Hi All. I’ve never done a cycle and have no plans to in the immediate future but I’m trying to learn as much as I can. I search the forums but didn’t find anything that exactly addresses my question so I thought I’d post this here. My rudimentary understanding has been that you have a genetic limit for muscle mass and that you could exceed that by using AAS but that once you stopped you would lose those gains. That seems perfectly reasonable. But I also thought that if you were to do a mild cycle for 8-12 weeks, maybe to gain 10-lbs of lean mass and improve strength but still be well within you normal genetic potential, that you would not lose those gains provided you kept up with your workout program and nutrition, etc. I can’t think of a reason why you would lose it. (Now if you are asking why someone would do that, I’d say because in real life we don’t always have perfect workout plans and great nutrition or the patience and dedication to work out consistently for years to reach our genetic limit so if there is a shortcut one might be inclined to use it). But then I ran across this study ‘Muscular Strength, Body Composition and Health Responses to the Use of Testosterone Enanthate: A Double Blind Study’ (https://www.academia.edu/23250109/Muscular_strength_body_composition_and_health_responses_to_the_use_of_testosterone_enanthate_a_double_blind_study) and while they show the expected gains from the Test-E, they also show that their study participants lost all of their additional strength and lean mass by 12 weeks after ceasing use of Test-E. I was quite surprised. To save you reading the whole paper, here is the relevant section:
Once the injections ceased an interesting change occurred to the testosterone group which was reflected in the bench press exercise at week 8 (week six of the follow up phase). At this point the testosterone group bench press improvements had been reduced from 22% to 12%, which was similar to the percentage increases they had achieved at week sly: of the administration phase. By week 24 the increases had decreased to 8% and were identical to the placebo group gains at the same point (Figure 1). Therefore, it seems that the improvements achieved by the testosterone group had diminished, after a 12 week follow up phase. Consequently, it appears from this study that one cannot maintain strength increases made from the use of 3.5mg-l.kg 1. bwt of TE administered once a week for 12 weeks EVEN IF WEIGHT TRAINING IS CONTINUED (emphasis mine). Further, once the use of TE had ceased the rate of strength loss in rims case appeared to correspond proportionally to the length of the administration period.
I looked but could not find any mention of post cycle therapy so it’s possible that they simple stopped administration of Test-E cold turkey and the guys lost strength and size as their bodies struggled to recover their normal T production but that’s just a guess. At any rate, I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on this.