Turinabol (Tbol) is a steroid that is highly valued by true athletes rather than by bodybuilders which is often the domain of most steroids.
That’s not to say that bodybuilders can’t or don’t use Turinabol with benefits, it simply comes down to your personal goals.
Experienced bodybuilders and those beginners who are keen to learn will soon find that Turinabol comes with some very unique benefits for this type of use, but it will take some planning with your steroid cycle to gain the most out of this interesting and potentially very useful steroid.
Without a doubt though this is a steroid that directly benefits athletes including sporting and endurance athletes, and for that reason it was in the past used illegally by elite Olympic athletes, after which official manufacture of this steroid was halted and remains so to this day. It is now only available on the black market.
Find out all about Tbol and how it could possibly benefit you in both some expected as well as some unexpected ways. My Turinabol cycle guide has been broken down into the following sections:
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What is Oral Turinabol?
This is an oral steroid with great similarities in its chemical structure to the famous Dianabol.
Tbol is derived from testosterone with some modifications which make it less androgenic in activity but still powerfully anabolic although it does not compare to the more potent anabolic steroids on the market when it comes to mass gains or bulking, and these are not the areas of common use or major benefit of Turinabol.
Increased endurance, stamina, strength and improved recovery are the hallmark properties of Turinabol. Clearly these effects are also of benefit to many bodybuilders from a performance enhancement perspective. But perhaps even more powerful is this steroid’s ability to help you get more out of other steroids you’re using.
For this reason Tbol should be seriously considered as an addition to a cycle for any steroid user regardless of goal. Whether serious mass gaining steroids are being used or those compounds used for cutting, Turinabol can add another dimension to a cycle that allows you to get much more out of your other steroids while keeping their doses lower.
Turinabol is of course an oral steroids and this does come with its downsides, most notably for its negative effects on the liver. For steroid users with experience in using hepatotoxic compounds, common sense precautions such as limiting cycle length will be at the front of mind.
But for users new to liver toxic oral steroids it is paramount that the risks are well understood so that the real risk of liver toxicity is minimized as much as possible while still allowing you to extract maximum benefit from the incredibly useful and effective steroid that is Turinabol.
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Turinabol Benefits (Tbol Effects)
Turinabol is particularly beneficial for enhancing performance rather than acting as a mass gaining steroids, although it can provide some moderate clean gains in mass but in most cases other compounds will be used as the primary anabolic compound for muscle gain.
Turinabol is a steroid that can be used for multiple purposes and the user is best advised to develop an understanding of how this steroid works, so you’re in a position to include it in a cycle to the greatest effect. Below are the main benefits and effects that Tbol can deliver:
It’s in the area of improving performance where Turinabol really shines. This makes it a desirable compound for users who might not have ever used any of the more popular bodybuilding steroids as it’s the elite athlete who will most benefit from these effects.
Expect increased performance in all the important areas including endurance and the overall ability to keep up an intense level of physical activity for longer periods. Increased red blood cell count will provide greater oxygen carrying ability to the muscles, bringing about enhanced endurance.
Less fatigue, improved recovery and better physical conditioning results in Tbol not only benefiting you at each workout, race or game but for longer periods of time like over an entire season where by the end, you can expect to feel less worn out and closer to peak fitness rather than depleted.
While growth isn’t a core property of Turinabol and it certainly won’t give you the gains of more powerful and dedicated bulking steroids, some mild gains can be expected and they come with the bonus of no water retention thanks to the lack of estrogenic activity of this compound. So if Turinabol is being used as the primary anabolic compound in a cycle, gains will at least be dry and clean and you know any mass you’ve gained is lean tissue rather than fluid.
Helps Preserve Lean Tissue
Conserving muscle tissue is critical during a cutting cycle and Turinabol can play that role well. Tbol promotes nitrogen retention, red blood cell production and protein synthesis which are all important when trying to retain lean muscle while losing fat.
It will also contribute to muscle hardness because it does not cause water retention. While it doesn’t have the hardening abilities of the more hardcore cutting steroids, Turinabol is a favorite for use early in cutting cycles where it can get you to a point of being nice and lean which you can then take further with more powerful steroids like Masteron or Winstrol.
Boosts Efficiency of Other Steroids
Turinabol can bind to the SHBG protein which then prevents testosterone from binding to it. This frees up more testosterone to circulate. This property of Tbol is what makes it appealing to bodybuilders, rather than any direct performance enhancing or growth effects.
Turinabol can play a powerful supporting role to boost the effectiveness of more powerful steroids like Deca-Durabolin, or even just testosterone itself. By using Turinabol along with other compounds you can expect to be able to see better results with those steroids without the need to pump up the dose simply because they are now working more efficiently and less is going to waste through the binding activity with SHBG.
You can expect a noticeable improvement in how you recover from intense exercise and once again this comes down to Turinabol effect on nitrogen retention, red blood cell activity and protein synthesis which all combine to make the muscles operate more efficiently with more stamina and much improved repair activity.
This steroid should be dosed according to not only what you hope to get out of it specifically, but also in the way that it can work with any other compounds you’re using in the cycle as it is known to enhance their efficiency by preventing the binding of testosterone; thus freeing up those other compounds for more efficient use by the body.
