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Testosterone Cypionate 101: The Bodybuilder’s Guide

Discover the benefits and side effects of Testosterone Cypionate, including cycle information, best dosages and stacks, and buying options.
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Disclaimer: The following guide is based on my personal experience and does NOT promote the illegal use of PEDs.

Testosterone Cypionate is the most popular ester of testosterone used by bodybuilders alongside Testosterone Enanthate. It has a slightly longer half-life than Testosterone Enanthate. Still, most bodybuilders (including myself) won’t strongly prefer either one unless you have issues with the carrier oil (more on that later). It can often just come down to cost or availability where you live.

But in this guide, I want to focus entirely on Testosterone Cypionate. It’s a legendary steroid that bodybuilders have enjoyed since the 1960s and is still as popular as ever!

Want to know all the juicy details about Testosterone Cypionate, including the pros and cons, the best stacks, how it compares to other steroids, and what sort of results you can expect (plus plenty more)?

Let’s get started!

What is Testosterone Cypionate?

Testosterone Cypionate is a very simple and straightforward androgen and anabolic steroid (AAS).

Testosterone AAS
Testosterone Cypionate AAS

It does not get any simpler than this – Testosterone Cypionate is the unaltered testosterone hormone (identical to that which we produce in the body) with the Cypionate ester attached to control the rate of hormone release after you inject it intramuscularly.

History and Overview

Testosterone Cypionate is particularly common throughout the United States, perhaps more so than most other testosterone esters, including Enanthate. First developed in the 1950s and used as a prescription medication, it has been popular with bodybuilders since the 1960s, and our interest in this testosterone ester has not faded.

The original prescription drug name of Testosterone Cypionate in the US was Depo-Testosterone, and that name is still in use today with the drug manufactured by Pfizer. [1] But the Pfizer product is now merely just one pharmaceutically manufactured brand of Testosterone Cypionate. There are several dozen other brands around the world, although it remains relatively rare in some other countries. Regardless of the brand or manufacturing company, every pharmaceutical Testosterone Cypionate product contains the same formula.

The primary medical use of Testosterone Cypionate is a testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for males who are deficient in or completely lacking endogenous testosterone. In the US, the specific conditions that this steroid is FDA-approved for medical use are:

  • Primary hypogonadism
  • Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism

There is a list of conditions that Testosterone Cypionate is sometimes used for off-label, including breast cancer, delayed male puberty, and osteoporosis, among others.

Mechanism of Action

Testosterone Cypionate will provide the same effects on the body as the endogenous testosterone naturally produced (also in females, at low levels) – but it will do so at a more pronounced degree relevant to your dosage. This is relevant to both the anabolic and androgenic actions of testosterone – even though we, as bodybuilders, desire only the anabolic activity.

Two fundamental mechanisms of action that directly influence the ability to gain increased muscle when you use Testosterone Cypionate are:

  • Protein synthesis
  • Nitrogen retention

With the higher rate of protein synthesis that occurs when you have higher testosterone levels, the repair and growth of muscle fibers are accelerated. And with your muscles being able to hold more nitrogen, they’re also able to store more protein. Plus, your increased red blood cell count is going to boost endurance with more oxygen being transported to the muscles.

And that’s not all: Testosterone Cypionate will increase the amount of IGF-1 hormone in the muscle tissue. This directly increases the level of anabolic activity. As with all forms of testosterone, Testosterone Cypionate has an androgenic and anabolic rating of 100 and 100.

Effects of Testosterone Cypionate (Benefits)

Once we understand the effects or purpose of testosterone, we can understand how it benefits us as bodybuilders. Think of it this way: Using Testosterone Cypionate at bodybuilding doses is providing your body (as a male) with much more of the primary male androgen or sex hormone – responsible for countless biological functions in males, including as a contributor to muscle growth and strength.

For this very reason, no male younger than about 25 should think about using Testosterone Cypionate. You need to max out your natural test first (until it starts to decline in your mid-20s) and have at least a couple of years of lifting experience before diving into any AAS. So, let’s look at the main benefits and effects of taking Testosterone Cypionate:

Muscle Gains

With more circulating testosterone, you can build significantly more muscle than with just your natural testosterone levels. Even a relatively low dose will promote increased muscle gains, with blast doses that can have your T levels at four times their typical, allowing exceptional gains. New Testosterone Cypionate users will be very responsive to even moderate doses and will find the muscle gains come on big and fast in the first cycle or two.

