When it comes to using anabolic steroids there is no steroid available, more common or more important than testosterone nor is there any steroid with so many options as of the many various testosterones from which we have to choose. The very first steroidal hormone ever intended for human use, testosterone carries with it almost innumerable qualities and in most cases is the very basis and foundation of any anabolic steroid cycle. There are many who choose to forgo testosterone as part of their anabolic steroid regiment but they are in a strong minority. The truth remains, when it comes to anabolic steroids, if you can only pick one, testosterone is always the golden rule. After all, the hormone testosterone is the basis and foundation on which the anabolic steroid world is built.
As someone who uses anabolic steroids, each and every cycle you run presents itself not only with excitement but with countless options too. When it comes to these options the various testosterones you have to choose from can be overwhelming and often a good bit confusing. Of the testosterones we have to choose from the most common include:
There are other testosterones on the market but the after mentioned list of six are by in-large the most common and heavily used and all you will ever need. There is something you need to understand about all of the various testosterones and this is important; they are all testosterone, in that there is no difference.
Testosterone is a steroidal hormone that belongs to the androgen group of hormones found in nearly every species on earth. Testosterone is a hormone further produced by both sexes and needed by both for proper bodily function; albeit in much higher levels for males. Testosterone, even though belonging to the androgen group is highly anabolic; largely needed for muscle tissue growth, strength and bone development and maintenance of all the latter three.
Testosterone has many other functions in the human body as well, including but not limited to:
All of these things are important and if you are curious as to what else testosterone can do and is responsible for in the human body there is information galore but here we are largely concerned with how testosterone can be used as part of an anabolic steroid cycle, as well as which testosterones to use.
So much confusion remains among many when trying to decide which of the testosterones they should use; with the six common forms its often hard to decide, especially when you dont understand the differences. Lets break it down in terms anyone can understand:
Both testosterone-Enanthate and testosterone-Cypionate is virtually the same exact thing; the difference is the ester attached, as is the difference with alltestosterones. However, as it pertains to these two very common testosterones, perhaps the two most commonly used, the differences are so miniscule theyre hardly worth mentioning. Milligram for milligram they are one in the same; one of the primary differences is where these two can be found. Almost any underground lab carries both testosterone-Enanthate and testosterone-Cypionate but when it comes to human grade, more often than not Cypionate is found in the United States while Enanthate in other parts of the world.
Another difference is the half-life but the difference is so small its hardly worth noting. Testosterone-Enanthate has a half-life of approximately fifteen days, while testosterone-Cypionate has a half-life approximately 12-24 hours longer. When youre talking about a half-life that spans more than two weeks, the difference is meaningless.
There are many anabolic steroid users who enjoy stacking these two testosterones together but as we can see this is pointless. No, it wont hurt anything, it wont kill you nor will it make your results any better. Another practice that is common among many in competitive bodybuilding circles is injecting either of these testosterones more frequently than what is normally the rule. In most cases, testosterones such as Enanthate or Cypionate are injected one to two times per week among performance enhancing users. However, many bodybuilders report a smoother ride by lowering the dose per injection and injecting more frequently. On paper this would prove to be pointless due to the long half-lives of these two testosterones, however, results speak much louder than any paper ever could.
Testosterone-Propionate is another very common form of testosterone used. Testosterone-Propionate is the original testosterone first synthesized and trialed in humans in 1937. The modes of action in testosterones that have the propionate ester attached are very similar to both Enanthate and Cypionate; meaning, the results in terms of lean tissue gained can be the same. However, testosterone-Propionate carries with it a much shorter half-life because of the propionate ester attached, approximately forty-eight hours. Because of the short half-life it is very important to inject the hormone more frequently; most users of testosterone-Propionate inject every other day to every three days.
Some studies have shown testosterone-Propionate to be stronger milligram for milligram than say testosterones Enanthate or Cypionate alone. Meaning, more of the testosterone is made use of by the body; however, the difference is very negligible. The Propionate ester is also very common among anabolic steroid users who wish to control water retention as much as possible while using testosterone. Some anabolic steroid users have reported higher levels of water retention and bloat while using the Enanthate and Cypionate forms; however, most of the time this problem can be eliminated through ones diet and the use of a good aromatase inhibitor such as Femara.
