Anabolic Rating: 100
Androgenic Rating: 50
Half Life: 14 days
Aromatization Rate: Low
Liver toxicity – Low
Detection Time: 4-5 Months
About Equipoise (Boldenone)
Boldenone Undecylenate is a testosterone-derived anabolic androgenic steroid, which exhibits strong anabolic and moderately androgenic properties. It is generally a well-tolerated anabolic steroid that presents notable anabolic activity in most users.
Boldenone is is not a rapid mass builder, but will provide a slow but steady gain of strength and quality muscle mass. The most positive effects of this drug are seen when used for longer cycles, usually lasting at least 10 weeks. The muscle gained would not be the smooth bulk seen with androgens, but instead a very defined and solid look.
The well-balanced anabolic and androgenic properties of this drug are greatly appreciated by athletes, who generally consider it to be a stronger, slightly more androgenic, alternative to Deca-Durabolin.
Boldenone effects and dosage
Boldenone is well-noted for promoting increases in strength. An increase in strength can be very beneficial to the enhancement of athletic performance. Unfortunately, the extremely long detection time will prohibit many athletes from using Boldenone. Total detection time can stretch up to 5 months. However, the steroid definitely provides numerous advantages to the athlete, not only in an increase in strength but a notable increase in muscular endurance.
In the bodybuilding and athletic circles, beginner Equipoise dosages are generally in the range of 300 – 500 mg per week, followed by 500 – 700mg per week for intermediate dosages. Equipoise dosages are usually very similar to Testosterone, and venturing higher than the intermediate range is extremely rare, especially when the user is utilizing Equipoise alongside other compounds within a cycle, which should normally be the case.
Boldenone can also be used as a cutting steroid. In fact, this may be the most beneficial point of use. This anabolic steroid is an excellent protectant of lean muscle mass. In order to lose body fat, you must burn more calories than you consume, and this will hold true with or without anabolic steroid use. Unfortunately, a calorie deficit puts our lean muscle tissue at risk as the body will often take what it needs in order to meet its energy demands from our lean tissue. Boldenone, however, will protect you from this loss in lean tissue. Additionally, it has been shown to have very nice conditioning effects on the physique. Such effects will be greatly enhanced when combined with a non-aromatizing steroid like Drostanolone propionate or Trenbolone acetate.
Female anabolic steroid users might find Equipoise a suitable compound due to its considerably lower androgenic capabilities than Testosterone. In this case, females should find it acceptable to use 50 – 75mg per week. However, an issue that may present itself is Equipoise’s very long half-life of 14 days, which will undoubtedly manifest as a slow reduction of blood plasma levels. With this comes a slow elimination of the compound from the body, and this can be an issue when/if virilization signs and symptoms appear in female users and prompt discontinuation of the drug is paramount.
Equipoise Cycles and Uses
EQ cycles are usually run as mass gaining cycles that always involve the use of at least Testosterone in some form (usually the long esters of Testosterone, in order to match-up with EQ’s half-life). This is usually done with either Testosterone Enanthate or Testosterone Cypionate. Equipoise cycles are also normally run for much longer cycle lengths than most other compounds, due to the fact that its longer half-life provides a slower release and peak-time for effects to be seen.
Beginner Equipoise cycles normally involve the use of Testosterone Enanthate (or Cypionate) at around 300 – 500mg per week alongside Equipoise at about 400mg per week. The cycle should be run for a total of 14 weeks. This should provide the user with a considerable amount of mass gains over the long term. Intermediate Equipoise cycles can involve the added use of an oral compound, usually Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) at about 25mg per day. Testosterone Enanthate (or Cypionate) in this case can be reduced to 100mg per week in order to merely maintain normal physiological function, and Equipoise can be run at about 400 – 600mg per week. The Dianabol in this case is run from weeks 1 – 4, and the total cycle length is 12 weeks.
Advanced Equipoise cycles usually do not see the use of EQ at dosages above 600mg per week. Much like the intermediate Equipoise cycles, Testosterone can be run at TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) dosages of around 100mg per week, and an advanced compound can be used alongside everything, such as Trenbolone Enanthate at 400mg per week. Total cycle length would be 12 weeks.
Equipoise Side Effects
As previously mentioned, Equipoise expresses a lesser degree of estrogenic activity in the body than Testosterone itself. Studies have demonstrated that approximately half of the aromatization rate is experienced in the body with EQ as compared with Testosterone. Thus, the magnitude of Estrogen-related side effects with Equipoise should be significantly lower than Testosterone, but it is important to note that its estrogenic activity is still higher than Nandrolone (Deca) by a small degree. Of course, if dosages rise, then aromatization (and subsequently, estrogenic effects) will rise in proportion. Usually Equipoise dosages rising above 200 – 400mg per week will result in observable increases in estrogenic side effects. Anti-estrogens and aromatase inhibitors may be necessary in these cases to stave off and ward off these side effects. Estrogenic side effects can include: water retention and bloating, increases in blood pressure (resultant from water retention), increased fat gain/retention, and potential development of gynecomastia.
The side effects of Boldenone Undecylenate are generally mild.
An anti-aromatase such as Arimidex or Aromasin would be a stronger option, however probably not necessary with such a mild drug.
The relative cardiovascular strain brought on by Boldenone Undecylenate should be much less than many anabolic steroids, especially those of an oral nature. Boldenone does have the ability to negatively affect cholesterol ratios, particularly in its ability to suppress HDL levels. However, it should not be of an extreme nature, and should be well within the realm of control for most healthy adults. Of course, the introduction of an AI to combat estrogenic effects will potentially enhance the improper lipid profiles, and should be considered when planning your cholesterol management.
Like all anabolic steroids, Boldenone Undecylenate will suppress natural testosterone production. The rate of suppression varies from one steroid to the next, and while Boldenone is not the most suppressive steroid it will produce a significant reduction in total serum testosterone levels. For this reason, most men will need to include exogenous testosterone in their total stack when using Boldenone Undecylenate. The type of Testosterone, be it Testosterone Enanthate, Testosterone Cypionate or Testosterone Propionate, is of no consequence. All that matters is your body receives the testosterone it needs in order to prevent a low testosterone condition. A low testosterone condition can be very problematic, it carries numerous possible symptoms and is extremely unhealthy. If testosterone is used as a base steroid in your cycle, suppression will not be a concern. However, if testosterone does not represent a base, you should ensure you apply a minimum testosterone replacement therapy related dose based on the testosterone compound you choose.
Boldenone is not a hepatotoxic anabolic steroid and will present no stress or damage to the liver.