Chemical Name: Testosterone Cypionate
Street Name: Test’ Cyp’, Cyp’, Depo-testosterone, Andro-Cyp
Probably the most “American” of all the testosterone products, Cypionate is used widely as a means to “kick start” the male libido. It is also the most potent of all the testosterone products and attractive to athletes for strength and size gains as a result. (c) Steroids 101
American bodybuilders say that they prefer the cypionate ester to enanthate, and claim that cypionate is a “bigger bang for the buck”. This is somewhat erroneous information because the two are, in fact, highly similar. Cypionate is a highly androgenic compound, long-acting, and is utilized almost exclusively as a strength and size booster. Expect a sizeable gain in mass and strength during the cycle.
Dose varies tremendously based on several factors: Predisposition to hair loss (you may want to select a different drug or use Propecia along with a cycle of testosterone), tendencies toward aggression, tendencies toward aromatization, etc. Reasonable dose should be between 200 mg and 800 mg per week. However, I’ve known of pros who take as much as 2000 mg. per week! Naturally, that’s insane, and it’s the reason these “rocket science” pros are explosive and irrational children masquerading as pro athletes. (Need I name names?) Believe me, you’ll see brilliant results with 500 mg to 750 mg weekly. And really, if you’ve never taken it before, you’ll see great results with 200 mg weekly in your first cycle.
An excess of estrogen is aromatized with this drug and makes it a risky choice when Nolvadex or Proviron aren’t available. It is also a poor choice for pre-contest preparations because it causes a visible loss of definition due to water retention. Expect side effects akin to dihydrotestosterone conversion, such as gynecomastia, overall tenderness around nipple area, hair loss (head), hair growth (body), increased oil production, acne, aggression, and tremendous water retention.
Price and Availability:
Even though it’s the most popular of all the testosterone products, it’s really hard to find anymore in the States. In fact, ironically, you should only purchase Testosterone Cypionate if you’re absolutely sure of the source. I don’t mean “Hey, he’s my buddy and he’d never cheat me…” I mean, be sure it came from the factory! Otherwise, Brazil (Deposteron), Spain (Testex), and Australia (Banrot) are the only sources. You can consider Sten (Mexico), but it’s a poor substitute for the real thing.
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American fakes are what you have to watch for since they are very tightly controlled in distributive channels. If you see an influx of American (Steris, Upjohn or Geneva) you’re likely buying a fake. This is particularly true of Steris since their generic version was pulled from the market a few years ago. In fact, all generics were pulled from the American market. So if the box says “Testosterone Cypionate” and has no brand name to accompany the American manufacturing label, pass on it.
Long-life testosterones are difficult to purge from the system. Not only do the metabolites remain circulating in the bloodstream, they also settle into fat stores of the body, and vital organs, and resurface at the most inopportune times. Best to check out the section on beating drug tests in the back of this book.
As testosterone-produced mass monters go, this is a 10.
Final Smack On:
You’re asking the wrong guy if you want to hear that it’s a fantastic wonder drug. The only testosterone I like is Testosterone Suspension because it’s shorter acting. I can think of a lot more drugs that are long-acting and provide better retention of muscle than any of the testosterone esters. Oh well, maybe plastic surgery just isn’t in the cards. Still, if you can find it, I’d say you have to have it in any good mass program if you have set your sites high (Olympia stage one day). You can bet that Ronnie Coleman, Chris Cormier and all of the other top level kids took this along with their Flinstone vitamins in the early days.