Description of Equipoise
Boldenone undesylenate is a testosterone-derived anabolic androgenic steroid, best known by the trade name Equipoise, which Squibb gave it in the 1970s. Although Equipoise is officially classified as a veterinary grade anabolic steroid, the first batches of Boldenone were introduced to the human pharmaceutical market by Ciba in the early 1950s under the name Parenabol. Boldenone had some success in human medicine during the 1960s and 1970s, but was phased out by the end of that decade. Since then, the steroid has only been available through veterinary medicine and underground labs, and the name Equipoise has dominated the market. Fort Dodge Animal Health now carries the Equipoise name.
For decades, Equipoise was considered very similar to Deca Durabolin (nandrolone canoate). This assumption was based in part on comments made by the late Dan Duchene about this steroid. However, the two compounds are nothing alike; Duchene reportedly even retracted his statement, but the initial statement was enough to support the rumor.
If Equipoise has anything in common with any other anabolic steroid hormone, it would be testosterone, but EQ, as it is commonly known, is unique in its own right. An important note about the differences between these two steroid hormones: nandrolone is strongly progestative in nature, while boldenone has no progestative properties.
Functions and characteristics of Equipoise / Boldenone
Equipoise (Boldenone Undecylenate) is a structurally altered form of testosterone. It is a very slight modification of the double bond that is added to the first and second carbon positions. This double bond significantly reduces the androgenic nature of the hormone as well as its estrogenic nature. It is then linked to a very large or long undesylenate ester, which is responsible for regulating the release of the hormone after it is injected into the body. The undecylenate ester allows for maximum release of boldenone about 3-4 days after injection, followed by a slow and steady release of the hormone over a period of about 21 days.
Due to structural changes, equipoise aromatises about 50% faster than testosterone. Estrogenic side effects are possible, but the risks are greater than with testosterone. It is not as powerful in gaining mass as testosterone, not even close, but the reduced estrogenic activity should allow men to gain more net weight with supplementation.
Equipoise has much in common with testosterone in terms of its direct stimulant properties. Common properties include the ability to increase protein synthesis, retain nitrogen in muscles, inhibit glucocorticoid hormones, and increase IGF-1 production. Equipoise is also known to increase red blood cell count, which is common with most anabolic steroids. However, concerns have been raised about the extent to which Equipoise can increase red blood cell count.
But the available data seem to confirm that this is only a problem when extremely high doses are used over extremely long periods of time. In many ways, Equipoise’s red blood cell count increase can be rapid, but when used responsibly, it is not a significant advantage or disadvantage over most anabolic steroids.
Effects of Equipoise
The effects of Equipoise are fairly straightforward. It is a generally well-tolerated anabolic steroid that shows clear anabolic activity in most users in a clean and consistent manner. In addition to its use for performance enhancement, boldenone has had some success as a human grade steroid. This steroid had some success in treating muscle disease and osteoporosis, but eventually gave way to other steroids.
As a veterinary steroid, Equipoise is known for its use in horses, hence the name ‘Equipoise’ and its similarity to the word ‘Equestrian’. Equipoise is often prescribed to horses to increase body weight without fat, which is due in part to the steroid’s ability to increase appetite. Increased appetite is evident in many performance athletes who use Equipoise, but it does not affect everyone in the same way.
As an off-season steroid for mass gain, Equipoise can provide quality gains in muscle mass, but this will not happen overnight, and many anabolics will not suffice. Steroids like Deca Durabolin provide much greater mass gains, as do steroids like Anadrol and Dianabol; however, the latter two are often accompanied by high water retention. However, some athletes report greater gains in the off-season when Equipoise is added to a general steroid in the off-season rather than being used as the base steroid. If appetite suppression is an issue, this steroid can actually help you consume the extra calories you need to grow in the off-season. Of course, it is not a steroid that will make you gain massive weight, but for some people it can produce all the mass they want. Not everyone who uses anabolic steroids is aiming for a huge size increase.
Equipoise is also known to help increase strength. Increased strength can be very useful for a mid-season mass plan, but perhaps even more useful for improving athletic performance. Unfortunately, the extremely long screening time deters many athletes from using EQ. The total screening time can be up to five months. However, this steroid offers athletes many benefits, not only increasing strength, but also significantly improving muscular endurance. Recovery should also be improved. Regardless of the desired use, anyone supplementing with Equipoise will obtain these related benefits.
Equipoise can also be used as a cutting steroid; in fact, this may be the most beneficial point of use. This anabolic steroid is a great way to protect lean muscle mass. To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume, you need to have a caloric deficit, and this is true with or without the use of anabolic steroids. Unfortunately, a caloric deficit puts our lean muscle tissue at risk, as the body often takes what it needs to meet its energy needs from our lean tissue. A proper diet can significantly protect our lean muscle mass, but it doesn’t have to come to that.
Without the introduction of anabolic steroids, some muscle mass will eventually and inevitably be lost. Equalizer will largely protect you from muscle tissue loss, and has also been shown to have very good conditioning effects on your body. These effects will be greatly enhanced when combined with non-aromatic steroids such as Masterone (Drostanolone) or Trenbolone. However, in most competitive bodybuilding training schedules, EQ is only used at the beginning of a cutting cycle, although it is generally used. It is usually stopped in the second half of the course due to possible estrogenic activity. Although the total estrogenic activity should be low, all estrogenic activity is usually avoided or at least minimized at this stage.
It is usually stopped in the second half of the diet due to possible estrogenic activity. Although total estrogenic activity should be low, all estrogenic activity is usually avoided or at least minimized at this stage. It is usually stopped in the second half of the diet due to possible estrogenic activity. Although total estrogenic activity should be low, during this intake phase, any estrogenic activity is usually avoided or at least minimized.