Trenbolone (Tren) is considered to be the most powerful androgenic-anabolic steroid (AAS) available, with an exceptionally high ratio of anabolic to androgenic effects. This means Tren has extremely powerful effects of both the anabolic and androgenic types and is not the best choice for your first steroid cycle.
Unlike other steroids out there, Tren has no current approved medical use for humans and was mainly developed for use in the veterinary world. Nowadays, only Trenbolone Acetate continues to be used in veterinary medicine.
When used as an androgen and anabolic steroid by bodybuilders and athletes, Trenbolone is often stacked with other compounds. Most importantly is a combined use of Tren with a testosterone ester compound – usually with a short ester like Testosterone Propionate, to help with suppressed testosterone production caused by Tren.
Trenbolone itself is five times as powerful as testosterone and therefore should be used with caution even by intermediate steroid users.
PCT for Trenbolone is similar to that of most other steroids, with the two main goals being to retain your gains and to get your normal testosterone function back to work because Tren suppresses and can completely switch of natural hormone production.
To avoid a complete hormone crash post Tren cycle, you need a post cycle therapy (PCT) plan. There is no one single one-size-fits-all PCT protocol out there for Tren or any other steroid. For many people it’s a case of trial and error and eventually you will find a method that works best for you.
When using Tren acetate alone in a cycle, PCT should be started three days after your final injection and run for four weeks. Clomid, Nolvadex and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) are three PCT drugs that can be used together, but some people use a PCT cycle without the use of HCG at all. For example:
- Week 1: Clomid 100mg, Nolvadex 20mg daily
- Weeks 2 -3: Clomid 50mg, Nolvadex 20mg daily
- Week 4: Nolvadex 20mg daily
While there are many options when it comes to PCT, using either aromatase inhibitors or SERMs, the above provides an example of a simple and effective post cycle therapy protocol for Trenbolone.
You can use Trenbolone in either bulking or cutting cycles. Trenbolone acetate is considered the best type for cutting, but if Trenbolone Enanthate is all you have access to then it’s certainly no slouch in the cutting department, particularly as we don’t have to worry about water retention.
Results for both cutting and bulking come about thanks to Trenbolone’s ability to boost lipolysis, which ensures stored fat is used as energy, so more fat is burned and more muscle grows – and this happens very quickly thanks to the huge power of this steroid.
Typical results you can expect from Trenbolone include:
- Fast bulking from boosted protein synthesis – This creates a highly active anabolic environment where muscle is quickly repaired and grown bringing about quick and massive gains. Boosted anabolic activity also makes it easier and faster to cut fat and use up stored fat for energy while conserving existing lean muscle.
- Increased nitrogen retention – Trenbolone maintains a positive nitrogen balance so there’s no risk of muscle catabolism. This also helps boost performance and lifting ability while enhancing recovery and growth.
- Enhanced IGF-1 levels – Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 is boosted by the powerful anabolic effect that Trenbolone has on the activity of androgen receptors. Due to a rise in this hormone, the growth of skeletal muscle protein is increased. This hormone is important for so many body processes and is critical for fast recovery.
- Improved food uptake – Tren was originally developed to improve feed efficiency in cattle, so it’s not surprising it has a similar effect in humans. Feed efficiency refers to how much muscle you gain from the amount of food you’re consuming by helping the body make optimal use of every calorie and nutrient you eat.
- Fast recovery – As you gain in strength, power, endurance and muscle from Tren, the harder you’ll be pushing in the gym and the more stress your muscle tissue will come under. Rapid recovery with Tren repairing muscle tissue quickly gets more muscle growing and gets you back in the gym for the next workout sooner. Tren is beneficial for reducing and even avoiding DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), so your downtime between workouts is minimal.
All of the above happens at an exceptionally fast rate compared with most other steroids.
We know that Tren can deliver massive gains in strength and muscle in a very short period of time. These are the big reasons this steroid is used by so many people, combing with its fat burning ability, Tren is very popular not only with the most hardcore bodybuilders but also fitness models and physique competitors.