Bodybuilders have been using anabolic steroids for years and are generally quite open about it. In all truthfulness they have to be, as no one would believe that someone like Ronnie Coleman or Jay Cutler could have gained the muscle they did without the help of steroids.
But while this is true, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be doing the same. Yes, anabolic steroids can result in some of the most impressive muscle gains and fat burning in the shortest amount of time, but they also carry a number of serious side effects and there are safer alternatives that are almost just as effective. Unless you’re a top class bodybuilder gunning for Mr. Olympia, there’s no need to turn to illegal substances.
To demonstrate this, read on and we will look at one popular steroid called Anapolon. We’ll examine just how it works, and how it causes a number of serious side effects. At the same time, we’ll explore safer alternatives that you could be using instead to get the same results.
What is Anapolon?
Anapolon is a name for oxymetholone, which also sometimes goes by the moniker ‘Anadrol’. This is a synthetic anabolic steroid, meaning it developed in the lab in order to simulate the effects of testosterone in the body.
Although it has a low binding affinity with the androgen receptor (which is how most steroids work) it nevertheless promotes impressive muscle growth by enhancing protein synthesis. It does this largely by increasing the production of red blood cells.
This in turn allows the body to transport more blood around the body, thereby transporting more oxygen (for fuel), more protein (for muscle growth) and more nutrients for energy and recovery. This in turn is the release of increased erythropoietin, which stimulates the bone marrow to release new blood cells. It does also appear to raise free testosterone to some degree (although the way this works isn’t entirely known) and these effects combined make it highly effective at increasing lean muscle mass.
In fact, Anapolon is one of the most powerful androgenic steroids. But with great power comes great… side effects. Thus, it also has some of the most serious, common and pronounced side effects of all the steroids. Some of these Anapolon side effects include:
Although Anapolon has that low binding affinity, it still does artificially increase testosterone production to some degree which is what causes a number of these unwanted side effects. Liver toxicity, however, is the most serious side effect.
Meanwhile, for women, the side effects can be even more serious including hair growth, changes to the menstrual cycle, baldness and more.
At the same time, it’s important to remember that Anapolon is illegal when used in this manner. This means you’ll be forced to acquire it from disreputable sources and it means you can risk getting banned from bodybuilding competitions or facing fines.
Bear in mind that many of these side effects will also ruin your ability to train normally. Even if you don’t care about your health, think about the way it could ruin your sport.
While Anapolon is supposed to be great for boosting muscle growth, it’s something that was incepted many decades ago. This is time and age where you can have access to some of the best bodybuilding supplements that can help you get results as goods as steroids without any of the harmful side effects.