Testosterone Enanthate is the most popular ester variant of the testosterone steroid. It has a half life of about 8 to 10 days and is a slow release testosterone steroid used in injectable form either for performance enhancement or as a TRT.
Studies show significant increases in strength within 6 to 12 weeks when using Testosterone Enanthate, with bench press strength showing significant improvements in as little as three weeks of starting, as well as significant gains in body mass.
Author’s Note: The following guide is based on my personal experience and does NOT promote the illegal use of steroids (PEDs).
What is Testosterone Enanthate?
This form of testosterone bring with it the very same benefits that we see with other testosterone esters, with the main point of difference being the release rate of the hormone in the body once injected, and its half life.
Testosterone Enanthate is possibly the most widely used steroid as it is widely available, affordable and extremely effective for performance enhancement while bring highly versatile and effectively used with almost any other steroid in a stack for both bulking and cutting.
Testosterone Enanthate Benefits
Using Testosterone Enanthate you can expect excellent gains in muscle mass, improved recovery, reduction in body fat and the prevention of muscle breakdown.
Even though this is a relatively slow release ester, you can still expect to have your testosterone levels spike within the first 1 to 2 days of injecting Testosterone Enanthate as the ester slowly detaches and more testosterone is released into the bloodstream over time.
Results are achieved with this steroid by its positive effects on protein synthesis, nitrogen retention, boosting red blood cells, increasing the output of the highly anabolic Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) hormone, and reducing stress hormones that can bring about muscle catabolism.
The important thing to know about Testosterone Enanthate is that it is not a steroid that should be used strictly for bulking or cutting; instead, it is thought of as a very versatile steroid that can serve any purpose. It’s all about how you use it and what other compounds you might stack it with.
Testosterone Enanthate serves equally well as both a bulking or cutting steroid, but make no mistake – it has a very powerful ability to promote the growth of muscle tissue when used with a diet that supports these gains, and of course, a high quality, intensive workout regime.
In addition to the excellent performance and physique enhancements that Testosterone Enanthate is capable of helping you achieve, you can also expect to see the added benefits that come with using testosterone and maintaining a high level of the hormone; in particular your mental and sexual health should see improvements during this time.
Legal Testosterone Alternative
I’m on TRT, so I’m always skeptical of whether or not products intended to boost testosterone levels even work for me at all. Well, let me just tell you that the skepticism I had at first is completely gone after experiencing the effects of Testo-Max.
Testo-Max is absolutely INSANE in terms of delivering strength and mass gains that are FAST and DRY!! It acts on different pathways than a testosterone derivative or a typical androgenic steroid, and it gives you all of the benefits without the side effects.
So, if you’re looking for a legal alternative to testosterone injections then Testo-Max is very comparable and best of all is you won’t mess with your normal hormone levels when you stop using it!!
Testosterone Enanthate Dosage
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Testosterone Enanthate Dosage
Regardless of your experience level, Testosterone Enanthate is usually injected once (twice) per week to maintain the best blood levels of the hormone. Beginners will consider a weekly dosage of between 250mg and 500mg which will provide exceptional anabolic effects.
Intermediate users can increase Testosterone Enanthate dosage up to 700mg weekly, with some advanced users increasing the dosage to 1000mg weekly as long as awareness of the much higher aromatizing side effects are taken into account.
Female Testosterone Enanthate Dosage
Testosterone Enanthate is not recommended for use by women for performance enhancement purposes due to the strong androgenic nature of this male hormone and its longer acting effects. Low doses as prescribed by a doctor are sometimes used to treat certain breast cancers in women.
Testosterone Enanthate Cycles
Testosterone Enanthate is effective both on its own in a cycle and when stacked with other anabolic compounds. It can perform exceptionally well as a primary anabolic compound but is also often used as a testosterone support to maintain testosterone levels when they are suppressed by the use of other steroids.
Beginner Testosterone Enanthate Cycles
A 12 week beginner cycle dosed at 250mg to 500mg weekly provides an excellent introduction for the beginner by using the safest steroid in testosterone.
Side effects should be easily mitigated at this dose and a beginner will gain an insight into the effects of Testosterone Enanthate on the body during this first cycle.
8-week Test Enanthate cycle
What you’ll need is 1x10ml (250mg/ml) bottle of Testosterone Enanthate or Testosterone Cypionate. Just for your information 10ml = 10CC. Both are ok to inject just once per week so they are convenient and very effective.
