It makes us want to cringe when we see rank amateurs pin themselves with Trenbolone at the age of 16, when their bodies are not even developed fully.
To be honest, we’d have a similar reaction even if they’d be using plain old Test.
Without sounding like preachy know-it-alls, we personally feel that anabolics should be off limits until you hit your late 20s at least and have at least 6-8 years of serious lifting under your belt.
But pure testosterone wouldn’t do half the damage to a kid’s body that Trenbolone would.
Tren is one of the strongest (if not the strongest of them all) anabolic steroids in the world.
It was meant to add muscle mass to aging horses and cattle, but eventually found its way into bodybuilding. If that tells you how potent a drug you are dealing with.
It deserves some respect and sadly, we don’t see it being treated that way.
If you were on the fence about using Trenbolone, then this brief primer will shed some light on the pros and cons of the steroid. Maybe it will help you make an informed decision.
- 1 Chemical structure
- 2 Common Names
- 3 Main uses
- 4 Side Effects
- 5 Dosages and stacks
Trenbolone is derived from Nandrolone (Deca Durabolin without the Decanoate ester) by replacing the carbon atom at the 19th position and the 11th position with double bonds.
This transforms the hormone completely and makes it five times more anabolic and androgenic than testosterone.
It significantly amplifies the affinity of the steroid to bind to androgen receptors in the body. Also, it makes the compound immune to aromatization.
So, any muscle that you will gain on a Trenbolone cycle will be dry gains. Zero water retention. No bloat whatsoever.
There are three esters of Trenbolone that are normally used in performance enhancement. Trenbolone Acetate, the fast acting ester is the most widely used one of them all.
It was sold under the brand name Finajet in Europe. In France, the brand name was Finaject.
In UG labs though, you are more likely to find it under the brand name Trenabol.
Trenbolone’s popularity as a go-to steroid for mass building as well as body recomposition has risen manifold in the recent past.
Blame it on social media or the desire to look perfect, almost everybody who’s doing roids is doing Tren.
And we aren’t surprised the least by it.
Here are some of the primary uses of the steroid.
With an anabolic rating of 500, Trenbolone will pack on the muscle in no time. However, unlike most other steroids, including its close cousin Deca, Trenbolone causes no water retention. So, if you eat well and lift hard, you can gain a lot of dry hard muscle fiber. That pretty much eliminates the need to add contest prep steroids like Winstrol or Masteron at the end of the cycle. You get better results with fewer compounds, something that most steroid users desire.
Due to its strong affinity to bind to androgen receptors, Trenbolone is one of the only anabolic steroids that can burn fat at the same time as it helps build muscle. This makes it one of the best steroids for body recomposition. You can use it in a gaining phase to keep fat gain to a minimum. You can use it in a cutting phase to prevent muscle loss. Extremely versatile.
One of the original uses of Finajet was to improve nutrient parting in cattle and horses. This means that you get more out of every gram of food you eat. Be it carbs, protein or fat, every single calorie is used in a better and more enhanced way.
Suppressing Stress hormones:
Almost every anabolic steroids suppresses glucocorticoid hormones during a cycle. But Trenbolone does it more effectively than any other steroid. This keeps your body primed to build muscle. Along with this, Tren also amplifies the level of IGF-1, which has a beneficial effect for every single cell in the body.
We spoke at the onset about Trenbolone being a very strong drug that deserved some respect.
Even at the lowest dose, Tren will shut you down. That’s why it should never be used as a base steroid. Always club it with Test for best results.
Trenbolone is five times more androgenic than testosterone and it brings with it a whole range of androgenic side effects. These include oily skin, acne, an increased risk of male pattern baldness and a risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia. But it is also severe on your cardiac health. That is partly due to the dramatic increase in HCT levels, which can turn your blood thicker. High HCT levels have been associated with potentially fatal conditions like Polycythemia. Donating your blood periodically during the cycle may help combat this to an extent.
Mental Side effects:
The mind altering effects of Trenbolone can be pretty dramatic. However, different people react differently to these effects. Some people say they feel superhuman. Others have a creeping suspicion about their partners cheating on them. The mental sides seem to get stronger as you ramp up your dose of Tren. Delusion, paranoia and extreme anxiety. In fact, most experts opine that you shouldn’t use Tren unless you are a competitive bodybuilder because it can mess with your brain big time.
Insomnia and Sweating:
You will be sweating a lot more than normal while you are on Tren. So keep your fluid intake high and ensure that you get the electrolytes that you need. Tren is also notorious for causing Insomnia.
Progesterone related side effects:
You might have heard a 100 times that Tren doesn’t aromatize and hence cannot cause Gyno. But it is a progestin and can cause progesterone related side effects such as puffy nipples and gyno, if you are prone to it. Keep caber handy during your cycle.
Dosages and stacks
If this is your first Trenbolone cycle, start with an extremely low dose of say, 200mg/week split into four injections of 50mg each.
If you have done Trenbolone cycles earlier, you can increase this slightly, to say 350-400 mg/week.
Only go beyond 500mg/week if you are a seasoned steroid user or a competitive bodybuilder.
At such a high dose, the mental sides alone can be severe.
It is always preferable to use Trenbolone as a secondary steroid with a Testosterone base. This ensures that the shutdown won’t hit you hard.
If you are looking to use multiple compounds, we recommend going with Dianabol as a kickstarter with Test and then Trenbolone from week 4 onwards. The DBol gives you a nice boost while the Test kicks in and then the Tren comes on just in time. Please note that the physical changes will be pretty dramatic with such a cycle.