Strength

High doses of Testosterone Cypionate will give you impressive strength gains that will become prominent after three or four weeks. Even low doses will provide some noticeable improvements in strength. While Testosterone Cypionate is not going to be at the top of the list of strength-gaining steroids, all users will notice a substantial strength boost compared to natural testosterone levels.

Reduced Body Fat

Although far from a fat burner, Testosterone Cypionate will boost your metabolic activity, and this, in turn, leads to a loss of body fat. And the very fact that you’re building more muscle will also indirectly make it easier to lose fat; your resting metabolic rate increases and the muscles themselves can burn calories because those bigger muscles need more energy.

Muscle Preservation

Testosterone Cypionate can help prevent the catabolic breakdown of muscle when it’s used as energy if you’re on a calorie deficit diet. By preserving and even growing some lean muscle while dieting and cutting, Testosterone Cypionate can play a role in body recomposition cycles.

Recovery

Testosterone Cypionate will speed up your recovery time after you’ve worked out intensively, thanks to the increase in red blood cell production and the more rapid repair of damaged muscle tissue as a result of resistance training.

Testosterone Cypionate Dosing and Administration

You have a lot of room to move with dosing Test Cyp. Anything from TRT dosing or aiming to dose just above your natural testosterone levels right up to blasting doses at the highest level. More than any other anabolic steroid, we can safely use Testosterone Cypionate at relatively high doses with minimal risk or severe side effects.

Doses

Clinical doses for TRT medical use will be at the lowest levels – sometimes, as little as 100mg per week is prescribed. For other patients, it might be 300mg per week. Medical professionals decide on this and are individualized according to each male patient’s needs.

But for bodybuilding? We will usually take things to a new level and enjoy a much higher dosage of Testosterone Cypionate. Below, I’m sharing a general guide to doses for beginners, intermediate, and advanced users of Testosterone Cypionate.

There is much room to move for dosing this steroid, and even beginners will find that much higher doses are tolerable – something which we rarely find with any other AAS.

Beginner

Suppose you’re doing your first steroid cycle. In that case, you’re going to be amazingly responsive to the effects of Testosterone Cypionate, and you can expect some exceptional gains without having to take excessive doses. A beginner cycle of 500mg/week of Testosterone Cypionate for up to 16 or even 20 weeks provides excellent results and minimal or even no side effects.

Intermediate

Although it’s generally accepted that returns start to diminish after around 600mg/week, 750mg and beyond is a typical intermediate dose and will make a difference. At this point, your gains will always start becoming more difficult to obtain compared to the first cycle.

Advanced

It’s common for guys to take 1000mg weekly or more. I’ve seen men taking 2000mg and even 3000mg (you can start measuring in grams at that level – for example, 2g/week). Those are extreme doses often used in blast and cruise cycles, but 1000mg can still be a very tolerable dose for most men in a regular cycle. However, if you’re sensitive to androgenic effects, hair loss and acne can become prominent.

If you’re looking to take such high doses of testosterone, you will most likely be at the point where it will make sense to stack other AAS to bring in more powerful anabolic effects.

Dosing Schedule, Half-life, and Cycle Length

Testosterone Cypionate has a half-life of about eight days. This makes it possible to inject just once each week if you prefer (this can be desirable if you don’t like injecting). Still, you won’t find many bodybuilders who don’t swear by injecting Testosterone Cypionate twice per week to maintain peak levels.

As a slower-acting ester of testosterone, a cycle of Testosterone Cypionate should, at a bare minimum, run for 12 weeks. 16 to 20-week cycles are very common. This is not a steroid you could run a concise blast cycle on, as it will take three to four weeks to start seeing its effects.

Planning your dosing schedule with Testosterone Cypionate is simple: If you’re going with the standard twice-weekly injection, halve your weekly dose into each of the two injections. This has the additional benefit of avoiding injecting large amounts at once, which can be daunting even for intermediate users.

