3 Most Popular Steroids
The three most popular steroids are following:
- Dianabol (Methandienone)
- Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate)
- Winstrol (Stanozolol)
Methandienone (Methandrostenolone) or also known as Dianabol/D-bol is considered the grandfather of all anabolic steroids, and most bodybuilders who have used steroids got their first start with Dianabol. The compound was originally formulated by Dr. John Ziegler and released by the Ciba Corporation in the late 1950?s. Dr. Ziegler developed this steroid after talking to some Russian weightlifting coaches after the Russian weightlifters suddenly started dominating the sport in the early 1950?s.
Dianabol was all the hype in gyms during the 1970?s. In fact numerous stories are still told of the little blue tablets being sold at the main counters in the bigger bodybuilding gyms. Dianabol is probably the most popular steroid ever created and most pro bodybuilders, like Arnold, who are willing to talk, have admitted to using it as a main steroid in their cycles.
Ironically, It?s popularity was also the key to it?s downfall. During the 1980?s, Ciba discontinued the original D-bol when the FDA decided that its therapeutic uses were minimal compared to the common use by bodybuilders and the dosages that some bodybuilders were taking. But generic methandrostenolone has never been out of production. It?s reported that the Russians became quite fond of Dianaboll and that?s why ?Russian D-bol? is now still one of the popular versions Dianabol on the black-market. However, most commonly used version today and most available is Methanabol from British Dragon, a Thailand underground production.
Dianabol is without a doubt one of the most effective steroids for bodybuilders and other athletes trying to gain on the high amount of muscle mass in the shortest time possible. Users usually report muscle weight gains of 2 to 4 pounds per week. It?s much desired effects are
- drastic increase in protein synthesis
- enhancement of glycogenolysis (restores glycogen stores after training)
- strength stimulation in a very direct and fast-acting way
The drug is not recommended for people in aerobic events, as there is some evidence to suggest that it may diminish cell respiration. Dianabol is often used at the beginning of steroid cycles which also contain injectables since the effects produced by injectables usually take 10-15 days to get noticed. But the effects of Dianabol are immediate.
The average dosage used by bodybuilders is 15-40mg/day (three to eight, 5mg tablets). Beginners do not need more than 15-20mg per day since their steroid receptors have not been exposed to the drug before and will experience dramatic results using small dosages over a 6 to 8 week period. When the effects begin to slow down (mostly because the steroid receptors have become saturated), and the individual wants to continue the cycle, the dosage should NOT be increased. Instead an injectable such as Deca-Durabolin or Primabolan may be added to the cycle.
2. Deca Durabolin:
With the possible exception of Dianabol, Deca-Durabolin is probably the most popular steroid available. Although most sources of Deca available are marketed under the generic name nandrolone decanoate, most bodybuilders still use the trade name Deca, which first became famous by the Organon Company. It?s huge popularity can be linked to its outstanding muscle building effects and relative lack of side effects. Bodybuilders place it very high on the cost-benefit scale of performance enhancing drugs.
Deca Durabolin (nandrolone decanoate) works by causing the muscle cells to increase retention of the nitrogen. This is what?s called positive nitrogen balance. A positive nitrogen balance is needed for increased muscle growth because muscle cells use nitrogen to promote muscle tissue synthesis. Bodybuilders have discovered that for Deca to work most effectively they must eat a sufficient amount of protein with their diet.
Although bodybuilders have been known to do crazy things with their cycles, most users take between 200 and 600 mg/week of Deca. Many users have discovered that an intake of 2-mg per pound of body weight, seems to provide the best gains with the fewest side effects possible. Those who take less than 200 mg/week usually only report slight anabolic effects. On the other hand, those who throw caution to the wind and inject 1000mg/week or more report great muscle gains accompanied by noticeable side effects. Most users experience great results by taking an average of 400 mg/week.
Most users don?t just use one steroid, but they combine multiple drugs into groups called stacks and use it during a time period, called cycles. One of the most popular mass-gaining stacks consists of Deca-Durabolin, Dianabol and a testosterone derivative. For example bodybuilders report a phenomenal gain in muscle size and strength when they take 400 mg Deca/week, 30 mg Dianabol/day, and 500 mg of Sustanon/week.
If Deca Durabolin has one big disadvantage for competitive athletes it?s that the drug is one of the easiest to detect in drug tests. Unlike some steroids that will be eliminated from the body within a few weeks or even days, the metabolites (breakdown products) for Deca can be traced back as far as 18 months from the last usage. Some users have reported being caught after two years of being off the steroids. So despite its popularity among noncompetitive and non-drug-tested athletes Deca is usually not used by those who know they will be subjected to a drug test.
Even those who take so-called ?natural steroid replacers? are at risk for being caught in a drug test as one of the main ingredients in many steroid replacers is nandrolone.
Winstrol (generic name Stanozolol), also known as Winstrol V or Winny, is one of the most popular anabolic steroids currently available and ranks right up there with Dianabol and Deca Durabolin in status when bodybuilders buy anabolic steroids. The number of high-profile positive drug tests involving Stanozolol will give some idea of its popularity. Canadian sprinter, Ben Johnson, went from national hero to social leper after testing positive for Stanozolol after blowing away everyone in the 100-meter sprint at the 1988 Olympics. During the IFBB?s short-lived drug testing attempt at the 1990 Arnold Classic, the winner, Shawn Ray, and Canadian pro, Nimrod King, tested positive for Stanozolol. The reason for its popularity is simple - effectiveness and relative safety. Winstrol is a very safe and effective steroid - considering it is used correctly.
We have distinguished between the two versions of Stanozolol that bodybuilders use in their cycles today. Injectable Stanozolol is reportedly more effective than the oral form. One unique characteristic about the Injectable form is that unlike most other steroids, which are usually dissolved in oil, Stanozolol is dissolved in water, which means that the frequency of injection for Stanozolol can be much higher than oil-based steroids. Those steroids dissolved in water must be injected at least every second day, but the best results are usually seen when the injections are daily.
Winstrol (Stanozolol) is one of the favorite steroids with pre-contest bodybuilders because it doesn?t aromatize into estrogens and cause water retention and other side effects. Injectable Winstrol is reported to give the muscles a harder and more vascular appearance as well as speed up the oxidation rate (burning) of fat. Stanozolol is usually not used alone during the pre-competition period as its low androgenic components make it weak for preserving muscle mass. For this reason many bodybuilders stack it with another steroid such as Parabolan, Primobolan, or Deca Durabolin. Because of the low toxicity levels, higher dosages can be used and it?s also good for women. Men should take 20-50mg daily and women should not go over 20mg daily.
There are many fake steroids on the black market today, however real injectable Winstrol is easily recognized. Unlike most Injectable steroids which come in small bottles, Stanozolol comes in glass ampoules containing a milky, white, watery solution, which if not shaken for a period of time shows separation of the drug crystals and water. Faking all this and the ampoules is extremely difficult to do.
Because it should be injected every day or every second day, Winstrol can be one of the more expensive anabolic steroids to use. All those injections may also result in scar tissue developing at the injection sites. It?s because of this that many bodybuilders have adopted a sort of ?round the clock? pattern of injecting the steroid. This means they rotate injections between their glutes, calves, shoulders, arms, and legs.