Q: I’m thinking about doing spot injections of testosterone suspension in my biceps to help bring out my peaks, but I’m not sure how much to inject each time. What do you think would be best?
A: Guys generally limit injections to 1 cc in each biceps, as a rule-of-thumb for comfort, but that’s not to say more couldn’t be used. Bodybuilders often take larger amounts on a regular basis without issue; however, I don’t advise you to try that in the beginning. Your tolerance to spot injections will depend on how sensitive you are to shots in small muscle groups like the biceps and how much muscle you have to inject into in the first place’larger guys tend to tolerate more, naturally. Most may want to start with 1 cc and slowly work up to 2 cc’maybe even 3 cc if they’re adventurous.
Q: Have you ever heard of a company called Spectro Labs? My dealer just picked up a bunch of their Stanabolin bottles, and I must say they look pretty fake. Could they possibly be legit, or are they another rip-off?
A: Spectro Labs is not a legitimate pharmaceuticals company but an underground steroid manufacturer. Its line of products includes injectables, such as stanozolol (Stanabolin), trenbolone acetate (OmegaTren), testosterone suspension (OmegaSuspension), testosterone enanthate (Testen 200) and testosterone propionate (Testopro 100). I’m pretty sure it’s based in Canada, although Spectro’s stuff does make it to the states from time to time. The feedback from bodybuilders on the company’s products so far seems to be very good. You’re always taking a risk when you deal with underground manufacturers, of course; however, at this time I’d have to say Spectro Labs seems to be a reliable operation.
Q: I read in your 2002 book that testosterone can be aromatized in muscle tissue, just as it can in fat tissue; however, I’ve read in other places that muscle is totally devoid of the enzyme and that fat is the only place where estrogens are produced in men. Which view is correct?
A: Muscle is a clear and arguably significant source of extragonadal aromatase and estrogens in men. I’m not exactly sure how we started thinking that adipose tissue was the only important source, but that’s incorrect. Illustrating the fact is a study published in the 1986 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (63-3:717-20), which showed that considerable amounts of estrone were produced when androstenedione was incubated in muscle samples from the lower limbs of men. Judging by the volume of muscle tissue in the body and its access to blood circulation, it’s suggested that overall conversion there might be very similar to, or possibly even greater than, that of adipose tissue in men.
Q: Have you heard of a new steroid that’s supposed to be an oral form of Masteron? I was told a guy with the initials I.P. makes it overseas. Is it legit?
A: The item you are referring to is not exactly oral Masteron, although it’s named to suggest that it is. The active steroid used in the product is actually mestanolone (17-alpha-methyldihydrotestosterone). It’s c17-alpha alkylated DHT, which does make an orally active steroid, but not one derived from Masteron. If you were to give it a nickname, it would be more suitable to call it oral DHT. I think the producer realized that for marketing purposes that would be a bad choice, though, and instead associated his new product with the popular DHT derivative Masteron (drostanolone propionate). Admittedly, Masteron and mestanolone are similar as nonaromatizing androgens; however, if any steroid would be labeled oral Masteron, it would be 2,17-dimethyl-dihydrotestosterone (c17-alpha alkylated drostanolone), not mestanolone. But it is really not correct to relate c17-alpha alkylation with simply making an oral form of base steroid X anyway. By changing the molecule in any way we often create a new steroid with its own unique properties. Otherwise, we would be calling Dianabol oral boldenone and methyltestosterone oral test, when clearly they’re not equivalents. By the way, the manufacturer is an underground lab, although it does seem to have a good reputation for delivering products with real ingredients’when correctly named, of course.
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