What kind of testosterone are we talking about?
A number of testosterone blend options are commonly used by bodybuilders depending on preferences, access, and desired results.
Before considering a blend of testosterone types, understand the basics about testosterone:
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Most bodybuilders looking for a testosterone blend already know a lot about it.
Testosterone is the primary male hormone responsible for the development of secondary sex male characteristics.
It’s manufactured in the testes – more specifically the Leydig cells found inside the testicles.
Manufacture and secretion of testosterone is monitored by the pituitary gland in the brain.
The pituitary gland can send instructions to the Leydig cells to either increase or decrease production and secretion of testosterone.
Endogenous or synthetic testosterone and even a testosterone blend can:
As a hormone, testosterone has a huge influence on other hormones as well as hormonal glands in the body. Balances must be carefully maintained. Therefore, before you consider a testosterone blend, be aware of what you’re getting into.
Bodybuilders can develop a testosterone blend utilizing a number of different esters that modify the base form of testosterone.
Esters are components added to a base drug (not just testosterone) to influence its absorption rate and half-life.
Some esters promote a slower release and delivery of the base drug (as in this case, testosterone) into the bloodstream over a period of time.
The half-life of a drug defines the length of time it takes approximately one half of the main activity or function of the drug to be reduced by approximately one half of its original strength.
Testosterone used by bodybuilders is typically found with different ester options:
Each provides the same anabolic/androgenic properties, but the ester attached or the testosterone blend in regard to its esters, can also influence of efficacy, results, dosage and frequency of dosage recommendations.
In the past, one of the most popular options came under the brand name Omnadren 250. This blend was popular because of the presence of four testosterone esters and their milligram strength:
Omnadren 250 hasn’t been around for over a decade, but bodybuilders are still able to create their own blend by combining one or more esters into an injection.
After the discontinuation of Omnadren 250, Sustanon 250 dosage and Sustanon 350 testosterone blend products became available on the steroid market.
They can provide some of the best off-season bulking results on the market today.
Some manufacturers even created testosterone blend 400mg products as well as 350 mg, and even 450 mg options.
Is this safe? It all depends. Consider:
Today, the most commonly used options contain a variation of enanthate, cypionate, and propionate esters.
Why create a testosterone blend? By combining various forms of testosterone modified with a specific ester, a bodybuilder may be able to maintain not only increased but relatively stable levels of testosterone in the blood plasma over time for optimal gains.
At the same time, it’s important for bodybuilders to understand safe and adequate dosing and injection schedules.
This can be difficult to achieve depending on experience, the form of testosterone, the quality of the testosterone, and of course, the ester variants.
Bodybuilders should be aware that esters typically peak roughly 48 hours after an injection. There is a difference in how long the esters remain in the body due to its specific half-life.
Even so, the half-life of a drug is also influenced by a number of factors:
Any kind of testosterone can contribute to side effects. Put one or more together and chances are the side effects may increase.
Of course, the dosage, frequency of dosage, and other drugs incorporated into the testosterone blend can also have an influence on the potential for side effects and adverse reactions.