I do get frequently asked about supplement usage in workouts, including steroids. I have used steroids in the past, mostly to recover from injury, and so I do have some experience with them. As a fitness instructor, I have also done a lot of research on the topic. The one that I get asked about most frequently is Trenbolone. Trenbolone is a very well-known injectable anabolic steroid. Milligram for milligram, it is the most powerful anabolic steroid commercially available.
Although it is probably not as harsh as some make it out to be, it is by know means a compound to be taken lightly and probably should be avoided altogether by performance enhancer beginners. It is most often used by intermediate to advanced anabolic steroid users, and should not be considered by beginners until they have put several cycles of experience under their belt.
Trenbolone is a derivative of Nandrolone and belongs to the 19-nor family of anabolic steroids. This family of compounds gets their name because they contain a specific alteration at the 19th carbon of the anabolic steroid’s molecular structure. The alteration is the removal of that carbon. Other alterations in this area grant the family enhanced androgenic strength (which is the ability to bind to the androgen receptor), as well as a high resistance to metabolic breakdown within the body.
The chemical makeup of Trenbolone gives it five time the androgenic and anabolic strength of testosterone. Performance enhancers like it because it gives the ability to promote weight gain with nearly all of it being muscle, while not retaining water. It has been found to stimulate endogenoous production of the very anabolic hormone IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1) in muscle tissue, adding to its anabolic effectiveness. Tren does not aromatize into estrogen, which is why the user does not hold water with its use.
There are three popular esterified forms of Trenbolone that you will find on the market: Trenbolone-Acetate, Trenbolone-Enanthate, and Trenbolone Hexahydrobenzylcarbonate. The most popular and heavily used of these three is Trenbolone-Acetate, or Tren-a as it is commonly called. It is the most fast-acting or the three, and its smaller esther size allows it to be flushed through the body faster. This is ideal if a user has any negative side effects.
Today, Tren is most widely used as a veterinary drug to promote mass in cattle. It has some other veterinary uses and is still being tested for human uses in the scientific community. However, it is still unapproved for human use by the FDA.
Nonetheless, there are those looking for performance enhancement that use Trenbolone today. Keeping in mind that it is five times the androgenic and anabolic strength of testosterone, it is easy to see why people would be drawn to it. Its use does come with the risk of side effects.
As already stated, Trenbolone does not aromatize into estrogen. There is zero chance of it causing estrogenic side effects. It can, however, cause androgenic side effects, as well as some other side effects that are not normally found with steroid usage such as insomnia and night sweats. If you are going to try this compound, you should start with low doses to see how your body reacts. Again, it is five times as strong as testosterone, but that also means the side effects can be five times stronger in intensity.
Most beginners will be just fine with 50mg every other day of Tren-a. This is more that enough for stemming the tide of muscle loss during a cut. More experienced users will usually use dosages of 75-100mg, again every other day, which will produce some pretty amazing physique changes.
It is also a good idea to stack it with some form of testosterone as it will inhibit normal testosterone production.
Again, Trenbolone is not FDA approved. I in no way advocate it usage. It is illegal to be sold in the United States. If you find a website based in the U.S. claiming to be selling it, they are likely lying and selling a fraudulent product. There are websites outside of the United States where you can buy Trenbolone. Keep in mind though, that just because it is legally sold in other countries, does not mean you can purchase it from those sites if you live in the U.S.
Trenbolone is extremely popular because of its strength and potency. With that effectiveness comes the trade-off in side effects that can be of higher intensity than other steroids. I know if someone is set on trying it, I likely cannot talk them out of it. So I suggest that you do not do so without deep consideration and use caution, starting with lower doses to see how your body reacts to the compound.