Arnold’s Steroid Cycle

Arnold Schwarzenegger steroid cycle
Arnold's Steroid Cycle

The ” Alleged” Cycle of Arnold Schwarzenegger-Arnold’s Steroid Cycle

Arnold Schwarzenegger has publicly admitted on multiple occasions to having used steroids. During his years of competitive bodybuilding. At no point in any of his many interviews on TV or in print did he get into specifics. No specifics on which drugs used and in what amount. The only people interested in such details?  Bodybuilders. Any research on the subject, you come up with the following steroid cycle (see below).  This is allegedly what Arnold used in his prime.

A five week “bridge” cycle consisting of 20mg per week of Primoboland and 40mg per day of Dianabol is listed. Followed by “repeat weeks 1-20”. Indicating that Arnold was on steroids at all times. Which goes against many accounts of how bodybuilders of that era utilized drugs. Men who competed and trained in the ’70s, even a few professionals. Year-round drug use simply was not practiced. Most of them took roughly half the year off any drugs. Typically doing one “bulking cycle” and one “cutting cycle” timed around their off season. Most lasting 12 weeks each.

A steroid cycle lasting 20 weeks was unheard of. As well as the practice of bridging, or using low doses between cycles. Several things are consistent with how steroids used in Arnold’s era. Mainly the compounds, the practice of pyramiding up and down in dosage. Also, the lack of anti-estrogens as ancillaries. Knowledge about drugs in that time was rudimentary at best.

Arnold’s Cycle

So, where did this alleged cycle of Arnold’s come from ? Since he clearly never volunteered it? Many websites make educated guesses (though not clear how arriving at those guesses).

Is there any actual testimony about Arnold’s use from anyone who actually knew him? Ric Drasin, former pro wrestler and one time training partner of his once quoted. “Arnold brought his supply from Europe. They had the best. Primobolan and Dianabol was what they used at the time. ”

The original Dianabol, brought to the market by Ciba pharmaceuticals. Came in five milligram tablets. Meaning Arnold would have been taking 20 milligrams per day. And if the shot in question were either Primobolan or Deca-Durabolin, the likely dose in one shot at 200mg per ml would have been in the range of 400-600mg per week.

In all likelihood, Arnold used moderate doses and took plenty of time off of the drugs throughout the year. He didn’t dominate the sport all those years because he used more and better drugs than his peers. Arnold had a rare combination of incredible genetics, a fierce work ethic and powerful drive to be the best.

Week Primobolan Deca Durabolin Dianabol
1 600mgs/week 60mgs/day
2 600mgs/week 60mgs/day
3 600mgs/week 60mgs/day
4 700mgs/week 60mgs/day
5 700mgs/week 70mgs/day
6 800mgs/week 400mgs/week 80mgs/day
7 800mgs/week 400mgs/week 80mgs/day
8 800mgs/week 400mgs/week 80mgs/day
9 800mgs/week 400mgs/week 80mgs/day
10 800mgs/week 400mgs/week 100mgs/day
11 800mgs/week 400mgs/week 100mgs/day
12 800mgs/week 400mgs/week 100mgs/day
13 800mgs/week 400mgs/week 100mgs/day
14 800mgs/week 400mgs/week 100mgs/day
15 700mgs/week 300mgs/week 100mgs/day
16 700mgs/week 300mgs/week 100mgs/day
17 700mgs/week 300mgs/week 800mgs/day
18 700mgs/week 200mgs/week 80mgs/day
19 600mgs/week 200mgs/week 60mgs/day
20 600mgs/week 200mgs/week 60mgs/day
BRIDGE
21 200mgs/week 40mgs/day
22 200mgs/week 40mgs/day
23 200mgs/week 40mgs/day
24 200mgs/week 40mgs/day
25 200mgs/week 40mgs/day
*repeat week 1-20

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