Hi all. I apologize for the scattered posts.
I have been on TRT for about a year now. I work out extremely hard and off of 150 mg test cyp a week and 250 iu hcg EOD my total testosterone was only 530. I have upped to 180 a week and feel great now. I am getting blood work this week.
I generally take my t shot monday morning then lift extremely hard all week and I have been now timing my workouts to where I schedule my shot after a workout followed by a rest day.
I feel that this really affects the testosterone metabolism, as I feel my body really uses a lot up instead of absorbing as much if I work out immediately.
I am interested to see the difference in blood work. Do any of you experience this same thing?[/quote]
Testosterone Cypionate takes 48-72 hours to hit peak levels after injecting. Once per week injections means that you’re hitting your peak a couple of days after your injection and a decline over the next 7 days. Test cyp has roughly a 7 day half life.
Increases in estradiol coincide with increases in testosterone and will hinder performance in the gym. Need a quality aromatase inhibitor to control that.
Also, as ACES said, your levels are determined by when the blood was drawn, so if you drew at, let’s say, day 6, you will read “low” in terms of what is optimal levels. Every other day injections allow for more stable T levels in terms of troughs and peaks. I do the T/hCG/AI all at the same time EOD. Some say estradiol is easier to manage on EOD injections as well.