Professionals Cycle: 70s (ARNOLD ERA)

That was the height of bodybuilding. Most of the classic bodybuilding icons were made in this decade. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbo, Frank Zane, Mike Mentzer, Danny Padilla, the list goes on. This was the best time to be a bodybuilder. Anabolics were legal. The audience was ecstatic with the cartoon-like physicists of the best in the field. Every high school kid wanted to be Arnold. Arnold, used as a name in his own era, was understood as Arnold Schwartzenegger.

Anabolic androgenic steroids were recycled. There was still no post-cycle therapy. SERMs were not used. Nolvadex was not approved for use in the United States until 1977. Clomid was approved later and other SERMS much later. HCG use did not come into vogue until the 1980s. So steroid cycles were really just a single steroid practice. Pyramid cycles were very popular. Anabolic steroids were slowly increased in the dosage performed until some peak or close to the peak and then the dose was decreased again. Longer combinations were sometimes used at the end of the cycle, in an effort to allow the endocrine system to normalize and prevent a hormonal crash.

This era was not without side effects. I remember rumors that Danny Padilla could not have sex with his wife, probably because he used a good amount of deca durabolin. Deca was actually the basis of a series of cycles in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1970s, bodybuilders really took a long time off their anabolic steroids. You can find pictures of most of the icons in the strangely deflated states. Off was off. There were no peptides, SERMs, SARM or even creatine. Off was off and the athletes dealt with it.

Anabolic steroids were not lost in Hollywood in the 1970s. Muscles in Hollywood were on the rise. Mad Max 1979, had, of course, Mel Gibson and also the character of "the great Humongous". Iron pumping (1977), the 1977 Increadible hulk series focused on the steroidal physical reinforcement of Lou Ferrigno. Hollywood was beginning to find the commercialization of the physique improved.
1970: D-Bol and Deca were still the preferred combination in the early 70's and in fact most bodybuilders would use this combination until a show just dropped D-Bol three days before the contest. As the decade progressed other combos were experimented with personnel, such as Anadrol (hemogenin) / Anavar (oxandrolone)… .Deca / Winstrol (stanozolol)… and Arnold's favorite: Primobolan acetate and D-Bol. By the end of the decade thyroid drugs were just beginning to be tried for that ultra-ripped look. Normally, during this time in bodybuilding, bodybuilders would be maybe six months ON drugs and at least six months clean.

Sergio Oliva commented in his interview that it was Arnold who brought the steroids to the USA. I don't know what he really meant by that, since he already had steroids in the US, but they say that Arnold and Serge Nubret were taking dianabol hand in hand. Nubret was even participating in a forum in his 70s and when asked about a user's use of steroids he was irritated. In general, the BB's of the old ones publicly deny the use of steroids (Arnold, Columbu, Zane, Nubret), and those who talk about the use usually report low dosages (Mentzer), possibly to preserve the image.

Some forum users who trained at that time also often report that they used doses lower than today (10 to 20mg of dianabol per day), but what was among the elite guys nobody knows for sure.
Bodybuilding expert Nelson Montana reports the following dosages to Arnold and Zane:
He reported he liked 600mg of cousin week and 50mg of d-bol a day.
Frank combined 100mg of deca and 100mg of prime week and used some thyroid hormone (T3) as well.

You really can't believe that they used such low dosages and managed to reach a level much higher than a person using larger dosages today.
Many say that Zane abused the use of T3 with a shape that is always frighteningly dry, but never really big, the exact body you want to get with drugs and other T3. And the legs, yes Zane said he used to do 5 sets of leg extensions every day no matter what he trained.

See what Mike Mentzer reported in an interview with Iron Magazine in 2000:
TS: “What kind of steroid regimen were you on when you got a perfect score on Mr. Universe?

Mentzer: “. I took 400mg of Deca Durabolin every 10-14 days,…. and not more than five Dianabol a day ”

He also said that the longest time he has stayed on a cycle was three months and he never spent more than $ 500 on drugs.
Casey Viator, pro of the 70s and early 80s (disciple of Artur Jones, creator of the HIT training method), stated that all pro's used high doses of steroids as they do today, claiming that Mike Mentzer even used 2 , 5 g of DECA per week.
Many believe that Mike lost unfairly to Arnold at the 1980 Olympia, because Arnold was the darling of the Weider brothers, while Mentzer was a disciple of the great Artur Jones, creator of HIT. What is certain is that Mike retired after that Olympia.

A curiosity also cited in Darkham's article:
“In the 70s, many bodybuilders developed strange“ bumps ”in the mammary gland ... at first nobody noticed, but more and more competitors started to appear with gynecomastia. In 1981 Mr Olympia (Franco Columbu) was quite serious. Just before Dan Duchaine announced a new drug that would solve the problem. Nolvadex (tamoxifen) was popularized by Duchaine's first book “Underground Steroid Handbook”.

Arnold's famous cycle
primobolan, D-Bol
Week 1 600mg / week 60mg / day
Week 2 600mg / week 60mg / day
Week 3 600mg / week 60mg / day
Week 4 600mg / week 60mg / day
Week 5 600mg / week 60mg / day
Week 6 800mg / week 80mg / day
Week 7 800mg / week 80mg / day
Week 8 800mg / week 80mg / day
Week 9 800mg / week 80mg / day
Week 10 800mg / week 80mg / day
Week 11 1000mg / week 100mg / day
Week 12 1000mg / week 100mg / day
Week 13 1000mg / week 100mg / day
Week 14 1000mg / week 100mg / day
Week 15 800mg / week 80mg / day
Week 16 800mg / week 80mg / day
Week 17 800mg / week 80mg / day
Week 18 600mg / week 60mg / day
Week 19 600mg / week 60mg / day
Week 20 600mg / week 60mg / day
Week 21 30mg / day 200mg / week
Week 22 30mg / day 200mg / week
Week 23 30mg / day 200mg / week
Week 24 30mg / day 200mg / week
Week 25 30mg / day 200mg / week
Week 26 30mg / day 200mg / week
No OFF time, No TPC, No anti Estrogens!

lol it looks very realistic for a guy the size of Arnold

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