You’ll want to run your cycle right into the show. With contest prep, its about building up into the show. You dont want hormones to wane as you close in. With my clients and myself, we start earlier than 8 wks, but 8 is fine. The base of the cycle is test and estrogen control. I prefer arimidex. Then fat burners. By 8 wks out, I like to start adding the hardeners(such as winstrol, masteron, tren) at the point I am certain I can continue running them straight into the show. The later mention compounds will help with the hard, grainy cosmetic effect we want to see on stage. Chemical management for contest prep can make or break your look. Often times, the less complicated, the better. Remember that the diet and fat loss is going to be the key. The drugs are there just to make you look even more dramatic. Have fun with it and if you have more questions, feel free to ask. If you want help, reach out to me at the Next Level Nutrition page here at Naps Gear. And most of all, have fun brother. Bodybuilding competition will be an experience you’ll never forget!