One of the most common uses of testosterone-Propionate is among competitive bodybuilders shortly before a competition. As there is a potential for excess water retention among other various testosterones, they will use propionate in hopes of eliminating this altogether. Even so, some anabolic steroid users cannot use anabolics with the propionate ester attached due to this fast-acting esters pain it can bring about in some users. If sensitivity is an issue with you, simply stick to long-estered testosterones and you should be fine.
As testosterones with the Enanthate, Cypionate or Propionate esters attached carry many similar traits and as testosterone-Suspension is to simply a testosterone, it does however carry traits unique unto its own. Unlike many other testosterones, testosterone-Suspension yields a higher level of testosterone per milligram than any other form. Suspension, unlike most testosteroneshas no ester attached which creates a 100% milligram conversion rate. For example; with testosterone Enanthate, for every milligram you inject only a percentage of it will be usable testosterone. When we use testosterone-Suspension, every milligram we inject is usable testosterone.
Perhaps more interesting is the fact that testosterone Suspension is almost always suspended in water unlike other testosterones and most anabolic steroids which are suspended in oil. This water based mixture allows thetestosteroneto absorb and become active almost immediately, however, due to the absence of an attached ester it must be injected at a minimum every single day; most testosterone-Suspension users will inject multiple daily doses to avoid their levels falling.
A very important note; unlike most testosterones, testosterone-Suspension is extremely painful to inject, so much so many cannot use it. It is also one of the only anabolic steroids that has been said to induce actual site injected growth; meaning, the area in which the Suspension is injected can grow due to that injection; this cannot be said about other testosterones, although in regards to Suspension it has not been proven to be 100% true.
Sustanon-250 is unlike our single ester testosterones in that it is a blend of four different testosterones all in one. Originally developed by Organon, Sustanon-250 (Sust) is comprised of the four testosterones in the following doses:
The original idea behind this ester is to create a scenario where testosterone would continually be released throughout the body over a longer period of time due to the numerous esters used in the compound. On paper this makes perfect sense and for this reason Sustanon-250 is sometimes a commonly used form of testosterone for those seeking hormone replacement therapy (HRT); the mixture of various testosterones limits the number of injections a patient running HRT will need. However, when it comes to individuals concerned with performance enhancing, the limited injection frequency goes out the window. For these individuals, keeping testosterone levels at their peak is always of importance and because of the fast-estered testosterones Propionate and Phenylpropionate, levels begin to drop after a few days, meaning injection frequency would need to be at minimum two times per week and in many cases, depending on your planned dosage, three or four times per week.
Beyond the mixture of various esters, what can be said about our previously discussed testosterones can also be said about Sustanon-250. Benefits of muscle growth, as well as protection against catabolic hormones such as cortisol can all be enjoyed just as they can with say testosterone-Cypionate.
Everything said about Sustanon-250 can be said about Omnadren-250; it is virtually the same drug; a mixture of four different testosterones with the only difference being in one ester. The difference between these two lies within the final ester; in Sustanon-250 the final ester is Decanoate aptly dosed at 100mg. Concerning Omnadren the final ester is Caproate aptly dosed at 100mg. Theres really nothing one can say about Omnadren-250 one couldnt say about Sustanon-250; in the end, theyre both simply a compound made of four testosterones and in the end youre still getting testosterone just as you would if you used testosterone-propionate only.
When choosing whichtestosteroneto use, as you can see there are several choices; weve discussed six testosterones alone here and mentioned another four forms as well. However, the bottom line is always the same regardless of which testosterone you use; assuming you are injecting your particular testosterone within the correct time frame relative to the dose needed or desired.
No matter the testosterone you use, using it as the foundation of any of your anabolic steroid cycles is always a positive pursuit. There is nothing quite like it that can produce all-around and stable progress and gains. It is one of the essential elements when it comes to building muscle tissue and that is the bottom line.