Glossary of Terms
Users may refer to generic or brand name for the IPEDs. However, some common language is also typical:
Anabolics/Gear/Roids/Juice/Stack – other names of IPEDs, usually anabolic steroids
Cycle / Cycling / Stacking / Pyramiding / Running - IPEDs tend to be run in a “cycle”. To take a high suprapharmacological dose for a set period of weeks before having a break from IPEDs. This is believed to be able to give the hypothalmic piuitary axis (HPA) “recovery”. (see PCT in next chapter 'Types and Forms').
Blast and Cruise – Taking a high dose cycle then and taking a lower, more physiological dose of testosterone in the “off-cycle” period in order to mitigate withdrawal side effects such as low mood, loss libido, erectile dysfunction (ED) and drop in athletic performance. This means effectively lacking a break period from taking exogenous testosterone.
Bulking – to gain weight. Typically muscle mass
Clean Bulk/Bulking – to gain muscle mass, without any fat gain
Dirty Bulk/Bulking – to gain weight, ideally muscle, however fat gain is an acceptable side effect
Cutting – The process of reducing body fat, sometimes in preparation for a competition or specific event. To look as lean as possible.