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The top 10 anabolic steroids that are presented below are drugs that have proven to be effective, which confirms their popularity among bodybuilders.
To begin with, I would like to note that the criteria by which these 10 drugs were selected are primarily the prevalence among athletes and the effectiveness of the impact on muscle gain. Perhaps someone will want to argue about this or that drug, substantiating their arguments with side effects or features of the course, but, I repeat, here the drugs most popular among users will be considered and proved to be effective, this is a very conservative review, because there may be very effective drugs, but, they will not be so widespread and the price will be exorbitant, so they will not fall into this top, and therefore this top can be called classic, realistic and perhaps the most objective A majority of bodybuilders, so there you go.
1. Methandrostenolone (Danabol, Anabol, Nerobol, etc.)
The first place in our top is perhaps the most popular and proven to be effective for several decades of use of the drug, known to all by the slang name “methane”. In Russia, it is produced under the name Methandrostenolone and Nerobol. Global pharmaceutical companies produce this anabolic under different brands, there are probably more than a dozen of them, the most common are listed in the title. This steroid is one of the most effective and affordable drugs on the market.
Turnover is limited, just like other anabolic steroids and is sold only as prescribed by a doctor, which does not prevent so many sellers from distributing the drug “from under the floor” using the Internet. As for the effectiveness of the drug, it is at a fairly high level, for example, having completed a course of 1.5 months, taking 20 mg of the drug per day, you can add up to 10 kg of weight. At the same time, you are sure to lose from 2 to 5 kg after the course ends, because the drug contributes to the accumulation of water in the muscles, however, the result is not bad. Do not forget about the side effects of this steroid, such as gynecomastia, toxicity of the drug to the liver and others, which are often exaggerated and occur, as a rule, when the dosage is exceeded.
2. Testosterone (group of steroids)
This is one group of very popular and common anabolic steroids among builders. From the name of the drug it is clear that it is based on one of the esters of the hormone testosterone. Everyone knows about the anabolic effect of the hormone testosterone, this drug also has an anabolic effect and helps to increase muscle mass, although its anabolic activity is slightly lower than that of Danabol, but the drug does not contribute to the accumulation of water in the muscles, as well as helps to burn fat, therefore There is practically no rollback effect. There are several types of drugs based on testosterone esters: Testosterone propionate, Testosterone enanthate, Testosterone cypionate and some others. Testosterone propionate is often used for drying, in order to remove excess fat and make the muscles more prominent, while slightly increasing their volume. Testosterone Enanthate and Testosterone Cypionate is more suitable for building lean muscle mass.
Due to the high androgenic activity, with the use of the drug, the likelihood of such side effects as gynecomastia, acne, baldness, and others is higher than that of methane, but at the same time, it is not so toxic to the liver. The drug is injected into the body by injection, usually the course is combined with other steroids, during the course it is necessary to use anti-estrogen drugs to minimize side effects.
This drug is very similar in composition and effects to methandrostenolone. But some differences from methane and made this drug quite popular, and the main difference is the lack of effect of fluid retention in the body. According to user feedback, the effect in weight gain is not as fast as that of methane, but the muscle mass is more qualitative and with minimal recoil. Also, this drug has a lower likelihood of side effects, aromatization is almost absent, that is, the probability of gynecomastia, acne, baldness and other things is very low when the dosage is observed, liver toxicity is about the same as in Danabol.
4. Nandrolone (Retabolil, Deca-Durabolin)
Nandrolone is a group of very popular injectable anabolic steroids based on a substance called 19-nortestosterone. This substance is produced in the body during heavy and prolonged physical exertion as well as during pregnancy in women. The popularity of the drug due to the high anabolic activity and low frequency of side effects. From the positive effects of Nandrolone, a good and stable growth of muscle mass can be distinguished, but without accumulating excess water and practically without a rollback effect, bones and ligaments become stronger, joints release more lubrication and no longer hurt, the red blood cell level rises, thereby improving oxygen metabolism body, increases immunity. Side effects such as methane and similar drugs are practically absent and appear only when the dose is exceeded.
An impressive list of positive effects, is not it? But there is a fly in the ointment, this is the progestin activity of the drug – expressed in a decrease in libido, sluggish erection and similar troubles. In this regard, the course of Nandrolone is usually combined with other anabolic steroids and drugs to suppress progestin activity. Also, the drug acts on as quickly as other steroids and the course over time is longer and given the price is more costly.
5. Anadrol (Oxymetholone, Anadrol)
This is a synthetic steroid based on oxymetholone. Anadrol is produced in tablets and is one of the most potent anabolic steroids. Anadrol is also produced under the Anadrol, Anasteron, Oxymetholone, Androlik, Dynasten and other brands. The most important effect of Anadrol is a powerful and rapid growth of muscle mass, in one course lasting 1-1.5 months, you can increase up to 15 kg, unfortunately there is a rollback effect, up to 30% of the gained mass. Also, Anadrol significantly increases the power performance and when combined with other steroids increases their effectiveness.