You will inject once a week for 8 weeks with the following weekly dosages: 125mg/250mg/375mg/500mg/500mg/375mg/250mg/125mg (each is per week).
Once you are done with your 8 weeks, it’s time to start your post cycle therapy. Wait 2 full weeks after your last injection and use 50mg/day Clomid for 3 weeks.
10-week Test Enanthate cycle
What you’ll need here are 2x10ml (250mg/ml) bottles of Test Enanthate or Testosterone Cypionate. You will inject once a week for 10 weeks:
- Week 1-10 – 500mg per week Test Enanthate
- (PCT) Week 13-15 – 50mg per day Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate)
You can also use 10mg/day Nolvadex (or 0.5mg/eod Arimidex) throughout the cycle to combat gynecomastia related issues.
Intermediate Testosterone Enanthate Cycles
Stepping up to the next level involves stacking other compounds with Testosterone Enanthate.
A 12 week testosterone cycle consisting of Dianabol at 25mg weekly only for the first 4 weeks provides a boost to this bulking and strength stack.
Spanning the entire 12 weeks is Testosterone Enanthate at 500mg weekly which is considered a very effective dose for any user level, and Deca-Durabolin at 400mg per week.
10-week Test Enanthate/Dianabol cycle
For this intermediate cycle you’ll need a 2x10ml (250mg/ml) bottles of testosterone (enanthate or cypionate) and 100x10mg Dbol tabs.
- Week 1-10 – 500mg per week Testosterone Enanthate
- Week 1-6 – 25mg per day Dianabol (Dbol)
Once you are done with your 10 week cycle, start your PCT 2 weeks after your last testosterone shot. You’d use Clomid at 50mg per day for 3 weeks. As a safeguard you can also use 0.5mg/eod Arimidex throughout the cycle.
15-week Deca/Dbol/Test E Cycle
For this intermediate cycle you’ll need a 3x10ml (250mg/ml) bottles of Test Enanthate or Cypionate, 100x10mg (200x5mg) Dbol tabs and 3x10ml (150mg/ml) bottles of Deca.
- Weeks 1-6 – 25-35mg per day Dbol
- Weeks 1-15 – 300mg per week Deca, 500mg per week Test E
Once you are done with your 15 week cycle, continue post cycle with 0.5mg/day Arimidex for 4 weeks. Start your PCT 2 weeks after your last Test/Deca injection. You’d use 100mg per day Clomid for 10 days and then 50mg/day Clomid for 10 more days.
Advanced Testosterone Enanthate Cycles
Even the most advanced users are best served with a 12 week cycle length, but in this case Testosterone Enanthate can be used as a testosterone support compound and not the primary anabolic compound.
That role goes to the very powerful Trenbolone Enanthate which is an advanced level steroid only and never recommended for beginners.
600mg weekly of Tren and 100mg weekly of Testosterone Enanthate to support testosterone function provides a powerful cycle for either bulking, lean mass or cutting.
12-Week Dbol/Tren/Test E Cycle
This is an advanced cycle not suitable for beginners.
- Week 1-12 – 500mg per week Test E (2x250mg/week i.e. Mon/Thur), 0.5mg/eod Arimidex
- Weeks 1-6 – 40mg per day Dianabol (split throughout day)
- Weeks 7-12 – 100mg/eod Trenbolone
- (PCT) Week 14-16 – 100mg per day Clomid for the first 10 days and then continue with 50mg per day for another 10 days.
*eod – every other day
Testosterone Enanthate Side Effects
Compared with other steroid compounds, Testosterone enanthate can be thought to have only mild side effects risks as is the case with other testosterone esters.
This is a hormone that the male body is naturally used to and it is just the higher dose for bodybuilding and performance purposes that introduce possible adverse effects as the effect of testosterone in the body is amplified.
Testosterone naturally aromatizes at a relatively mild level compared with other steroids, and this is where we see the side effects developing as a result of estrogen conversion.
The higher the dosage, the greater the estrogen related effects will be. Individual reactions to the steroid will also vary which is why beginners should always use Testosterone Enanthate as a sole compound in a cycle to gauge side effects.
Potential Testosterone Enanthate side effects include all the familiar adverse effects such as possible hair loss and acne, gyno, high blood pressure and in some people nausea and headaches can occur.
