I completely agree with you, Kyle. Whenever exogenous Testosterone is stopped – whether it was being taken for TRT or cycled for bodybuilding – some kind of ‘PCT’ (Post-Cycle Therapy) should be utilized to help ‘re-awaken’ your HPG axis after it had been shut down by Testosterone replacement or cycling. It is important to note that such PCT is NOT taken forever! The use of HCG and either Tamoxifen or Clomid will help greatly in reducing withdrawal symptoms by bolstering your body’s natural Testosterone production and greatly speeding up recovery time (the time it takes for your body to start creating its own testosterone again without any external substance).
For the off-season athlete there is no anabolic steroid more important or beneficial than testosterone. High levels of testosterone will promote significant increases in lean muscle mass and strength. This is assuming that the individual is consuming adequate calories. Compounds like Testosterone Propionate are not magical, you will still need to feed your body enough calories. During an off-season period of growth, this means total caloric intake will need to be slightly above maintenance. This will, unfortunately, promote body fat gain. However, the key to a successful off-season is gaining lean tissue while minimizing body fat gain to the fullest extent possible. By supplementing with Testosterone Propionate you will be able to achieve this more efficiently. High testosterone levels will promote a stronger metabolic rate. This is not a license to eat like there’s no end in sight, but you should be able to make better use of your calories.