What is Clenbuterol?
Bodybuilding is about adding sheer mass and muscle, but it also means stripping away every last shred of fat. Clenbuterol is able to help you shed the fat and helps maintain muscle.
It’s this fat burning which really emphasises the definition in the muscles, but it can be difficult to achieve even for the most disciplined athletes.
There’s lots of different drugs which can help with fat burning, and Clenbuterol is a popular one in the bodybuilding community because of its powerful effects. Here’s the essential guide to Clenbuterol with everything you need to know.
Clenbuterol is a type of sympathomimetic which are types of stimulants which interact with the receptors in the body.
More specifically a beta-2 receptor agonist, Clenbuterol is used medically for asthma and respiratory conditions because it has such a strong bronchodilative effect.
However, as well as having a marked effect on the lungs, Clenbuterol also works on the beta-2 receptors in the body, which results in loss of fat. It works by raising the base metabolic rate as well as shrinking hunger pangs so you won’t feel so hungry while you’re on a cutting diet.
This fat burning effect is increased further by the effect of Clenbuterol on the cardiovascular system, helping to boost circulation and heighten the delivery of oxygen which improves aerobic capacity.
An added benefit is that while being extremely potent in burning fat, the drug also protects muscle mass preventing catabolism. This makes it very valuable in the weeks immediately prior to a competition.
What you need to know about Clenbuterol
Clenbuterol can either be taken on its own or in a stack but it must be introduced gradually to avoid potentially fatal side effects. When titrated gently, most individuals avoid any significant problems other than cramping.
This cramping is caused by a loss of taurine, an amino acid, which results in abnormal nerve signals being sent to the muscles. Taking a taurine supplement during a Clenbuterol cycle can help to prevent this problem.
A dose of 120-160mcg per day for men and 80-100mcg per day for women are the effective fat burning levels and this is administered orally, most commonly by pills. The half life is 37 hours so Clen should be taken every day, preferably in the morning.
There’s no androgenic or oestrogenic effects to taking this drug. That means that it won’t cause virilization in women and PCT following a cycle is not required for men.
Its ability as a fat burner means that it’s best utilised during a cutting cycle although it is possible to use it during bulking to minimize any acquisition of fat. However, it’s generally not included in bulking cycles because of the minimal benefits for the cost.
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