I have read quite a bit from guys starting their TRT with too high of a dose. I understand how everyone reacts differently and the need for managing E2, Hct, etc. over the long term.
Back in the day, when pretty much all competitive weightlifters used anabolic steroids, we would start testosterone at 200mg. No sense putting a needle in your ass (they were 20g, 1.5in needles) for anything less than a full cc. Usually, we'd start test about a third of the way in to the cycle when natural test would be dropping. From there, we'd ramp up to 400-800mg per week for most of the guys I knew. I knew of a few who used more.
No one, ever, complained of symptoms related to the high dose of test, quite the opposite, actually. Granted, towards the end of the cycle, when estrogen was elevating, the grind of heavy training was taking a toll, etc., we'd start to not feel well. But, that was after being on for 8-12 weeks, certainly not towards the beginning and we were stacking multiple substances.
So what gives with some of the relatively minor adjustments to lower doses changing outcomes so much? Are some just that sensitive? I'm not doubting what I have read, just never saw this back then, and many took a once a week injection. If we went to multiple weekly dosing, it was because we were using too many cc to put in one dose. No one ever felt anything but great with this method.
Any explanation for this?