Water retention, when left to advance, can lead to high blood pressure and this is the more serious aspect of side effects you need to think about.
It will also cause your gains to not be as made of as much solid muscle as you’d like, and these mass gains can dissipate following a cycle if water retention is high – therefore controlling estrogen side effects when using Testosterone Enanthate at higher doses is important not only for your health but for your longer term results.
Some users report irritation at the injection site when using Testosterone Enanthate and this does not necessarily occur when using other esters like Testosterone Cypionate, but this should be considered an individual response with tolerance levels to injections varying widely between people.
Testosterone Enanthate FAQs
What does Testosterone Enanthate do to your body?
Testosterone enanthate gives the body a gradual release of testosterone at higher levels than your would ever be able to naturally produce, when you’re using it at performance enhancing doses.
This amplifies all the processes of testosterone, including promoting muscle and strength gains through increasing nitrogen retention, red blood cell count, increasing IGF-1, boosting protein synthesis to enhance anabolism and aid recovery, while suppressing stress hormones that can cause muscle loss.
How long does it take for Testosterone Enanthate to kick in?
The enanthate ester of testosterone is a slow acting form of this steroid so it will take longer to start giving you noticeable results compared with some of the faster acting variants of testosterone.
You can expect to wait at least four to six weeks until you start noticing positive changes in a testosterone enanthate cycle.
This means you’ll need a cycle length of at least 12 weeks to get the maximum benefit of testosterone enanthate, with some users extending this right up to 16 weeks.
Does Test Enanthate cause gyno?
All testosterone steroids aromatize, which means it can convert to estrogen and raise estrogen levels; this can cause gynecomastia and other problems like water retention.
To reduce or prevent gyno and other estrogen side effects you must use an anti-estrogen drug while taking testosterone enanthate. This means either a SERM or Aromatase Inhibitor (AI). Aromatase inhibitors are considered superior for combating gyno while using this steroid.
Can you inject Testosterone Enanthate once a week?
The half life of testosterone enanthate is about 8 days so you can inject once per week, but to be sure you’re maintaining peak levels of the steroid it’s most recommended to split the dosage into a twice weekly administration when you’re using it at performance enhancing dosage.
An exception is if you plan to use this steroid as a testosterone replacement while using other steroids, in which case you can get by with a once weekly injection at a low dosage of 100mg per week.
How much Testosterone should I inject to build muscle?
To get the full muscle building effects of testosterone enanthate, the dosage should be at least 300mg weekly, but most people will want to take around 500mg per week. The most experienced bodybuilders are known to take up to 1000mg weekly but this will come with a great increase in side effects, especially concerning cholesterol levels.
Does Testosterone Enanthate cause hair loss?
Testosterone has strong androgenic activity and this means that Test Enanthate can come with androgenic side effects with one of those being hair loss or male pattern baldness. How severe these are for you will greatly depend on your genetics.
If you have hair loss in the family, this steroid can speed up the onset of male pattern baldness. Guys who are not predisposed genetically to baldness are unlikely to experience this side effect.
Is Testosterone Enanthate liver toxic?
Testosterone enanthate in injectable form is not known to be toxic to the liver. Studies that tested testosterone used at extremely high doses found that it did not cause stress to the liver.
When it comes to anabolic steroids, the highest risk for damage to the liver is with oral steroids of which many are severely liver toxic. Testosterone enanthate still comes with other health risks so must be used with caution.
Where Can I Buy Testosterone Enanthate?
Like all steroids, Testosterone Enanthate is not legal to purchase or use for performance enhancing purposes without a prescription in the United States. So buying Testosterone Enanthate on the black market is the only way to get your hands on it, and this comes with the risks of quality assurance and contamination.
While human grade pharmaceutical quality is available, underground lab products are also commonly found online and these can vary in quality substantially. Expect pharma grade to cost a lot more than underground lab sourced Testosterone enanthate. 250mg/ml is the standard vial quantity of this steroid.
One thing I can say is that Testosterone Enanthate absolutely works very well. But that doesn’t mean everyone races out to use it; in fact, most people won’t ever consider actually using a steroid like Testosterone Enanthate. There are just too many side effects and risks to make it a viable option for most bodybuilders.
Author’s Note: If you’d like more real, NO-BS information on using steroids be sure to check out Straight From the Underground (my recommended underground steroid handbook). Everything in this book is based on first hand experience, not theory.