Anabolic steroids are man-made hormones that cause development of male sex characteristics and body tissues to grow and develop faster, mimicking the effects of the male hormone testosterone. Usually, athletes will use steroids for a time then take a break to minimize negative side effects and allow the body to recuperate and natural hormone levels to return to normal. This is called a steroids cycle, and it usually has athletes using the drug for 7-14 weeks with a break of about 10-12 weeks.
If use is continuous, the body stops responding to the steroid. Rather than increasing dosages and seeing more side effects, cycling gives the tissues and hormone levels to return to normal and causes the body to be receptive to the steroid again. A steroids cycle will often be stacked, meaning two or more steroids taken simultaneously, to maximize results.
Testosterone steroids are the most commonly used and most important anabolic steroids of all. In many ways we can label all anabolic steroids as testosterone steroids as it is the testosterone hormone from which they are all derived but for our purposes here when speaking of testosterone steroids we are referring to the direct hormone itself and the numerous forms and types. Testosterone steroids are defined by their ester or even the lack thereof and as we will see there are many options and forms from which an individual has to choose.
In the end regardless of the form the individual chooses the hormone itself is the same within each, testosterone is simply testosterone and it does not change for better or worse regardless of the ester attached. Due to a particular ester being attached or not the nature of the hormone does not change, the direct mode of action does not change and the benefits and potential side-effects remain the same. However, depending on the ester the mode of action in-terms of delivery and total duration of activity can vary greatly and by these differences we must understand them if we are to maintain a stable hormonal level as well as a peaked level if and when performance enhancement is concerned.
Of all the various anabolic steroid injections a testosterone injection is by far the most common. Generally speaking, the protocol you follow with any anabolic steroid injection a testosterone injection will follow the same protocol. When we discuss testosterone the only thing that will vary or change the manner in-which we perform a testosterone injection is the type of testosterone used; beyond this there is nothing we need to do differently than we would with any other injectable anabolic steroid.
Testosterone comes in many forms; in the end, regardless of the form all testosterone is generally the same, it is the mechanism of action in-terms of release that varies. In very simple terms we have a few options; long-estered/slow-acting testosterones, short-estered/fast-acting testosterones, testosterone mixtures and ester-free testosterones. We’ll go into detail explaining how you should perform or schedule your testosterone injection based on the form you use.
The most commonly used testosterone injection that falls in the short-estered category is that of testosterone-propionate or Test-P as it’s commonly known. Test-P is a very fast acting testosterone with an active half-life of four days. If you are using test-p you will need to administer a testosterone injection approximately every other day or every three days; every other day being optimal.
There are two very common forms of testosterone used that fall in the long-estered category; testosterone-enanthate and testosterone-cypionate; both commonly referred to as test-e or cyp as it pertains to the latter. A testosterone injection with either of these forms must be administered at a minimum of every ten days but for performance enhancing purposes once every seven days. However, most will find it far more beneficial in order to keep blood levels stable to administer a testosterone injection two times per week if they are using Test-E or Test Cyp.
Sustanon-250 and Omnadren-250 are the two premier testosterone mixtures, commonly referred to as sust or omna’s as it pertains to the latter. Both of these anabolic steroids are simply a mixture of four different testosterones each possessing a varying half-life from long-estered, to short-estered to esters that fall in the middle. In general, what can be said of one can be said of the other, the only difference between these two testosterone mixtures is one ester in the mixture; in the end they perform identically. Sust is generally more popular than omna’s due to its high availability but as with both, a testosterone injection of at least every three days is advised for performance enhancing purposes. Sust, the form manufactured for the purposes of hormone replacement therapy only needs to be injected every few weeks but to keep test levels stable, which is very important for the enhanced athlete, more frequent injections are required. A testosterone injection every other day is highly advised if you’re using sust or omna’s.