While Testosterone Cypionate is considered the gold standard for TRT in the United States, Sustanon 250 is more commonly used in many other countries, including Europe and Australia.
For the uninitiated, Sustanon 250 is a quad-stack of four testosterone esters, two of which are shorter acting esters, one is a medium ester and one long acting ester with a half-life of about 15-20 days.
The idea behind stacking different esters into one product is to minimize the frequency of pinning. Or so the manufacturers seem to think.
And it does work to an extent considering that you have the long acting ester reaching peak levels two weeks after your last pin.
However, one pin in every fourteen days doesn’t seem to help in maintaining stable levels of testosterone in the blood, as a lot of people have started to discover.
On the contrary, you can use it very well for bodybuilding purposes if you are looking to increase your T levels beyond normal.
Irrespective of what you plan to use it for, it’s just plain old T packaged in a shiny bottle.
If you have decided that Sustanon 250 will be your fountain of youth, then here’s how to use it to minimize sides and maximize benefits.
The peaks and valleys
Sustanon 250 is the brand name for an oil-based solution that’s a blend of four different testosterone esters.
The combination is this.
- Testosterone Propionate – 30mg (Short Ester)
- Testosterone phenylpropionate – 60mg (Short Ester)
- Testosterone Isocaproate – 60mg (Medium Ester)
- Testosterone Decanoate – 100mg (Long Ester)
The solution is blended in Arachis/Peanut Oil and if you are allergic to peanuts or to soy, there’s the first reason to not use Sustanon 250.
But if you aren’t and that’s the only available form of testosterone for you, then after the very first injection, you will immediately notice a boost in your mood, your energy levels and your strength as your T levels spike.
That’s the short acting propionate and phenylpropionate esters kicking in. Sadly, these have a very short half-life of up to two days.
So it clears your system as soon as it kicks in. This often causes a sudden drop in T levels following the spike.
Then the medium Isocaproate ester, which has a half-life of 9-days kicks-in about a day or two later. This again causes a slight spike in T levels.
Finally, the long acting decanoate ester, with its half-life of 15-days kicks in. By this time, you should be ready for your next injection.
Is once a week or once in two weeks the ideal protocol to use Sustanon 250?
If you are going to be using it for TRT or HRT, then using it once in a week or once in two weeks doesn’t seem to be ideal, as fluctuating test levels can often worsen the very symptoms that you are trying to alleviate.
Moreover, you are using four different esters, which are as good as four different compounds.
Dialing down the ideal E2 levels for each one of these compounds is a challenge that most first timers aren’t up to.
Guess what provides stable test levels a lot easier? Test Cyp or Test Enanthate.
How to maintain stable test levels of Sustanon 250
The easiest way is to split the dose and divide it into three pins a week.
This way, you get a smaller dose with each pin which prevents the sudden Test spike and crash.
Instead, you have steady levels of the fast acting esters once every two days.
This helps to maintain stable testosterone levels and reduce most of the symptoms that are associated with the fluctuating hormones.
Using Sustanon 250 for a steroid cycle
Again, the only possible reason why we’d opt for Sustanon 250 for a steroid cycle is if we cannot find any other Testosterone ester, which is incredibly rare.
Moreover, the shortest acting Testosterone Propionate ester in the blend is notorious for causing PIP.
A lot of people cringe at the pain that the Sustanon injection causes them, which makes them think twice before injecting multiple times a week.
Nevertheless, there are some theories doing the rounds of how you can reduce the PIP. Please note that we do not recommend any of these.
- Dilute the solution with sterile, filtered GSO. This seems to take away the PIP.
- Mix it with 0.5 ml of Masteron Enanthate. According to anecdotal reviews, this seems to reduce the PIP by 50% at least.
Here’s what to expect from the Sustanon 250 cycle
Assuming that you are starting off with 500mg/week of Sustanon 250, you will be injecting twice a week.
Here’s what you can expect from the cycle in the next few days.
Morning Wood and libido:
If you have been lacking the will to have sex, then Testosterone will skyrocket it. You’ll wake up with morning wood as hard as it was during your teens. While that doesn’t necessarily translate into performance, the very feeling of waking up with a boner is unparalleled. Moreover, the libido boost will make you want to have sex all day. Better have a partner that’s willing to cope with the sudden, increased desire to copulate.
Strength and Energy:
Testosterone just transforms the way you feel every day. You are ready to wake up and hit the gym. Once you start lifting, you want to go on forever. You feel more positive and energized.It’s not called ‘The God feeling’ for nothing.
Muscle mass :
At 500mg/week of Sustanon, you should be able to gain at least 15-20 lbs. of muscle mass in a 12-week cycle. Some of it will be water that you’ll lose after you come off. But once you lose that water, you will be left with quality lean muscle.
A lot of people who are very lean to begin with are thrown off by how fast and how extreme the aromatization hits them. Your body fat has only a tiny role to play in how you aromatize. So keep an eye out for symptoms. Get bloodwork done mid-cycle and use Arimidex to dial your E2 levels down if need be. With test, it’s usually easy to get things under control.
Them gonads will shrink away as the cycle progresses. This is completely normal though. You can add HCG with your pins to minimize the atrophy and keep the gonads functioning.