Testosterone Cypionate is another ester of the testosterone hormone and is one of then most widely used esters by bodybuilders and athletes.
It has a half life of about 10 to 12 days so is a slower release steroid that is usually used in longer cycles of up to 14 weeks.
It has a longer half life than the otherwise very similar and equally popular Testosterone Enanthate that results in raised testosterone for about two weeks.
Like all the testosterone esters, cypionate is highly effective on its own and can also be used with other types of steroids in a stacked cycle as it has high compatibility. It can take between four and six weeks to really start seeing the positive effects of a new testosterone cypionate cycle.
My Test Cypionate cycle guide has been broken down into the following sections:
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What is Testosterone Cypionate (Depo-Testosterone)?
This testosterone steroid, like all the ester forms of testosterone we look at, is powerful when used both on its own and when stacked with other steroids. Testosterone stacks extremely well with almost every other steroid and can be used effectively in both cutting and bulking cycles.
Testosterone Cypionate can also be used as a supportive hormone compound where you are aiming to replace your testosterone to a normal level when using other steroids that suppress natural testosterone function.
With a relatively long half life, Testosterone Cypionate is usually injected about once per week depending on dosage; people who are using higher doses can opt for a twice weekly injection. Unlike a lot of other steroids, Testosterone Cypionate does not pose a risk for liver toxicity.
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Testosterone Cypionate Benefits
Testosterone Cypionate comes with the benefits and effects of all testosterone steroids; the ester attached to it simply controls the release time and in this case results in a slower release steroid that will suit people doing longer cycles.
Some of the big benefits you will experience when using Test Cypionate at a higher dosage for performance and bodybuilding purposes include:
- Boosts protein synthesis, nitrogen retention, IGF-1 hormone, and keeps the body in a prime anabolic state to promote muscle growth, fat loss and, endurance muscle repair.
- Encourages the growth of lean muscle and the loss of fat making it ideal for a bulking and off season cycle.
- It’s also ideal for cutting cycles as it helps retain lean muscle while fat being burnt, while also maintaining strength levels which can often otherwise suffer during heavy dieting phases.
- Enhances athletic and muscular performance with increased endurance and the ability to workout longer and harder without tiring as quickly as you normally would, ensuring faster progress towards your results.
- Recovery is enhanced with an increase in red blood cells getting greater amounts of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles.
All of these benefits and effects are possible with Testosterone Cypionate, but your specific dosage, workout and diet routines will greatly determine just how powerful these effects will be. Your age and genetics also play a role in how this (and any other) steroid will affect you.
Your results are not necessarily going to be the same as the next guy at the gym using the exact same steroid cycle. Testosterone Cypionate provides the power to deliver exceptional results to those who are determined to use the steroid to its maximum potential.
Testosterone Cypionate Cycles
A Testosterone Cypionate cycle can be designed for cutting or bulking and this is a versatile steroid that stacks very well with almost any other steroid out there whether it is used as a primary compound or for testosterone support at lower doses.
Beginner Testosterone Cypionate Cycles
A 12 week cycle with a dosage of between 300mg and 500mg weekly and with no other steroids included makes this a safe, simple and easy to administer testosterone-only cycle for a beginner wanting to gain quality lean mass with minimal side effects.
Testosterone is considered the safest steroid for a beginner to start with until you can determine your own individual response, and then consider adding other steroids into a stack as intermediate and advanced users do.
Intermediate Testosterone Cypionate Cycles
A typical cycle of this type would include Testosterone Cypionate at 500mg weekly and Deca at 400mg weekly for 12 weeks, with Dianabol providing a kickstart for the first 4 weeks only at 25mg daily.
The primary benefits of this stack for intermediate users is for making big gains in strength and bulk while making use of three of the most popular and widely used steroids in a tried and proven stack cycle.
Advanced Testosterone Cypionate Cycles
Advanced users will often look at using Testosterone Cypionate as a supportive compound only while relying on much more powerful steroids to take on the role of the primary anabolic compound for muscle gains.
An example advanced cycle of 12 weeks includes 200-300mg weekly of Testosterone Cypionate and 600mg per week of Trenbolone Enanthate. This cycle avoids the side effect of water retention because Testosterone Cypionate is taken at a low enough dose that aromatization can be avoided, and Trenbolone does not aromatize and convert to estrogen; therefore this advanced cycle comes with the added benefit of no estrogen related side effects.
12-Week Dbol/Tren/Test C Cycle
Consider this as an advanced cycle (not for first time users).
- Weeks 1-6 – 40mg/day Dbol (split throughout day)
- Weeks 7-12 – 100mg/eod Trenbolone
- Week 1-12 – 500mg/week Testosterone Cypionate (Mon/Thur at 250mg), 0.5mg/day Arimidex
- (PCT) Week 15-17 – 100mg/day Clomid for the first 10 days, then 50mg/day for 10 more days.
