Rumor has a way of staying alive despite multiple attempts on its life. To some extent, it is conceivable that even cats can’t outmatch rumor’s ability to survive. For decades, people in the bodybuilding world assumed that Equipoise (Boldenone Undecylenate) was highly similar to Deca Durabolin. This notion partly originated from comments made by the late Dan Duchaine. However, these two compounds are more dissimilar than they are identical, and even though Duchaine recanted his statement, the rumor has lived on.
If Equipoise has anything to share with Deca Durabolin or any other anabolic compound, it would be testosterone. However, Equipoise is highly unique in its own right. The following is a detailed and honest review of Equipoise, and perhaps it will shed some more light on everything you need to know before using the substance.
The anabolic compound we refer to today as Equipoise was first developed in 1949, which qualifies it as the oldest androgenic anabolic steroid to be manufactured. However, Equipoise underwent significant modifications before it was released in the 60s under the brand name Parenabol. Under the trade name Parenabol, Equipoise saw very little application, which led to its eventual discontinuation from the market. During this time, Equipoise was under a company known as Ciba Pharmaceuticals.
In 1970, Boldenone undecylenate returned to the market under a company known as Squibb. When Equipoise was first developed, it was intended for cattle, especially horses, to enhance their muscles, and their overall performance. However, despite its classification as a veterinary grade AS, the first batch of this compound was introduced into the market by Ciba Pharmaceuticals, a company that manufactures human pharmaceutical compounds.
Equipoise met some success in human medicine during the 60s and 70s, before it was withdrawn from the market as the decade came to an end. Since then, commercial Equipoise is only produced for veterinary use, although there are plenty of underground labs operating under the name Equipoise. Today, the brand name Equipoise is a trademark of a company known as Fort Dodge Animal Health.
What is Equipoise?
Equipoise, Boldenone Undecylenate, is a form of testosterone that is structurally altered to include an extra carbon bond at testosterone’s carbon one and two positions. Due to this adjustment (double bond), Equipoise features significantly reduced androgenic properties and estrogenic properties as well. Furthermore, the hormone is further attached to a long undecylenate ester, which regulates the hormone’s release into the tissues. Consequently, the undecylenate ester facilitates a peak release in Boldenone three to four days after injection, with a gradual, continuous release of the hormone for approximately 21 days.
Following the structural change in Equipoise, it only aromatizes half as much as testosterone. While estrogenic effects are not entirely out of the question, the odds are in the user’s favor, which isn’t the case with testosterone.
On the flipside, it is not as potent a mass builder like testosterone, but the reduced estrogenic action of Equipoise should allow you to Make cleaner gains through supplementation.
Increases Overall Strength
Weightlifters, bodybuilders, athletes, require all the strength they can get, and a little boost in that direction is not so bad. As mentioned earlier, the anabolic component of Equipoise does not match up to that of testosterone. However, you will realize a reasonable boost in your lifts and other power-intensive activities. The exciting part is that once you get that power boost, it doesn’t go away easily.
Lean Muscle Gains
Running Equipoise can help to enhance your overall muscle size and muscularity. Have you ever heard about the anabolic trio? When it comes to building lean muscle mass, three vital elements must interact. They include;
- Protein synthesis– rule number one when trying to build muscle mass is that you must stack some serious protein. When using Equipoise, it enhances the ability of your muscles to synthesize more protein, which translates into lean muscle gains.
- Nitrogen retention– the more nitrogen your muscles have, the more they grow, and the faster you get to recover in between sessions. By enhancing the ability of your muscles to retain more nitrogen, Equipoise prompts your muscles to grow even larger.
- Glucocorticoid inhibition– the hormones in this category are also known as stress hormones; they are released when your body is subjected to stressful conditions. These are stubborn hormones which hinder the development of lean mass by causing impacts such as catabolism and accumulation of fat.
Helps in Cutting
Burning fat entails losing more calories than you consume, which automatically puts you in a calorific deficit. Unfortunately, a calorific deficit puts your lean muscle tissue in jeopardy because the body will use it to compensate for its energy demands. While proper dieting can safeguard your lean mass, it can only go so far. However, running Equipoise during a cut will help you burn that persistent fat without jeopardizing your lean muscle tissue.
