Is Clenbuterol Anabolic and How Does it Work? Does it Reduce Muscle Mass?

Clenbuterol is one of the most popular PEDs for burning fat and getting a leaner physique. This, however, makes it somewhat different from the types of PEDs that most bodybuilders are used to taking. Bodybuilders and other strength athletes will, of course, be predominantly interested in drugs that can help them to increase muscle mass. That means that they’re looking for anabolic steroids that can increase testosterone (or related substances) and thereby trigger more muscle growth.

If clenbuterol is primarily used for burning fat, then does that mean it isn’t anabolic? And moreover, does that mean it could potentially reduce muscle mass?

What is Clenbuterol

Clenbuterol’s primary effect is that it increases the amount of oxygen that you take in. It does this by acting as a bronchodilator, meaning in turn that it increases the size of the vessels in the lungs that extract oxygen and absorb it into the blood.

This drastically increases physical performance by helping to deliver more energy around the body as it is needed – similar to the EPA used by many cyclists.

At the same time, clenbuterol works as a beta-agonist. This is effectively the opposite of a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers are used to treat stress and anxiety by reducing the metabolism, the heartrate and the activity in the brain. Beta-agonists do the opposite thing and ramp the whole system up. This increases the metabolism and increases fat burning.

So, is it Anabolic?

The short answer is no.

If you use any substance that increases the metabolism, that means that it is catabolic by nature. If the body is not in its ‘rest and digest’ state, then it is in its ‘fight or flight’ state. That means an elevated heart rate, it means increased fat burning and it means muscle damage. The latter occurs because when you elevate the system, you increase cortisol, and when you increase cortisol, you increase myostatin. Myostatin meanwhile signals muscle cannibalization.

There may be some anabolic effect that comes from increasing red blood cells. But on the whole, this is a predominantly catabolic substance and could lead to some muscle damage unless stacked with anabolic PEDs.

The Alternative

That’s why it’s good news that there is a safe, legal and anabolic alternative. Clenbutrol from Crazy Bulk is a substance designed specifically to mimic the effects of clenbuterol but without the negative side effects. It can increase oxygenation in the blood, dilate the blood vessels and even increase the metabolism while supporting muscle mass and function.

What’s more, is that it doesn’t carry the serious side effects (anxiety, panic attacks, heart problems and more) that are associated with clenbuterol. It isn’t liver toxic and it is perfectly legal, meaning you’re not buying it from risky unknown sources on the web.

Clenbutrol is one of several products from Crazy Bulk that is crafted using entirely natural and safe minerals, vitamins and herbal extracts that have been shown in countless studies to support fat metabolism.