A relatively low dose of Tbol is effective at achieving this goal. Whatever dosage you decide on, the maximum length of use should be no longer than 8 weeks because of risks to liver health.
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Turinabol Dosage
First time users of Turinabol wanting to minimize or even eliminate the chance of androgenic side effects can start as low as 15mg daily, however significant effects should not be expected at such a low dose.
Raising the dose to 30mg per day even as a beginner will normally provide more noticeable benefits while still keeping the side effect risk profile low enough for most people to be comfortable with, keeping in mind that cholesterol should still be monitored even at these lower doses.
Intermediate users wanting more anabolic benefits from Turinabol as well as the enhanced endurance and recovery will find that 30mg to 50mg each day, with 40mg daily being the sweet spot is a suitable dose that strikes a balance between providing great benefit while keeping liver and cholesterol risk at a manageable level. This dose will provide some gains in mass and strength while still minimizing the risk of common androgenic effects.
The most advanced and confident of steroid users will likely be using some other very powerful compounds in the cycle whereby Tbol can play a vital role in enhancing the effectiveness and activity of those other steroids. Whichever goal an advanced user has, most will feel confident in starting their dose at the 40mg daily level.
Some of the most advanced steroid users have been known to boost the dose right up to 80mg daily but this should be done with extreme caution and a high level of understanding of the risks to the liver and cholesterol. High doses of this amount will provide increased mass and strength gains, but so too will the risk of androgenic side effects be raised.
Advanced users on a cutting cycle will still likely want to stick to a 40mg daily dose which uses Turinabol mainly as a muscle preservation compound rather than a mass gaining one.
Proper Turinabol Administration and Timing
Some oral steroids are best split into two or even more doses per day because of their short half life, but this is not the case with Turinabol. This makes it a highly convenient steroid to use, with a long half life of about 16 hours making it possible and recommended to take a single dose each day.
If for specific reasons you still prefer to split the Turinabol dose each day, taking 50% early in the day and the other half in the evening and keeping this pattern consistent is another option.
However the effects of Tbol remain excellent when your administration of each dose is kept to once per day and preferably taken around the same time each day for consistency in maintaining optimal blood levels of the compound.
Female Turinabol Dosage
Virilization is a real risk for women using Turinabol so it’s critical that female dosages are kept low enough to avoid these side effects.
The maximum dosage for a female Tbol should not exceed 5mg daily. However most women will want to start lower at about half that amount. Any dose above 5mg daily is highly likely to result in the development of masculine traits. Women should not use Turinabol for longer than 6 weeks, but many will find that even 4 weeks is effective while minimizing side effect risk.
Typical Turinabol Cycles
This is not a steroid that anyone is likely to use on its own in a cycle. It is best used alongside at least one other steroid such as Testosterone, although more powerful steroids are also suitable.
Not only is the addition of at least a testosterone steroid into a Turinabol necessary to combat testosterone suppression, but Turinabol has excellent synergy with testosterone itself and contributes to the freeing up of testosterone so circulating levels are higher.
This is one of the big benefits of Turinabol and can be the sole reason people add it to a cycle. Below are some of the typical cycles we see with Turinabol at various experience levels:
Beginner Turinabol Cycle
Most beginners will want to keep the first cycle as simple as possible and that means stacking Turinabol with a testosterone ester such as the long acting Testosterone Enanthate. The testosterone itself will work more efficiently with Turinabol binding to SHBG.
In this cycle Tbol will still contribute to some mass gains while improving recovery and endurance Testosterone Enanthate taken for the entire 12 week cycle at between 300mg and 500mg weekly, and Turinabol used only for the first 8 weeks at 30mg daily will kick in earlier in the cycle while the slower acting testosterone ester takes over for the cycle’s second half.
Intermediate Turinabol Cycle
This intermediate cycle makes use of slow acting steroids that will require patience to start benefiting from their full effects several weeks into the cycle.
With the addition of the powerful Deca-Durabolin, this Turinabol cycle is focused on mass gains and they will be quality gains with fluid retention kept at a minimum. Testosterone in this cycle is used only as a supportive compound to provide your testosterone requirements due to the suppressive effects of the other compounds. In this case just 100mg weekly of Testosterone Cypionate will cover your bases with Deca used at 400mg weekly for 12 weeks, and Turinabol included for the first 8 weeks only at between 40mg and 60mg per day.
Advanced Turinabol Cycle
The most experienced steroid users will already have, or be ready to try some of the most advanced and powerful steroid compounds and in this case we can include the excellent Trenbolone in this Turinabol cycle. Just like Turinabol, Trenbolone also does not aromatize so gains will be very clean.
Expect high quality muscle and strength gains with the combination of these two steroids and the inclusion of Testosterone at a maintenance dosage for the duration of this 8 week cycle. The dose of Turinabol in this cycle can be considered up to 80mg even though this goes beyond what many might be comfortable with; even a dose of 40-70mg daily will be sufficient but those with existing cholesterol issues need to be extra cautious with dosing.
