The use of Boldenone Undecylenate has long been a popular drug for administration in various animals, such as cattle. Boldenone Undecylenate has been shown to improve the growth and feed conversion of cattle resulting in more efficient meat production. Structurally, Boldenone Undecylenate differs only slightly from testosterone in that it possesses a double bond at the 1st position on the A-ring of the steroid structure. The two drugs however are very different in their effects and metabolism. Furthermore, the literature states that Boldenone Undecylenate is, in fact, orally available in humans despite lacking a methyl group to protect the 17-OH group. However given the chemical properties of Boldenone Undecylenate, namely that it is a liquid at room temperature; this would obviously pose a significant problem in producing an oral version of this hormone. The literature is not clear on the difference in potency between orally administrated versus injected boldenone, probably again due to the lack of use of boldenone in an oral manner.
Many see Boldenone Undecylenate as a relatively weak steroid, with little use in bodybuilding. In more recent years however, it has become more popular along with other steroids such as Methenolone. Many people suggest that its sole use is in increasing appetite. Certainly this mechanism is true of use in cattle and one reason why it is extensively used in the cattle and meat production industry. Most users do report that of all anabolic steroids, Boldenone Undecylenate is the best for increasing appetite.
However, the use of Boldenone Undecylenate is gradually becoming more respected by many top athletes, and more than just for its appetite-enhancing properties. I suspect that in previous years bodybuilders have not found Boldenone Undecylenate use as beneficial due to the preparations available to them.
Contrary to what many bodybuilders think, high mg/ml preparations of Boldenone Undecylenate are fully feasible. As this hormone is a liquid at room temperature, even preparations of up to 500mg/ml and beyond should be pain-free when injected. As the hormone crashing in the muscle post-injection usually causes pain, and as Boldenone Undecylenate is unable to crystallise being a liquid, this will not occur. Fortunately, many ‘underground labs’ are producing preparations of Boldenone Undecylenate at a concentration of at least 200mg/ml, meaning dosages approaching 1000mg per week should not prove troublesome.
At higher doses of Boldenone Undecylenate, users can expect to reap better results than previously suggested cycles of 400mg/week or lower. Boldenone Undecylenate itself does aromatise, however this occurs at a significantly less rate than that of testosterone. Thus users should not have to worry about the onset of gynecomastia or other estrogen-related side effects, unless using very high doses and are highly sensitive to estrogen. However for the vast majority, negative estrogenic issues will not occur. It should be noted that there are benefits to estrogen presence (up regulation of androgen receptors for example), thus the small amount of aromatisation is of actual benefit, largely speaking. Boldenone Undecylenate possesses decent anabolic properties, however is a very mild androgen, thus those users who suffer bad side-effects of strong androgens (such as trenbolone for example) should not see such side effects with boldenone use (unless very high doses are used).
As already mentioned, one of the most appealing positive effects of Boldenone Undecylenate use is the dramatic increase in appetite. This makes Boldenone Undecylenate a useful addition in my opinion, to people who struggle to consume large amounts of calories (which are needed for muscle growth), and moreover it may be useful for combining with heavy cycles, where higher doses of other anabolic steroid tend to suppress the user’s appetite. There is obviously little point in running heavy cycles if they are going to significantly inhibit your gains by suppression of your appetite whilst on a cycle, thus boldenone may offer an advantage in this sense to the advanced bodybuilder who uses heavier cycles.
One further property of Boldenone Undecylenate that is most advantageous to athletes who partake in cardiovascular exercises is that Boldenone Undecylenate directly stimulates the kidneys to produce erythropoeitin (EPO). EPO is a hormone that increases the number of red blood cells in your blood, thus increasing blood viscosity but more importantly allowing more oxygen to be carried to the cells in your body, improving performance of aerobic exercises. This may also help increase vascularity in users as well. Overall however, as Boldenone Undecylenate is a mild anabolic steroid, the negative side effects will be at a minimum, although some androgenic effects such as acne and increased body hair may start to occur at high doses.
Suggested Use / Cycles
Given the mild nature of Boldenone Undecylenate, one should not expect dramatic gains. One may compare the gains from Boldenone to that of Methenolone (primobolan) for example, in that the gains are slow and steady, however generally quite retainable post-cycle. As there is little aromatisation, little water weight will be put on, so many may be disheartened at the beginning of a cycle when compared to an anabolic steroid such as testosterone, which will put on several pounds of water in the first week. However one must remember that this water will be lost post-cycle, and if one can gain 1lb of muscle per week then little more can be asked of any anabolic steroid. Given the relatively long half-life of the undecylenate ester (at least 8 days) and the mild nature of Boldenone, it is best taken for a minimum of 10-12 weeks. Users do tend to suggest that the drug is best utilised in longer cycles. PCT should begin approximately 3-4 weeks after the last shot of Boldenone Undecylenate . Although many people claim Boldenone is useful for cutting given its low aromatisation rates and increasing vascularity, the amplification of appetite is a negative aspect for cutting. Thus it is my opinion that the best use of boldenone is as part of a bulking cycle. This use gets the most out of boldenone’s benefits – namely increased appetite.
Alternatively Boldenone Undecylenate could be stacked with other non-aromatising drugs such as Primobolan or Masteron (Drostanolone) where the small amount of estrogen produced by Boldenone is beneficial and the resultant gains should be lean and more easily kept. Given the long undecylenate ester (11 carbons) normally attached to Boldenone Undecylenate, injecting the hormone twice a week is more than sufficient, although favourable for stable blood levels over injecting once per week. If one purely wants to use Boldenone Undecylenate for its appetite enhancing properties, lower doses of 400mg/week should suffice for this purpose, although the full benefit of Boldenone Undecylenate in my opinion is not achieved at these lower doses. Some example cycles are outlined below (I recommend in all cases 500IUs HCG is administered weekly from week 1 throughout the cycle as this will significantly aid recovery by helping to stop shut-down from fully occurring):
Novice Mass Cycle
500mg Testosterone Enanthate/Cypionate pw, weeks 1-12
600mg Boldenone Undecylenate pw, weeks 1-11
Dianabol 30mg ed weeks 1-4 (alternatively the injectables can be doubled in the first week for a front-load)
PCT – 3 weeks after last testosterone injection
Low-aromatising Mass Cycle
800mg Boldenone Undecylenate pw, weeks 1-12
600mg Primobolan (Methenolone Enanthate) pw, weeks 1-13
(Optional – Anavar 60mg ed, weeks 1-16)
PCT – 3 weeks after last Primobolan injection
Advanced Mass Cycle (For very experienced users – recommend regular bloodwork before, during and after such a cycle)
500IUs HCG pw, weeks 1-18
1000-1500mg Testosterone Enanthate/Cypionate/Sust pw, weeks 1-16
500-750mg Deca (Nandrolone Decanoate) pw, weeks 1-14
800-1000mg Boldenone Undecylenate pw, weeks 1-14
150-200mg NPP (Nandrolone Phenylpropionate) eod, weeks 14-18
150-200mg Testosterone Propionate eod, weeks 16-18
100-150mg Trenbolone Acetate eod, weeks 12-18
(Optional kick-start with 40-50mg dianabol ed weeks 1-4)
PCT – 3 days after last Trenbolone Acetate injection
Equipoise, also known as Boldenone Undecylenate or EQ, is used by athletes and bodybuilders to increase the production of red blood cells in the body. This highly anabolic steroid is best known for providing slow but steady gains to athletes during a bulking cycle.
This derivative of testosterone has become a favorite among powerlifters in recent years and is considered by many as an ideal replacement to Deca Durabolin. This is primarily because qualitative muscle mass gains are experienced after using Equipoise. Moreover, this anabolic steroid also has a positive effect on the circulation of blood in the body.
This synthetic anabolic steroid can be best described as a potent anabolic agent at low dosages and possesses both anabolic and androgenic properties at high doses. When used as per medical advice, Equipoise can promote erythropoietin stimulating factor that in turn stimulates the bone marrow that leads to an increased production of red blood cells, more hemoglobin, and a higher oxygen carrying capacity. This anabolic steroid may also result in changes in electrolytes because of its potent mineralocorticoid properties.
