Turinabol (Tbol) was first introduced in 1962. And it was used in therapeutic applications for decades before the infamous German doping machine scandal took it out of circulation in 1994.
Some of the obvious candidates are Anavar because of its supposedly mild nature, Dianabol because of its ability to let you pack on the pounds in a short time, and Winstrol for people looking to get ribbed.
Surprisingly, there’s very little mention of Turinabol on messaging boards.
For the uninitiated, Turinabol is the oral steroid that played a key role in letting the German doping machine supersede their natural American counterparts in the Olympics. Enough said.
It is a very powerful anabolic compound for athletes looking to gain strength.
Yet, it has a very low rating on the androgenic scale, and it does not aromatize.
Why then would someone overlook TBol in favor of the rest?
If you have always wanted an oral steroid that does not tax your liver a lot, or does not make you go bald or sprout acne on your body, then here’s a brief FAQ about Turinabol for you.
What is Turinabol?
Turinabol or ‘chlorodehydromethyltestosterone’ is a blend of Methandrostenolone and Clostebol, two testosterone-derived anabolic hormones.
Methandrostenolone is Dianabol. But the addition of the 4-chloro alteration makes it slightly less anabolic and a lot less androgenic than Dianabol.
First timers to anabolics will always be tempted to start with an oral steroid as opposed to an injectable one, no matter what they read or hear about the negatives of doing so.
Since then, the steroid is only available in UG labs and because of the favorable side effect profile, it is one of the priciest anabolics that you can buy.
Most users who use Tbol will source raw powder and make their own pills as it is turns out to be cheaper.
What are the effects of Turinabol?
Think Dianabol on a much milder scale.
This will increase your Nitrogen retention, increase the production of RBC which boosts oxygenation and endurance, and it will boost protein synthesis. The vascularity improves by a fair bit and there are great pumps that will last 24/7 for as long as you take the steroid.
Despite ticking all the key boxes associated with the anabolic nature of a compound, it does not produce a lot of muscle mass like Dianabol does.
Instead, it is very effective in helping preserve lean muscle mass during a hardcore cutting cycle.
Turinabol is also very effective in binding with SHBG, which enhances the results that you can get with other anabolic steroids.
So, even if you run this with a simple cycle of Testosterone, Turinabol will greatly enhance the results of test without adding any additional strain on your cholesterol or your liver values.
Athletes will also notice a marked improvement in their rate of recovery and there will be a considerable improvement in strength during the cycle. You will find that you can churn out more sets without getting tired.
In a nutshell, it won’t turn you into a mass monster like Dianabol or Anadrol do. But it will give you the extra buzz allowing you to lift heavier and longer.
What is the right dose for Turinabol?
Turinabol is a very mild anabolic steroid that is best used as a kick starter to your injectable steroid cycle.
The ideal dosage ranges from 20-50mg/day.
20mg/day is the perfect starting dose for first timers as well as female athletes. Since it rates very low on the androgenic scale, chances of virilization and other androgenic side effects are fairly low.
Men starting with 20mg/day should notice the pumps, vascularity as well as slight strength gains.
In following cycles, this can be increased to 40mg/day. But 50mg/day seems to be the sweet spot for experienced users.
It is not uncommon for professional bodybuilders to use up to 80mg/day with absolutely no problems whatsoever. But for obvious reasons, that’s a dosage that we wouldn’t recommend one bit.
How long should you run it to get results?
Being a C17-aa anabolic steroid, we wouldn’t recommend running Turinabol for more than 6-weeks at a time.
Don’t let all the talk about it being mild fool you into believing that you can run this for 12-weeks.
Stick to 6-weeks, use your TUDCA, drink lots of water and avoid stacking it with other C17-aa.
Can it cause Gyno?
Neither does it aromatize into estrogen nor does it carry a progestin nature. It is impossible to get gyno with Turinabol alone.
Is it liver toxic?
Any C17-aa, oral steroid will be broken down by the liver and will put additional strain on your liver, as compared to an injectable steroid.
Turinabol is no different.
That said, it is milder than most other C17-aa anabolic steroids and you should have no problems with hepatotoxicity provided you have a healthy liver and are using liver protection.
In fact, many athletes skip using TUDCA during their TBol cycles due to its mild nature. But it’s not recommended.
Add liver support and avoid alcohol.
Do you need to add cholesterol support?
Yes, you do. Turinabol will negatively impact your cholesterol, reducing your levels of HDL and increasing LDL levels.
Read up about following a cholesterol friendly lifestyle. Ensure that you do regular cardio during the cycle.
If you get shin pumps, add Taurine to your diet but do not skip cardio.
Can you run Turinabol solo?
Turinabol is suppressive to your natural testosterone production.
But at low doses, it may not shut you down entirely.
Having said that, even a 70% suppression can make you feel terrible with low energy, no libido and there’s a high possibility that cortisol levels can spike, derailing everything that you gained during the cycle.
It’s a lot safer to run it with exogenous testosterone.
Since it does not aromatize nor has a progestin nature, there’s no need to add an AI to your cycle if you are running it solo.
Adding an AI will cause your estrogen levels to crash causing severe symptoms.
How does it compare to SARMS?
Turinabol is a unique compound that amplifies the results of other anabolic compounds. It does not promote a lot of lean muscle mass.
So it would be unfair to compare it with SARMS.
But if you were to analyze the visual part of the results, the vascularity and the pumps are similar to what you’d get with RAD-140.