Sustanon 250 Cycles and Stacks
Testosterone is a versatile hormone, suitable for both bulking and cutting cycles alike; due to its simultaneous anabolic and fat-burning effects.
However, Sustanon 250 is typically used in bulking cycles where maximum muscle gain is the goal. Great results can be achieved from running Sustanon on its own, yet many choose to stack it with other steroids that are also suited for adding mass, such as Anadrol.
Sustanon 250 is effective on its own during cutting cycles, promoting muscle retention and decreasing fat mass.
Many bodybuilders are afraid of losing muscle tissue when cutting, due to the catabolic environment that occurs with a calorie deficit; however, testosterone can alleviate such worries of diminished muscle hypertrophy.
A moderate dose of Sustanon 250 (350mg/week) will successfully preserve lean tissue during a cut, especially when stacked with other compounds that aid fat loss and muscle hardening (such as Anavar or Trenbolone).
Additionally, when using Sustanon for a cutting cycle, the use of an anti-aromatase in low doses can prove particularly useful for preventing water retention and gynecomastia.
To get the most out of Sustanon a cycle length should be at least 10 weeks because of the slower release rate of one of the esters which allows the effects to be long lasting. A 10 week cycle should be considered a bare minimum however, with 12 to 14 weeks allowing the most benefits thanks to the longer half life of this 4 ester combination.
For informational purposes, here are some common Sustanon 250 cycles and stacks, utilized by bodybuilders today:
Sustanon 250 Beginner Cycle
Note: Large gains in hypertrophy (size) and strength can be experienced on lower dosages among beginners, due to the muscles being particularly receptive to exogenous testosterone. Thus, beginners should avoid utilizing high dosages, allowing more potential for growth in future cycles, where higher dosages may be incorporated.
A PCT should begin 4 weeks following the final dosage, with decanoate’s half-life being 15 days and thus taking considerably longer to exit the body. Such PCT timing can also be applied to the steroid cycles below.
Using Sustanon on its own or with one other compound for bulking is usually the choice of anyone starting out with Sustanon. A popular beginner cycle is to use the powerful bulking kickstart steroid Dianabol for the first 4 weeks with Sustanon also being used during that time, and continuing with Sustanon for another 8 weeks to maintain the gains made with Dianabol.
Sustanon 250 Intermediate Cycle
This Sustanon 250 cycle will continue adding mass in users who have already taken a cautious dosed testosterone cycle previously.
However, running higher dosages will also produce more pronounced side effects, which we will detail in the side effects section of this guide (further down).
Intermediate users can add an extra compound to the above cycle and this usually comes in the form of Deca-Durabolin. Dianabol provides the initial kick off for gains at the start of the cycle for four to six weeks, while Sustanon 250 and Deca are taken for the entire 12 week duration of the cycle.
Advanced Sustanon 250 Cycle
Advanced users will often extend a Sustanon cycle out to 16 weeks to reap the full benefits of this long lasting steroid. For an advanced bulking cycle making use of Sustanon, the same other compounds are often used and these Dianabol and Deca, with the difference between beginners and intermediate users being that advanced users will significantly increase the dosage of these other compounds, while still using Sustanon to retain a base testosterone supply over the entire 16 week cycle.
Sustanon 250 Only Cycle
Beginners using Sustanon alone in a cycle can start from 300mg to 500mg weekly with 12 weeks being the minimum length for this cycle, while advanced users will choose to take to three times that dosage during a 12 week cycle.
Alternatively when using Sustanon as base testosterone compound only during cycles that are more focused on other steroids, low doses can be effective below 200mg weekly which are run for as long as your regular steroid cycle is active.
Stacking Sustanon 250
Sustanon is well known for its compatibility for stacking with virtually any other type of anabolic steroid. Common stacks include Deca-Durabolin, Trenbolone and Dianabol particularly in the off season while cutting stacks make use of powerful compounds like Anavar, Winstrol and Trenbolone where Sustanon 250 can provide a base testosterone supply to help retain lean muscle during calorie deficit phases.