Increases Muscle Hardness
Besides having huge muscle mass, and having it lean, you may want your muscles to have prominent contours. If you are looking to have tight muscles that accentuate your dents and traps to an extent you look sculpted (or photo-shopped), Equipoise could probably help with a thing or two. Its ability to preserve muscle tissue and lack of water-retention properties helps significantly in this context.
Other Equipoise benefits include;
- Increasing endurance
- Boosting appetite
- Improves bone density
- Reduces muscle recovery time
- Reduces Muscle atrophy (muscle wastage)
- Helps in the retention of gained mass
Equipoise Side Effects
Equipoise is one of the safest steroids out there, given how well many users tolerate it. The supplement poses no obvious dangers or adverse side effects that you should be constantly wary.
However, Equipoise can cause masculinization (androgenic effects) such as:
- Excessive hair growth
- Hoarseness in one’s voice
- Increase in bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Alteration in sexual desire
- Enlarge clit (women)
While the majority of the named effects may not be a significant deal to men, women using Equipoise may not want to deal with such impacts.
You may also experience mild aromatization symptoms such as:
- Growth of man boobs (Gynecomastia)
- Moderate water retention
- A slight increase in blood pressure
In case you exhibit any of the following aromatization symptoms, SERMs can help you counteract these impacts.
Equipoise may also suppress the production of natural testosterone. Unfortunately, this one comes with the territory. All androgenic anabolic steroids shut down the body’s ability to produce endogenous testosterone. As a result, when using Equipoise and other AAS compounds, you can stack the steroid with testosterone base to uphold optimum testosterone levels.
Eventually, you must undergo a Post Cycle Therapy, which will help you thwart any undesirable outcomes may encounter.
Boldenone undecylenate is the primary active ingredient in Equipoise.
Equipoise is available in two forms. One is as an oral drug, and the other as an intramuscular injection. Therefore, the prices vary depending on your method of administration, and where you purchase. However, the Equipoise injection, which is legally produced for horse injections costs around $51 for a 10 ml pack of 250 milligrams.
Standard equipoise doses range between 200 to 400 milligrams per week. Most male users have reported tolerating 400 milligrams quite well with minimal side effects.
Also, male users who have used 600 milligrams per week have tolerated it well and found the side effects pretty easy to control. However, you must be informed that using Equipoise in large doses may increase its estrogenic potential.
Given the prolonged activity of Equipoise, most users will get good results with one injection every week. However, it is more advisable to split the dose into smaller doses (two or three per week), which will reduce the injection volume. Moreover, most users find it easier to manage the side effects when following a frequent injection schedule involving small doses.
Despite the total dosage, you should use Equipoise for a maximum of eight weeks per cycle.
Regarding female use, 50 mg of equipoise per week for six weeks should be a suitable dose. While some experienced females may run 75 mg to 100 mg per week for six weeks, you must not attempt such a high dose until you can comfortably tolerate 50 mg per week.
- (Boldenone Base + Undeclyenoic Acid Ester
- Anabolic/ Androgenic ratio: 100:50
- Molecular Weight (base): 286.4132
- Molecular Weight (ester): 186.2936
- Formula (base): C19H26O2
- [1,4-androstadiene-3-one,1 7b-ol]
- Effective Dose (Men): 200-600mgs/week
- Effective Dose (Women): 50-100mgs/week
- Active life: 15 days
- Detection Time: Up to 5 months
There you have it. Forget about any unsubstantiated claims you may have come across regarding Equipoise. That’s about as much as you need to make an informed choice. That said, what did you make of Equipoise? Yay or Nay?
Despite your decision, no one can dispute that Equipoise is slightly slow when it comes to providing results unlike testosterone, which also means that it does not give as much raw strength as the latter. However, when it comes to mild side effects, Equipoise outdoes almost all the anabolic compounds out there. On top of that, it is also suitable for bulking and cutting as well by providing you lean muscle mass, a well-defined muscle tone.