses of anadrol and trenbolone for 4 months straight…you're asking for trouble.

The best steroids for beginners are mild steroids, which are less harsh on the body.

This way you can ease your way in, helping your body tolerate such compounds before moving onto harsh anabolics.

Harsh anabolics: anadrol, trenbolone, injectable dianabol

Mild anabolics: testosterone, deca, oral dianabol

As a rule of thumb you shouldn't take injectable steroids during your first cycle, as these are a lot more potent compared to orals. Orals get broken down by the liver, instead of going straight into your blood stream; meaning you'll experience less side effects.


The only downside to using orals is your liver will be strained a little more, although this effect is only temporary. And your gains won't be as impressive compared to if you did stick a needle in your butt; but if you're a beginner you're going to have awesome gains regardless.

On orals, you'll experience most of the gains you would if you did inject anyway, so it's not a huge difference.

Here's the 4 steroid-cycles recommended for beginners…

(All of these steroids should be taken oral form for maximum safety. Many newbies don't inject correctly and even when they do, the instant delivery of the compound into your blood stream can be too much for them to handle).

4 Best Steroids for Beginners

  • Anavar
  • Dianabol
  • Testosterone
  • Deca durabolin

Anavar (Oxandrolone)

Fat Loss – 

Muscle Gains – 

Anavar is a very popular choice for newbie juicers because it's a mild compound, meaning users won't experience any severe side effects. Anavar will appeal to those looking to burn fat and retain muscle. So if you're bulking and want to put on mass/size, anavar won't be for you. But if you want to lose some fat and get ripped – anavar will certainly do the job.

Because anavar is a powerful fat burner, pro bodybuilders also incorporate this steroid in cycles to help them shred fat and look full before a competition. Sometimes your muscles can appear flat after a cut due to some muscle loss and depleted glycogen stores. Anavar decreases the chances of muscle loss due to it's anabolic and strength-enhancing properties; keeping you looking jacked as it increases glycogen in your muscles.

Anavar's also a steroid used by female bodybuilders, as it doesn't result in any masculine side effects. Anavar will keep a woman looking feminine, because testosterone doesn't rise to excessive levels on anavar. Unlike men, women tend to build significant amounts of muscle on anavar.

…Don't expect to wake up looking like she-hulk, but you will add some size, giving you a strong/lean/athletic-look.

The only slight drawback with anavar is that's it's quite costly. So this isn't the best steroid for a beginner who's skint. But if you are short on money and feel anavar's out of your price range, clenbuterol is a cheaper alternative and probably a more potent fat burner.

When weighing up Anavar's pros and cons, it's no doubt one of the best steroids for beginners (if you're cutting).

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Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)

Muscle Gains – 

Dianabol is one of the best steroids for bulking and is suitable for beginners to take (in pill form). Generally the more powerful a steroid is, the more side effects they cause. Oral dianabol however is the exception, as it'll get a newbie JACKED but won't compromise their health like other steroids can.

As a precaution, get your bloods regularly checked by a medical professional whilst taking d-bol and be sure to take a milk thistle supplement to help reduce the strain on your liver. Injectable dianabol isn't recommended as blood pressure levels are likely to rise to an excessive level.

Dianabol doesn't have any fat-burning effects, making it best-suited for beginners who want to pack on as much muscle and strength as possible. Dianabol was thought to be taken by a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 60's, helping transform him into a mass monster who later dominated the Olympia stage.

Testosterone (sustanon)

Muscle Gains – 

Fat loss – 

Testosterone is the most popular steroid for beginners, as it's not overly toxic and produces impressive muscle gains. Testosterone will cause a beginner to build muscle and burn fat (at the same time), changing a user's body composition drastically. However, it should be known that testosterone's muscle-building properties far outweigh it's fat loss attributes.

Thus it would be wise to view testosterone as a bulking steroid that should be utilized with a high calorie diet, if you want to see huge muscle gains. Testosterone can be used when cutting to good effect, however its muscle-building potential will be reduced on lower calories. Some people may use test when cutting for two main reasons; they want to increase fat burning and they're scared of losing muscle.