In my experience and that of MANY other bodybuilders, we find that Testosterone Cypionate is a less painful or less irritating injection than Testosterone Enanthate due to the different carrier oils.

Testosterone Cypionate for TRT

Testosterone replacement therapy (also sometimes called androgen replacement therapy or ART) is the primary medical use of Testosterone Cypionate.

The process is simple in its purpose: If you have low natural testosterone levels, doing TRT provides an exogenous (or external) source of testosterone. Hence, your levels are consistently at a healthy level – typically, the target is at the higher end of the range of normal testosterone levels for your age (according to your doctor’s assessment).

The healthy range is generally considered around 1000ng/dl, with 100ng/dl on either side. Once the target healthy range is confirmed with your medical specialist, a dosage plan will be arranged. Sometimes, men will start very low – below 100mg for several months, and then bloodwork is done to confirm progress and whether or not the TRT dose should increase.

It’s not always possible to get a medical evaluation and TRT. What can you do in these cases? Many men will self-prescribe their own TRT and obtain Testosterone Cypionate the same way as bodybuilders do, and then proceed with a TRT plan such as:

  • We are starting with a dose of 100mg every five days.
  • Get bloodwork done after eight weeks.
  • Increase or decrease the dose by 25-50mg as needed, relevant to your target testosterone level.
  • Do bloodwork again after four weeks to check testosterone, DHT, and estradiol levels.

Low testosterone causes an extensive list of nightmare symptoms in men, to the point it can be almost life-destroying. Men with low T levels who successfully undertake TRT find it to be a favorable life-altering treatment that brings the spark back to life.

Testosterone Cypionate Cycles

A basic Testosterone Cypionate cycle that uses no other AAS is as simple as you can get. It’s a cycle that should be the first port of call for any brand new steroid user – because Testosterone Cypionate is the safest steroid we can use by far. However, even experienced users will continue running Testosterone Cypionate cycles regularly.

Why?

No nasty surprises are in store because you know exactly what to expect with this steroid. Oh, and the results are always fantastic.

Author Note: I’m currently using Testo-Max by Crazy Bulk. It’s an ideal swap for your risk-laden Testosterone Cypionate. The stuff truly works!

Testosterone Cypionate Cycle for Men

Although it would be impossible to list every type of Testosterone Cypionate cycle men can do, we can take a very basic standard cycle using Testosterone Cypionate as the only PED (which, I should add, is suited to all men from the beginner to advanced!).

On a 20-week cycle at 600mg per week, all men will see fantastic results, but every man will see DIFFERENT results. You need to be aware of this: Running your first Testosterone Cypionate cycle will always bring on bigger and easier gains than someone running their tenth cycle.

What results can you expect?

  • It’s entirely possible to make gains of up to 20 lbs with a modest dose combined with a well-planned and high-quality diet and training plan.
  • The weight will be easier to maintain than from a steroid like Dianabol, which produces excessive water retention.

Beating PRs can be expected – again, significant boosts in lifting ability will only be limited by your efforts and current ability. Increases of 50 lbs in compound lifting are achievable.

What are men saying about their testosterone cycles? I like to hear both the positives AND the negatives. The excellent news with Testosterone Cypionate is that the negatives are well-known and understood, so everyone knows what to expect. Not many surprises here. There are lots of positive vibes from new Testosterone Cypionate users: the gains, the strength, the big pumps, and the mental boost (feeling positive, confident, and focused).

Adverse reactions from men on a Testosterone Cypionate cycle? These will be biased towards unlucky guys who suffer from more than average acne and hair loss (who wants to go bald?). Guys who complain about too much water retention on high-dose Testosterone Cypionate have reason to be unhappy, and sometimes it’s genetics playing a role here. These men might also not be using an AI effectively to help reduce water.

Testosterone Cypionate Cycle for Women

Testosterone Cypionate is a steroid that few women will turn to. The risk of virilizing side effects from testosterone is exceptionally high in females. It’s a guaranteed outcome, and many women will find even extremely low doses can bring the development of masculine features.