Boldenone Undecylenate leads to increased protein synthesis in the muscle cell that further promotes body weight gains and solid, quality increase of the muscles. Use of this anabolic steroid is also admired by athletes since it aromatizes very slowly and marginally. Body strength and muscle mass gains made with Equipoise are more pronounced than with other anabolic steroids. Moreover, there is a delay in the onset of fatigue when Equipoise is used during a steroid cycle since a higher maximal oxygen capacity is produced with an increase in the concentration of erythrocytes leading to improved performance.
Equipoise is best used by men in weekly dosages of 400-600mg and women may use it in doses of 50-150mg per week. This anabolic steroid is usually stacked with Anadrol or an injectable testosterone (like Testosterone cypionate or propionate) during a bulking cycle. Equipoise may be stacked with Halotestin, Winstrol, or Trenbolone acetate during a cutting cycle. Some athletes use an anti-aromatase such as Cytadren or even Arimidex to prevent excess formation of estrogen during a cycle involving Equipoise as one of the cycle drugs.
Equipoise abuse and side effects
Equipoise when abused or overdosed can lead to side effects like acne, increased frequency of erections, unnatural hair growth, oily skin, enlarging clitoris or penis, hoarseness or deepening of voice, irregular menstrual cycles, unnatural hair growth, and unusual hair loss. Medical attention should be sought, after stopping use of this anabolic steroid, in case severe side effects like bone pain, nausea, sore tongue, swelling of feet or lower legs, unusual bleeding, unusual weight gain, black/tarry/light-colored stools, dark-colored urine, purple- or red-colored spots on body or inside the mouth or nose, sore throat and/or fever, or vomiting of blood are experienced.
Boldenone Undecylenate has a very long half life and can remain in the body for months or even years and is therefore not recommended for use during active seasons. Use of Equipoise is not recommended to pregnant or lactating women or women who may become pregnant while taking it. It is also not recommended to children or those suffering from high blood pressure, stroke, kidney damage, liver damage, prostate cancer, breast cancer, or testicular cancer. Boldenone Undecylenate is also not recommended to those having allergy to the drug or any of its ingredients. Use of this anabolic steroid should not be made by individuals suffering from high blood fats (cholesterol), bone problems (such as osteopenia, osteoporosis), stroke or blood clots, heart disease (such as chest pain, heart attack, heart failure), high blood pressure, kidney problems, and liver problems.
Over the last year or so, I’ve had the privilege of knowing several people who are intimately connected with female figure, fitness, and bodybuilding. I have also consulted with one or two national level fitness competitors, as well as a couple of national level female bodybuilders, as well as some figure competitors.
So roughly a year ago, I began researching women and anabolic steroid use. I had figured that my name was recognizable enough to give me a modicum of credibility, and not come off like an internet-stalker- or at least less of one. I contacted all of the women I was on good terms with (not surprisingly, a relatively small number), and had them introduce me to some likely candidates to anonymously talk about their drug use. Several figure, fitness, and bodybuilder women were all gracious enough to speak with me, very frankly and candidly (on the condition of anonymity). I have also retained a few connections with first division athletes in various colleges around the country, so I have decent insight into the world of female athletics as well. So I ended up doing dozens of interviews, and collecting reams of data on female anabolic use from various female competitors (and even a couple of recreational users).
Regarding female physique competitors, the first thing which struck me is that, in the off season, they are all remarkably similar in stats. While a 5’3″ (ish) female bodybuilder may bulk up to 155-165 lbs in the off season, I have seen more than one figure girl get up to about ten lbs shy of that, and fitness girls are typically around the same. One very popular figure model gets about 50lbs overweight between photo shoots. To look at her in the times between shoots, she basically looks like a fat girl with a pretty face. To look at her portfolio and magazine shoots, she looks like the type of girl high-school boys tape pictures of in their lockers. Or whatever boys that age do with pictures of hot girls wearing next to nothing…
Anyway, a typical off season weight for a female bodybuilder is only about 10 lbs higher than a figure or fitness competitor, if they are all still in reasonable shape (not super-fat). This immediately made me think that their drug intakes, diet, and training routines would be shockingly similar, and in some regards I was correct, and in others I was not.
It’s pretty common to hear people say things like “even fitness competitors use a low dose of ‘Var or Winny here and there…maybe some Clenbuterol”. This is absolute bullshit. Competition level doses I’ve seen are actually much higher than people think… basically around 10 mgs of Anavar (never less), stacked with an equal amount of Winstrol, and a bunch of Clenbuterol. I can’t remember the last time I’ve read a female bodybuilder or fitness girl’s drug program and not seen Growth Hormone in it- usually about 2IU’s a day (interestingly, IGF-1 hasn’t really busted onto the female anabolic steroid scene yet, nor has MGF or the other peptides). Thyroid hormone is used in nearly every woman’s precontest phase, and doses can get pretty outrageous here. Proviron is pretty big when they can get it, and most of them take the same dose I do (25-50mgs/day). Some take more. Primobolan, both tabs and injectable, are popular with women, when there’s enough cash around to afford it. Most of the upper level competitors usually don’t have that kind of cash when they first break onto the national scene, though. Why? Because breast implants are expensive- and the last show I went to, there were only four that weren’t fake. And I don’t mean four women, I mean four breasts.
In terms of their off season drug intake, female bodybuilders differ from their figure and fitness sisters. Typically their doses are only slightly higher, but they are much more experimental with compounds they will use. Testosterone propionate, Trenbolone Acetate, Oral Turinabol, Deca-Durabolin, and occasionally Equipoise are used by female bodybuilders. I need to be totally honest, and say that if the woman didn’t start off as exceptionally pretty, these drugs, in the dosages commonly used by top level female bodybuilders, will not win them any beauty contests. Still, even at the top levels of competition or in photo shoots, when their make-up and hair is done, there are a lot of beautiful female bodybuilders, who haven’t lost their looks. However, what’s typically seen in the lower levels is a different story. Girls who are trying to break into the professional ranks, who haven’t done it after several tries, typically turn to much higher drug intakes, and sometimes ruin their femininity.
Most of the side effects I’ve seen in women are manageable, and only temporary. Yeah, horror stories exist, but they’re few and far between. Permanent deepening of the vocal chords is very uncommon, and I’ve only seen it with much larger female bodybuilders- who typically don’t go off steroids long enough to have their voices recover before it becomes semi-permanent. I know of one woman who lost the highs in her voice, but it didn’t deepen…she was, however, under the mistaken impression that her voice had started out much higher than it really did. I think a little precaution here goes a long way. In particular, women need to be more receptive to what their bodies are telling them when they’re on a cycle, and they need to come off the drugs, regularly and periodically. When undesirable side effects start showing themselves, doses need to be cut in half, or discontinued immediately. Do I even need to remind everyone that blood work is a must throughout the year, when you’re going to be tampering with hormones?
The side effect most commonly ignored (believe it or not) is the growth of body hair, and hair loss (from the head). Most women I know brush off the growth of body hair by rationalizing that they have to shave anyway, and the loss of any hair from their head is quickly re-grown after the cycle is over. Body hair growth doesn’t go away usually, but girls who are blonde (natural ones, anyway) usually only grow a very fine layer of mostly unnoticeable hair, and brunettes who compete often have to do regular full body shaves anyway. Ever see any hair on the arms of a bodybuilder (male or female)? Yeah, that’s how that one goes down. The men and the women usually shave every day or every other day anyway, so it’s going to be growing back a bit heavier and coarser. If you wanna compete, you have to shave…so this side effect is usually ignored. And the thinning hair just doesn’t phase the women too much because they have so much of it.
How about acne? Yeah, it happens. I’m taking 300mgs of injectable anabolic steroids every other day right now, along with 50 mgs/day of orals, and I don’t have a single zit or pimple. Genetics obviously play a role here, and that’s what I’ve seen with the women who use anabolics too. Women who had severe break outs during their teenage years often find them to recur if they use anabolics. Conversely, if a woman has had exceptionally clear skin her whole life, the addition of steroids doesn’t usually produce much if any acne. Look at some pics of the top figure or fitness competitors next time you see them. Do they look like they spent their teenage years as awkward, skin blemished girls? Right, and this is probably why we don’t see too much acne from them now either- genetics.
Some slight clitoral enlargement is common, but usually (mostly) goes away for the most part when the woman stops using the drugs. Some slight enlargement is going to be permanent, but the “Denise Masino” level of enlargement is really not common at all. And here’s a hot tip: Denise did it on purpose. To be perfectly frank, most women appreciate the temporary effect of clitoral enlargement and swelling, because it makes it much easier for them to orgasm- and combined with the libido increase experienced through the use of anabolics- well, I’ll leave it to you to figure out the advantages here.
