Anabolics like Dianabol have almost become synonymous with professional bodybuilding.
Rich Piana said..
“If you have the choice to stay natural or do steroids, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re hurting your body, you’re hurting yourself.”
Rich also said..
“If you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what – you’re probably going to have to f——’ do ‘em. You’re not going to have a choice.”
What Is Dianabol?
Dianabol is probably the most popular anabolic steroid available in the world.
It was first created back in the late 1950’s.
The reason for its popularity is because it helps produce rapid gains in muscle mass in a very short period of time.
And it helps burn fat at the same time!
This makes it a very popular ‘off season’ anabolic steroid where bulking up and adding significant size is the name of the game.
Dianabol and the United States vs The USSR
Back in the 1940’s and 50’s the Olympics were largely dominated by the Soviet Union (USSR).
This is because of the fact that many of their athletes were using testosterone.
This didn’t go un-noticed..
The United States Olympic doctor John Ziegler discovered the soviets use of testosterone and decided to create something similar for his own athletes.
In 1958 Ziegler and Ciba pharmaceuticals put their heads together to manufacture the drug ‘Methandrostenolone’ aka Dianabol.
They designed it to be fast acting and capable of keeping the body in a sustained anabolic state whilst also reducing the risk of androgenic effects such as male pattern baldness and acne.
Overnight the distribution of Dbol to US athletes helped push the team ahead of the USSR and set a new standard in performance enhancement as a whole.
This anabolic steroid became the first orally available anabolic steroid to be synthesised and available via prescription.
Its meteoric rise spilled over into many other competitive sports and of course into bodybuilding.
Dbol was a crucial part of what is considered to be the ‘Golden Age’ of the bodybuilding between 1960-1970.
Without it bodybuilding wouldn’t be what it is today.
Dianabol is still very much a household name today despite the fact that it is classed as an illegal class C controlled drug.
It was taken off the market in 1983 by Ciba after coming under intense scrutiny and pressure from the FDA and has not been manufactured in the US since.
Fortunately for competitive bodybuilders and indeed general gym goers it is still made in various other countries around the globe and still readily available.
Like most of the anabolic steroids out there Dianabol is an altered form of testosterone.
|Anabolic Rating||Androgenic Rating|
This makes Dbol twice as anabolic as testosterone which has an anabolic rating of 100.
How Does Dianabol Work?
Dbol works in several ways to aid muscle growth including increasing protein synthesis.
This process helps to build and repair muscles at an accelerated rate which leads to visible results in a short amount of time.
It also helps with boost nitrogen retention.
The more nitrogen you retain the more anabolic you remain!
Which is significant because this means that your body will be able to concentrate 100% of your protein intake to your muscles.
Additionally it helps your body to make better use of the carbohydrates you digest.
This helps to improve your overall energy levels which contributes further to the muscle building process.
Dianabol is mostly taken in pill form due to having an added methyl group at the 17th carbon position.
Which basically means it is able to survive oral digestion.
It also has a double bond at the first and second carbon positions which reduces the risk of androgenic side effects such as baldness and acne.
Dianabol is unique because it doesn’t just produce muscle growth it also provides huge improvements in strength and overall stamina.
How To Use Dianabol?
Just like the majority of anabolic steroids available today Dbol can be taken in two ways: via intramuscular injections or orally.
However it is infinitely more popular to be taken as a pill because of its ability to pass through the digestion process without being broken down completely.
Common dosing practices dictate that the best amount is 30-50mg each day for a cycle lasting between 4-6 weeks.
Dianabol has a pretty short half-life of between 3-5 hours which means you need to split the dose over the course of an entire day.
In doing so it’s easier to maintain optimum blood concentration levels.
It is also advisable to take the Dbol at or around meal times because it is a good way to minimise the risk of nausea or other stomach related issues.
Side Effects Of Dianabol
Like any other performance-enhancer Dianabol cannot be consumed without risk.
This article exists not only to inform you about the amazing effects of this steroid that are simply unmatched over short periods – but also to make you aware of exactly what the downsides of including this steroid in your bodybuilding regime are.
So without further ado, here a few of the main potential negative effects that Dbol can have on your body and general health:
Water Retention: This is probably the most commonly reported side effect of Dianabol.
It’s highly likely that your body will hold a lot more water than usual when using this.
This is because it causes a large build up of subcutaneous fat and water under the skin.
This will almost certainly take away from your levels of muscle definition.
