I'm a 26 yo guy on TRT who had unexplained low T levels and was put on testosterone cypionate injections about a year ago. I managed to get two extra vials of test and am going to use them for two cycles, so this post is about my first blast cycle since starting on TRT. Basically I just want to check in and get some feedback on how I'm doing and if I could be doing something better to get more out of my cycle. This is a lot of info, so if you wanna skip to whatever part and comment just on that, I understand.
From 4/8 to 5/8, I had increased my TRT dose from 200 mg/week to 250 mg/week and managed to gain 10 lbs in that month, going from 195 to 205.
On 5/8, I began easing the dose up to 200 mg every 3 days for the cycle (comes out to 467 mg/week), and will run that for 8-10 weeks, depending on the results. I've gained 15 lbs in the month since then, getting up to 220. My waist had increased about 2 inches since starting, but it's actually gone 'down' an inch since then. Stretchmarks are definitely starting to show up on chest, shoulders, and lats. I am using DC training, and diet is in check. Here are my current stats:
Height: 5' 10
Weight: 220 lbs
BF: around 20%
Chest: 47 in
Shoulders: 54 in
Arms: 17 in
Forearms: 14 in
Thighs: 26 in
Calves: 16.5 in
I'm looking to get to 230 by July before I decide whether to keep blasting for a couple more weeks or cruise at 200 mg/week again. I will cut down to below 10% bodyfat before I consider running another blast cycle, just to see if I like doing it that way better.
On 5/21, two weeks into my cycle, I had a CBC and CMP run. Here are the relevant results:
RBC - 5.51 (4.7-6.1)
WBC - 7.0 (4.8-10.8)
HGB - 18.1 HI (14-18)
HCT - 51.6 (42-52)
PLT - 270 (130-400)
MPV - 6.7 LO (7.4-10.4)
NA - 142 (136-145)
K - 3.9 (3.5-5.1)
CL - 102 (98-107)
GLUC - 114 (74-106) (nonfasting)
CA - 9.3 HI (7.9-8.2)
CRE - 1.2 (0.6-1.3)
BUN - 22 HI (7-18)
ALB - 3.6 (3.4-5.0)
TP - 7.6 (6.4-8.2)
AST - 54 HI (15-37)
ALT - 77 HI (30-65)
ALP - 76 (50-136)
TBI - 0.4 (0.2-1.0)
The only values that catch my eye are the liver enzymes, but they are not extremely elevated, ALP is normal, and the high intensity DC training could definitely be contributing. Test Cyp isn't too hepatotoxic. I stay away from alcohol and Tylenol.
As for supps, I've come up with a hormonal strategy to maximize the effectiveness of my cycle. I need some feedback on this. You'll also notice there are not many of the usual cycle support supps (and that's where I may get in trouble), but here's what I take per day, some in divided doses:
5 mg Finasteride - to reduce conversion to DHT, save my hair, prevent sides
50 mg Inhibit-E (ATD) - to weakly prevent estrogen from getting out of control (couldn't get Arimidex)
200 mg DHEA - for IGF-1 release, and just for kicks, since the Fin and ATD should keep it going to T
400 mg L-Dopa and precursors - for GH release and mood
1000 mg Nettle Root Extract - to bind to SHBG and keep as much T free as possible
4000 mg Acetyl-L-Carnitine - to increase number of T receptors on muscle
500 mg Beta-Ecdysterone - trying this out, but using too many supps to know for sure if it works. Hope it does, since I'm having to cap this shit myself.
3000 mg CLA - for healthy lipid profile, maybe some fat loss
2000 mg Fish/Flax Oil - for healthy lipid profile
1000 mg Vitamin C - antioxidant
500 mg Alpha Lipoic Acid - antioxidant, insulin mimicker
10 mg Vanadyl Sulfate - insulin mimicker
3 caps ZMA with GABA
3 mg Melatonin
My balls were already the size of grapes just from the low dose TRT, so I'm not looking to spend much in the way of PCT for this cycle. I might ask my doc about getting some HCG later on but even then I don't know if it'd be worth the hassle. I just plan to taper back down to my normal TRT dose. The gains should stick at 200 mg/week. Does anyone have any objections to this?
Alright, that's all I can think of right now. Wish me luck on my way to 230!