2 AWESOME Testosterone Steroid Cycles for Beginners

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What is the best Testosterone steroid cycle for beginners?

It depends on what your goals are.

Supplemental testosterone should be thought of as an assist to a summit, similar to the supplemental oxygen a climber might use on an extremely high, technical mountain ascent.

Once an athlete has reached or come very close to reaching his full genetic potential (after years of training and solid nutrition), anabolics can help maximize potential, but be aware of side effects.

Testosterone is possibly the most versatile, effective, and well-tolerated of all commonly used steroids.

A pared-down testosterone stack can deliver results while allowing beginners to become familiar with how their bodies respond to certain forms of testosterone.

Testosterone Steroid Cycles for Beginners Chart

Below are some 12 week Testosterone steroid cycles for beginners.

Any cycle of testosterone should be followed by a post cycle therapy (PCT).

This is because introducing exogenous testosterone causes the body to suppress production of the hormone.

A PCT is a cycle of supplements that encourages the body to begin producing testosterone again by stimulating the hypothalamic–pituitary-gonadal axis (HPA axis).

These cycles include PCTs, which start two weeks after the final testosterone injection.

If symptoms such as excessive water retention or gynecomastia occur, an aromatase inhibitor such as Arimidex or Letrozole at 0.5mg every day should be added for the duration of the cycle.

Cycle 1: Testosterone Only Cycle

Weeks 1-12: 500mg testosterone enanthate OR cypionate per week

Weeks 13-15: No anabolics

Weeks 16-17: 40mg Nolvadex every day

Week 18: 20mg Nolvadex every day

Cycle 2: Testosterone Dianabol Stack

Weeks 1-12: 500mg testosterone enanthate OR cypionate per week

Weeks 1-6: 25mg Dianabol every day – This is optional and will provide visible before and after results slightly sooner. Note that Dianabol is hepatotoxic and should not be used for more than six weeks).

Week 13-15: No anabolics

Weeks 16-17: 40mg Nolvadex every day

Week 18: 20mg Nolvadex every day

Types of Testosterone

There are a number of different esters of testosterone available, each with slightly different half lives and dosing schedules.

Testosterone esters are testosterone molecules with a chemical tail, or “ester”. These tails allow the testosterone to circulate in the body longer, which means less frequent administration is required.

Some of the most common testosterone esters include testosterone propionate, cypionate, and enanthate.

Sustanon-250 and Omnadren are brand names for mixtures of testosterone esters. Both brands contain the same formulation, which is designed to deliver both fast acting and long lasting effects.

The formula is made up of the following testosterone esters: 30mg propionate, 60mg phenylpropionate, 60mg isocaproate, and 100mg decanoate.


While testosterone-based stacks can become quite complex, it is important to recognize the efficacy of simple stacks and to start slowly.

The best testosterone steroids cycles for beginners are not too complex, so you shouldn’t be going too crazy here by adding lots of steroids, but some simple stacks may be beneficial and prevent side effects.

For most athletes, a stack of one form of testosterone and either an aromatase inhibitor (AI) or a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) to combat side effects will allow them to reach their goals.

It will deliver solid results and they will simply never need to use more complex combinations.

Some beginner stacks combine testosterone with one other steroid, but this is optional. Testosterone, hard training, and proper nutrition will yield results.

Training and diet will steer the beneficial effects of testosterone toward bulking, cutting, conditioning, or performance enhancement.

For most beginners, simply using testosterone enanthate or cypionate, with a PCT of Nolvadex (tamoxifen citrate) is an effective starting point. Nolvadex is used post-cycle to re-stimulate endogenous testosterone production.

Side Effects

There is no “safest steroid cycle”, especially for your first steroid cycle. Good health is a prerequisite for any beginner steroid cycle for bulking or cutting.

Candidates for testosterone cycles are healthy adult males who have already built a base of fitness and are eating properly. Supplementation with testosterone is not for anyone with existing heart, liver, or kidney conditions.

Women must exercise extreme caution when using testosterone, and should only use it in small amounts–if at all. Because of the high risk of unwanted side effects from using testosterone, female athletes typically utilize different anabolic steroids, such as Anavar.

Testosterone can be aromatized into estrogen, resulting in symptoms such as gynecomastia (enlarged and/or tender breasts) and water retention. Aromatase inhibitors or SERMs are used to prevent these side effects.

Supplementing with testosterone can lower levels of HDL cholesterol and raise LDL levels, and simultaneous use of aromatase inhibitors can increase this effect. It is advisable to monitor blood lipids during cycles of testosterone.

Testosterone can increase blood pressure through water retention, so blood pressure should be monitored throughout the cycle. Anyone with high cholesterol or high blood pressure should not supplement with testosterone.

Other possible side effects include hair loss, seborrhea, acne, increased aggression, body hair growth, nausea, headache, changes in sex drive (either increase or decrease).

These can be reduced with the use of a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, which blocks activity of an enzyme that acts on testosterone to initiate many of these side effects.

Pain at the injection site during and after injection is common. When using esters of testosterone that require frequent injection, this may become a significant side effect.

Supplementing with exogenous testosterone suppresses endogenous testosterone production and can result in testicular atrophy. Human Chorionic Gonadatropin (HCG) used during testosterone cycles can combat this side effect.

Dianabol belongs to the C-17 alpha alkylated family of steroids. Steroids in this family are hepatotoxic (toxic to the liver) and should not be used for more than six weeks at a time.

While not technically a form of testosterone, Dianabol is suggested as a part of one of the beginner stacks in this article.

Even the safest testosterone steroid cycles for beginners need to be taken very carefully to avoid side effects as the drug was not intended for performance enhancement purposes.

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