But that doesn’t stop all females from using testosterone. Some of the most hardcore bodybuilders who want maximum muscle and strength gains are known to use testosterone steroids. Often, this will be faster-acting esters, with Testosterone Cypionate taking longer to leave the body, so side effects recede faster.

Women who use Testosterone Cypionate can expect results to include significant gains in lean muscle (but NOT to the point of turning into a man), nice strength gains, and an ability to lose fat easier.

Positive comments from women who take Testosterone Cypionate for short cycles will be focused squarely on results because they know exactly why they’re using this powerful steroid: to get extreme muscle gains beyond what the female body is capable of otherwise. Typically, these will be hardcore bodybuilders, powerlifters, and some fitness models.

Negative comments from female Testosterone Cypionate users will always be focused on those serious virilizing side effects: a hoarse or deeper voice, clitoral enlargement, body and facial hair growth, reduction in breast size, and changes to the menstrual cycle. If Testosterone Cypionate is stopped soon enough, these should fade away, but continued use can lead to more permanent virilizing effects.

Testosterone Cypionate vs. Other PEDs

Have you found yourself wondering whether you might be better off using a different anabolic steroid to Testosterone Cypionate? We know testosterone is the safest and most well-tolerated AAS for men. Still, I’d be lying if I said there aren’t other AAS that can be better suited to more specific goals – like more extreme bulking or cutting, for example.

Then there are the other esters of testosterone to compare to Testosterone Cypionate. Yes, they’re all the same hormone with the same effects, but did you know some guys have issues injecting some testosterone esters? Check out my comparisons of Testosterone Cypionate to a few other AAS:

Testosterone Cypionate vs. Testosterone Enanthate

Do you have easy access to buying both Testosterone Cypionate and Enanthate and have to make a decision about which one to use?

Testosterone AAS
Testosterone Enanthate AAS

First, let me say this: Your results will be virtually identical with both these testosterone esters. Testosterone Cypionate has a half-life of a couple of days more than Testosterone Enanthate, and many users will find it possible to seamlessly interchange these two steroids in the same cycle with no problems.

Your choice between these two won’t be based on performance outcomes – because both will be identical! Instead, you will consider factors like:

  • Which ester is more readily available to buy
  • Which injection do you prefer

The injection itself is often not even thought about, but until you’ve tried both, you won’t notice the difference. Testosterone Cypionate is suspended in cottonseed oil from most US pharmaceutical manufacturers (including Depo-Testosterone). Testosterone Enanthate typically uses a sesame oil carrier. Sesame oil has a higher viscosity, which can lead to irritation, swelling, lumps at the injection site, and pain.

Testosterone Cypionate is widely accepted as a more manageable and less painful injection, and this reason alone can be good enough to choose it over Testosterone Enanthate.

Testosterone Cypionate vs. Dianabol

Dianabol is a much stronger steroid than testosterone, but on a practical cycle planning level, it’s an AAS that’s also going to give you results much quicker than Testosterone Cypionate. That’s why Dianabol (Dbol) is so often used as a cycle kickstart stacked with Testosterone Cypionate.

Dianabol AAS
Dianabol AAS

The first and most obvious difference between these two AAS is:

  • Dianabol is an oral steroid
  • Testosterone Cypionate is an injectable steroid

Dianabol can cause significant stress to the liver, and that’s why it’s only used for a few weeks at a time. On the other hand, you can use Testosterone Cypionate for months safely. Testosterone Cypionate is the safest steroid we can use. Dianabol is one of the riskiest steroids.

Want super-fast, supersized gains and don’t mind blowing up with water retention? Dianabol is for you. Do you prefer slower, steadier gains and very few sides? Testosterone Cypionate is the best choice. Or do what most of us do: stack them and get the best of both worlds.

Testosterone Cypionate vs. Trenbolone

Trenbolone is a Nandrolone-derived steroid. While it can be used for both bulking and cutting, where Trenbolone shines is for recomp cycles and contest prep.

Trenbolone AAS
Trenbolone AAS

Trenbolone and Testosterone Cypionate are opposites in some ways: Testosterone Cypionate is comprehensively understood, gives you no surprises, and is easy to use. Trenbolone, on the other hand, is probably the most stressful AAS to use. Get it wrong (or get unlucky), and your Tren cycle can be one of great suffering instead of rewards.

