Article: Have Oral Steroids changed over the last 15 Years
Have Oral Steroids changed over the last 15 Years?
It wasn?t long ago that oral AAS were segregated into the categories of mass-builder and cutter. It was quite simple; if you wanted to get big & strong you used a steroid like D-bol or Anadrol?and if you wanted to get harder and drier you use something like Winstrol or Anavar. Sure, there were some orals available which breached both categories, such as halotestin, which added the strength of a mass-builder while also making you hard and dry, but by and large, there weren?t really any orals around which added both size & strength without turning you into a bloated mess.
We see this clearly demonstrated when comparing the typical off-season and pre-contest cycles of BB?rs from this time period (10-12 years ago). Pre-contest cycles, especially as they approached show-time, began to gravitate towards stuff like Anavar, Winstrol, or Halotestin, while guys in the off-season rarelyused these drugs. D-bol and Anadrol were the bread & butter of off-season BB?rs trying to make further gains in size before their next show.
This trade-off took place for years. You could either be big, strong, and look like shit?or you could look great, while your size & strength suffered. Now, for those BB?rs (either competitive orrecreational) who don?t care how they look in the off-season, I guess this doesn?t really matter. However, there are quite a few guys out there who would love to be able to build maximum size & strength while looking hard & dry all year long. Previously, this was an impossibility, but a lot has changed over the last 10-12 years. Despite this, many still aren?t fully aware of their options and continue to make this same unnecessary sacrifice yearafter year, but before we talk about that let?s go back about 15 years and see how we arrived at this point to begin with.
In the late 90?s we saw the adventof the first prohormones. For the most part, they weren?t worth a shit and they certainly didn?t compare to the traditional steroids we had been using all along. It seemed that the only reason for their existence was to provide an option to those BB?rs who did not want to buy from the blackmarket. There was absolutely no reason for a BB?r already using the good stuff to purchase these things.
Well, as relatively worthless as these things were, they were the catalyst for big changes on the horizon, as they opened up the doorway for ballsy supplement companies to begin producing legitimate, fully active steroids under the guise of nutritional supplements. For those of you who aren?t aware of the events which led to this significant point in steroid history, I will briefly go over them now.
A couple years after the release of the first PH?s, the environment was ripe for more effective steroidal products, but supplement companies were left with a dilemma. They could either continue producing and selling weak products which only mildly accelerated progress or they could come up with an effective alternative, but how? It had long been the dream of many to see legitimate steroids sold legally to the public, but with fully active steroids being controlled substances, it didn?t seem like this would ever happen?and it wouldn?t have, until a loophole in the law was found which opened the doorway and made it a reality. You see, most of the steroid research that was conducted in the U.S and abroad took place in the 50?s-70?s. At this time, steroids had broad medical applications and this meant big profits for pharmaceutical companies. An immense of amount of research was conducted, in which 100?s of steroids were synthesized and explored fora ctivity. Out of this research came all of our traditional steroids?and many, many more AAS that most people had never even heard of.
Unfortunately, many of the most powerful muscle and strength building AAS were never produced by pharmaceutical companies?not because they were overly toxic (as some ignorant individuals have claimed), but because they did not have the ideal profile for treating specific medical conditions. Only a small portion of these steroids ever became prescription drugs, while knowledge of the rest were largely forgotten, left to collect dust in the research archives of these researchers.
Over 30 years later some entrepreneurial supplement companies realized that all of these previously unproduced steroids had never been listed as controlled substances. Therefore, they could be sold to the general public without legal ramification?and that?s exactly what happened. In 2003 we witnessed the first fully active steroid offered to the public in the form of methyl-1-testosterone (M1T). The bar was set high with this one, as M1T continues to remain the most potent oral AAS ever produced at any time, per effective dose. 16X as potent as testosterone and 5X as potent as Anadrol, per mg, this steroid blew the steroid world away. Gains of 20 lbs in 3 weeks were fairly common, but the side effects were horrible for most people?probably the worst ever for any steroid. Still, it did its job and let everyone know really quickly that the legal market was not only capable of competing with the black market in terms of oral steroid potency, but could actually exceed it. Since that time, many other steroids were released which equaled or surpassed traditional oral steroids in potency, such as SD (the most popular legal steroid ever sold), Epistane, Pheraplex(desoxymethyltestosterone), etc.