Potentially this is an important point to consider for anyone particularly vain when it comes to flexing and posing in the mirror.
Gynecomastia: Bad news folks, Dbol is highly estrogenic and that could mean you are buying yourself a one-way ticket to man boob central.
You could begin to grow breast tissue and this could occur in either breast singularly, or as a pair.
Expect to see this effect pronounce itself as quickly as 1 week into your cycle with the condition potentially being worsened week on week depending on your dosage.
High Blood Pressure: This drug has the potential to cause severe heart problems because of its ability to increase blood pressure, which is quite simply life threatening.
There is a high chance that by taking Dbol you could become far more at risk to heart attacks and strokes.
A frightening point to consider which is to say the very least.
Liver Damage: One of Dianabols perceived positives that you don’t have to inject is actually also one of its biggest negatives.
The fact that it survives in the liver and doesn’t de-activate makes it extremely toxic to this vital organ and can lead to severe illnesses such as liver damage and cancer.
Unwelcome Hair Growth: Derived from testosterone, the male hormone that controls your masculine features and characteristics; Dianabol has the ability to enhance them in way’s you may not be happy with.
If you pride yourself on being smooth skinned and sleek anywhere on your body, this steroid is best avoided.
You will grow new hair and lots of it nowhere on your body will be off limits either.
You could end up with back hair to rival big foot as a man or indeed if you are female, you could end up looking like a middle aged man with a thick beard your dad would be proud of.
Pros and Cons of Dianabol
Below is a list of the good and bad that can come as a result of using Dianabol.
|Increases gains in overall mass.||Weakens the heart|
|Stimulates fat loss||Increases LDL (Bad cholesterol)|
|Increases metabolic rate||Liver Damage|
|Increases overall strength||Loss of testosterone production|
|Reduces Fatigue significantly||Water Retention|
|Speeds up recovery time in between workouts||Gynecomastia|
|Increases gains in overall mass.||Insomnia|
|Stimulates fat loss||Slight risk of acne|
|Increases metabolic rate||Lots of fakes being sold online|
|Increases overall strength||Illegal in many places|
|Reduces Fatigue significantly||Gains will fade quickly|
|Increases glycogenolysis (frees up glucose aiding in explosive strength)||Too many side effects.|
The power of Dianabol is awesome and undeniable.
Just make sure whatever you decide to do that you’ve done your research and always exercise caution as well as discipline when using it or any steroid.
The quote I used in the start of this article is entirely relevant when considering whether or not to use anabolic steroids – particularly if you are not a professional bodybuilder, is it really worth the risk?
Frequently Asked Questions About Dianabol
What can I expect to gain from a 6-week Dianabol cycle?
- 1 week: 4 – 7 LBS
- 2 weeks: 8 – 12 LBS
- 4 weeks: 15 – 20 LBS
- 6 weeks: 24 – 28 LBS
An important point to consider when looking at these stats is that 10-15% of the gains will be water weight.
What effects will I feel?
You will feel the effects almost immediately when you start a cycle of Dbol.
You’ll feel increased intensity and strength in the gym.
The effects will be noticeable right from the off.
You will start to look and feel bigger as quickly as the first week.
This will not be an illusion either as you gain weight day by day – though much of this will be due to water retention.
As the weeks go by your body will begin to synthesise protein more effectively thereby increasing your muscle mass giving you a leaner feel and you will feel confident lifting heavier weight than ever before.
Post Cycle Advice? It is not uncommon to experience gains of 7 – 15lbs in lean muscle mass upon completion of a Dianabol cycle.
You will have gained far more actual mass than that but as stated a lot of that will be water along with perhaps a touch of unwanted fat.
Proper therapy should be implemented to try to bring back up your testosterone levels which will be depleted after a cycle.
The faster you return those levels to where they should naturally be the less chance of losing the mass you’ve accumulated on Dianabol there will be.
When using any anabolic steroids maintaining a good diet and training habits are essential.
Should You Use Dianabol?
Unless you are competing as a professional bodybuilder and really know what you’re doing you really shouldn’t be touching this stuff.
It is extremely powerful and can be very dangerous.
The main issue is that the gains are only temporary and will quickly fade away after 4-6 weeks of you quitting it.
So is it really worth putting your health at risk just to get big for a couple of months?
Not to mention you’re going to need a post cycle therapy or you can say goodbye to your testosterone for the next year.
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