East Germany didn’t really have a large population when it was still a country, yet they were a powerhouse when it came to the Olympic Games.
As it turned out, this was because their athletes were using anabolic steroids, and this was actually a program by the East German government.
The most famous of these steroids was oral Turinabol, and lots of those East German Olympians were on a Turinabol cycle.
So What Is Turinabol?
This is an anabolic steroid that’s sometimes known as oral Turinabol or simply Tbol. It was originally produced in the 1960s as a way to treat osteoporosis and other bone-wasting ailments.
It was meant to improve bone mass and density to help counter the ravages of those diseases.
Scientists noted that it offered significant anabolic qualities with minimal androgenic side effects. Estrogenic side effects were also not a problem because Tbol didn’t aromatize.
So it was considered “safe”, so much so that it was used in clinical settings for even women and children.
The East German government took note of the possibilities and decided to provide the steroid to their athletes.
About 10,000 athletes in the country received it from 1968 to 1989. The program didn’t inform the athletes about the nature of the steroids.
In fact, the athletes didn’t even realize they were taking steroids as they were forced to simply take the “vitamins” their government insisted on. At the time, they couldn’t simply say “no” to the Communist government.
So why did the East German government use Tbol for their doping program?
Admittedly, today these benefits don’t compare to what you would get from Dianabol or even from just testosterone.
Yet the Tbol results were good enough to provide the East Germans with plenty of Olympic medals.
These benefits included:
1.Enhanced Muscle Growth
Greater strength is a crucial component of improved athletic performance, and strength comes from bigger muscles.
Since Tbol is similar to Dianabol, it’s quite effective as a bulking agent.
Many who have tried it have gained 30 pounds of bulk as a result. Some even enjoyed a 20-pound increase in muscle mass, which is frankly astounding.
2. Effective for the Cutting Cycle
It’s not just during the bulking cycle that Tbol can be used.
It can also be used during the cutting cycle when you’re trying to get rid of your body fat you gained when you bulked up, while you try to retain the muscles you also got during the bulking phase.
That’s because Tbol also helps with your metabolism.
Your body burns up calories more quickly, so during the cutting cycle, your body is much quicker to switch to burning fat cells to fuel your workout exertions.
This makes Tbol quite a versatile steroid, as not all steroids can be used for both bulking and cutting.
3. Oral Steroid So No Injection Required
You also don’t have to inject yourself with it. All you need to do is to pop a pill and you’re good to go.
This is quite a relief for many users, as not everyone enjoys getting injections. It’s not just painful, but there are risks involved as well.
Just the possibility of injecting an air bubble into your bloodstream can be fatal.
The air bubble can travel to your heart and cause a heart attack, to your brain to cause a stroke, or to your lungs resulting in respiratory failure.
4. Less Alarming Side Effects
Athletes also didn’t have the freaky side effects that other athletes endured with other anabolic steroids. The improvements are gradual so that it doesn’t become too obvious that you’re doping to be stronger.
You don’t get too big too quickly because this burns fat as it helps your body to develop bigger muscles.
So you don’t gain too much weight in a short amount of time.
In other words, it doesn’t seem like you turn into the “Incredible Hulk” virtually overnight.
Turinabol Side Effects
The risk of side effects such as gynecomastia (man-boobs) is actually very low for Tbol, and that’s because it doesn’t convert to estrogen.
So hormonal imbalances resulting in gynecomastia is very improbable. Even man-boobs due to fat deposits are unlikely because Tbol helps with fat-burning.
However, “unlikely” is not the same as “impossible”. So unlike as it may seem, reports of gynecomastia have surfaced due to Tbol use.
Yet just because the side effects of Tbol aren’t quite as alarming as the ones you get from other steroids doesn’t mean you have no side effects to worry about.
Tbol is still a banned compound without a medical prescription, and side effects are to blame for that.
1. Liver Toxicity
This is possibly among its most serious side effects, and it’s a common problem with many oral steroids.
It is true that Tbol is in fact among the least hepatotoxic among anabolic steroids. But it is still possible for Turinabol use to result in liver damage.
This possibility was already known even when it was first produced, as original pamphlets by the manufacturer recommended regular liver function tests.
The damage to the liver can depend on the Turinabol dosage. A higher dose makes it more likely that the liver will be damaged. The level of damage also increases with a higher dose as well.
2. Mood Swings
Tbol can affect your moods, just like alcohol does. This is a common steroid side effect, and Tbol isn’t an exception to this rule.
This is to be expected as it affects your hormones, and hormones can really disrupt your moods.
You may end up more irritable and prone to aggressive behavior, just as some drunken people can become aggressive.
3. Oily Skin
Tbol is comparatively less androgenic than other anabolic steroids, but again this doesn’t mean that androgenic side effects are impossible.
They can happen with higher doses or if you are particularly sensitive to this type of side effect.
The Tbol use can result in increased sebum secretion, gives that unpleasant oily ski side effect. This, in turn, can also lead to severe acne, which is associated with oily skin.
Other androgenic side effects include increased body hair such as on your back, and ironically it can also result in male pattern baldness.
To minimize the side effects, you may want to make sure you get the dosage right. However, it all depends in your current fitness goal and cycle.
If you’re on the bulking phase of your training, you’ll need to go on a Tbol cycle of 8 weeks with a higher dose of about 70mg or even 80mg per day. You’ll get the results you want, though you risk the side effects.
When you’re in the cutting cycle, you’re looking to cut body fat and you don’t need as much Tbol. You can get by with just 40mg a day.
Tbol can be used by women, but the dosage must be a lot lower than for men. About 5mg per day should suffice, and it shouldn’t exceed 10mg per day.
The length of the Tbol cycle will also determine the daily dosage. If the cycle is only 6 weeks long, then the
Turinabol Cycle and Stacks
If you are starting with Turinabol, it makes sense to start slow. So you shouldn’t start off with 70mg or more per day. You may want to play it safe with just 60mg per day for an 8-week cycle.
You can then try a Turinabol stack with testosterone (Sustanon 250). You can take a reduced dose of Tbol at 40mg per day, for 8 weeks.
At the same time, you can also take 500mg of Sustanon 250 for 12 weeks.
Once you’re sure your body can take it, you may want to try a more serious stack for muscle building. These stacks can involve testosterone and Deca Durabolin.
However, you may want to seriously consider using Deca instead of Tbol. Deca is acknowledged as the bulking agent and it works very quickly.
Tbol is a Deca derivative, and it works much more slowly. There’s no doubt that Deca Durabolin is much more powerful than Turinabol.
PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) After Steroids
Steroids mess up your hormone levels and halt your natural testosterone production during your cycle. This means that after using steroids for 8 weeks or so, you will need to stop.
You’ll have to get your hormone levels normalized, and you also give time for your liver to recuperate from the stress of taking the steroids.
The PCT cleanses the toxins from your body, and it counters the effects of oxidative stress and free radicals.
There are several different approaches to PCT.
Read our Post Cycle Therapy guide to learn more about this process and choose the best approach for you.