When it comes to the most powerful steroids, Halotestin (Fluoxymesterone) is near the top. Halotestin is a very potent steroid but one that has quite specific uses and for these reasons it has not seen the same popularity among bodybuilders as most other steroids.
Halotestin excels at boosting strength significantly and for that reason it can be valued by competitive strength athletes. While many steroids offer some level of strength enhancement, Halotestin ability is at the extreme level but as we will see, this great benefit does come with some significant downsides which greatly reduces the desirability for most bodybuilders in choosing to use this steroid.
Being a very powerful steroid particularly in the androgenic department, Halotestin does not come with the versatility that a lot of anabolic steroids do. This makes it quite limited in how it can be used in a cycle to maximum benefit while keeping the side effects as minimal as possible.Because Halotestin doesn’t have high anabolic effects, it’s not used as the primary anabolic compound and it should not be used on its own or even alongside low dose testosterone. Finally, the liver toxic effects of Halotestin dictate that it can only be included for a short period in a steroid cycle so once again we see another limiting factor when it comes to Halotestin use. Below are some example cycles for different user levels which include Halotestin:
Beginner Halotestin Cycle
Beginners to Halotestin will want to limit its use to include testosterone as the only other steroid in the cycle at a dose that will both provide lean gains and a source testosterone that will be essential while Halotestin is suppressing normal function. Testosterone Enanthate taken at between 300mg and 500mg per week will result in some nice mass gains, with Halotestin providing the strength and drive needed to push through your workouts.
While the Testosterone can be taken for the entire 12 weeks of the cycle, Halotestin should only be utilized for the first 4 weeks to provide the initial boost. This particular cycle can be considered as a bulking cycle and while not common, users will find Halotestin provides a different experience than some of the more standard steroids that a beginner might select to use.
Intermediate Halotestin Cycle
This 12 week cycle adds famous steroid Deca- Durabolin to the stack, which is a compound that also does not aromatize so the user will be able to experience gains and physique enhancement without the concern of water retention. Testosterone in this cycle is used purely as a supportive compound at a low enough level to be useful but not a high enough dose to result in rising estrogen. The intermediate user can expect quality mass gains in this cycle where Testosterone is used at 100mg weekly, Deca at 400mg per week for the entire 12 weeks, and Halotestin used only for the first 4 to 6 weeks maximum at 30mg daily.
Advanced Halotestin Cycle
Only the most advanced users will consider this cycle which makes use of Halotestin for less than half the cycle lenghr, placed in the final weeks of the cycle with the main goal being to achieve maximum hardness of the physique, but with the addition of Trenbolone Acetate some mass gains and fat loss can also be targeted.
Tren is considered a steroid only suitable for very experienced users and this cycle is particularly targeted at those competing in contests where the cycle prepares you in the lead up to the contest. This entails achieving maximum definition and hardness with zero water retention and minimal body fat.
Testosterone Propionate, or any testosterone ester, once again acts as a testosterone support at 100mg weekly for the entire 10 weeks, alongside Trenbolone at 400mg per week. Halotestin should be added only in the final 4 weeks of the cycle at the maximum safe dose of 40mg daily.
Halotestin is a steroid that at the very least needs to be stacked with a form of testosterone because its suppression effects are severe. This is the most basic stack including Halotestin. People using Halotestin for pre-contest hardening purposes will find that stacking this steroid with another very powerful androgen in Trenbolone will result in an extremely defined physique, however the side effects can be expected to be just as extreme so such a stack is only a consideration for the most experienced and advanced users.
As a bodybuilder, Halotestin is unlikely to be a steroid that is a high priority for inclusion in your cycle. In fact many regular bodybuilders choose not to use it at all while only those with very specific goals like powerlifters can feel that the benefits outweigh the harsh negatives of this steroid.
The greatest benefits however are likely to be seen by those who are physique competitors who need superb hardening and definition as well as the sheer drive and aggression needed to get you through the final stages of a very restrictive and extreme contest preparation diet and workout regime.
Halotestin provides a niche and specific benefit in boosting aggression and strength, while also contributing directly to physical conditioning without the concerns of aromatization and associated fluid retention. This makes it a common strategy for competitors to include Halotestin at the very end stage of a pre-contest cycle where it can have maximum effect at the precise time it’s needed.
Halotestin has a detection time of about 2 months and since this is a steroid that is going to appeal to competitive bodybuilders, this long detection time is paramount to keep in mind where potential drug testing might be occurring.
Halotestin Side Effects
When it comes to potential side effects with this steroid there are two main areas of concern. One is that Halotestin is a very potent androgen, in fact possibly the most powerful androgenic steroid. Secondly is the severe toxicity impact on the liver for which Halotestin is once again one of the most potent in this regard.
Halotestin Post Cycle Therapy
At week 9, you need to undergo post-cycle therapy to minimize the effect of side effects on the body. It includes minimal physical activity, taking various vitamins. You also need to gradually introduce protein foods into the body, eat more meat, and also allow the body to relax as much as possible.
The main recommendations are prescribed by the attending physician after passing all the tests.
To stimulate your natural testosterone production again after having it suppressed during your Halotestin cycle , implementing post cycle therapy is critical. Halotestin has very strong suppression activity even compared with other powerful steroids, so preventing Hypothalamic Pituitary Testicular Axis (HPTA) by limiting the length of time the steroid is used, and the dose, is of vital importance because such damage can make it difficult or impossible to restore normal testosterone function.
The timing of your PCT for Halotestin will also depend on which other compounds you’ve used in your cycle. A standard protocol is to take Nolvadex along with HGG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) for 6 weeks. Halotestin has very harsh suppressive properties and the fact that it’s often utilized for the final phase of a cycle make it wise to extend PCT to 6 weeks rather than stopping at the 4 week mark which is possible with other steroids.
This provides ample time for the stimulation of testosterone function and helps you avoid falling into a state of low testosterone where not only will any gains made start to reduce, but excess fat can be gained, energy drained and a range of health issues develop. By the end of the PCT cycle your body should once again be producing its own testosterone to an adequate level.