Clenbuterol, well known as Clen, is a powerful asthma substance prescribed for patients who deal with nasal obstruction and having hard time breathing, many bodybuilders assume Clenbuterol is a steroid and it’s a common statement, but is Clenbuterol a steroid?
The powerful fat burning properties and skyrocketing workout performance is the main reason why many bodybuilders opt-in for Clen for a ripped body.
On the other hand, Anabolic steroids are incredibly popular among any serious bodybuilder. It is mainly used either to add bulk or cut fat.
When I first started working out after a few recommendations for cutting. My decision narrowed down to Clenbuterol, being the most recommended substance for fat burning. I assumed that Clenbuterol is a steroid for a long time.
In this article, I’ll discuss what is Clenbuterol, is Clen a steroid, how long should you take it, dosage, side-effects and when to stop it.
What Is Clenbuterol?
Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator, that is banned for human use in the USA. Clenbuterol in USA and many countries is illegal to use. Many Clenbuterol brands are struggling with getting held by customs and can’t be imported into those countries.
Thus, it’s often said to be careful when you decide on buying Clen online. Most brands don’t really mention anything about legal matters. They just let you order online and let you handle it yourself. Which is ridiculous and not transparent.
However, there is so far one brand that managed to reformulate and being accepted in many countries including the US.
Why it’s viral among bodybuilders and it’s a must for Cutting?
This drug is considered one of the leaders in fat burning, even Hollywood starts that are not bodybuilders use it to burn fats and lose weight. The thermogenesis effect you get from it is incredibly powerful and your fats turn to energy straightaway after your first dose.
Many bodybuilders love it because it simply turns their bodies into a fat burning machine.
But here is the trick, Clenbuterol may shed fats but will not make you lose your muscle mass. Its mechanism allows your body during the cutting to not touch the muscle mass. Thus, many argue it has anabolic properties.
So Is Clenbuterol a Steroid or not?
There has been a recent research published in regards to the anabolic properties and confirmed the mild anabolic benefits of Clenbuterol. However, it was very clear that Clenbuterol is not a steroid by any means.
Surprisingly, it has been accepted among bodybuilder communities that Clenbuterol is a steroid and they discuss it based on that. That’s of course not true.
However, Clen can be considered as a powerful performance enhancer and thus it’s prohibited in Olympic games.
But why is Clenbuterol not a steroid, although it has anabolic benefits?
Anabolic steroids are used to build up muscle. However, they are artificial versions of testosterone, a male hormone. This hormone is naturally produced by males and females. The role of steroids is to mimic the actions of testosterone but in amplified effects. (1)
Clenbuterol is not even close to that. And not a derivative to T hormone. It belongs to a different class of medication called sympathomimetics. This class of drug is more familiar with ephedrine. And thus bodybuilders often use Clenbuterol or Ephedra for cutting cycle
How to Use Clenbuterol
This is the most sensitive point about Clenbuterol. The approach to Clen will determine your outcome. Either you’ll deal with jitters, nausea and hate yourself. Or you will have high performance, happy, losing fats and looking ripped.
You need to first observe that there are various brands of Clen on the market. The common two are Clenbuterol Sopharma & Crazybulk.
Both have a different way of working and dosing.
If you decided to use Sopharma then you need to never exceed the maximum dose of 120 mcg per day. You can start with 40 mcg. (2)
The cycle should be 3 weeks on. 3 weeks off
The dosing with Crazy bulk would be consuming 3 pills per day Maximum.
You can start with 2 pills per day.
The cycle should be 8 weeks on, 10 days off.
Keep in mind that Clenbuterol cannot help you burn fat without the proper nutrition and exercise.
However, using Clenbuterol can triple or quadrible your efforts and get you a kickstart in your cutting cycle.
Can Anyone Use Clenbuterol?
Many individuals are still starting new in the cutting cycle. They assume that going for Clen would be a terrible idea. And better to stay away.
I have to say, Clenbuterol is not dangerous for a good reason, it is not a steroid.
Steroids are the ones to be cautious from due the tremendous side-effects you might get. Some of the steroidal side-effects can be fatal.
Clenbuterol is an amazing fat burner. All you need to know is to take the right dose on time and never overdose. It’s just a stimulant that happens to be powerful with mild anabolic properties.
However, Stay away from Clen if you are dealing with these following condition,
Anyone who has heart disease, high blood pressure, below 18, pregnant or nursing women.
Can Clenbuterol be Stacked with Anabolics Steroids?
This point is mainly for advanced bodybuilders, yes. It is quite common for Clen to be stacked with other steroids.
This is normally done to amplify the results of Clen with whatever steroid it is stacked with.
There are few common steroids on the market, like Winstrol, Dianabol, Anadrol, and Trenbolone.
While I definitely recommend stacking, it is highly not recommended for beginners that just want to shred fats and try something new for the first time.
Does Clenbuterol Appear in Drug Tests, Like Steroids?
Since Clenbuterol is not a steroid? No.
However, some organizations do specifically test it in bodybuilding or sports competitions. As it is still a performance enhancer and it will be considered cheating if used. (3)
Clen drug test is often done through a Urine test, the easiest and fastest results.
You will need at least 72 hours to get rid of Clen from your system and not show on your drug test.
I think I managed to answer the question to all who asked: “Is Clenbuterol a Steroid?”
Please comment below if you do have more questions, I would love to share my experience.