by Ed Barillas, Staff Writer
In this article we will be discussing “frontloading” of long ester-based testosterone cycles. Frontloading is the term for loading the steroid compound in the first weeks to facilitate its access in the blood stream. As we all well know, when we are going to run an injectable steroid cycle with long esters (such as Primobolan, Deca Durabolin, testosterone Enanthate, Cypionate and Boldenone), it is best to wait from 3 to 6 weeks to get what is called the kick – a full peak of the compound’s activity in order to reach the maximum anabolic state and keep it until the end of the cycle.
Therefore, when we are in a high anabolic state and the protein synthesis is raised, this is the time to add some good calories to fully avail the massive transport of amino acids in the muscle cells. For a first timer, to have to wait for the chemicals to “kick in” is not easy, so its best to “kick start” the cycle through one of these three methods:
1. First off, add an oral in the first 4-5 weeks of cycle to get some gains, even from the beginning days, although these will be mostly water gains for the majority of cases.
2. Second, try substituting the long ester with a shorter one for the first 2-3 weeks. So in other words, use Test Propionate to start and Test Enanthate for the rest of the course.
Some intermediate users should also try adding a short ester in conjunction with the longer cousin and run both for the first 2-3 weeks, then keep just the long esterified substance for the entire duration of the therapy.
3. Frontloading the long esterified compound in the first week and doubling the dose. This is probably the most effective manner yet to get benefits from the first weeks of a long esterified steroid intake. Before you consider how this method works, take a good look at the most used long esterified compounds’ duration, which is referred to as the activity time:
- Cypionate: 15-16 days
- Undecylenate: 7-9 days
- Enanthate: 8 days
- Decanoate: 14-16 days.
Let’s take a look at a 14 days-active ester. Since we know that any esterified compound is expelled from the body after its active-life duration, we will take into account a theoretic injection protocol of 1 shot per week (every 7 days, its half-activity, or half-life).
Standard injection protocol at 500mg/week for 4 weeks:
WEEK 1: 500mg; substance left at the end of the current week: 250mg
WEEK 2: 500mg + 250mg; substance left at the end of the current week: 375mg
WEEK 3: 500mg + 375mg; substance left at the end of the current week: 437.5mg
WEEK 4: 500mg + 437.5mg; substance left at the end of the current week: 468.75mg
This shows us that we won’t never get those 500mg we’re injecting every week all the time as the minimum amount of compound guaranteed in the blood.
To make sure that you will have at least the amount of testosterone you’re injecting every week regularly circulating in the blood you just have to add 1 more dosage of the substance in the first week. That’s it!
This concept will make a lot of sense if you look at the following example:
WEEK 1: 1000mg (2x500mg); substance left at the end of the current week: 500mg
WEEK 2: 500mg + 500mg; substance left at the end of the current week: 500mg
WEEK 3: 500mg + 500mg; substance left at the end of the current week: 500mg
WEEK 4: 500mg + 500mg; substance left at the end of the current week: 500mg
With this protocol, the compound is swiftly active from the first week, just for having frontloaded it with 1 more shot than the usual protocol, and this way the chemical levels are even more stable (=less sides) and higher in the blood.
This should help you out to get relatively quick results from a long esters cycle.