Testosterone is by far the most-used anabolic steroid in gyms nowadays.
Bulking steroids are used in the off-season and cutting steroids are used when it’s time to get shredded…but testosterone can be used in either of these phases.
Firstly, testosterone is very anabolic; making it one of the best steroids for muscle growth. However, test is also an effective fat burner making it a worthy addition in any steroid-users cutting stack.
So we know that testosterone builds muscle and burns fat at the same time, but HOW MUCH muscle can you expect to gain and HOW MUCH will your body fat % drop, when taking testosterone?
Your gains on testosterone will depend on which testosterone you take. There are several different forms including:
- Testosterone cypionate
- Testosterone enanthate
- Testosterone propionate
- Testosterone sustanon 250
Each testosterone has different esters, being slow and fast-acting. Slow acting forms of testosterone will give you slower gains, however you’ll keep getting results long into your cycle.
Fast-acting forms of testosterone will enter your system very quickly, enabling you to make big gains fast…however your progress may tail off before your cycle finishes.
Testosterone sustanon or sustanon 250 is regarded as the most effective form of testosterone because it’s a blend of all different forms of testosterone. Thus you get a combination of short and long esters, giving you the best of both worlds…Fast gains that remain long into your cycle.
How Much Muscle Will You Gain?
In the first 4 weeks of just taking testosterone, you can expect to gain 20lbs of lean muscle tissue. If your cycle stretches to 8 weeks, you might gain 30lbs.
These are pretty dramatic gains even when compared to other powerful bulking compounds such as dianabol and anadrol.
Most of this weight you’ll gain on test will be lean mass, without any excess water weight. Thus when you come off a cycle, your weight isn’t likely to fluctuate…in contrast to say anadrol, where you’ll lose quite a bit of water weight inbetween cycles.
How Much Fat Will You Lose?
Testosterone is undoubtedly a great steroid when used on a cut, however it’s muscle-building effects do outweigh it’s fat burning ones.
Testosterone is certainly in the same league with some of the best bulking steroids on the planet, but it doesn’t quite compare to anavar or clenbuterol in the cutting leagues.
Clenbuterol is by far the best compound you can take for melting fat. Anavar and winstrol are joint-second and testosterone third.
So if you want to burn 10% body fat, I wouldn’t take testosterone by itself…but if you do add it to your cutting stack it’ll speed up fat loss and protect all of your precious muscle tissue.
Testosterone Results: Before and After Pictures
Lazar Angelov is a well-known bodybuilder on social media, who has what I like to call ‘typical testosterone gains’.
He’d been training for several years looking very average, then all of a sudden he gained a tonne of muscle and got ripped. This is what’ll happen to a natty, when he starts taking testosterone.
If you can build even more muscle than what Lazar had in 2004 photo naturally, then you’ll be even more jacked than what he looks like in 2006.
How to Maximize Gains on Test?
If you’re bulking, you may wish to take the best bulking steroids in conjunction with testosterone.
Here’s a popular bulking stack you could take to build even more muscle:
- Testosterone (lolz obviously)
- Deca Durabolin
If you’re a beginner, you might want to leave out trenbolone as this is the harshest bulking compound you can take, with a-drol (anadrol).
If you’re cutting; here’s an insane stack that’ll help you shred fat faster than you can blink!
- Testosterone (duh)
Not only will your waistline get smaller in a flash by taking these 4 steroids together; but you’ll also build muscle simultaneously thanks to test and winstrol being great muscle-builders.
So the benefits to testosterone are pretty much endless…you’ll get BIG, you’ll get RIPPED and your strength levels will go to a whole new level. This versatility is why testosterone’s been popular for almost 70 years now and will remain in high demand for the distant future.
Image credit: Zoe-Lee Photography
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O’Connor M.D, Thomas (2018), America on Steroids: A Time to Heal. Cheshire, CT: Metabolic Promotion LLC. pp. 151-154.
Dr O'Connor's the author of the book: America on Steroids - A Time to Heal, and has worked with many elite bodybuilders. He's also been featured in Muscle & Fitness, Muscular Development, whilst appearing in the bodybuilding film documentary Generation Iron 3.