For most female athletes and bodybuilders looking to dabble in performance enhancement drugs, Anavar serves as the perfect gateway steroid.
Ditto with male fitness models these days who seem to be dotting on Anavar with low test as their go-to cycle for some lean muscle.
Ask a bodybuilder about Anavar though and you are likely to get mixed opinions.
Most of them would gladly pick another oral steroid over it. Like Anadrol or Turinabol or even Winstrol, because milligram by milligram, these compounds produce much better results as compared to Anavar.
Not to mention that it is next to impossible to find legit Anavar online these days. Also, it is ridiculously expensive for what it can do.
But what is it about Oxandrolone that makes it a hot favorite, primary amongst these two categories of users?
Here are 10 reasons why it continues to find favor among women and fitness models, despite being labelled a ‘weak’ steroid by the pros.
We rarely use the word ‘mild’ to describe anabolic androgenic steroids. Because we firmly believe that there are no free rides in life. If you are looking to get to supraphysiological levels of hormones in your body, then there will be side effects.
But Oxandrolone is among the mildest anabolic compounds that you can use. Literally.
It is very well tolerated by both men and women.
In therapeutic settings, it has been repeatedly used for pediatric treatments for periods as long as 12-months on the trot. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2584350)
If you’ve seen the documentary ‘Bigger, Stronger, Faster’, which deals with anabolic steroid usage in the United States, there’s a mention about an HIV patient who nearly died due to lack of conventional treatments. But Anavar saved his life.
What’s incredible is that he mentions that he’s been using Anavar for more than twenty-five years.
That makes one wonder whether the flak that anabolics draw is unreasonable.
#2 – It will help you gain lean muscle
We particularly despise all this talk about Anavar being a weak steroid. Because ‘weak’ is subjective.
If a lifetime natural athlete runs a 12-week cycle of Anavar and gains 6-8 lbs. of lean muscle, then it would be considered a very successful muscle gain cycle as compared to what could have been achieved naturally.
But if a professional bodybuilder gains the same amount of muscle, they would term it weak. Because they are used to gaining a lot more running multiple compounds that are extremely strong. Like Dianabol and Trenbolone to name a few.
But the stronger the compound, higher the risk.
If you get into an Anavar cycle with reasonable expectations, you should be very satisfied with what you can achieve.
After all, it is very effective in increasing nitrogen retention, decreasing the levels of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin and suppressing the levels of Cortisol.
That’s the perfect anabolic environment for muscle growth. Add a calorie surplus diet to this and you should see great results.
Most fitness models hate gaining a boatload of water as it’s not aesthetic.
Sadly, that’s a possibility even with a simple testosterone cycle or any other compound that aromatizes. But Anavar is a unique compound that does not aromatize at all.
This means that any gains that you make with the drug will be lean, dry muscle.
This is purely based on anecdotal reviews, but most users report that the gains that they made during their Anavar cycles were easier to retain when they went off the drug.
This might partly be due to the lack of water retention.
When you use an aromatizing compound like Dianabol and make rapid gains like 20-30 lbs. in a cycle, at least 60-70% of it is water and glycogen.
You will lose all of it when you go off the drug leaving you with very little actual muscle gains. This ‘rollover’ effect is very difficult to cope with for some users. One day you are looking and feeling like the hulk. A week later, you just deflate.
On Anavar, you won’t have any water to lose after cycle, which makes users feel that they were able to hold on to the gains a lot easier.
One of the most unique traits of Anavar is that it actually promotes lipolysis. There are very few anabolic steroids that actually burn fat, mind you. This is one of them.
There are numerous theories floating on how Anavar burns fat.
One of them states that it inhibits the levels of thyroid-binding globulin, while increasing the levels of thyroxine-binding prealbumin.
This combination results in an increase in the use of T3, which promotes fat loss.
Other experts feel that just like any DHT-based steroid, Anavar binds very strongly to androgen receptors which results in fat loss.
Either way, no body’s complaining.
#6 – It makes you look hard and vascular
The fat loss accompanied with the gain in lean muscle tissue promotes the dry, hard and vascular look that most women and fitness models aim for.
This makes Anavar a great adjunct to any wet compound like Test or Deca.
#7 – It does not cause Gynecomastia
Anavar does not aromatize, nor does it have a strong progestin nature. This means that the chances of getting gynecomastia or male boobs while you are on Anavar are close to zilch.
This means that you do not need to use an AI while on the cycle because it is not affected by the 5-Alpha Reductase enzyme. You may however, need a SERM for PCT.
#8 – It generally does not cause hair loss
The weak androgenic rating of the compound means that it’s very unlikely to cause hair loss.
You may still lose hair if you are genetically prone to male pattern baldness mind you. But otherwise, the chances are slim.
#9 – It does not cause severe virilization
The low androgenic rating also means that it does not cause severe deepening of voice, hair growth or clitoris growth in women.
These effects are mildly felt in low doses. Even at high doses, these effects are not as pronounced as it would be with other compounds.
#10 – It may not shut down your endogenous testosterone production
We highly recommend that you use exogenous testosterone, at least in low doses when you run Anavar because the results will be amplified significantly.
But, if you do wish to run it solo, then you would be glad to know that it ‘may’ not shut you down completely.
At low doses, Anavar has been noted to suppress endogenous testosterone by up to 50%.
Given that even LGD-4033 can suppress you by up to 50%, is Anavar a better choice than SARMS?
We’ll leave that to you.
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