Anadrol (Oxymetholone), is a DHT-derived oral anabolic steroid. In bodybuilding, Anadrol is considered the most powerful oral steroid on the market.
Rapid Weight Gain
Anadrol is quite possibly the best steroid in terms of weight gain, and blowing up a user’s muscles fast. This makes it a compound particularly coveted by skinny males who want huge gains.
The weight gained on Anadrol is typically comprised of muscle and water retention.
It is not uncommon for users to gain as much as 10lbs in the first week on Anadrol. By the 6th week, weight gain can increase to 30lbs. Roughly half of this is likely to be water.
Because Anadrol shifts a lot of water inside the muscle cells, muscle pumps in the gym can be described as ‘skin tearing. Pumps can become so huge where they are actually problematic, with some users describing lower back pumps as painful.
Anadrol will take a bodybuilder’s muscle size to a whole new level, with it being over 3x more anabolic than testosterone.
Some of this size will be temporary intracellular fluid retention, giving the muscles a constant pumped look.
However, the lean muscle gains on Anadrol are still significant, due to the steroid skyrocketing testosterone levels, protein synthesis and increasing nitrogen retention.
Scientists regard Anadrol as “one of the most potent steroids ever developed for building muscle“, with participants gaining 14.5lbs of muscle per 100lb of bodyweight in studies (2).
However, these results are based on high doses for excessive periods of time, thus results for a bodybuilder will be slightly less, assuming a shorter cycle and a more cautious dose.
18lbs of lean muscle is common for a first-time 6 week cycle of Anadrol. This will be roughly 60% of the overall weight gained.
Anadrol is arguably the greatest steroid in powerlifting and strongman circles. This is due to the sheer weight gain and the huge surge in testosterone.
It is common for users to add 30lbs to their bench press in the first 10 days on Anadrol.
By the end of a cycle, Anadrol has the ability to add approximately 60lbs to a user’s squat, deadlift and bench press.
Usually, the strength gained during these compound lifts will be double the bodyweight gained on Anadrol.
Strength levels can decrease by 40% post-cycle, which correlates with the same degree of weight loss.
Anadrol 50 essentially is a 50mg tablet. Thus, no injections are needed to reap the rewards from this steroid.
Injections can be very dangerous if the person doesn’t know what they are doing. One of the most common injection sites is the buttocks, which if done incorrectly can injure the sciatic nerve and cause paralysis (3).
Injections even when done safely, can be uncomfortable, which isn’t ideal when administering steroids with short half-lives (such as Anadrol), which require frequent injections.
Injecting into the buttocks may also mean users have to rely on friends or family to inject them.
Despite orals being more convenient and easier to take, there are drawbacks to taking pills, which will be detailed in the side effects section.
Anadrol is somewhat healthy for the joints, due to its water-retaining properties.
It lubricates the joints, increasing elasticity and decreasing inflammation or/and joint pain.
Thus, if a bodybuilder does have joint problems, taking a steroid such as Anadrol or Deca Durabolin may be more preferable to Winstrol for example; with the latter expelling water and creating more wear on the joints.
Some people believe Anadrol causes fat gain; however, this isn’t accurate.
All anabolic steroids, including Anadrol, are different types of exogenous testosterone.
Testosterone will build muscle and burn fat. Thus, different steroids will build muscle and burn fat to different degrees.
Two studies have concluded that Anadrol burns significant amounts of subcutaneous fat when dosed at 100mg per day (4, 5).
The reason why Anadrol may appear to cause fat gain is due to water retention. The puffiness and bloating from the excess fluid can give the appearance of a higher body fat percentage.
As it’s a bulking steroid, users are likely to combine Anadrol with a high-calorie diet, resulting in fat gain and additional water retention. This however is linked to the person’s diet and not directly related to Anadrol itself.
Therefore, if a maintenance calorie diet is adopted, the person will not gain subcutaneous fat.
However, Anadrol and other steroids can cause increases in visceral fat (6). This is not the fat you can pinch around your stomach, but instead located internally and wraps around your organs.
anadrol side effects
Generally, the better results experienced from a steroid, the worse the side effects are. Although Anadrol produces some of the best strength and mass gains, it is also a very harsh steroid. Thus, it is not recommended for beginners.
Anadrol’s side effects are:
High blood pressure
Shuts down testosterone
Increased risk of injury