But is it permanent? Lets think about this objectively for a moment, ok? Men use tons of DHT based anabolics, in much higher doses, and we never hear of grossly enlarged and permanent external genetalia enlargement in men, from those compounds. Topical DHT has been used successfully to treat inordinately small penis size in males (technically called Microphalia), but this is really only marginally successful and involves rubbing DHT on the area every day, for months on end. And no, this isn’t something I’ve needed to try- thank you very much.
One of the alarming trends I see with female competitors is that they usually are listening to men, with regards to their drug intake. Contest Prep “Gurus” usually recommend the “mild” drugs which are used in the world of male bodybuilding as cutting agents. This includes Anavar, Primobolan, Proviron, and Winstrol, most commonly. These are obvious choices for men, because none of them aromatize (convert to estrogen). When you take a look at their androgenic rating, they’re all quite low, and have very decent anabolic effects. None of them really provide any huge weight gains, but they do provide very high quality gains, of mostly muscle, and very little water retention. In low doses, any of them are reasonably safe. Sounds great, right? Surely, this is why men recommend these drugs to women- when they use these drugs, men typically experience very hard, quality gains in muscle, with only small increases in muscle, on the level of a few pounds, with no water gain. This is just what women usually want out of their cycles, so the reasoning behind these recommendations is sound- almost.
Did I mention that all of the drugs I just listed are also the most expensive anabolic steroids on the market? Not a bad deal for the “gurus” who recommend them… In reality, when I look at the commonly recommended anabolic steroids for women, the striking thing that occurs to me is that they are all derived not from Testosterone, but rather from it’s much more potent cousin, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Most people think that testosterone is the most potent natural androgen, but in fact, it’s not. DHT is the most potent naturally occurring androgen, and it’s responsible for several androgenic effects in both men as well as women. In men, it deepens the voice at puberty, is responsible for male pattern baldness, aids in the growth of body and facial hair, and in the fetus is responsible for the development of external genetalia. Testosterone gets converted to Dihydrotestosterone by the 5alpha-Reductase enzyme, and the presence of 5a-R in the womb is a major determinant in of the sex of the baby. Have I mentioned that DHT is both anti-estrogenic and anti-progesteronic? See where I’m going with this?
The reason men experience very nice gains with the DHT family of anabolic steroid is that they not only reduce estrogen, but they also are very potent androgens, despite their misleadingly low androgenic ratings. Androgens in men produce far less of an effect on a Mg for Mg basis, than they do in women, and this is due to the differing endocrinology of the two sexes.
In female endocrinology, we see what’s called a two-cell/two-gonadotropin concept LH is delivered to the theca interstitial cell which leads to the secretion of androstenedione. This is then aromatized into estrone, which is then converted to the more potent estradiol. In addition, some testosterone is produced, and this is also subject to aromatization just as it is in men, as well as being subject to 5a-Reductase and conversion to DHT. The overall amount of androgens produced in the woman is, however, far less than what is produced in men. This is why women only need to use lower doses to produce really nice changes in their physiques.
Their threshold for experiencing undesirable side effects is also very low, so doses need to be increased incrementally, and this isn’t usually done. Let’s discuss why. The popular brands of Anavar used by most women, for example, typically come in 5mg tabs. So when a woman decides to up her dose, she goes from one tab to two. That’s a huge increase, and I’ve never heard of a woman going from five to six mgs, or anything like that. Winstrol comes in amps of 50mgs, and it’s very difficult to measure out 1/th of a ml in a syringe. Consequently, most women use a quarter ml every other day, and then they jump to double that dose when they move up. The pattern here is that doses are doubled every time they’re increased, and this is something unique to women. A man doing 500mgs of testosterone per week will usually jump to 750mgs if they aren’t receiving the effects they want. At lower doses, and lower side effect thresholds, the trend in female anabolic use is (unfortunately) to double the dose. I would recommend moving up in mg amounts, rather than arbitrarily doubling doses.
I also see women using rather high amounts of anti-estrogens, in order to get that competition level look, virtually eliminating all of the estrogen in their body for months on end. Take away all of the estrogen from a high-dose steroid using female and what do you end up with? Yeah, you get someone who doesn’t have to worry much about what the sign on the public restroom says anymore…
I noticed another trend, in speaking with some of the top level female competitors I interviewed. Unfortunately, I saw what would be technically classified as compulsive behavior in some women, who either experience anxiety when they come off the drugs, or feel a degree of anxiety when they aren’t using the kind of doses they perceive their competition to be using. As with any compulsive act, as anxiety levels rise, the desire to relieve that anxiety (in this case by using anabolic steroids) also rises. As the compulsive behavior begins to manifest itself, and as more compulsive acts are committed- i.e. drug intake is continued or increased- anxiety levels decline. This creates a pattern of unnecessary psychological reliance on the drugs, not necessarily to build a better physique, but rather to decrease anxiety.
It’s my hope that this article has shed some light on a somewhat taboo subject, and maybe even helped to provide a warning and some safety for women considering the plunge into the world of anabolic steroids. They can be safely used, and I’ve seen them produce incredible results in many women…but I’ve also seen psychological compulsion drive their use to the upper limits and coaches who serve to convince their clients to use them far too haphazardly, without thought to the consequences. And that’s something I hope to see change, maybe just a bit, by writing an article like this. Women run a far greater risk from the use of anabolic use than men do, and seeing the way it’s escalated in the past few years (on the women’s side of things) makes me cringe. A sensible approach needs to be undertaken; with caution replacing the current mindset of random experimentation and listening to “gurus” or even worse, internet personas and message-board-experts…I truly hope that I’ve contributed to a future shift in thinking about women and anabolics, in at least some small way.
The question, “which anabolic steroids are best for building muscular size?” is asked constantly, but the question, “which anabolic steroids are the best for gaining muscular strength?” is less frequently asked. Many bodybuilders assume this is a topic best left for strength athletes because after all, bodybuilders shouldn’t be concerned with strength, right? The answer is both yes and no, with the correct answer being determined by the context within which the question is framed.
It is correct that the amount of weight lifted is irrelevant to a bodybuilders goals; weights are only used as a means to an end for the sculpting of the physique alone. We are taught that one’s ego should be checked at the door when trying to develop the physique and that placing optimum stress on the target muscle should be the focal point when selecting which weight we will use for each exercise.
While it is true that bodybuilders don’t win contests based on the amount of weight they use during training, this does not mean that muscular strength is irrelevant to a bodybuilders progress. It is actually quite the opposite. In fact, the accrual of muscular strength is the single most important factor in determining how large our muscles will become. While muscular size is comprised of multiple components, such as vascular proliferation, glycogen storage capacity, and muscular volumization (hydration), the most influential among these is the amount of contractile tissue (muscle fiber) present. The primary determinant responsible in the development of contractile tissue is intensity of exercise. When used in combination with the progressive resistance principle, muscle fiber hypertrophy can potentially become a regular occurrence.
The progressive resistance principle is utilized by incrementally increasing the amount of weight used on each exercise. The muscles respond to this ever-growing demand by becoming stronger over time and therefore, larger. We have all heard the saying that “a stronger muscle is a larger muscle” and while strength certainly does have a direct relationship to muscular size, there are multiple other factors which also influence strength, such as muscle attachments, muscle fiber recruitment, and muscle fiber type make-up. Since these factors can show significant variance from person to person, making any comparison between individuals in attempt to demonstrate the strength-size relationship will prove futile. This relationship can be accurately established only by comparing an individual against himself.
Have you ever seen anyone who could bench press 4 plates for 15 reps while showcasing a puny chest? Have you witnessed anyone curling 185 for reps with golf ball biceps? What about someone who could squat 600 pounds for 10 ass-to-ground reps with toothpick legs? On the flip-side, have you ever seen anyone with a chest like Arnold, but who can only bench 135 lbs for a single rep? Have you ever noticed someone with melon-size delts only being able to overhead press 95 lbs? The obvious answer to all these questions is no, and while each person will end up with a different amount of muscular size at a certain level of strength, everyone will continue to grow larger as they get stronger.
