Previous post: “Anabolic” and “androgenic” (Testosterone)
TESTOSTERONE – the most studied class of drugs, because it all started with him. It was synthesized in the middle of the last century. Actually, most modern steroids are a modified model of testosterone. It has a pronounced androgenic and anabolic effect. It is often recommended that most of your cycle consist of testosterone. Most common for use are injectable versions (Enanthate, Cypionate, Propionate) or patchworks such as Testosterone Propionate + Enanthate), Sustanon or Omnadren.
Testosterone is the foundation! All professionals use this PED. If I were told that only one PED can be used, then I would choose testosterone. It has a very high ability to stabilize the androgen receptor, and therefore a very strong and long-lasting stimulation of protein synthesis. It is very good for growth.
It is usually blocked with PROVIRON, but here you need to be very careful because aromatization is necessary for growth. The problem is that you need ENOUGH of it, not a surplus! When blocking completely – the effect of the cycle will reduce. And if not to block at all – the risk of getting excess estrogen and side effects!
It seems reasonable to me to use 200-400 mg of testosterone per week for beginners. With such a small dosage, as a rule, there is no need to worry about strong aromatization and you can do without Proviron.
NANDROLONE. In 1950, testosterone was taken and a methyl group was cut off from it in the 19th position. Thus, a drug with stronger anabolic properties and reduced androgenic (coarsening voice, clitoris growth, acne) has turned out. As a minus, the drug received progestogenic activity due to its ability to turn into progesterone. It does not aromatize, BUT can cause negative effects associated with estrogen (female sex hormones).
YES, NANDROLONE IS NOT AROMATIZED! But it has a progestogenic activity i.e. even without aromatization, it can lead to gynecomastia and a decrease in libido. Therefore, nandrolone is usually used with an increased dose of testosterone. In addition, you need to understand that the usual PROVIRON will not help to eliminate side effects from nandrolone (because there is no aromatization).
However, nandrolone, as well as the test, has a HIGH ability to stabilize the androgen receptor (it has a longer and better effect on protein synthesis). Therefore, this drug is very good for growing muscle mass. Moreover, this substance has a reduced androgenic component and an anabolic component is increased. Now you understand why this drug is so popular among athletes.
Dosages for beginners is no more than 200 mg per week. Personally, I tried this drug with a dosage of 50 mg per week and achieved gains. Now such dosages are “not fashionable”. However, it is more reasonable than jumping to 400-600 mg. You can just catch “deca-dick” and, along with muscle growth, get a bunch of side effects.
BOLDENONE is another kind of modified testosterone. Thanks to the manipulations of the anabolic that has become crystal-clear. For a long time, this steroid was used by veterinarians and was injected to all living things (from cows and horses to chickens). This was the best recommendation for many frostbitten fans. The peculiarity of boldenone is that it increases the appetite and that you need to inject a lot of it.
Boldenone is somewhat similar to nandrolone (deca) in its effects. However, it has no progestogenic activity and no aromatization. This is a plus, because there is less risk of side effects. On the other hand, the drug does not help to grow muscles so much and may increase your appetite. If you are ready for large injections and are able to limit your appetite, then this drug will suit you for getting shredded while at the same time keeping your muscle mass.
TRENBOLONE has long been known among our people as a parabolan. Chemically it is very similar to nandrolone, but fundamentally different in effects. This steroid stabilizes the androgen receptor for the longest time. In addition, this steroid does not aromatize. However, in itself, it is able to show progestogenic activity. In my opinion, the significance of this drug has not yet been assessed. It is very strong and causes an increase in lean muscle mass and strength. Some of the disadvantages include: Progestant, Tren Cough, Kidney, Price. During intake, you need to drink plenty of water (the urine darkens noticeably).
WINSTROL (and the oral version: Stanozolol) – for a long time this steroid could not be found in the PED samples from Olympians due to the additional ring with two hydrogen atoms. Winstrol is a strong anabolic, which grows lean muscle and works as an antiprogestant (i.e., it will be good with Deca or Tren, for example). However, it dehydrates the joints. Another remarkable property of the oral form (Stanazolol) is that it reduces the amount of Globulin in the blood and thereby increases the effectiveness of any androgen during long cycles. This is a plus. On the other hand, stanozolol very poorly stabilizes the androgen receptor and, therefore, you cannot build a lot of muscle on it. The biggest disadvantage is the need for frequent injections.
METHANE (METHANDROSTENOLONE / METHANDIENONE)
METHANE (Methandrostenolone) is perhaps the most famous steroid in the world. And this is a good recommendation in itself. Often I hear reviews about the “pure” or “heavy” chemistry. All this is very conditional, friends. Methane is a modified testosterone, as well as Deca, for example. Methane simply has its own peculiarities of impact on tissues due to this modification. Methane, perhaps, can be attributed equally to both anabolic and androgen. This is both a strength and weakness. Most often, newcomers start their steroid experience with it.
Methane can cause gynecomastia and retains water in the body. On the other hand, it increases the level of dopamine in the body and thereby accelerates fat burning. Here is a funny contradiction. In addition, it very well stimulates the production of phosphates and glycogen (energy). In general, this drug, if not the number “one” in bodybuilding, then certainly falls within the top three.
OXYMETHOLONE (ANAPOLON 50)
OXYMETHOLONE (Anapolon 50). Almost exotic (rarely used). It is the strongest oral steroid in the world (as the gurus say). Most often, they write that this is an “androgen.” However, I found information only on its effect on targets in muscles, and not in other tissues. Therefore, I would say that this is the most powerful oral anabolic. A common oral version is 50mg in pill form. This is a lot.
OXANDRALONE (Anavar). An exotic, oral steroid that does not aromatize in any dosage. Often this prep is prescribed for medical purposes in children and women. The PED may be considered weak, but not everyone likes to shoot immediately from the tank. Someone wants to play around with TT.
TURINABOL. Considered to be an exotic PED. The oral form of the steroid was very popular in the past among athletes because of the difficulty in finding it (metabolites quickly left the user’s body). The steroid is very similar to methane in its chemical structure, but it is almost not susceptible to aromatization. Therefore, you will grow with it a little less, but after the cycle, you will still get a little more.
Clenbuterol is a unique product, from the very beginning it was not designed for bodybuilders, but its properties quickly gave it popularity. On the one hand, it prevents the destruction of muscles during a diet, and on the other, it actively burns fat.
Effects of clenbuterol:
- The most important – burning fat and saving muscles
- Reduced appetite
- Anti-catabolic effect
- Weak anabolic effect
GW1516 (Сardarine) – can be said, a new drug in the category of gene doping. Action at the gene level is fundamentally different from anabolic steroids. The result of using cardarine will be:
- The growth of muscle mass and strength.
- Improving speed performance (especially important in some sports)
- Significant improvement in metabolism, and as a result – better absorption of nutrients.
- Fat burning (naturally with proper diet)
This drug is not an anabolic steroid, but I included them in this list, because it is gaining popularity at an enormous rate.