Turinabol, sometimes called Oral Turinabol or Pro Turinabol, is the brand name for 4-chlorodehydromethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid. It is actually a modified form of Dianabol (Methandrostenolone). The steroid was developed by Jenapharm, an East German pharmaceutical company, which first released the drug in 1962. It was their first original product, and had been introduced for clinical use in 1965. However, this steroid has no medical use today, and it is one of the few anabolic steroids that are only used for performance enhancement purposes.
Actually, Turinabol (Tbol) came about as a direct result of cold war rivalries that saw East Germany do all it could to achieve success in the Olympics and show its superiority. The East German government wanted athletes from East Germany (GDR) to perform better than those from West Germany and win at all costs. And to reach that objective, as far as the government was concerned, anything was fair game.
In 1968 the government of East Germany implemented a doping program in which the country’s athletes were give anabolic steroids, thereby being pumped up to become superhuman. The program ran until 1989 and involved over 10,000 athletes over the course of those two decades; and it proved extremely successful, with East German Olympic athletes dominating many athletic disciplines that were part of the Olympics. Turinabol was the key steroid administered to these athletes. So its existence was primarily brought about by the need to develop a powerful performance enhancer that was not only effective, but also one that could not be detected at the time.
The anti-steroid campaigns of the early 1990s and the subsequent increasing amounts of negative attention drawn to the use of anabolic steroids in sports saw Jenapharm discontinue manufacturing the drug in 1994. Jenapharm was eventually acquired by the pharmaceutical giant Schering AG, and despite having a valid application and a proven record of effectiveness and safety the company didn’t resume the manufacture of Turinabol. As a result, Tbol has become a strictly black market steroid product manufactured by underground labs.
Turinabol Profile
As previously mentioned, Turinabol is basically a structurally altered form of Methandrostenolone (Dianabol); specifically a chlor-substituted version of Dianabol. The drug has the same general chemical structure of Dianabol along with the 4-chloro substitution of Clostebol (a chloro group is added at the 4 th carbon). So it is made up of a combination of the chemical structures of Dianabol and Clostebol. These alterations to its chemical structure make Tbol a much milder steroid than its parent drug Dianabol. They also remove the aromatizing properties of Dianabol, making Turinabol a non-aromatizing steroid. In addition, the chemical alterations reduce the androgenic effects associated with Dianabol, giving Tbol a far weaker androgenic strength.
How It Works
Like other anabolic steroid products, Turinabol provides beneficial effects by enhancing protein synthesis, nitrogen retention and red blood cell count. This boosts the anabolic atmosphere in the body, thus increasing the rate by which cells build proteins for enhanced muscle tissue growth. Increased blood oxygenation (as a result of greater red blood cell count) and improved anabolic atmosphere in the body also contributes to greater muscular endurance and recovery.
Turinabol Benefits
Although Tbol has weaker anabolic strength than Dianabol, it is actually quite effective in its own way when it comes to bodybuilding. Turinabol has an anabolic rating of 54, and an extremely low androgenic rating of 6. This results in a very distinct distance between Tbol’s anabolic and androgenic properties, which can be extremely beneficial for bodybuilders. Of course, Oral Turinabol is a slower acting steroid compared to Dianabol. And using doesn’t produce dramatic gains in strength and muscle mass. It does, however, provide steady and quality strength and lean muscle mass gains that grow consistently over time. By so doing, it allows bodybuilders to realize a hard, carved look with no risk of excessive weight gain, bloating, gynecomastia, or any other undesirable estrogenic effects.
Because of its unmatched ability to provide quality lean gains, Tbol can be an ideal cutting agent during cutting cycle (or during periods of fat loss or pre-contest preparation). When used as a cutting agent during the cutting phase, Turinabol provides solid protection against lean tissue loss or muscle wasting and a lot of bodybuilders often report a significant increase in hardness. As well as lean tissue protection, Tbol boosts endurance and recovery – which could prove invaluable during this phase of training.
Turinabol probably works best and offers the most in bodybuilding benefits when stacked with other steroid products as part of a well-planned steroid cycle. The drug’s ability to bind to and reduce SHBG (Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin) thereby allowing for more active and available free testosterone makes Tbol a superb adjunct to other anabolic steroids. By binding to SHBG, Turinabol allows more of the other anabolic steroids it is stacked with to be readily available to do their job of enhancing strength, muscle growth and performance.
Turinabol also provides significant performance enhancing benefits that can prove invaluable for bodybuilders. Using this drug has been shown to promote muscular endurance, which means muscles won’t tire out as fast and their overall rate of recovery will be greatly enhanced. This is the trait that saw it being utilized as the main performance enhancer by the East German athletes. Bodybuilders who utilize this steroid find that they are able to implement a strenuous off-season training program and still remain at their peak. They also find that their strength is noticeably improved upon, allowing them to achieve increased power and speed for optimal bodybuilding workout program results.
As previously mentioned, Tbol is not one of the best mass gainers out there, and you’ll rarely find a professional bodybuilder who utilizes it during their off-season period. It’s during the dieting or cutting phase that this steroid product can be extremely beneficial for bodybuilders as it can help them maintain strength while they are dieting and help them push through their workouts a little bit harder.
Turinabol Side Effects
Although Tbol is a mild steroid product that can be utilized by both male and female bodybuilders, its use may produce a number of negative side effects – as is the case with any other steroid. These Turinabol side effects include: hepatotoxicity, suppression of natural testosterone production, cardiovascular problems, and androgenic side effects.
Tbol is an oral 17-aa (C17-alpha-alkylated) anabolic steroid and, therefore, possesses the potential to cause liver damage. Fortunately, this can be avoided through responsible use. Bodybuilders supplementing with this steroid should also take proactive steps to promote a healthy liver, such as avoiding excess alcohol consumption and over-the-counter medications.
The use of Turinabol suppresses natural testosterone production, just like any other steroid product. To avoid the risk of a low testosterone condition, male bodybuilders should consider exogenous testosterone use and implement a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan once its use is discontinued. Female bodybuilders don’t have to supplement with exogenous testosterone when using this steroid.
Turinabol may cause an increase in LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and users should consider implementing a cholesterol-friendly lifestyle and eat low-cholesterol foods. Eating a diet low in saturated fats and simple sugars and foods rich in omega fatty acids is highly recommended.
Turinabol doesn’t aromatize and, therefore, doesn’t cause estrogenic side effects.
Androgenic side effects of Tbol may include: acne, accelerated hair loss in men who are predisposed to male pattern baldness, increased body hair growth, and virilization symptoms in women. These side effects always depend on the individual and responsible Tbol use reduces the risk of negative impact on the health of the user, while maximizing its benefits.
Lastly, use of Turinabol should be discontinued if such negative side effects or other reactions occur.