Testosterona is one of the single greatest if not the single most exciting anabolic hormone we can discuss. Based upon the primary male sex hormone, Testosterona is simply the synthetic version of this primary androgen, and carries with it immense capabilities. Playing vital roles within our body, it is the synthetic model we want to focus on, as this is the foundational anabolic androgenic steroid by-which all anabolic steroids owe their very existence. Of course, as you may or may not be aware, there is virtually no difference in the hormone regardless of its point of origin; the body does not make a distinguishing difference. While true, we simply want to focus on Testosterona by way of its exogenous nature, its benefits to the individual supplementing and all that entails.
Testosterona was first made available in synthetic form in 1935, thanks to German chemists Adolf Butenandt and Leopold Ruzicka who are in short the fathers of all synthetic hormones we have available. Through supplemental administration of the hormone, we are able to enhance the properties of the hormone or in the case of those suffering from low levels increase them to a suitable range. For the individual suffering from low levels, through supplemental therapy they are simply enabled with the ability to reclaim the functions for which the hormone is responsible, and through supraphysiological doses (performance enhancement), we are able to take these same traits and amplify them. For this individual, a host of traits can be obtained, and of the traits, Testosterona can provide nearly every trait anyone would ever desire from performance based supplementation.
By-and-large, there are six particular traits the hormone will display in the body that promote a performance based end. As we will see, some of these traits promote direct anabolic action, while others fall into a metabolic enhancing category. This can provide a physique that exists with greater levels of functionality, as well as one that is far more visually pleasing. We will explain the applicable aspects shortly, but to understand how Testosterona provides such traits we must first understand how it causes such traits to be displayed. At any rate, Testosterona by its natural mode of action will enhance the following six specific fields, thereby promoting a better you:
- Increases Nitrogen Retention: promotes tissue growth, strength and repair as well as muscular endurance.
- Increases Protein Synthesis: promotes tissue growth and repair with a strong preservation quality.
- Increases Red Blood Cell Count: promotes muscular endurance and performance as well as promotes overall conditioning.
- Increases Total Metabolic Activity: promotes a more powerful metabolism enabling muscle tissue growth to occur with less fat gain, as well as fat-loss to occur with less muscle tissue loss.
- Decreases Glucocorticoid Steroids: often referred to as muscle wasting and fat promoting hormones or stress hormones, through this function our tissue is preserved, our metabolism is considerably enhanced and our overall performance protected.
- Increases IGF-1 Production: promotes much greater anabolic activity as this powerful peptide hormone is highly anabolic and affects nearly every cell within the human body.
Of course, the primary male androgen has many other traits for which it is responsible for in the body such as those of a sexual nature and to a large degree our mental capabilities. While true, we are only concerned with performance in an overall sense and the specific traits this provides. With this in mind, from the six primary traits listed above it’s easy to see how beneficial Testosterona can be, but the question many have is how this best translates into real life action for them. How you live, specifically how you eat will largely determine the direction you go. For example, Testosterona can greatly promote mass and strength, and it can also significantly promote a much leaner and harder physique, but it’s almost always best to choose one direction at a time. Put simply, if you supplement with Testosterona and you want to grow, you’re going to have to eat like you want to grow. Conversely, if you’re trying to lose body-fat and lean out, you must consume burn more calories than you consume. The idea behind Testosterona supplementation is to simply enhance these goals, to take the same goals you already have, whatever they may be and enable you to reach them more efficiently. In any case, through Testosterona supplementation the following can be achieved:
- Increased Lean Muscle Mass
- Increased Strength
- Decreased Body-Fat
- Increased Rate of Recovery
- Increased Muscular Endurance
- Increased Energy
- Increased Stamina
- Enhanced Overall Physical Conditioning
- Enhanced Sense of Well-Being
- Increased Rate of Mental Focus
- Strengthened Immune System
The Downside of Testosterona:
There are six common forms of Testosterona on the market most will supplement with, and in any case, all six contain the same active anabolic hormone, but vary depending on the ester(s) attached. The ester itself does not affect the hormones direct function, but it does affect its half-life thereby affecting its initial activity time, total duration of activity and total molecular rate. In the end, all things are truly the same when broken down into its basic structure; you can receive the same Testosterona benefits listed above from any form, and in any case, the same side-effects will exist to round out the hormones nature.
