Dianabol (Dbol, Methandienone) is artificial testosterone typically utilized as an efficiency-boosting drug and one of the most popular steroids amongst bodybuilders. Dianabol is customized from pure testosterone in numerous methods to make it more anabolic and less androgenic. Thus, it indicates it is much better for constructing muscle mass while triggering minor androgenic adverse effects.

Bodybuilders might feel they need the additional increase of testosterone, beyond what their bodies can produce naturally, to construct muscle mass and boost strength quicker

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People take dianabol for any of the following reasons:

  • Increased strength
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Enhanced recovery
  • Free testosterone spike
  • More nitrogen retention
  • Increased protein synthesis
  • Higher red blood cell count

Dianabol will cause a dramatic increase in muscular strength and size. This is due to the compound causing an initial surge in free testosterone levels, protein synthesis and glycogenesis. Dbol also increases intracellular water retention, which is proven to increase muscular strength and functional performance (1).

How much strength/muscle will you gain?

Note: Results may vary depending on your dose, training. diet and how well your body responds to dianabol. However, assuming you take a moderate dose and your diet/training/genetics are normal, you can expect the following from your dianabol cycle. 

Users have reported strength gains of as much as 25-30lbs to their bench press (and other compound exercises) during the first week of administration (2). Strength gains on dianabol are truly remarkable and can be experienced in the very early stages of a cycle.

In terms of weight gain, it’s common for users to gain 20lbs in the first 30 days on dianabol (3). Most of this will be in the form of muscle mass (plus some water retention).

During longer cycles, users can typically gain more muscle. A 6 week cycle can yield up to 30lbs+ in weight gain.

Increase in Free Testosterone Levels

testosterone benefits

All anabolic steroids (including dianabol) are chemical derivatives of testosterone. Thus when you administer dbol, your testosterone levels will rise to unnaturally high levels.

Testosterone is the male hormone, which men need for the following:

  • Hair growth (on the body)
  • Muscle mass
  • Strength
  • Sexual health (high libido/firm erections)
  • Full testicles
  • Confidence
  • Aggression
  • Overall well-being
  • Fertility
  • Mental clarity
  • High levels of energy
  • Faster recovery

When testosterone levels are low, all of the above will be suppressed; and equally when testosterone levels are high, they will all increase.

Free testosterone is the most important testosterone score for a bodybuilder, because this is the testosterone that’s unbound and ‘free’ for the body to synthesize new muscle tissue from. In comparison, total testosterone by itself has no impact on body composition; however both of these readings will rise significantly when taking dianabol.

This dramatic elevation in testosterone explains why dianabol-users often experience euphoria during a cycle (due to T having a powerful positive effect on well-being).

When a user comes off dianabol, testosterone levels will become suppressed. We’ll explain this further in the side effects section. 

Nitrogen Retention

In order for new muscle tissue to synthesize, the body must be in an anabolic environment.

A positive nitrogen balance is critical, to keep the body ‘anabolic‘.

In short, the more nitrogen your muscles can retain, the more muscle your body can build. Equally a negative nitrogen balance is catabolic, and is present in those suffering from muscle-wasting diseases.

This is why bodybuilders eat copious amounts of protein, in an attempt to shift this nitrogen balance into a positive state for as long as possible. However, this effect from eating protein is very mild compared to dianabol’s effect on nitrogen retention – which is profound (4).

A positive nitrogen balance also enables the body to utilize more of the protein consumed by an individual, contributing to further muscle and strength gains.

Protein Synthesis

Dianabol turbocharges protein synthesis to unnaturally high levels. Consequently, damaged muscle cells from weight training, are able to grow big bigger and stronger than before.

Not only do users’ muscle fibers increase in size, but they also repair quicker than before, due to enhanced recovery levels. This can allow bodybuilders to train for longer periods of time without fatiguing  or overtraining from strenuous workouts.

This superior ability to recover is how Arnold Schwarzenegger and other classic bodybuilders could get away with training for several hours each day (intensely), without overexerting themselves.

Enhanced recovery is why some users report that they sleep less when on dianabol. A person that sleeps for 8 hours, may naturally wake up after 6, feeling just as vigorous. This is a sign that the body needs less rest than usual and is recovering faster.

Red Blood Cell Count

Dianabol also increases red blood cell production, enabling more blood flow to the muscles. Oxygen is transported to the muscles via the bloodstream, thus with more oxygen supply – muscular endurance improves.

For this reason dianabol was also prescribed to patients suffering from anemia, when it was first released.

For a bodybuilder, a higher red blood cell count can result in more reps being completed during sets; thus being able to train for longer periods of time.

As a result of this additional blood flow, pumps become noticeably bigger during workouts, due to increased N.O (nitric oxide) production (5).

muscle pump

Users may also experience an increase in vascularity. This is when the veins become more visible, often seen spiraling through a person’s muscles; resembling a human roadmap.

This spike in vascularity is due to dianabol’s vasodilation effect; where blood vessels dilate and become larger in size; thus being positioned closer to the surface of the skin.

However, due to dianabol causing some extracellular fluid retention (water collecting outside the muscle cell), it’s not considered the best steroid for enhancing vascularity. Other steroids such as trenbolone or anavar are superior in this regard, because they don’t cause extracellular water retention.


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