Here are the significant differences between Testosterone Cypionate and Trenbolone:

  • Trenbolone Acetate has a short half-life of 2-3 days, requiring more regular injections than Testosterone Cypionate.
  • Trenbolone can build more muscle more quickly than Testosterone Cypionate.
  • Trenbolone will give you a much harder, vascular, and dry physique than Testosterone Cypionate.
  • Trenbolone is much harsher on your cardiovascular system than Testosterone Cypionate.
  • Trenbolone is terrible for the liver and kidneys despite being injectable.
  • Aggression, mood changes, and “roid rage” can be severe and even life-destroying on Trenbolone.

So it goes without saying: Testosterone Cypionate is a perfect beginner’s steroid, but Trenbolone should only be attempted once you’re well and truly ready to use the most powerful and insane AAS that exists today.

Stacking Testosterone Cypionate

Testosterone Cypionate can be stacked with just about any other AAS, and these can be for cutting, bulking, and recomposition goals. You always need to plan the stack around the length of time that Testosterone Cypionate takes to kick in: at least 3-4 weeks. This can mean including a faster-acting compound and running Testosterone Cypionate for longer periods (often up to 20 weeks and beyond).

Testosterone Cypionate + Dianabol (Bulking Cycle)

This killer bulking stack brings on results quickly, with Dianabol kicking off the cycle. You could extend this cycle well past 12 weeks with only Testosterone Cypionate if you choose to.

Benefits

  • Significant, fast muscle gains
  • Huge strength
  • Big pumps
  • Improved bone density
  • Confidence and mood enhancement

Dosing

  • Dianabol: 30mg daily (Weeks 1-4 only)
  • Testosterone Cypionate: 600mg/week (minimum 12 weeks)
  • Arimidex 0.25mg daily to combat water retention

Possible side effects

  • Water retention
  • Suppression
  • Hair loss and acne
  • Gyno
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Liver toxicity
  • Nausea
  • Stiff joints

Results

Dianabol will blow up your muscles within the first few weeks, but care must be taken to control water retention and maintain gains. Strength and pumps will become prominent early on, and you’ll notice a thick and fullness to your physique. Confidence and energy will increase, you’ll work out longer and harder, and those recovery times will be short. 20 lbs of muscle gain is a realistic goal to aim for in this cycle.

PCT

Nolvadex for four weeks: 40mg/day for the first three weeks, 20mg/day for the final week.

Testosterone Cypionate + Deca-Durabolin (Bulking/Recomp Cycle)

Deca-Durabolin or NPP (both Nandrolone steroids) stacked with Testosterone Cypionate is a tried and tested stack with excellent potential for results. Both these AAS are slower-acting, so patience is required to see results. Optionally, you could consider adding an oral AAS like Dianabol for the first few weeks to kick things off faster.

Benefits

  • Muscle gains
  • Strength from both steroids
  • Stronger joints
  • Full and bulky appearance
  • Faster recovery

Dosing

  • Testosterone Cypionate: 600mg/week
  • Deca: 300-400mg/week
  • Cycle length: 16 weeks

Possible Side Effects

  • Testosterone suppression
  • Hair loss and acne
  • Libido and erection problems
  • Deca can cause high anxiety in some users
  • Water retention

Results

Adding Deca to the stack will ensure you develop that big, full, pumped look, and with basic common sense, you should be able to control water retention well on this stack. If your dosage of Testosterone Cypionate is taken too high in this stack, water retention could become more of a problem – which is why I recommend 600mg max.

PCT

Expect quite heavy suppression after this stack. Using HCG is a good idea, as well as Nolvadex.

  • HCG: 500iu every other day for two weeks
  • Nolvadex: 40mg/day for three weeks, 10mg/day for one week

Testosterone Cypionate + Trenbolone (Recomp Cycle)

A stack for advanced users only because Trenbolone is the most challenging AAS of all to use, so you’ll need to prepare for the side effects. Although you could stop the use of Testosterone Cypionate at the 10-week mark with Trenbolone, this ester is best used for at least 16 weeks.