There is no doubt that some anabolic steroids are more effective than others when it comes to the improvement of muscular strength. Some anabolic steroids achieve this primarily through improvements in neural firing (nervous system enhancement), while others do so primarily through an increase in muscle fiber size, but regardless of what anabolic steroids are used to accomplish this objective, getting stronger on every exercise the bodybuilder does should be his №1 focus while attempting to build up his overall size. As the weight used truly is a means to an end, but the stronger your muscles become under those conditions, the more massive you will become. Of course, not every cycle you do as a bodybuilders should be comprised purely of the best strength builders, but occasionally implementing cycles designed purely for increasing your strength as much as possible can help bust you out of a rut, leading to improvements in mass you would not have realized otherwise.
Let’s take a look at some of the best anabolic steroids available for building strength. Please keep in mind that just like everything else in bodybuilding, each person will respond differently to these drugs. While the following anabolic steroids were selected because they tend to result in the most strength gains in general, there will be cases where an individual does not respond well to a particular drug. For this reason, each person will have to design his program based on what works best for him. Below is a list of anabolic steroids, along with a dosing range which has proven effective for inducing significant gains in strength,
Certainly, the above list is not exhaustive, but rather, contains anabolic steroids which are known to work well in the majority of the population. In addition, there will be some individuals who respond positively to anabolic steroids not typically known for strength gains, just as there will be individuals who gain very little strength when using anabolic steroids that have developed a tremendous reputation for dramatic strength gains. Personal response can play a decisive role in determining what steroids are ideal for each individual.
When deciding which anabolic steroids should be used in order to experience your best strength gains, there are a few general rules which usually apply. Typically, you will want to combine at least 3 anabolic steroids, each of which have different, yet complimentary effects. This will provide greater overall strength gains compared to loading up on a single anabolic steroid or anabolic steroid which function in a similar fashion.
One anabolic steroid should be proficient at increasing contractile ability independent of muscle fiber gain. I am not referring to androgen initiated improvements in neural firing or emotional-aggression related strength increases; I am referencing a still somewhat understood effect which takes place with various anabolic steroids, regardless of their anabolic or androgenic potency. Someanabolic steroids, despite their anabolic or androgenic status, are capable of significantly improving contractile ability in the absence of muscle gain. Some examples of anabolic steroids which are capable of accomplishing this would be Anavar and SD. While SD typically leads to large increases in body mass, it is also capable of improving strength considerably even when the user intentionally attempts to maintain bodyweight through dietary manipulation. Anabolic steroids such as these, as well as several others, seem to allow the muscle fibers to contract more forcefully for a longer period of time. This effect can be felt by most users after administering these drugs for just a week or two. Since the 2 anabolic steroids mentioned above are exceptionally weak androgens, it rules out the possibility of this effect taking place through androgenic pathways. Up until this point I have heard no good explanation as to what causes this effect to occur when using certain anabolic steroids.
The 2nd type of anabolic steroids selected should be one which does an exceptional job at inhibiting 11-beta hydroxylase, as these anabolic steroids will cause massive increases in intramuscular water retention (which may or may not be accompanied by sub-q water retention), as well as rapid mass gains over a short period of time. The sheer mass gain attained by the use of these drugs, as well as the improvements in leverage generated through enhanced muscle fullness, will result in significant and immediate gains in strength.
The 3rd type of anabolic steroid selected should exhibit fairly decent androgenic properties, for the purpose of further increasing motor unit recruitment and perhaps benefitting the user by way of controlled aggression. It is relevant to note that some anabolic steroids provide more than one of these effects at once, so keep this in mind when deciding what drugs are best suited for you.
One of the most frequently asked questions among competitive bodybuilders is “what anabolic steroids should I use pre-contest and how do I use them?” While this question may seem elementary, there are quite a few aspects of anabolic steroid use to consider when designing your program.
The goal of all bodybuilders is to present the leanest, hardest, driest, densest, most vascular physique possible on comp day. This is not possible without the right combination of anabolic steroids, in which type, duration, and the number of anabolic steroids utilized are all critical factors in maximizing these muscular characteristics. However, without bodyfat levels being low enough, even the most cleverly orchestrated steroid regimen will prove futile. In order to take full advantage of the benefits anabolic steroids have to offer, this prerequisite must be firmly in place. I mention this most basic tenet of success for those bodybuilders who tend to play the blame game, in which lack of condition is often attributed to water retention, when in reality the individual is simply fat. These bodybuilders often try to make up for the deficit by taking excessive diuretics on game day, which backfires, leaving them looking softer, smaller, and watery.
When a bodybuilder has reduced his bodyfat levels sufficiently and has used the correct anabolic steroids, his need for diuretics is either eliminated or drastically reduced. It should be the goal of every competitive bodybuilder to get in great condition without the use of diuretics, as diuretics are impartial their effects. In other words, in addition to pulling water out from under the skin, they also pull water out of the muscle. This results in a smaller, less impressive muscle…and the more diuretics one uses, the worse the problem becomes. It is impossible to avoid this effect, so the ideal scenario is to avoid it altogether by using alternative methods of staying hard & dry.
I can guarantee you this: if you are able to bring your bodyfat down to 3-4%, while simultaneously employing the right steroid regimen, you will have won 98% of the battle. In the following paragraphs we will discuss the basic tenets of anabolic steroid application as it applies to the pre-contest bodybuilder.
Anyone who has even moderate experience with anabolic steroids will tell you that anabolic steroids can have a diverse range of effects on the body. Some make you big and watery…others make you hard and vascular…and still others do a greater job of increasing muscle fullness. Understanding how the various steroids affect the body is vital in being able to achieve your goals and will directly determine how you structure your PED regimen. With the majority of bodybuilders dieting for 12-16 weeks, I tend to group pre-contest steroid programs into 2 phases, with each phase lasting roughly 6-8 weeks each. The 1st phase is largely inconsequential in terms of stage condition, as the anabolic steroids used during this time will no longer be exerting their effects on the body by the day of competition. Therefore, we need not concern ourselves with staying hard and dry during this time. The primary goal of using steroid during Phase #1 is simply to help maintain our muscle mass and strength as we go about whittling away bodyfat. With less to worry about, steroid selection is much, much less important. As long as the bodybuilder is able to maintain his lean tissue and control estrogen levels (excessive estrogen can have a negative impact on fat loss), he can use whatever anabolic steroids he chooses. Want to use Test, Deca & D-bol? Fine. How about Test, EQ, and Anadrol? No problem.
It is quite different in Phase #2, as the anabolic steroids used during this time are ultimately responsible for the look we present onstage. The first factor we will address is estrogen. Being one of the most prominent causes of water retention in anabolic steroids users, management of this hormone is crucial to achieving a hard and dry appearance. Many anabolic steroids are estrogenic in nature, elevating estrogen levels through a process called aromatization. It is possible to block this process through the concomitant use of aromatase inhibitors, but when administering high dosages of aromatizable drugs, aromatase inhibitors alone are not adequate. Even with lower dosages, we cannot completely block this process. For this reason, many achieve their best results by completely eliminating aromatizable steroids from their program prior to competition. However, some users find that using a low-moderate dose of testosterone (propionate is the best choice, due it is lower rate of aromatization) allows them to stay fuller without compromising results. For those individuals who achieve superior results by eliminating testosterone, it is generally advised that the propionate version remain in your program until about 3 weeks out, after which point no further injections should be given. This will assist in maintaining size, strength, and proper male function. For those of you who are undecided on this issue, you must rely on trial & error as your teacher.
Aside from the possible exception of testosterone, there is no benefit to be found in using any other aromatizable drugs during the last 6-8 weeks before the comp. The elimination of aromatizable drugs is not enough, though, as there are many other anabolic steroids which cause water retention through non-estrogen related mechanisms. Of course, all such steroids should be strictly avoided during Phase #2, especially as the contest approaches.
In the search for optimal results a combination of both injectables and orals should be used. With a smaller number of suitable injectables to choose from, selection is relatively simple. Taking into consideration availability as a whole, the most effective anabolic steroids for this purpose would be Trenbolone, methenolone (Primobolan), and drostanolone (Masteron). Some choose to use EQ at this time as well, but in my opinion, its inclusion is unnecessary and potentially injurious to one’s condition. All of the above mentioned anabolic steroids are not only more effective at improving muscle quality and hardness, but unlike Boldenone (EQ), they do not aromatize to any degree and two of them even possess anti-estrogenic activity. Online myth has imbued EQ with an almost magical quality, with many claiming that the drug produces an exaggerated increase in vascularity far in excess of what is experienced with other steroids. In reality, there are multiple steroids which are equally competent in this regard and a few work even better.