There are several possible side-effects of Testosterona supplementation that must always be recognized, and as recognizing them is important so is recognizing they are possible and not guaranteed. Through responsible use, almost all healthy adult men can supplement with Testosterona even with supraphysiological doses without serious complications, and in many cases, no complications at all. Of the possible side-effects, the vast majority revolve around the estrogenic nature as Testosterona will convert to estrogen through the aromatase process. Such possible side-effects include:
- Water Retention
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
It must be stated, if you already suffer from high cholesterol or blood pressure Testosterona may not be for you, but for the rest, for the healthy adult male it is another story. First and foremost, we must keep our doses reasonable; the higher the dose the more there is to aromatize. Of course, we want enough to provide a solid anabolic effect that will promote performance, but we must find the right dose to meet our personal needs. In most performance circles, a minimum of 400-500mg per week is a solid starting point, and for many, all they’ll ever need. Absolutely, we can go quite a bit higher; 1,000mg per week is not uncommon, but it does present a greater risk. As for doses above this mark, some will try them, but the rate of aromatase increases so much at this point that adverse side-effects are almost assured.
In any case, regardless of your total dose the use of an Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) is highly advised. AI’s such as Arimidex and Letrozole will inhibit the estrogen conversion by inhibiting aromatase from occurring in the first place. Further, by their very nature, AI’s will actively reduce the total amount of estrogen in the body thereby only improving your odds all the more. For most men, one of the former AI’s at a dose of 0.5mg-1mg every other day will suffice with Testosterona use; some will need more, but this is a good set standard.
While the above mentioned are the possible side-effects of Testosterona supplementation, there are two more that are unconditionally guaranteed, and they are inter-connected. When we supplement with Testosterona our natural production of the primary androgen is suppressed, and as it is suppressed our testicles will atrophy. While this can be concerning, it is not as horrific as it might sound. While suppression is now occurring, the good news is you are providing your body with the androgen it needs; further, when use is discontinued your production will begin again. As production begins again with the discontinuation of Testosterona, your testicles will return to their normal size, and all will be as it once was.
Making Sense of it All:
If you’re looking for a powerful and effective anabolic steroid, you cannot go wrong with Testosterona. If you’re looking for an anabolic steroid that carries these traits in a tolerable manner, if you’re a healthy adult male, again, you cannot go wrong with Testosterona. Of course, if you’re smart, and we know you are you will always ensure you are healthy enough for use before such use begins, and you’ll recognize the law of the land in-which you live surrounding this potent anabolic steroid. At any rate and in any case, when it’s time to supplement Testosterona can’t be beat.
The benefits of testosterone can largely be defined by the symptoms of low testosterone except in the opposite direction, and it is for this purpose the hormone is most commonly used in medical practice; but what about performance? The basic premise behind testosterone use among performance enhancers is to substantially increase total levels, thereby providing more muscle mass and strength, as well as a physique that holds such traits at a leaner, lower body-fat. By this action, the individual also markedly increases performance abilities thereby making testosterone perfect for visual effects as well as practical. The next question, the only question, is how does it work? The testosterone hormone carries many traits, and in the name of performance, the basis of these traits is defined by the following:
- Increases Nitrogen Retention in the Muscles
- Increases Protein Synthesis
- Increases Red Blood Cell Count
- Increases Total Metabolic Activity
- Decreases Glucocorticoid Steroids (Muscle Wasting Hormones)
- Increases IGF-1 Production
These are the basic traits of testosterone in-regards to why a performance enhancer might supplement; of course based on the effects of low testosterone they can be extremely useful too. Through these traits, we are able to build more muscle with less body-fat; we are able to lose more body-fat while preserving more muscle tissue. Further, we are able to perform at a higher level of efficiency as our recovery time is cut down tremendously. All-in-all testosterone provides everything any performance enhancer could ever be after regardless of their purpose and individual goals.