Benefits

  • Fast, significant muscle gains
  • Incredible strength
  • Great vascularity
  • Joint support
  • Ripped, dry look
  • Fat loss and muscle preservation
  • Fast recovery

Dosing

  • Testosterone Cypionate: Weeks 1-16: 600mg/week
  • Trenbolone: Weeks 1-10: 150mg/week
  • Cycle length 16 weeks

Possible Side Effects

  • Testosterone shutdown
  • Anger, anxiety and aggression
  • Increased cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Liver toxicity
  • Gyno
  • Hair loss
  • Acne
  • Increased hunger
  • Insomnia

Results

Strength gains will come on prominent and fast from Trenbolone, and you’ll start feeling like a god early on in this cycle. From week three onwards, the visual improvements will become noticeable and build from there. Because there’s no aromatizing from Tren, you will get a fantastic ripped look with superb vascularity and muscle hardness, with the option to reduce the Testosterone dose if water retention develops.

PCT

Tren is a very suppressive compound, and you’ll want to run an HCG and Nolvadex to prevent crashing your testosterone levels and maintain your gains.

  • HCG: 500iu every other day for two weeks
  • Nolvadex: 40mg/day for three weeks, 10mg/day for one week

Testosterone Cypionate PCT

Your PCT protocol following a Testosterone Cypionate cycle will, of course, need to take into consideration any other AAS you’ve used. In almost all cases, your most valued PCT tool will be SERMs like Nolvadex and Clomid.

Nowadays, many of us prefer Enclomiphene as our primary SERM, but you might have your own preference. Enclomiphene has fewer side effects for many users and can even be better at testosterone recovery.

Since Testosterone Cypionate is typically used for 16 to 20 weeks or more, you may need a longer-than-normal PCT cycle – but four weeks should be your absolute minimum. If you’ve included HCG in your cycle? PCT can often be shortened.

The typical dosing strategy for any SERM used in PCT is to start at a higher dose (40mg of Nolvadex, for example) and reduce the dosage by half for the final week only.

Testosterone Cypionate Side Effects

Even though Testosterone Cypionate is without a doubt the safest steroid that men can ever use, it’s still possible for adverse side effects to rear their heads.

This will mostly be:

  • Dosage dependent
  • Depends on your response

Countless men can tolerate Testosterone Cypionate doses near or even well above 1000mg per week and suffer little or even no side effects – even when using the steroid for very long cycles. Others can find lower doses encourage the development of unwanted androgenic effects, which is mostly a matter of genetics (in other words, luck!).

The good news? You can take steps to mitigate most side effects. And Testosterone Cypionate won’t surprise you with unexpected side effects. As an unaltered testosterone hormone, we know exactly what it does – unlike many of the funky side effects that often come with modified AAS like Trenbolone.

Here’s an overview of the possible side effects of Testosterone Cypionate – remember that sides will almost always be dosage dependent.

Testosterone Suppression

Once you stop taking Testosterone Cypionate, you’ll fall into a state of low testosterone because the supply of exogenous hormones has tricked your body. While testosterone will eventually recover independently, PCT is essential to get your levels back quicker and avoid low T symptoms (including loss of gains).

Androgenic Side Effects

Testosterone can convert to DHT, bringing about harmless but distressing adverse effects like acne, oily skin, and male pattern baldness if you’re genetically predisposed to it.

Estrogenic Side Effects

Testosterone can aromatize into estrogen, so water retention and gynecomastia are possibilities. A good diet (low carbs and low sodium), plenty of drinking water, and using an AI can go a long way to reducing these side effects if they pop up.

Cholesterol

A decrease in HDL cholesterol is possible, but you won’t know about it unless you undertake bloodwork before and during the cycle. If you’re using an AI to combat estrogenic side effects, that can also worsen your cholesterol levels.

Where to Buy Testosterone Cypionate?

Finding a source for purchasing Testosterone Cypionate should not be too difficult for most people, with this being one of the more common and widely available steroids.

So, where to buy it? You can buy safe and legal Testosterone Cypionate from Crazy Bulk (the best AAS supplier). Give it a try – the stuff truly works!!