There are other injectables which can be used successfully in Phase #2, but I have chosen to list only the most common, as not everyone has access to some of the more exotic anabolic steroids. In my opinion, orals are an indispensable part of the final 6-8 weeks, as it is not possible to achieve maximum muscle hardness, density, or fullness in their absence. Again, the same basic rule applies with orals as with injectables. None of them should aromatize. Also, just like with injectables, some orals are well known to produce a watery appearance without aromatizing. Do not use them, regardless of any other positive attribute they appear to offer. There is never a good reason to accept a negative trait in exchange for a positive one, as there are enough anabolic steroids at your disposal to accomplish everything you need.
The main reason I have suggested that certain orals be introduced at 6-8 weeks out is because most orals take a minimum of 5 weeks to deliver their full effects…and in some cases it can take as long as 8 weeks. With even small variances in physique determining one placing from the next, there is no room for half-measures. In terms of dosage, one need not resort to extremes in order to elicit maximum effect. Aside from a few notable orals, most provide a maximum increase in muscle hardness, density, dryness, and fullness when dosed between 30-50 mg per day. In fact, the excessive use of some orals (and injectables) can provoke the opposite reaction and cause a slight degree of water retention. The take home message here is that you don’t need to go crazy with your anabolic steroids dosage during pre-contest prep. As long as the dose is adequate for the maintenance of lean body mass and is providing maximum benefits in hardness, etc, there is no need to go higher.
When deciding which orals to include in your program, I recommend co-administering an anabolic and an androgen. Of course, all steroids exhibit both anabolic and androgenic properties, with no anabolic steroids being defined as a pure androgen or anabolic, but the A:A ratio of each drug can vary dramatically. While both types of anabolic steroids are capable of increasing muscular hardness, density, etc, there is a distinct difference in the look that each imparts on the musculature. For example, both Anavar and Halotestin are great drugs for providing a hard and dry appearance, yet the more subtle qualities associated with these characteristics can be clearly differentiated with each drug. In other words, the muscles just look different when using Halotestin than they do when using Anavar, even when sub-q water and bodyfat levels are virtually identical. I have found that the best results in hardness & density are obtained when administering a combination of these two types of orals. In my opinion, Halotestin is the single best oral androgen, while I am less picky about the anabolic steroids. Most people eventually develop a preference, so I advise trying one at a time until you settle on your personal favorite(s). Two of the most common oral anabolics are Anavar and Winstrol. For those of you who are sticking with legal steroids, Epistane and Halo Extreme by IML (not to be confused with Halotestin) are equally effective alternatives.
As final, yet equally important consideration in showcasing your best physique is muscle fullness. There are a few orals which do an excellent job at this, which they accomplish by inhibiting the 11-beta hydroxylase enzyme. However, many of the best drugs for this also cause a significant amount of sub-q water retention, as well. Stay away from these drugs. I realize Anadrol has become a popular drug for this purpose, with individuals consuming anywhere between 100-500 mg per day the final week or two of prep. There is no doubt that Anadrol is effective in this capacity, yet many people experience at least a small degree of water retention from it, especially at higher dosages. You may have heard the claim that Anadrol will not cause any water retention when the user is in shape and following a clean diet, but this is not always the case. Personal response can vary substantially, so if you ever decide to experiment with Anadrol in this fashion, do so in the off-season…or a few weeks out from the competition, in order to see how it affects you personally when there is no risk involved. Even if you don’t hold a drop of water from it, you are likely to witness a reduction in muscle density, as it tends to partially mask the effects of steroids like Halotestin and Winstrol.
I have found SD to be a far superior alternative to Anadrol, as it is not only at least equally effective for increasing muscle fullness (more so in many instances), but it does not carry with it the same risk of sub-q water retention. Pure, properly compounded SD (20-30 mg/day) results in a hard, dense, and dry appearance, which works synergistically with the other orals mentioned above to ensure you come in as full and conditioned as possible. However, as with all anabolic steroids, I suggest experimenting with it prior to the competition in order to gauge its effects on your own body, as a small percentage of individuals do not respond as well to this drug. Another option is Dimethazine. This oral is closely related to SD (it is 2 SD molecules attached by an azine bond) and provides visually identical effects at a slightly higher dosage (45 mg/day).
This subject would not be complete if we did not touch on the ability of anabolic steroids to incite fat loss. There is much speculation in this arena, as many of the drugs bodybuilders utilize during prep were never clinically studied in human beings, leaving us with the sometimes job of discerning which drugs work best. While anecdotal evidence has served us well over the years, the presence of a clinical study offers further confirmation that we have been on the right rack (or not). Fortunately, two of our most commonly used pre-contest drugs have been proven capable of increasing the rate of fat loss. These are testosterone and trenbolone. Trenbolone in particular has consistently demonstrated impressive results, which is why I almost always recommend its inclusion as a core injectable. Some individuals choose shy away from tren due to its high side effect profile, but for those who can tolerate the drug, few, if any drugs will offer an equal number of benefits during contest prep.
There has also been talk of terminating the use of all injectables at 2 weeks out. Advocates of this method claim that it is necessary for achieving optimal condition. The logic used to sustain this assertion is that injectables, by way of intramuscular delivery, result in a minor degree of water retention via increased inflammation. It is true that even slightly invasive procedures, such as an injection, will produce an inflammatory effect, but the level of inflammation necessary to result in a visible response is unlikely to occur when using non-irritating, sterile steroid preparations, especially when delivered with a 25 g. syringe or smaller. If anyone is worried about this, one can simply discontinue all injections at 3-4 days out. By the time the comp rolls around, the inflammation will no longer be present.
By following the guidelines laid down in this article, you will greatly improve your odds of competitive success, but it is up to you to continue the learning process, as the information presented here is only a partial compilation of one aspect of contest prep.
Bodybuilders sometimes turn, illicitly, to the asthma drug clenbuterol to help them bulk up, but now researchers say the drug might also help heart failure patients stay strong without the need for heart transplant.
The first U.S. study of the drug found it was safe in a small number of heart failure patients. The drug was also found to increase skeletal muscle mass and strength, although there was no significant change in heart function. The trial, which is a precursor to bigger trials, is an example of how far doctors will go to find solutions to the growing problem of heart failure. And like many other avenues of research, the promise is still a faint one.
"We’ve learned the hard way that any pharmacological intervention in this very fragile group of patients needs to be studied very cautiously and thoroughly," cautioned Dr. Ann Bolger, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. "Something that looks to be positive early on may not still be positive later on."
The end step for many heart failure patients is a heart transplant. But with a worldwide shortage of organ donors, many patients have to survive on heart pumps. Is there a way to avoid both heart pumps and transplants? Possibly, the experts say. “The idea is to one day develop strategies to promote cardiac recovery while patients are supported with a heart pump. That would obviate the need for heart transplants,” said Dr. Simon Maybaum, medical director of the Center for Advanced Cardiac Therapy and the Cardiac Transplant and Assist Device Program at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. “This is a growing area of research, and both novel pharmacological agents and cellular therapy [stem cells] will be studied. This research is crucial since because of the critical lack of organs for patients with end-stage heart failure.” “We’re looking for ways to make the transition off the pump and potentially go forward from there,” Bolger added. “We need more tools to save lives.”
Studies done by one British center found that clenbuterol resulted in significant improvement in cardiac function in patients with heart pumps awaiting heart transplants. In fact, the pumps could be taken out in more than half of the patients, meaning they no longer were in need of transplant. Those studies used doses 20 times those typically used by asthma patients and athletes. Clenbuterol is not approved in the United States and, in fact, has a checkered history: Some people fell ill after eating livestock that had been treated with the drug.
Maybaum, however, managed to obtain permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a small pilot study using high-dose clenbuterol.
There were two parts to the study: The first tested high-dose clenbuterol in heart pump patients. The second focused on whether the drug in lower doses would improve muscle function and quality of life in heart failure patients without heart pumps (those with milder heart failure). Seven patients completed the study.
Clenbuterol did increase skeletal muscle mass and strength, and was safe at the doses given — 10 to 15 times that usually taken by asthmatics and athletes. There was no significant change in heart function. However, Maybaum pointed out that the study was not designed to look at this. Data from the second part of the study is still blinded to researchers, and therefore not yet available.