Sustanon 250 vs. Alternatives
I’m not here to provide medical advice, but I have to strongly recommend that you avoid using Sustanon 250 unless you have a lot of steroid use already under your belt. Even in that case you’d be benefited from seriously considering alternative safer (and legal) options instead.
Why should you do this?
Sustanon 250 comes with many negative effects because you are directly providing your body with a high dose of pure testosterone. The side effects make Sustanon 250 a risky substance to use, not to mention impacting on your results if you get gyno and water retention. These are the reasons why I suggest looking at Sustanon 250 alternatives.
Sustanon 250 replacements can offer very similar, and sometimes even better results than Sustanon 250. These come without the long list of side effects you have to deal with – and spend more time and money – trying to mitigate.
Sustanon 250 and Anavar Cycle (Cutting)
Anavar is an oral steroid, predominantly used for cutting to enhance fat burning and muscle gains.
Thus, users will burn more subcutaneous fat with this cycle and experience additional lean mass; compared to running Sustanon 250 by itself.
Anavar does not aromatize, thus providing a dry and ripped appearance in users who are already relatively low in body fat.
Anavar is a mild steroid, thus cholesterol, blood pressure and liver enzymes will only rise moderately.
Note: Users wanting to avoid water retention or bloat on this cutting cycle can take anastrozole. 0.5mg taken every other day will successfully prevent oestrogen levels from rising.
Sustanon 250 and Deca Durabolin Cycle
This is a powerful bulking cycle, yet one of the mildest stacks in terms of side effects.
This cycle may be utilized after running several testosterone cycles; promoting further muscle growth.
Deca Durabolin has long esters and thus is a slow-acting steroid, hence the lengthy 10-week cycle.
Deca Durabolin is typically injected once per week.
Both testosterone and Deca Durabolin remain FDA-approved steroids in the world of medicine today, showcasing their safety when used under medical supervision and in therapeutic dosages.
Sustanon 250 and Trenbolone Cycle
Sustanon 250 and trenbolone are a potent combination, used for either bulking or cutting purposes.
This duo will cause exceptional muscle gains, whilst simultaneously stimulating rapid fat loss; due to high levels of androgens (causing a direct fat burning effect in adipose tissue).
These two compounds are perhaps the best steroids for increasing lean mass when run simultaneously.
However, this cycle is only suitable for advanced steroid users due to trenbolone’s toxic nature, in regards to cardiovascular health.
If this cycle is utilized for cutting purposes, an anti-oestrogen such as anastrozole may be used to prevent water retention, however doing so may exacerbate high blood pressure; due to it inhibiting the aromatase enzyme and thus worsening cholesterol ratios.
Sustanon 250 / Anadrol / Trenbolone Cycle
Note: This cycle is only typically performed by experienced steroid users.
This is by far the most potent bulking cycle a bodybuilder can take, causing unrivalled increases in mass.
Even users who have taken steroids for decades are likely to make impressive gains from this cycle, due to the sheer power of this trio.
This cycle should only be taken on rare occasions, with it having devastating effects on the heart and liver.
Liver strain will be significant (albeit most likely tolerable), due to Anadrol being the only hepatotoxic compound present.
However, cholesterol levels change drastically, almost certainly causing some level of hypertension. The risk of developing arteriosclerosis and heart disease is high with this cycle, thus if users have a history of such in their family; it may be wise to avoid such an extreme cycle.
Testosterone suppression will almost certainly shut down, requiring the most aggressive PCT possible; ideally a trio of Clomid, Nolvadex and hCG.
Conclusion and Recommendation
Sustanon 250 is a group of both slow and fast acting esters with varying half lives, providing the benefits of all four in the one injection.
Sustanon acts like other testosterone steroids and that makes it useful for contributing to muscle building, fat loss, energy and strength by providing critical testosterone support during a steroid cycle that will usually also include other compounds. Sustanon can be used at low doses to maintain a base level of testosterone or at higher doses for performance enhancement.
Sustanon 250 works very well, there is no doubt about that. But for most people, it’s not an option that you’re going to seriously consider because of the sheer risks involved.