Losing muscle is a pretty likely scenario on a cut; it's just how much muscle you'll lose. This isn't the case when cutting with testosterone, where you're likely to retain all muscle – if not build some in the process.

A bodybuilder's first steroid-cycle usually consists of taking some form of testosterone, most likely sustanon.

Deca Durabolin (nandrolone)

Muscle gains – 

Deca durabolin is another epic bulking compound that can be used to build large amounts of lean muscle.

It's also one of the best steroids for beginners because it contains long esters and is a slow-acting compound. This makes it newbie-friendly as it doesn't enter the body too fast; meaning less side effects for you.

Generally, deca durabolin requires more patience than other steroids because it doesn't kick in straightaway like dianabol or testosterone can. It may take a week or so to really get into your system, but when it does – it's one of the best steroids around for building muscle. Arnold Schwarzenegger was also rumored to be cycling deca alongside dianabol from a young age, causing him to develop such thick and full muscle bellies.

Deca's is regarded as a ‘healthy steroid' in the anabolic world as it's often prescribed by doctors to those who are suffering from joint problems and bone loss (osteoporosis). Many other steroids can actually cause joint problems, especially winstro – but deca durabolin has the reverse effect.

The Low Budget Cycle

  • 8 weeks of testosterone


  • 8 weeks of dianabol


If you're on a low budget, a testosterone-only or dianabol-only cycle is ideal.

Stacking steroids together is normally recommended, however for your first cycle you'll be able to take 1 steroid and still have BIG gains. This cycle is ideal for those who want gains, but haven't got much money to splash out.

The Health-Conscious Cycle

  • 8 weeks of Testosterone
  • 8 weeks of Anavar


If you're super cautious about your health during your first cycle you can take a single-steroid cycle…preferably testosterone, as it's more mild than dianabol.

Testosterone is not only an awesome steroid for getting jacked, but it's also one of the best steroids on the market when it comes to minimal side effects. Generally you won't notice a lot on testosterone (other than your gains), whereas on other steroids you can feel like your body is completely shutting down.

If you're more concerned with fat loss, rather than building muscle, you can take anavar instead of testosterone. Or you can run it alongside test for even more gains.


  • 8 weeks of dianabol and deca-durabolin


  • 8 weeks of testosterone and deca-durabolin


If you're eager for huge muscle gains during your first cycle, I recommend these 2 awesome steroid combos.

Everyone responds differently to steroids so I can't guarantee that you won't experience any bad effects from taking these compounds, but if you do it'll only be a fraction compared to taking other anabolics.

These 2 cycles (above) will give you more muscle and strength gains compared to the other cycles outlined in this article. Deca is an amazing bulking steroid when used with substances like dianabol or test; further boosting protein synthesis and make your muscles appear full and huge.

Arnold's Stack: Suitable for Beginners

  • Dianabol
  • Deca

As previously mentioned, dianabol and deca were two of the main steroids in Arnold Schwarzenegger's cycle that helped him transform from a weedy Austrian teen into a Mr Olympia legend (okay weedy was a little harsh).


Rich Piana's First Steroid Cycle

Testosterone and deca were the two compounds in Rich Piana's first ever cycle, which he describes as his “best ever cycle”. On YouTube he says that trenbolone and anadrol are actually the best steroids he's ever taken; which shows how well your body responds (even to weaker steroids) during your very first cycle.


So it's completely up to you which steroids you use in your first cycle, but the 3 best steroids for beginners are generally:

Steroids like anavar and clenbuterol are also perfectly fine for beginners to take because both are extremely mild steroids. However clen and anavar are used for cutting purposes and thus wouldn't produce any muscle gains.

Also if you didn't know, your first steroid cycle will often produce the best muscle gains of your life; so be sure to train your butt off in the gym and eat like a king during this period to maximize your gains!