The next step will be to conduct a multi-center trial in the United States to try to replicate the British findings with heart pump patients.
However, some experts voiced major concerns.
"Patients in heart failure have a pretty broad spectrum of responses to all kinds of therapies, so we have to be very careful. In some situations, this type of drug can be very dangerous with respect to arrhythmias, blood pressure changes and even stroke," Bolger said. "Medications that seem to give the heart an extra boost sometimes make patients feel better, but increase early mortality."
On the other hand, Bolger added, muscle-building strategies including physical fitness, have already been shown to benefit heart failure patients.
Even the study authors were cautious about the odds of success.
"Whenever there are such novel results which have the potential to dramatically affect such a difficult disease process, we go into the research with a mixture of excitement and skepticism," Maybaum acknowledged. "We’re optimistic that we will find solution, but we’re not sure which one will bear out. We will definitely live in an era where we will be able to repair the heart as opposed to replace it."
Proviron (Masterolone) is an oral form of 1-methylated DHT (methyl-dihydrotestosterone). This is very strong androgen which is 3-4 times more effective than “normal” testosterone, it possesses no anabolic characteristics and no capabilities of converting to estrogen. One would imagine then that Mesterolone would be a perfect drug to enhance strength and achieve some progress. Unfortunately, there is a control mechanism for DHT in the body. When levels get too high it is being converted to an inactive compound. This inactive compound can equally be transformed in the opposite direction to dihydrotestosterone by the same enzyme when low levels of DHT are detected. But this means that very large amounts of this substance are useless to achieve muscle hypertrophy.
Very common usage is fighting estrogen just like with Tamoxifen Citrate or Clomiphen. Proviron has four distinct applications in bodybuilding. First of all, Proviron serves as anti-estrogen, it prevents aromatization of other steroids as a process and also partially blocks estrogen receptors. In this instance its action differs from Tamoxifen, which only blocks estrogen receptors. Thus side effects such as gynecomastia and increased water retention are successfully eliminated. Proviron hits the root of the problem, while Tamoxifen fights only symptoms and should be used for longer period until all excessive estrogens are washed out of the body. The second application is based on expanding the capacity of testosterone. 97-98% of testosterone in the body of a healthy person is inactive and bound to certain proteins. Proviron in this case replaces testosterone, thus more of latter is being released into the blood and helps to build muscle mass.
Thirdly, Mesterolone is added in pre-competition cycles to increase the rigidity and quality muscle volume. It also decreases water retention in the body, giving the user a visual effect of a dry, high-quality, lean muscles. Proviron is often used not only among bodybuilders, but even the actors and models, who use it to acquire the necessary sportive form before the shooting. Just like the another methylated DHT structure called Drostanolone, Mesterolone is particularly strong in achieving this effect.
Finally, Proviron is used for recovery of sexual activity during the cycles of steroids such as Trenbolone and Nandrolone, which decrease libido. Proviron is also commonly prescribed by doctors for people with low levels of testosterone, or patients with chronic impotence.Mesterolone is preferred by many athletes because it has virtually no side effects on men. In large doses it can cause some virilization symptoms in women. Doses of 25 and 250 mg per day shall be applied without adverse effects. 50 mg per day is usually sufficient to reach goals for any of four applications that we mentioned above. Thus, there is no need to increase the dose.
Male athletes should prefer Proviron to Nolvadex. With Proviron the athlete achieve better muscle hardness, as androgen level is increased and the concentration of estrogen remains low. This is particularly evident when preparing for a competition in conjunction with diet.
However, one should be aware that the loss of strength caused by decreasing of natural testosterone production after the cycle is not cured. Athlete should use other drugs like HCG and Clomiphen for it.
When athlete do it for more than 10-12 weeks it may slightly increase liver values although in general proviron is well tolerated by it. Side effects of Proviron for men with a dose of 2 – 3 tablets are very small, so that Proviron, in combination with a steroid cycle can be relatively safe to be taken over several weeks.
DHT can increase blood pressure. High dosages may lead to premature baldness and sexual overstimulation, which leads to prolonged erection. Since this state is painful and can cause penis damage, it makes sense to reduce the dose or discontinue its use altogether.
Only 34% of recipients observe minor decrease in endocrine glands function. Proviron did not stop work of HPTA (glands) for noone who took the drug for a year at a dose of 150 mg / day. In general it’s pretty safe and has little impact on the work of HPTA.
There is no effect on the rate LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (stimulating hormone) at a dosage of 100-150 mg / day. Proviron does not substitute Clomid as hormone therapy, but not causing problems, too.
The impact of mesterolone does not produce any changes in the levels of steroids, thyroid hormones, gonadotropins and prolactin.
Female athletes should be cautious while using Proviron, since it does not exclude all possible androgenic side effects. Women are advised not to take more than one 25 mg tablet / day. Higher doses and prolonged use for more than 4 weeks increases the risks of virilization. Female athletes who do not have a problem with Proviron, achieve good results by taking 25 mg of Proviron per day and 20 mg of Nolvadex per day. They say that in combination with a diet it accelerates fat burning and rapid hardening of muscles.
Female athletes who naturally have higher estrogen levels, often add Proviron to steroid cycle, which results in increasing of muscle density. In the past female athletes did Proviron whole year in order to look lean, especially before contests and starring. Nowadays, Clenbuterol do the same work, because they do not cause virilization effects.
Anabolic steroids are used by many, what could be frank. But, it is very common that athletes being at eighth cycle didn’t get results yet. The thing is that the use of steroids requires certain knowledge and skills. Otherwise, in the final result, you can easily watch a full bouquet of side effects, which could be easily avoided with the right approach to cycle. Before you start using steroids analyze whether you have enough money, time and desire to carry out the goal.
Exceeding the dose
More doesn’t mean better. Remember this golden rule. Your body can take only certain doses of synthetic steroids (anabolic steroids). Oversupply of steroids will be transformed into estrogen. A liver and kidneys will function in extreme mode, which can cause adverse effects.
Effects of steroids can be expected only if your diet is high calorie and includes a large amount of protein. Otherwise, the effect of anabolic steroids will be reduced, and the number of side effects – increased. Remember that a balanced diet is a competent combination of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. This is one of the most important elements of your cycle and unconditional key to success.
Insufficiently intensive training
The main condition of training when using anabolic steroids is increased intensity. You should always provoke the catabolic process in which steroids are the most active. Constantly progress in your training, increase the intensity of the work and use the maximum weight – and then anabolic steroids will have on your muscles full impact.
In compiling steroid cycle is very important to choose the right combination of drugs, their dosage and duration of administration. “The end of the cycle” is perhaps even more important than the cycle itself, as to the maximum to keep all the results achieved (mass, power), and not to return to the starting point. After the cycle must always follow a long period of rest, because the body has to recover and come back to normal after the stress that accompanies receiving steroids.
Neglect of blood tests
You have to make blood tests before the start of the cycle to determine the individual characteristics of your body, and then analyze the changes under the influence of anabolic drugs. The second test is recommended to take six weeks after the start of the cycle. The third analysis should be made a month after the cycle to oversee the restoration of the body.
Ca++ Boosts Testosterone
The effect of four weeks of calcium supplementation on free and total testosterone levels was measured in active and sedentary adult males, at rest and exhaustion. Scientists took healthy male athletes and divided them into one of three groups:
Group 1: non-exercising subjects receiving 35 milligrams of calcium/kg bodyweight.
Group 2: subjects receiving 35 milligrams of calcium/kg bodyweight, undergoing training routines for 90 minutes per day, five days a week.
Group 3: subjects undergoing training routines for 90 minutes per day, five days a week.
That is a dosage equal to 3,182 milligrams of calcium for a 200-pound person. Researchers measured testosterone levels before and after supplementation, at rest, and following a hard training routine. What happened? They found that training results in increased testosterone levels in athletes, and the increase is greater if accompanied by calcium supplementation.1 Got milk?
GH Plus T: Potent Combo
The word around the science ‘hood is that growth hormone (GH) doesn’t do much. But as with anything, it’s all about dose, duration, and what you combine it with. Maybe GH needs to have testosterone as its sidekick.
