One of the main reasons people take Anavar is to get leaner, whilst trying to keep hold of their hard-earned muscle mass. Anavar increases the amount of red blood cells in your body, which improves endurance. It also increases your metabolic rate, increase your calorie expenditure.
Anavar was formulated in the 1960s and it’s original purpose was to increase muscle mass in patients suffering from muscle-wasting diseases. However, now it’s used by a many people all over the world. Anavar is a very popular drug amongst gym-goers, because it’s one of the safest anabolic steroids and comes with minimal side effects. The drug far surpasses traditional testosterone in the body, which makes it easier to build and hold onto muscle whilst getting lean.
Anavar is also popular among those looking to increase their strength, espeically when trying to maintain a low body fat percentage or on lower calories. Thus athletes such as bodybuilders, rugby players, hockey players (and more) can all benefit from taking anavar. Thus it’s not just a steroid used to help your body look much better in the mirror, but also to enhance performance.
Anavar has many positive benefits, but here are some of the most commonly experienced ones:
#1 Increase In Strength – users experience exceptional levels of strength when taking anavar, making it one of the best steroids to take if you’re trying to set new PR’s in the gym.
In order to increase the size of your muscles you can either:
1) get stronger or 2) increase cell swelling (also known as hypertrophy training i.e. pumping up the muscles).
The reason why anavar is so effective at increasing strength is because of its effect on testosterone levels, in particular DHT, the most powerful androgen in your body.
Elevated levels of testosterone always results in more strength, size and performance during workouts.
#2 Improved Vascularity – in bodybuilding, vascularity is when you can see someone’s veins underneath the surface of their skin. Veins which are particularly prominent can often resemble a road map on a person’s body.
Although there are genetic limitations and not everyone experiences a lot of vascularity, anavar drastically improves your chances of having veins piercing through your your biceps. This is because anavar reduces the fat which is covering your veins, and it fills your muscles with more glycogen, giving them more fullness. The leaner you get, the more vascularity you’ll be able to show off to your friends.
…Maybe not to girls though, veins don’t seem to be their thing.
#3 Fat Loss – In order to lose body fat you need to create a calorie deficit either through diet or exercise (ideally both). Anavar helps to create a calorie deficit by stimulating your metabolism.
Anavar also slashes cortisol levels, enabling you to burn fat from stubborn areas (lower abdomen).
#4 Preserving Muscle
One issue some athletes/bodybuilders can experience when in a calorie deficit is muscle loss. A good example of this is when you see men/women on stage who look really lean and shredded but have lost plenty of muscle size in the build up to the show.
When you get into single digit body fat percentage (9% or below) your body goes into serious survival mode where it’s no longer advantageous for your body to hold onto muscle, it can therefore start to use muscle for fuel, instead of body fat.
Body fat is imperative from a survival point of view, and needed to support vital organs like the heart and to support healthy brain functioning, so when your body fat % is very low your body will do what it can to protect what little you have left.
When in survival mode stress hormones increase too, which causes the body to go into shut down mode, releasing hormones that increase appetite, whilst stopping any additional fat from being burned and increasing the likelihood of future fat storage.
Anavar Side Effects
Like with all hormone-altering substances there are potential side effects.
#1 Common side effects – According to the leaflet on an anavar bottle/packet, side effects may include: nausea, headaches, skin rash, hair loss, lowered libido, and oily skin. If you notice any of the following then tell your doctor right away.>
#2 Hair Loss – like all DHT anabolic steroids Anavar side effects may include hair loss and acne (7), although it’s been reported that most people who fall prey to these effects are already predisposed to do so anyway.
For example male pattern baldness is a predetermined genetic condition that may be brought on more quickly through steroid usage. If you’re worried about losing your hair, avoid taking Anavar or consider a legal anavar steroid alternative that doesn’t have these side effects.
#3 Suppresses natural testosterone – The trouble with anabolic steroids is that although they provide an added boost of testosterone whilst you’re on them, they also lower your natural testosterone.
Even though anavar is classed as a very mild steroid, in a study performed in 1999 it was shown that just 15mg of the drug decreased natural testosterone levels by nearly 40%.
If you are worried about your testosterone levels, then get them checked out by your doctor before taking any steroids and make-sure you go for regular check ups to extra cautious.
#4 Toxicity – As Anavar is consumed orally it must pass through the liver, and even though Anavar is considered a mild steroid you should be careful. There should be no alcohol consumed whilst taking the drug and it’s advised to consult your doctor if you are taking any current medications.
Anybody with a history of liver problems must stay away from Anavar completely. For those who do use Anavar it’s advised to take a liver support supplement (9) like milk thistle.
Anavar dose & Cycle…
Although there are slightly varying opinions it appears that the recommend amount of time to take Anavar for is around 2-4 months (8-16 weeks).
For the Oxandrolone cycle to work it’s best to take Anavar tablets with a full meal
For males who are new to Anavar it’s advised to take 40mg a day for the first week. Depending on your results and how you feel you can then start to increase the dosage for the next couple of weeks.
It’s advised not to increase the dose too dramatically whilst on a cycle. One popular way to increase the dose is to go up by 10mg per week. That means after the first week (40mg per day) you’ll go up to 50mg for the second week and then 60mg for the 3rd week.
For woman, dosages of 2.5-5mg per day are recommended. We strongly advise seeking out professional guidance if considering taking AAS as a female.
You can keep increasing again depending on results, recovery and how you’re feeling. The maximum dosage that can be safely consumed is 100mg everyday, but that’s only for advance users who are used to taking the drug and have built up their tolerance. The same can be said for coming off Anavar where you slowly lower the dose rather than just abruptly stopping and shocking your body.