Very interesting effects were found during the study of this drug by American scientists, it was found that the drug can contribute to an increase in muscle mass, even for those who do not train at all (!), While the mass of adipose tissue has decreased, tests were performed on older men with reduced secretion own testosterone.
Possible side effects of Anadrol: fluid accumulation in the body, gynecomastia, high blood pressure, toxicity to the liver and others. Conversion to estrogen is absent.
6. Sustanon 250
Sustanon is a fairly popular injectable steroid based on a mixture of various testosterone esters. Effects of Sustanon: Increased muscle mass, an average of 5 kg per month, the effect of suppressing catabolism, increased appetite, an increase in the number of red blood cells in the blood, increased libido. Of the side effects, like other testosterones, it causes conversion to estrogens, hence gynecomastia, acne, baldness, edema, suppression of the production of one’s own testosterone, testicular atrophy, and others. Also, many people note a rise in temperature and condition as with the flu. The latter effect can be explained by poor-quality “dirty” drug and numerous fakes that flooded the market. The original Sustanon 250 is harder and harder to find on the market today.
Trenbolone is a powerful steroid that was previously used for veterinary purposes to increase the weight of livestock. This drug has a fairly strong anabolic effect on the body and at the same time it has a wide range of side effects. There are several types of Trenbolone drugs: Trenbolone Acetate (brands of Finaplix, Finaplex, Trenbol-100 and others), Trenbolone cyclohexylmethyl carbonate (under the Parabolan brand) and Trenbolone enanthate. All of these drugs are made in the form of injections. Trenbolone is considered one of the most potent anabolic steroids, for a 2-month course of the drug may increase muscle mass up to 10 kg. At the same time, you will feel an increase in strength, a decrease in cortisol, a decrease in body fat and an increase in libido for the duration of the course.
But you have to pay for everything, in this case, an extensive range of side effects. Since Trenbolone does not aromatize into estrogen, such phenomena as gynecomastia and fluid accumulation in the body do not threaten you, but such phenomena as decreased libido after a course, sluggish erection and testicular atrophy are likely. To this is added insomnia, high blood pressure, attacks of aggression, hair loss, acne, a significant suppression of the production of your own testosterone. Toxic effect on the liver is not proven. According to some information, manufacturers as a basis for the drug Trenbolone use the veterinary drug Revalor, which in turn is used for fattening livestock before slaughter.
8. Boldenone (Equipoise)
Boldenone, also known by the brands Equipoise, Boldenesten, Boldabol and others was also like Trenbolone was originally designed for veterinary use. By the anabolic effects of this steroid is similar to Methandrostenolone, but the process of muscle growth is slower. Apply it in the form of injections. When you take this drug, you will feel a gain of strength and a good appetite. Also, the steroid promotes the production of red blood cells. As for the side effects of Boldenone, compared to other steroids, they are minimal, while respecting the dosage, there are practically no such possible effects as gynecomastia and edema, as well as baldness, acne and others. Suppression of production of own testosterone minimum. Often the course of this steroid is combined with testosterone.
9. Primobolan (Methenolone, Primobol)
Another anabolic steroid that can be purchased in the form of injections as well as tablets. This drug with a fairly moderate anabolic effect. It is often used during drying to preserve muscle mass, the preparation is poorly suited for gaining muscle mass, since the effect is rather weak compared to other steroids. In turn, the drug has a minimal set of side effects and is considered one of the safest to use, while respecting the dosage, which makes it popular with some athletes.
This anabolic is made both in tablets and in a form for injections. This is a synthetic steroid based on a substance called stanozolol, which was originally intended for use in horses, but over time began to be applied to humans. It is produced under various names such as Strombafort, Strombadzhekt, Stanover, Stromba, Stanol and others. The drug is very popular with athletes, despite the fact that it does not significantly affect the growth of muscle mass, but significantly increases strength and endurance, gives muscles relief, burns fat, increases appetite, and, according to studies, significantly increases the effectiveness of other steroids during combining their course with winstrol. There is no conversion to estrogen, therefore, there are no side effects such as gynecomastia and edema. Nevertheless, there are other unpleasant effects: pain in the joints and damage to the ligaments, increased blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels in the blood, androgenic phenomena such as acne, hair loss, suppression of the production of own testosterone are possible. Also, the drug is toxic to the liver and there is a possibility of myocardial hypertrophy.
Here, perhaps, are the top 10 most effective and popular anabolic steroids among athletes. If you are new to bodybuilding, we advise you not to think about the use of anabolic steroids and work for a year or two without them and feel the natural result, and only after weighing well the pros and cons of using steroids for further progress.