In this study, scientists tested the hypothesis that physiological supplementation with testosterone and GH together improves body composition and muscle performance in older men. One-hundred and twenty-two men (average age 71), with testosterone levels of 550 ng/dl or less and ‘low’ IGF-1 levels, received transdermal testosterone (5 or 10 g/d) plus GH for 16 weeks. Researchers found that lean body mass and appendicular lean tissue mass increased and conversely, total fat mass decreased— as did trunk fat. Maximum voluntary strength of upper and lower body muscles increased by 14 to 35 %.
Researchers found that supplemental testosterone produced significant gains in total and appendicular lean mass, muscle strength, and aerobic endurance with significant reduction in whole-body and trunk fat. And these actions appeared to be enhanced with GH supplementation.
Endurance Training Boosts T
In the very elite category of endurance athletes, some men have lower than normal testosterone levels. But let’s face it— we don’t all run 60 miles per week! For those of us who use cardio training for overall fitness and as an alternate way to burn body fat, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
In this study, 15 young, healthy men performed five weeks of endurance training on a cycle ergometer. The training program resulted in 3.7 % improvement of aerobic power and 8.2 % improvement of power output reached at maximal oxygen uptake. Also, there was a significant 16.9 % increase in testosterone concentrations, a 25.7 % increase in free testosterone, and a 7.3 % drop in sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG).
So it looks like, at least in the short-term, moderate-intensity and low-volume endurance training can significantly increase testosterone concentration in previously-untrained men. If I were you, I’d periodize your training such that you don’t ‘overdo’ the cardio. Unless your goal is to become a studly distance runner or triathlete, there is no reason for you to be doing the equivalent of 50-plus miles per week of running.
Adding Testosterone Helps Men With MetS
Men with the Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) often have low testosterone levels. So what’s the solution? Get them lazy bastards to work out, eat well, and take supplemental T!
OK, easier said than done. But check out this interesting new study. In a single-blind, 52-week randomized clinical trial, the effect of a supervised diet and exercise (D&E), with or without transdermal testosterone, was assessed in 32 hypogonadal men (total testosterone <12.0 nmol/L) with MetS. Yep, these guys are a mess. They received 50 milligrams of testosterone gel, once daily. No glucose-lowering agents were administered prior to or during the study period.
So what happened? Serum testosterone, fasting plasma glucose, HDL cholesterol, triglyceride concentrations, and waist circumference improved in both groups after 52 weeks of treatment. The addition of testosterone significantly improved these measures further, compared to D&E alone. Did you read that? Diet and exercise is good. But adding T is even better. Stop the presses!
Additionally, testosterone treatment improved insulin sensitivity, adiponectin and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. So giving these hypogonadal guys with MetS a little bit of testosterone, on top of diet plus exercise, improved glycemic control and reversed the MetS after 52 weeks of treatment.4 Wait— is this the same stuff that Congress had hearings about because a few baseball players were using androgens?
Low testosterone is a common problem in many men. It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetics and age. More than likely, you have heard about some of the negative side effects that it can cause. The fact is that some of these side effects can be particularly harmful to men that practice bodybuilding training and/or other areas of sports and fitness. Luckily, testosterone levels can be boosted, which can ultimately stop these harmful effects.
One of the most common side effects of low testosterone that could potentially occur is tiredness or a lack of energy. Obviously, this can negatively affect pretty much anyone. However, it can be really debilitating to people that are into activities, such as bodybuilding training. Why? High levels of energy are absolutely necessary to power through effective bodybuilding workouts and so forth. In other words, if you are tired during a workout, you probably will not get the most out of it!
Another one of the most common side effects of low levels of testosterone that could possibly happen is a decline in strength. Like the first effect stated, this can be particularly detrimental to those that are into areas of fitness and sports, like bodybuilding training. The fact is that optimal levels of strength are needed for strenuous activities, such as lifting heavy weights. Furthermore, loss of strength can ultimately set you back and it can even prevent you from achieving your goals, like lifting a new record weight on the bench press.
A third potential side effect of low testosterone is a decrease in muscle mass. Also, gaining muscle in general can become more difficult. Clearly, this is not good at all for anyone that is into something like bodybuilding training, since muscle mass is essential.
A fourth possible side effect of low testosterone is an increase in fat. One of the most common areas that the fat tends to deposit is around the abdominals. Again, this is not ideal for people that practice bodybuilding training, since a lean, defined physique is important.
In addition to the negative side effects mentioned, low testosterone might be associated with quite a few medical conditions. A few of these conditions are heart disease, depression, prostate cancer, sexual issues, and type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, some of these conditions can even be life threatening.
Without a doubt, low testosterone is a harmful condition. If you have experienced any of the harmful symptoms stated, you could be dealing with it. To find out for sure, you should see a doctor for a blood test.
If the test comes back as positive for low testosterone, there is no reason to panic. Fortunately, there is a treatment option that has been proven to be very effective. The treatment option we are referring to is our oral testosterone booster. It does not require a prescription and it is affordable, especially in comparison to the other treatment alternatives that are available. The bottom line is that low testosterone does not have to negatively affect any aspect of life, such as bodybuilding training.
For many performance enhancers planning anabolic steroid cycles can be very exciting. For many, planning anabolic steroid cycles is the adult equivalent of writing a letter to Santa Clause, and many find themselves chomping at the bit with anticipation for what is to come. If you’ve never supplemented before this may all sound surprising, but if you stop and think about it for just a second it shouldn’t seem surprising at all. A solid cycle can mean a bigger and stronger physique, it can mean a physique that is leaner, harder and more appealing to the eye, and of course it can mean one that is enhanced athletically. Let’s take a look at some solid anabolic steroid cycles, as well as what you need to know for planning yours.
An anabolic steroid cycle simply refers to the period of anabolic steroid use. For most performance enhancers they cycle on and off anabolic steroids, meaning there are periods of breaks where no steroids are used. During the cycle, often more than one steroid is used; this is referred to as stacking. When we plan a cycle we must obviously plan which steroids we will use, how we will mix and match them (stack), what are doses will be, and where we will place each steroid during the cycle.
When we plan our anabolic steroid cycles, the best piece of advice we can give you is to always include testosterone. When we supplement with anabolic steroids our natural testosterone levels will be suppressed. How great the suppression is will depend on the steroids being used, but it will occur none the less. As testosterone is essential to our health it only makes sense to ensure you we are providing your body with what it needs. Further, as testosterone is very powerful, very anabolic and one of the most well-tolerated anabolic steroids in healthy adult men there’s no reason not to include testosterone in all your anabolic steroid cycles.
There is no set time frame for your anabolic steroid cycles. There is simply not a one size fits all answer that works perfectly each and every time, and anyone who tells you there is doesn’t have a clue as to what they’re talking about. However, we can say very short cycles are a waste of time. Even with anabolic steroids it takes time to make progress, and once progress has been made you need to allow time for your body to become accustomed to the changes. With this in mind, we can confidently say any anabolic steroids cycles that are less than 8 weeks in total duration are a waste of time.
While 8 weeks will be our minimal time frame, 12 weeks is far more efficient, with 16 weeks being the gold standard. Absolutely, you can run cycles that extend past the 16 week mark, but the only ones who will typically have a need for this will be advanced competitive bodybuilders. In any case, for the sake of your health you will need to plan off-cycle periods. You need to allow time periods where there is not a high influx of hormones so as to allow your body to normalize and relieve it from stress. Failure to do this can really mess with your natural hormone production, and in many cases lead to you lifelong hormone therapy needs.
If you are looking for a trustworthy bulking steroid then Sustanon 250 is what you are looking for.
Sustanon 250 is an anabolic steroid that needs no introduction. This is simply because it has helped every one including bodybuilders, celebrities, and strength athletes to think beyond the normal. Its unique composition: testosterone propionate – 30 mg, testosterone phenylpropionate – 60 mg, testosterone isocaproate – 60 mg, and testosterone decanoate – 100 mg says it all. Individuals using this anabolic product can derive dramatic advantages as these constituents are released gradually for benefits in the long run.
The chemical name of Sustanon 250 is 17ß-hydroxyandrost-4-en-3-one and its trivial name is Testosterone [USAN: INN] (base). This anabolic has a detection time of approximately 3-4 months and an active life of about 3 weeks. Its molecular weight is 288.424 g/mol and chemical formula is C19H28O2.
Available in oral and injectable forms, Sustanon 250 is highlighted by pronounced androgenic activity and is generally used as a bulking steroid. Users get benefited from high estrogenic activity and low progestational activity while using this product, which means enhanced body strength and muscle mass.
