Lets back up and allow me to clarify i guess. I have been BACK to the gym for about a month. Been lifting on and off for about 6 years.
At my gym, there is a physician that comes in 2 times a week. They get extensive labwork to measure everything from test to thyroid to chol, and discuss it with you. It’s geared towards RHT.
So, again, my question to more experienced guys is basically what to expect for overall gains. I have not taken anything yet, nor like any of you guys hold a PhD in this stuff and am not inclined to get one. I have read up on test and the effects. However the sites I go (from google) to have different information for the same questions. I’m looking for some opinions based on peoples experience, not Nostradamus predictions on how things will end, based on assumptions.
I can only provide answers to questions that were provided to me by the physician. My blood will be monitored monthly. I’m just trying to draw on peoples experience, minus rhetoric.
You are in the wrong forum. This area is for guys who medically need testosterone injections to maintain normal levels. At 545ng/dL, this isn’t you. And any doctor who would prescribe testosterone to someone who has no symptoms of hypogonadism is irresponsible at best, and negligent at worst.
That aside, it isn’t wise to be messing around with testosterone injections without first learning about them, and by that I mean doing more than asking a single question on a TRT forum. There are tons of sites (and an area of this site’s forum) dedicated to teaching people the right way to use testosterone. The fact that you are looking into manipulating your hormones at such a low dose, don’t even know that injecting once a week is a bad idea, and that you aren’t even posting in the right area shows that you need to read a TON more before making a very important decision for your health.
Also, if you’re 6’ and 165lb I don’t think you’ve put in the time and effort required to reach your “peak” muscluarity that any sensible person would go for before getting into the chemistry game. Every steroid site will tell you that you need to hit your highest possible level of muscle before even considering steroids. Why take steroids to help you make gains that you could make on your own? Only after reaching the top should you consider taking something that can take you farther. It is also apparent that you don’t quite understand dieting principals, especially as it concerns bodybuilding. 150g of protein and 250g of carbs would be 1600 calories not 3000. If you are making the rest up in fat then all of your macro-nutrients are out of whack. You really need to spend a lot more time researching this shit. If your diet sucks and you start screwing with your hormones you will likely have nothing to show for it, except maybe shrinkage, acne, and disappointment.
200mg once a week isn’t cycling; Many guys on this forum are taking that much just to maintain normal-to-high-normal levels. If you start injecting T (any amount) your body will shut down production. So while you’re injecting 200mg/wk your body will stop producing most of your natural T and you may end up not having a sizable increase in T levels (though 200mg will bring most guys around 1000ng/dL give or take). You also have to take some other supporting medication to help your body while you are on T or as you are cycling off.
Most first time cyclers take a minimum of 500mg/wk. Taking 200mg once a week will give you a big “spike” followed 4 days later by a big “trough”. You’ll feel great for a few days, and shitty for a few days until you start the whole process over again.
I’m not trying to be a dick…well I guess I am. TRT is a lifelong therapy that you obviously don’t need. You also don’t have enough knowledge of Steroids and Dieting to even attempt cycling. Kick back, read up until your eyes bleed, and go to the gym and pump as much as you can as often as you can. Once you hit a plateau in gains and once you know the ins-and-outs of steroids THEN and only then should you attempt to do a cycle. Being 165lbs is nowhere near hitting your plateau, and I have a feeling that if you learned better diet principals you could gain weight. Go hang out on the Steroid and Diet forums and read what other people have to say before even thinking about putting a needle in your body.