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30 Comments on Best Steroids for Beginners [First Steroid Cycle]

  1. Sir i want to gain muscle with fat loss. So, which steriods best for me .? And what the duration in my cycle and dosage..? Please answer my question

  2. My understanding is if your diet is sh*t and you don’t have a solid program non of this will do any good??? I have lost 16 lbs my diet is on the right track and i am in the gym at least 3x a week. Is that good enough?

  3. I have done gym for 3 years now.skipping im between and not regular.i stsrted at 45kgs and reached 66kgs. And my body stopped growing .i want gain lil morr weight which cycle would you priscribe. I am lean and 5 feet 10″ tall..66kgs weight. Want to reach 75 kgs .suggest me.

  4. My age 31. Weight 66kilo, height 5′.9″.Body fat % = 23. Gymming from a year. Need to enter 80kilo + level. 1st cycle would be deca as prescribed. Please guide me with the dosage, tenure and PCT

  5. My age is 30 and doing gym from 6 months, I take 150 gm of protein daily and multivitamins. I have very skinny body but big belly which steroid I should use for bulking and cutting belly fat, this will be my first cycle please guide me

  6. Sir i m 25 year old and i done my first cylcle in the age of 22 and now sir I want to do second cycle
    And i want to lean gaining which cylcle i will take and my hight 5″9 weigh 75kg

  7. Sir i m 25 year old and im going gym from 7 months, my hight 5″5 weigh 60 kg I have very skinny body but big belly which steroid I should use for bulking and cutting belly fat, this will be my first cycle please guide me

  8. I am 20 years old, 80kg, around 10& BF% and looking for that extra edge. Testosterone for 12 weeks and dianabol for 6 weeks will that be a good first cycle? And how should I do my PCT?

  9. Hi. I’ve been lifting for 2 and a half years. I’m 18 years old and I want to do a cycle. I want maximum gains minimal side affects, what can you suggest ?
    I was 46kg and now I’m 66kg. Looking to be 76kg. I’m 5ft8.5. Im Lean

  10. Please i need advice on the best cycle for me atm. I used debolon for the very first time last year with nothing along with it. I gained a little but all seems gone now.. I want to cut and have big muscles. Please advice on all i can take to kick off. Now i look like i just started hitting the gym where as av been in it for years

  11. I am 34 and suffered an injury that took me from 240lbs to 170. I have gained back much of the weight but mostly in fat. I have started working out again and would like to do a cycle that will increase muscle mass but burn body fat. What type of stack would you recommend?

  12. Im 23…becamw fat due to sport injuries for 2 years,,.dont know steroids ,but want something that will burn that fat and turn into a beachbody with a little bulk as well…wgat to use? I gym atkeast 4 times a week.

  13. Dear Sir
    What would be the best first cycle for a 60 yr old who has trained all his life and never touched anything barr protein creatine and pre workout. Dont wanna get big just more muscular and leaner. Also a ptc cycle to go with it.

    • I wouldn’t recommend any 60 year old take anabolic steroids unless it’s strictly supervised testosterone replacement therapy by a doctor. Taking Crazy Bulk’s steroid alternatives however would be safe

  14. I’m 17 and want to lose fat , I’m thinking of taking anavar. Would that be okay ? My weight is 71 and want to get ripped and retain muscle mass as well. It would be okay for me ?

    • @Ujjwal – I wouldn’t take anavar if you’re under 18. Try Crazy Bulk’s Anvarol first. You don’t want to screw up your natural hormone production

  15. I am 24 and 6.1ft and 103kg.
    Things to do my first cycle.
    Things to use testosterone ethanate + Anavar
    Week 1-6 : TE 600 / week
    Week 6-12 : TE 800mg / week
    Week 6-9 : Anavar 75mg per day
    Week 9-12 : Anavar 100mg per day

    PCT : 3 weeks
    Nalvadex : 40mg per day

    Thinking to take Aromatase Inhibitors also during the Cycle and for PTC too
    Need suggestions.
    Thanks in advance for your help

  16. Hello sir I am a 45 year old. I had shoulder to surgery and am currently 125kgs wants to put on muscle mass and cut please please suggest something

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