Clenbuterol is not an anabolic steroid like many of the drugs taken by bodybuilders. Anabolic steroids increase muscle mass and burn fat by mimicking the effects of testosterone. They are typically made either from testosterone derivatives, or from compounds like DHT.
This has some potential benefits and downsides. On the one hand, they are very effective at increasing protein synthesis, muscle mass, recovery, strength and more.
On the negative side, these drugs are illegal and dangerous. Not only that, but they can risk decreasing natural testosterone production. They can even risk being converted by the body into estrogen, which in turn can lead to weight gain, the formation of breasts and more.
Many bodybuilders will not rely on a single anabolic steroid, but will instead ‘stack’ multiples together. They combine different steroids in order to maximize their effects, but in doing so they will also maximize the risks.
That’s where Clenbuterol can come in. Clenbuterol works differently – by increasing the amount of oxygen in the body to aid cardiovascular performance and to burn fat. This means that it won’t necessary help to add muscle mass, but also doesn’t pose the same risk to testosterone etc.
The good news with Clenbuterol is that it can be used in a ‘stack’ along with other drugs and not enhance their negative effects. In many cases, it might counteract some of the downsides.
Popular Clenbuterol Stacks
For instance, when you use Clenbuterol with a bulking agent such as Deca, it can prevent weight gain. Deca is an anabolic steroid that increases water retention (which is bad!) through elevated estrogen. So someone looking to add more hard muscle might combine Clenbuterol with Deca in order to add the muscle without gaining fat. Likewise, the Deca can prevent the Clenbuterol from burning muscle mass.
BUT there are risks here too. Because the mechanisms are so different, that means that when you combine these two, you also get very different side effects. How’s heard problems and male breasts?
The other route is to try and combine Clenbuterol with similar drugs. For instance, when combined with another ‘muscle hardening’ drug such as Winstrol, it can lead to a more ripped and toned physique, while still adding muscle.
This, of course, can cause exaggerated cuts and will result in a very lean and muscular physique. But it also massively increases the risk of heart problems.
As you can see then, Clenbuterol is dangerous in any context and those dangers are exaggerated when it is stacked.
The good news is that there is an alternative called Clenbutrol from a company called Crazy Bulk. This is a supplement made entirely from natural ingredients (herbs, minerals, vitamins etc.) but which has been shown in laboratory studies to increase oxygenation and red blood cells.
At the same time though, because this is a natural substance it won’t risk cannibalizing muscle and nor does it carry any negative side effects. This is a safer option to stack and a better choice when used alone!