Testosterone Cypionate Dosage
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Testosterone Cypionate Dosage
Whatever your goals are, your Testosterone Cypionate can be tailored to meet them and this is a steroid that is considered one of the safest to use at bodybuilding doses where muscle gain is the main goal. Regardless of your experience level, the recommended dosage frequency is twice weekly injections to maximize and maintain your blood levels of the steroid.
This is a versatile steroid that can effectively be used from as low as 250mg weekly for beginners, right up to 1000mg per week for advanced users, with intermediate users often settling for 500mg to 700mg weekly for a very effective muscle growth dosage while still being able to control side effects.
While it might be tempting to increase the dosage to above 1000mg to increase gains, doing so also brings about heightened estrogen and androgenic side effects that are not worth the trade-off for the extra gains and dosing this high is not recommended.
Female Testosterone Cypionate Dosage
Very few females will opt to use Testosterone Cypionate due to the strong androgenic side effects that will occur and this is not a recommended steroid compound for women for that reason.
Side Effects from Testosterone Cypionate Cycle
As with all forms of testosterone, the side effects testosterone cypionate will greatly depend on your dosage. When using testosterone steroids at a performance enhancing level we are naturally going to see a greater risk of potential side effects than when using it as a testosterone replacement therapy.
For most men the side effects of Testosterone Cypionate are relatively easy to control with this well-tolerated steroid. As with all testosterone steroids, Testosterone Cypionate aromatizes so estrogen effects like gyno and water retention are possibilities. Aromatase Inhibitor drugs can mitigate these side effects.
Testosterone Cypionate is an androgen hormone so these side effects can potentially occur including an increase in skin oil production leading to acne, head baldness and body hair growth. Testosterone Cypionate is not a recommended steroid for women to use due to its powerful androgenic effects.
What does testosterone cypionate do to your body?
Testosterone Cypionate is most often used to promote bulking and mass gains, as well as for strength gains. It can also be used for cutting when taken at lower doses or at a minimal dose to act as a testosterone replacement when you’re using other anabolic steroids that suppress testosterone.
Testosterone cypionate at higher doses simply magnifies what testosterone itself does to the body, and when it comes to bodybuilding this means increasing red blood cell production to boost power, endurance and recovery, boost muscle contraction, improve metabolic activity, increases IGF-1 and boosts nitrogen retention.
What are the side effects of testosterone cypionate?
Higher doses will bring about some expected side effects with testosterone cypionate. These include the impacts of rising estrogen levels, in particular water retention and gynecomastia. Excess water retention can also lead to high blood pressure. Acne and hair loss are other potential side effects resulting from conversion to DHT. Testosterone cypionate will also suppress normal testosterone function and requires PCT after your cycle.
Does testosterone cypionate help build muscle?
Yes, the main reason bodybuilders use this steroid is to gain big muscle fast. You can bulk up and put on lean mass using this steroid, but you must be able to control water retention by using an aromatase inhibitor so your gains will be quality. Muscle building will be made faster and more efficient with the increased strength you’ll feel in a testosterone cypionate cycle that will allow you to lift heavier and push your workouts harder.
How often should you inject testosterone cypionate?
It has a long half life so you can get away with taking your entire dose in just one injection each week, but ideally you should split your weekly dosage into two and inject testosterone cypionate twice weekly so you guarantee levels of the steroid stay high, and it makes side effects easier to deal with, especially when you’re using higher doses.
Does testosterone cypionate make you gain weight?
You can use Test cypionate for mass gaining and bulking, so you will gain muscle. Water retention is also highly likely so some of your gains are going to be fluid but you can keep this to a minimal level or prevent it completely by combating the estrogenic activity that causes fluid retention by using an aromatase inhibitor drug like Arimidex during your cycle.
How much testosterone cypionate do bodybuilders take?
Dosage varies based on what your goals are and how experienced and confident you are in using steroids and controlling side effects. Most bodybuilders will use around 500mg each week of testosterone cypionate for bulking purposes. Some will start as low as 200mg or 300mg weekly, while hardcore bodybuilders are known to extend right up to 1000mg per week.
How long does testosterone cypionate take to kick in?
This testosterone ester is a long acting steroid with a half life of 8-12 days. This means it’s slow acting compared to some other testosterone esters and it can take four or more weeks until you start seeing really noticeable improvements in strength; sometimes as long as 6 weeks. That’s why your cycle of testosterone cypionate should be at least 12 weeks long.
Where Can I Buy Testosterone Cypionate?
Like all anabolic steroids, Testosterone Cypionate is illegal to purchase in the US and most other countries. Therefore, underground labs are generally the only place the steroid can be bought.
Extra care should be taken when you’re looking to buy Testosterone Cypionate at higher doses because many underground laboratories underdose these products, while counterfeits of this particular ester are unfortunately common.
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