This steroid is a legendary product for people suffering from gynecomastia. The fact that Sustanon 250 helps users build a solid foundation of quality muscle mass and reduces the level of water retention to a considerable extent says it all.
The recommended dose of Sustanon 250 is 250 mg every week, and a maximum of 2000 mg or more per week. It can be stacked with Dianabol, Anadrol, Winstrol, or members of the Tren Series.
Anadrol is an effective anabolic steroid for athletes on steroid drugs when it comes to improving hunger, advertising excess bodyweight, improving red blood cell count, and attaining body durability. Moreover, this anabolic steroid ointment is second to none for stimulating the process of protein synthesis and nitrogen storage that helps in bulking up. Since Anadrol is easy to pass through the liver, sportsmen can expect dramatic and consistent results in as short as 4-6 weeks.
The chemical name of Anadrol, the schedule III drug, is 17ß-hydroxy-2-(hydroxymethylene)-17-methyl-5a-androstan-3-one. It is available in oral as well as injectable forms and has the molecular formula of C21H32O3. Anadrol has an active life of 14-16 hours and can be detected over a period of 6-8 weeks; the androgenic anabolic ratio of this steroid compound is 45:320.
Derived from DHT, Anadrol does not turn to estrogen and this means that athletes putting their belief in on it are free from estrogen adverse reactions such as greasy skin, pimples, liquid storage, and gynecomastia. Medically, Anadrol is used to provide comfort to individuals affected with anemia, low development of red blood cells since it has the exclusive potential of improving the of erythropoietin (hormone) engaged in generating red system tissues in our bodies. This anabolic steroid is also suggested for the treatment of genetic angioedaema, a hypersensitive inflammation ailment.
In the world of body building and professional sports, Anadrol is popular for its ability to improve performance, durability, and muscular operate. When used by men in everyday amounts of 1-2 mg per kg of bodyweight, Anadrol shows its real benefits. The perfect dosage of Anadrol for men would be 100 mg. Anadrol is regularly used in an anabolic steroid cycle of 6-8 weeks and including injectable steroid drugs though stacking it with 17aa substances is never suggested. The dosages of Anadrol should not be changed at will and without medical suggestions to avoid possible adverse reactions such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, insomnia, gynecomastia, deepening of voice in women, acne, and muscle cramps.
It’s obvious that strongman training is a great way to build mass, but this type of training is not commonly leveraged by bodybuilders or athletes looking for maximum hypertrophy. In fact, few programs exist that provide a comprehensive solution for those who are seeking a combination of aesthetic, power, volume, and speed work.
The program described in this article is designed to be a highly effective protocol for athletes, strongmen, and bodybuilders alike.
One of the primary differences between strongman training and standard training splits is the way that the programs are structured. Not only do strongman training sessions require more recovery time between workouts, but the athlete also needs to be fully recovered going into the event training day. The typical protocol for a strongman workout includes 3-5 events (exercises) of 1-2 sets each, and it is not uncommon use 5-15 minute rest periods between sets. This means that a workout may consist of less than 10 sets but may range from 90-180 minutes in duration.
How does all of this apply to hypertrophy? We can go back to the beginning of this article for the answer: compound movements, overload, volume, and recovery.
Strongman training is characterized by high intensity/high volume and is very demanding. However, adding long rest periods and cycling intensity easily allows for proper recovery. Adding in strongman workouts is a great shock principle for the experienced athlete/bodybuilder and novice lifter alike.
Here are some of the most common strongman exercises:
Giant Tire Flip – Take a large heavy equipment tire and flip it end over end.
Farmers Walk – Carry one implement in each hand for a given distance or time.
Log, Axle, Keg, or Dumbbell Clean & Press – Take a weight from the ground to overhead.
Vehicle, Chain, or Sled Pulling (harness, drag, arm-over-arm) – Move an object by pulling/pushing for a specific distance or time.
Yoke Walk – Carry a weight across your back for a designated time or distance.
Sandbag, Keg, or Stone Loading and Carrying – Pick an object up and put it on a platform or carry for a designated time / distance.
Deadlift Variations and Medleys – Grab a weight and stand up with it.
First, let’s take a look at the components of an effective hypertrophy program: volume, compound movements, good technique, overload, and recovery.
We all know that strongman movements can build power, but they can also yield great muscle-building gains when utilized properly. Each strongman movement calls on multiple muscle groups and many of these exercises can be performed with minimal equipment. Most competitive strongmen do very little hypertrophy work, yet they have muscular physiques due to the complexity and difficulty of event training.
Monday – Chest / Triceps / Shoulders
Tuesday – Lower Body / Squat
Focus (Front or Back), Deadlift
Accessory (SLDL or Deficit)
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday – Back / Biceps
Friday - Rest
Saturday – *Strongman (Volume)
Sunday - Rest
Monday – Chest / Triceps / Shoulders
Tuesday – Lower Body / Deadlift
Focus (Rack Pull, Standard),
Squat Accessory (Front, Box)
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday – Back / Biceps
Friday - Rest
Saturday – **Strongman (Speed)
Sunday - Rest
Monday – Chest / Back
Tuesday – Lower Body / Speed –
Power Cleans, Jump Squats, Power or
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday – Biceps / Triceps / Shoulders
Friday - Rest
Saturday – ***Strongman (Power)
Sunday - Rest
Monday – Chest / Triceps / Shoulders
Tuesday – Lower Body / Squat
Focus (Front or Back), Deadlift
Accessory (SLDL or Deficit)
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday – Back / Biceps
Friday - Rest
Saturday – *Strongman (Volume)
Sunday - Rest
Repeat training sessions from weeks one, two, and three.
Week 5 = Week 1 Workout
Week 6 = Week 2 Workout
Week 7 = Week 3 Workout
Week 8 (DELOAD)
Active recovery activities can be performed such as stretching, walking, swimming, or cycling.
Make sure to get plenty of rest and consume an ample amount of protein.
*Strongman Volume Workout: Distances of 100-200 feet, 2-3 sets per event (65-75%) / 4-5 events
**Strongman Speed Workout: Distances of 50-80 feet, 3 sets per event (60%) / 4-5 events
***Strongman Power Workout: Distances of 30-50 feet, 1 set per event (90%+) / 4 events
This program can be repeated continuously by starting back at the beginning following the ‘Deload’ week.
Clenbuterol is a beta-2 agonist which is widely used for rapid weight loss and to increase lean muscle. Clenbuterol for many years was secretly used by female body builders. But now its advantages and usefulness is widely known and incorporated for both fast and effective weight loss and to get a leaner body.
More and more individuals now buy Clenbuterol as it stimulates the central nervous system which in turn helps increase the aerobic abilities. Clenbuterol is very effective and is a stimulant like caffeine with the only difference being that it lasts relatively longer. Clenbuterol helps in weight loss by increasing the fat metabolizing rate.
Clenbuterol can only yield longer lasting results if it is used correctly. After sometime, Clenbuterol loses its effectiveness, so it is recommended that you use it after intervals. Female bodybuilders mostly use it for a month and then give a month’s break before starting again. This way Clenbuterol remains effective, yielding the most positive results. Following is an easy guide to using Clenbuterol for faster and longer lasting results:
Take 20mcg of Clenbuterol twice when starting out. Once in the morning and once at night. You can also use it before, during or after meals. Once your first cycle is complete, you can start taking a single dose daily. It is best to use Clenbuterol in cycles of 2-weeks. Take Clenbuterol for about 12 weeks, with two weeks off and then two weeks on. Don’t make the first dose over 40mcg, as a higher dose can lead to sever side effects. You can then increase the dose around 20mcg daily. However, if you have started experiencing any side effects, then it is better to decrease the dosage. Once your daily dosage reaches 100mcg, it is time to start reducing the amount in order to decrease the body stress.
Start your second cycle with a higher dosage. It is recommended that you use something between 60-80mcg.
Make sure that you monitor your blood pressure and your dosage daily. It is advisable to keep a daily journal and note down any changes. If your blood pressure is higher than normal, then decrease the dose. The trick is not to just buy Clenbuterol but to use it in the right manner too. So make sure that you follow these guidelines or those provided by your trainer or doctor. Also make sure that you include a lot of proteins and complex carbs in your diet, as it will enable you to eat freely without increasing your weight or adding fat to your body.