If you want to bulk out, yet need to produce hard, well defined muscle instead of sheer mass, then a cutting cycle is for you. With a decent cutting cycle, you’ll achieve that ripped, muscle look with as little fat as possible!

The Cutting Stack vs Bulking Out

There are two main choices when putting together a stack:

Bulking out – This basically means that you want to become larger. This cycle will give you amazing results after a short period of time; however, the weight gained will be mostly due to water retention and short-lived post cycle.
Lean and mean – This is the cycle we’re talking about. What we want here is rock hard muscle, extremely lean fat and a highly sculpted look. You won’t become as large as a those on a bulking cycle; however, youll keep your gains for much longer!

Putting Together the Cutting Stack

For most people, the follow components should be put together to create a solid cycle that’s perfect for fat burning, building solid muscles and creating that hard look.


Testosterone

In this stack, we’re going to add some Testosterone, specifically the Enanthate version. After 10 days, the Anavar will grind your body’s own testosterone production to a halt. To continue with the cycle into the second month, you’re gonna need extra help.

Testosterone is taken for the full 12-week cycle at 350mg and followed by a PCT care plan to bring your levels backup naturally post cycle.

Anavar

This steroid works by boosting your body’s muscle production. It was first created in the 1960s and was popular amongst athletes of the time. It forms the basis of your cutting stack as it provides those huge muscles gains you’ll need.

There are some side effects to using Anavar long term:

  • Can cause heart disease and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Can cause depression and irritability.
  • Anavar will cause withdrawal symptoms after cessation.

One positive effect of Anavar, is that it doesn’t produce the same water retention effect as with steroids like Dianabol. It’s for this reason it’s the basis for our suggested cutting stack.


Winstrol

This is a pure fat burning steroid and available in both injectable and tablet form. Winstrol has a much longer half-life than most steroids, and as such doesn’t need the dosage to be split up.

Winstrol works by helping to maintain existing muscle tissue during a cutting phase. It’s completely normal to lose some muscle whilst dieting; of course, this is exactly the opposite of what you want to achieve whilst cutting!

The side effects of Winstrol include:

  • A toxic effect on the liver. A solid PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) plan and liver protection supplements taken mid cycle should always be used to avoid any serious effects.
  • Acne can occasionally occur.

Thankfully, Winstrol is not converted to oestrogen by your body, so you won’t suffer any aromatising by using this steroid. Once you take care of your liver and ensure you have your PCT game on, you should be okay using Winstrol.


Clenbuterol

This is not actually a steroid, and should be considered a general supplement instead. It’s commonly found in bronchodilator drugs used to treat problems such as asthma.

On the bodybuilding scene, Clenbuterol is used as an aid to fat loss and is extremely popular on the professional circuit. It’s worth noting that you can use Clenbuterol completely alone, a handy tip if you want weight loss without taking steroids.

While Clenbuterol is not a steroid, it still comes with side effects:

  • Muscle cramps.
  • Nervousness and Anxiety.
  • Lack of sleep.
  • Cardiac hypertrophy over long term use.

When taking Clenbuterol for the first time, have patience and always stop outright if the side effects become too severe. Most of the side effects are similar in nature to excessive caffeine consumption (although more pronounced) so be prepared to feel like you’ve drunk 5 cups of coffee on the fly!


The Cutters Time Frame

By using steroids and Clenbuterol as your cutting stack, you’ll be on your way to seeing quick results. Most users start to see positive outcomes in about 4 to 8 weeks and impressive returns by the end of the cycle at 12 weeks.

Unlike some stacks, where you need to take a longer half-life Testosterone supplement, everything listed in this cycle will be run throughout the 12-week cycle.

That keeps everything nice and simple!

The Benefits of a Good Cutting Cycle

There always comes a time when standard fitness rules (eat well, workout) just can’t cut it anymore. If you’re looking to show off your body at competition level, or simply want to take your physique to the next level, then you’ll need to start thinking in terms of cycles.

For those of you who find it doubly difficult to keep the weight off, you’ll find a good cutting stack should provide you with the tools to really shed the fat.

  • You’ll shed significantly more fat than by dieting alone.
  • If you stack correctly, you won’t lose your existing muscle.
  • You will build rock hard muscles and definition will go through the roof!
  • Unlike a bulking stack, you’ll be able to maintain your new shape longer.

Of course, you’ll need to weigh up the side effects and lay out your care plan to see if this is the right training strategy for you. You can also tailor the specific steroids taken to achieve different effects.

The Mid Cycle Care Plan

For this cycle, you shouldn’t need any serious mid cycle care plan. You will need to ensure you’re taking the testosterone to avoid any aromatising issues and to keep your body’s natural balance in check.

One thing that should be stated, is that Clenbuterol can sometimes cause difficulty in breathing. Part of your mid cycle care plan should be to watch out for the warning signs that you’re struggling.

If you do suffer with difficulty breathing, you should quit using Clenbuterol straight away! This doesn’t mean you’ve ruined the stack, you can continue with just Anavar, Testosterone and Winstrol just fine.

The Post Cycle Care Plan

Although your testosterone won’t have suffered too much during this cycle, you’ll still want to ensure your body kick starts its production at the end of your cycle.

To do this, you’ll need to take Nolvadex and Clomid for 4 weeks after the cycle to get your body back in equilibrium.

Avoiding the Side Effects with Legal Steroids

The steroid stacks featured above work perfectly well, yet they come with some serious side effects that not all bodybuilders might be comfortable with.

If you’re interested in looking for safe, legal alternatives, you should start by checking out Crazy Bulks range including Anvarol, Winsol and Clenbutrol. All these safer alternatives can be shipped legally and won’t cause problems with law enforcement.

 

Andrew has been a personal trainer since 2001 and was chosen as Canada’s Top Fitness Professional in 2013 for his dedication to his clients’ success.