Availability of Testosterone Cypionate

Pharmaceutical-grade Testosterone Cypionate is the highest quality we can get and the product you should aim to purchase. Produced in regulated and professional labs for the medical market, Testosterone Cypionate from any pharma brand will be perfectly dosed and manufactured to the highest standards. Common brands include Depo-Testosterone, Depovirin, Virilin, and many others.

We should always be aware that the potential for counterfeiting exists, and an alarming number of Testosterone Cypionate vials are being sold in some countries.

Alternatively, underground lab Testosterone Cypionate is available as well. Still, these are not produced in official labs, and as a result, you can’t guarantee you’re receiving the highest purity and correctly dosed steroid.

While there are some excellent underground labs out there, others leave much to be desired, and you can find yourself with underdosed or contaminated Testosterone Cypionate.

Testosterone Cypionate is (often surprisingly) legal to use in most major countries. There is a significant exception: the United States. All AAS are prohibited and heavily restricted in the US, even for personal use. So if you’re caught buying, selling, or possessing Testosterone Cypionate in the US, you are at risk of legal complications.

Australia is another country where it is illegal to possess Testosterone Cypionate. In Canada and the UK, possessing Testosterone Cypionate for personal use is legal. Always check your country’s laws before buying or using Testosterone Cypionate, and keep up to date with legislation changes to avoid getting caught out.

Typical Pricing

Genuine pharmaceutical-grade Testosterone Cypionate will typically cost more than that from underground labs, but few of us will say it’s not worth the extra cost. The standard pharmaceutical dosing per 1ml vial is 250mg/ml, typically costing around $15 per vial.

Underground labs will often sell larger vials, with 10 ml vials being standard and at 250mg/ml concentrations. These will vary in price between suppliers (and it should be said that pricing is not necessarily an indicator of quality), with the low end being as cheap as $60 and up to $100 at the higher end.

Final Thoughts

If you want a safe, easy-to-use, no-drama AAS that gives guaranteed reliable results and manageable side effects, then Testosterone Cypionate is going to tick all the boxes.

At some point, every bodybuilder will use a testosterone steroid, whether it be solely for TRT while taking other AAS or to enjoy the full power and effects of Testosterone Cypionate at higher doses.

You know what?

I’ve never heard one single male say he doesn’t love Testosterone Cypionate. And you won’t find that with any other type of AAS. Testosterone Cypionate is simply one of the best steroids you can use, and I will always recommend it to any male bodybuilder over age 25.

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2 thoughts on “Testosterone Cypionate 101: The Bodybuilder’s Guide”

  1. Hi FJ,
    I am almost 52 and had my first Test Cyp cycle about 3.5-4 years ago (about ten weeks/500 mg a week). I haven’t used steroids since then, but used some SARMs (RAD-140 and Ostarine) once a year.

    If I run another cycle now, will it be considered a beginner’s cycle, or should I consider myself more experienced and stack it with, for instance, Deca? In other words, is it better to add Deca or run Test alone again? Will it be effective? I am trying to be on the safe side with regards to side effects (I had almost no side effects from my first cycle, except for some acne on my chest towards the very end of the cycle, which disappeared after I stopped, and swollen butt-cheek after one of the injections). On the other hand, I plan to stay away from steroids for another at least 2-3 years and get maximum reasonable gain out of this cycle. Again, that will not go away quickly.

    From my first experience, I could see the effects of Test only during the first eight weeks; after that, I didn’t see any gain, so I stopped my cycle after ten weeks. I gained about 10-12 pounds. Is this normal? Can I do a 10-week cycle? What would be the best dosage? Thank you in advance for your answers.

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    • I’ll suggest a Test/Deca/Dbol cycle. For someone less experienced, AN EASY 20 lbs off this cycle is achievable, even more if you’re eating enough. So 35mg/day Dbol for 6 weeks, 500mg/week Test Cypionate for 12 weeks, and 300mg/week Deca for 12 weeks, respectively. For recovery (PCT), use 0.5mg/day Arimidex for one month (4 weeks) post last injection. Begin Clomid two full weeks after your last injection and take it at 100mg/day for days 1-10, then 50mg/day for days 11-20. FJ

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