These are the guidelines but there are few things you need to understand. If you have fulfilled the first three and are satisfied with the results you do not have to move to the next level. Many may run a novice level cycle numerous times and be happy with what they receive and that’s a good thing. The fewer anabolic steroids we can use and be happy with the better off we’ll be. Of course some will not be satisfied some will want more and that can be fine too; the ticket is having a solid plan in mind that provides those results in the most efficient way possible.
Most people understand what a beginner is; someone who is new to an endeavor and is taking part in it for the first time or while they may have already taken part are still somewhat fresh. For the anabolic steroid user this is someone who has never supplemented before or who only has a couple cycles under their belt; this is a beginner. Then we have the advanced; advanced steroid cycles are for those who have cycled for a long time, have numerous cycles under their belt and who either by desire or necessity have cause to really push the envelope into what is commonly referred to as “the hardcore level.” What then about an intermediate? The intermediate level is a little harder to define as there is no set in stone one size fits all answer to determine if one is at the intermediate level. We can say you should have at least one cycle that has been completed and most would be best served if they’ve completed at least two. If you’ve completed two cycles does this mean you’re ready for an intermediate level? Absolutely not; it means you can be but it doesn’t mean you have to be. Many performance enhancers will be just fine with beginner style cycles each and every time they supplement but for many others, as is often the case in life, many will want a little more.
Cells of the zona fasciculata and zona reticularis lack aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2) that converts corticosterone to aldosterone, and thus these tissues produce only the weak mineralocorticoid corticosterone. However, both these zones do contain the CYP17A1 missing in zona glomerulosa and thus produce the major glucocorticoid, cortisol. Zona fasciculata and zona reticularis cells also contain CYP17A1, whose 17,20-lyase activity is responsible for producing the androgens, dehydroepiandosterone (DHEA) and androstenedione. Thus, fasciculata and reticularis cells can make corticosteroids and the adrenal androgens, but not aldosterone.