Bodybuilders strive not only to gain muscle mass, but also to make their body as attractive as possible. But to achieve the ideal relief is not easy, if there are even slight fat deposits. In order to speed up the process of losing weight and drying muscles, athletes not only work on their diet, but also use special preparations. One of the most famous fat burners is Clenbuterol.
What is clenbuterol?
Clenbuterol, or colloquially “Clen” is a medical drug that is used to treat asthma. It is produced in the form of tablets, drops, syrup, aerosol and injection solution. Clenbuterol in bodybuilding began to be used due to the ability of the drug to burn fat deposits due to the natural process of activating lipolysis. The body begins to intensively process subcutaneous fat in order to get energy.
Clenbuterol is a selective beta-2 agonist that is structurally and pharmacologically similar to ephedrine and salbutamol in action as they dilate the bronchi, but has a more pronounced thermogenic and muscle stimulating effect. This action is due to the fact that in addition to the bronchi, it also acts on beta 2 receptors, which are located in muscle, fat cells and in the central nervous system. Thus, when used as a doping agent, effects are being investigated not only on the respiratory system, but also on muscles, adipose tissue, brain and metabolism. This is why clenbuterol is known in bodybuilding circles as a drug for increasing energy and activating thermogenesis.
The effect of taking the drug
In bodybuilding, clenbuterol is mainly used to burn fat and increase muscle mass as an alternative to anabolic steroids. However, in terms of action, it has nothing to do with anabolic steroids, but belongs to the group of adrenomimetics. Substances in this group mimic the action that stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which is associated with an increased overall metabolism, accelerated fat burning and the transfer of the body into “fight or flight” mode. It is because of this activation of the body in combat readiness that many athletes use it as a strong stimulant.
The main effect of taking Clenbuterol we have already described is intensive fat burning. Athletes take clenbuterol for weight loss before the competition in order to reduce the amount of subcutaneous fat, while preserving muscle mass as much as possible. But it should be noted that in bodybuilding the drug is considered doping, and its traces remain in the body for 2-3 weeks.
Maple is also accepted during drying courses. Since the drug is not hormonal and does not have the side effects characteristic of anabolic steroids, it is used not only by men, but also by women. To achieve the desired effect, it is necessary to combine the intake of Clenbuterol with intensive training and proper nutrition.
One of the advantages of the drug Clenbuterol is that it not only burns fat, but also has a pronounced anti-catabolic effect. Clenbuterol in bodybuilding is also used to protect muscles from destruction during weight loss.
A small dose of the drug before training can improve its quality by increasing the strength of the athlete. It has clen and a weak anabolic effect. But it is less pronounced than its catabolic properties and ability to burn fat.
How to use correctly?
Of all the forms of Clenbuterol, athletes most often prefer tablets, as they are very convenient to use. The athlete must definitely figure out how to take Clenbuterol in order to prevent side effects. Particular attention should be paid to dosages, as well as the rules for combining with other drugs, and strictly follow the instructions.
The course of Clenbuterol for weight loss lasts a maximum of two weeks. Then the body gets used to the effect of the drug, so you need to take a break for at least 14 days. To quickly wean from the active substance, it is recommended to take Ketotifen. Without it, the weaning period can be up to two months or more.
Men are advised to increase the dosage in steps by 20 micrograms per day, gradually bringing it up to 100-120 micrograms. In the last two days, the dosage is reduced in the same way.
For women, the regimen is drawn up according to a similar principle, but for them the average dose is less – 80-100 mcg.
Many athletes do not take Clenbuterol alone, but combine it with other drugs. The joint use of clen and Ketotifen allows the receptors that are responsible for burning fat not to lose sensitivity. Clenbuterol should be taken in the evening and Ketotifen in the afternoon.
Oxandrolone is a mild steroid that can be used by both men and women. The combination with Clenbuterol will allow you not to gain extra pounds and increase the effectiveness of the course.
L-carnitine helps to speed up metabolism, due to which, when taken together, the effect of Clenbuterol is significantly increased. This complex allows you to train more efficiently by increasing energy intake.
If you can lose 4-8 kg in two weeks, this is considered a good result. The effectiveness of taking Clenbuterol will depend on the individual characteristics of the organism.
Side effects of taking clenbuterol
Short-term side effects are those that disappear with a decrease in the concentration of the active substance and its excretion from the body. The risk of these effects is directly related to the dose and individual sensitivity to the drug. An overdose of clenbuterol can significantly increase blood pressure and increase heart rate, which increases the risk of myocardial infarction even in healthy people.
One of the advantages of Clenbuterol is the absence of serious side effects. But some unpleasant phenomena may be observed, for example, nausea, indigestion, increased pressure, headache, anxiety, tremor. Usually they appear in the first days of admission and, if the dosages are observed, quickly disappear.