Now that you know how we got here, let?s address the abolishment of steroid ?categories?. One of the biggest advantages afforded to supplement companies through this loophole is that they were now able to personally hand-select which steroids they wanted to produce based on their physique and strength altering effects?not their ability to treat medical conditions. One of the first things we realized is that many of these previously un-scheduled research steroids produced an effect perfectly suited to the BB?r. This means we were no longer limited to steroids which made us bloated & big?or smaller, hard, and dry. A perfect example is SD. Look at what this steroid does...it adds more muscle fiber than either D-bol or Anadrol?it rivals or surpasses Anadrol in strength gains and blows away D-bol?and it does this while making us hard, dry,a nd super vascular. No other traditional oral steroid can do that. I could list many other legal orals which equal (or surpass) the muscle-building effects or traditional mass-builders without accompanying water retention.
The point here is that we can now have the best of both worlds. We can look good while being big & strong. While SD is now a banned substance (you can thank our gov. for that one), there are some other, newer steroids which produce similar effects. One of the best legal orals now being produced is Methylstenbolone, by IML. Let?s compare this drug to Anadrol. Anybody with even a modicum of experience with oral steroids understands that total weight gain is not always an accurate indicator of muscle growth. This is readily apparent when we use a steroid like Anadrol...we blow up, then drop half the size we gained 1 week after discontinuation, even though we may continue to use other steroids in its place. In this scenario, we aren't really losing any of our muscle fiber after stopping the Anadrol, but we are losing a lot of water...both intramuscular and sub-q...and this can have a tremendous impact on our visual appearance and strength levels.
With a drug like M-Sten, the muscle fiber building (not water) power EXCEEDS that of Anadrol on mg per mg basis. Yes, this stuff is more potent than Anadrol for muscle gain in a head-on comparison. However, you may not add as much bodyweight...because you're not going to hold the same amount of I.M or sub-q water as you would with Anadrol. In fact, M-Sten it will keep you hard, dry, and vascular as you add genuine muscle fiber at a rapid rate. Now, if you were to use M-Sten at the same dose that most people use Anadrol (50-100 mg/day) you very well might add the same amount of bodyweight, but I can assure you asignificantly greater percentage of your weight gain would be legitimate muscletissue.
Still, 100 mg is just too high of a dose with M-sten. I consider 50 mg to be a max dose for most advanced BB'rs, which will provide greater muscle gains than an equivalent dose of Anadrol orD-bol?and you will certainly look much better. Ohhh...I don't want toforget...this stuff won't make you feel like shit like some other orals will. For a lot of guys, this is important. After all, if you feel like crap for most of your cycle, is it really worth it? For some, maybe, but not for most, especially when there are alternatives out there which work even better without these shitty side effects. Appetite suppression doesn't seem to be an issue either.
Anyone who has used this stuff knows it performs well and does exactly what I said it does, so this post is addressed primarily to those who continue to rely on old-school classics likeD-bol, Anavar, Anadrol, etc. Now, you can?t use M-Sten at 20 mg per day and expect it to build more muscle than 100mg of D-bol, but that is common sense, isn?t it? In order to make a fair comparison, we need to evaluate it on a mg per mg basis.
If any of you have been contemplating trying M-Sten, but are undecided, I challenge you to take me upon the following, and if I am wrong, I want you to tell me about it publically. Use M-Sten for 40-50 mg per day for 6 weeks and if this stuff does not make you look better, build more muscle, lift more weight, and increase vascularity to a greater degree than an equivalent dose of D-bol, I will take down this article immediately. However, I am very confident that this won?t happen. Remember, when researchers evaluated M-Sten for anabolic potency, it achieved a rating of over 600! That is SEVERAL times higher than D-bol and twice as high as Anadrol.
For those of you who are beginners or who wish to start a lower dose, I consider the following guidelines reasonable. Beginners will do well at 20-30 mgdaily. Intermediates may want to use abit more at 30-40 mg daily?and those interested in maximizing gains will want to go up to about 50 mg per day.