Trenbolone Acetate at a dose of 400mg per week will provide excellent mass gains suitable for cutting or other goals including contests because of the lack of fluid retention that will bring about a superb hard and dry physique.
For best results Trenbolone doses should be broken down into 100mg taken every two days. Finally, to mitigate testosterone suppression that will occur the inclusion of Testosterone Propionate at just 100mg weekly will cover your testosterone requirements during the cycle. This 8 week cycle should only be considered by advanced users as Trenbolone is a very potent steroid only suited to the most experienced people.
Although Turinabol is known to stack very well with most other steroids, and in fact can promote a more efficient use of them in the body, it should never be stacked with other oral steroids of the C17-aa type such as Anavar, because of the doubling up of hepatotoxic compounds which would stress the liver to potentially dangerous levels.
Turinabol otherwise works well with a wide range of steroids and is often used in the first 6 to 8 weeks of a cutting cycle to provide muscle preservation and hardening effects while being stacked with compounds like Winstrol or Masteron which can be used through to the end of the cycle
For mass gain cycles it is commonly stacked with Deca-Durabolin, Dianabol or Trenbolone.
At a bare minimum, Tbol should always be stacked with a form of testosterone if only for the need to combat the suppression of natural testosterone that is certain to occur.
What Results Can I Expect Using Turinabol?
If you’ve ever used Dianabol you might wonder if results from Turinabol will be similar, after all it is simply a modified version of Dianabol itself. Despite this there are some big differences between the two, with the most notable being that Turinabol is much more mild in its effects than Dianabol and for that reason the two are often stacked together for great results.
A major benefit of Turinabol that will considerably enhance results is that it can improve the efficiency of other steroid compounds you’re taking by binding to SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) which then allows more free testosterone to circulate and be used by the body. For this reason Turinabol is best taken stacked with other steroids so you can make the most of the synergistic properties and ultimately get even more out of the other steroids you’re using. This renders Turinabol to more of a supportive compound and allows you to use it a low dose, because it’s not providing the main anabolic effects. Due to its liver and cholesterol impacting effects, this is often considered the very best use of Turinabol.
For those wanting mass gains, higher doses of Turinabol can deliver but the results can’t be expected to rival those of the more legendary mass gaining steroids.
When cutting with Turinabol the expected results can include improved hardening, moderate gains without bloating, and preservation of muscle tissue.
All in all your results with Turinabol are going to depend on three main things: your dose, your goals and associated workouts and diet, and other steroids that are being used. These factors make the expected results from Turinabol quite variable and highly dependent on each individual and his or her method of use.
Side Effects from Turinabol Cycle
Turinabol would be considered one of the most placid steroids when it comes to side effects, in that the negative effects are very mild in most areas that are of concern to anyone taking steroids and particularly those who have great experience with estrogenic and androgenic effects, where Turinabol is weak to non-existent.
But there is one particular area we need to keep a close eye on when using Turinabol and that concerns cholesterol. Here’s what to look out for when it comes to the potential side effects of Turinabol:
Androgenic Tbol Side Effects
Turinabol has a very low amount of androgenic activity, and possibly none at all. Most men can likely use Turinabol with no noticeable androgenic related side effects like acne and hair loss.
Women on the other hand are highly likely to experience virilization symptoms when Turinabol is used at higher doses, indicating that there is certainly some androgenic property to Turinabol but generally at a low enough level that it’s barely or not at all noticeable to male users.
Estrogenic Tbol Side Effects
A big benefit of Turinabol is that it doesn’t aromatize at all so there are no estrogen related side effects to worry about. This removes some of the biggest concerns that steroid users have by not causing any water retention, high blood pressure or male breast tissue enlargement.
The most serious side effect to watch out for with Turinabol is most certainly it’s impact on the cardiovascular system and in particular your cholesterol health. This steroid can lower the levels of the good cholesterol type (HDL) while simultaneously raising your bad cholesterol (LDL).
The negative effect on cholesterol that Tbol is likely to cause is serious enough to warrant a rethink about using this steroid if you already suffer from cholesterol related issues. Even those with normal cholesterol will still need to be proactive in maintaining a very cholesterol friendly diet and including a lot of cardio exercise while using Turinabol.
Turinabol will cause some suppression of natural testosterone production, the severity of which will depend on many factors including your dose, period of use, and of course any other steroids you’re using in a cycle. Post cycle therapy will be required following Turinabol use to stimulate normal testosterone function again.
Liver toxicity: Turinabol is an oral steroid which comes with the risk of some liver toxicity. There are other more toxic oral steroids out there, but also some which are less risky in this area than Turinabol.
Turinabol is likely to stress the liver to some degree and the higher the dose and cycle length, the more the liver will come under stress.
Users with a healthy liver and who maintain a sensible dose of Turinabol will see liver enzymes go back to normal after a cycle, but those with existing liver issues should seriously consider whether this is a steroid that should be used at all. Liver health supplements used during the cycle can contribute somewhat to mitigating the stress of on this vital organ.
Turinabol Post Cycle Therapy
Like almost every anabolic steroid, Turinabol will cause your body’s regular testosterone to decrease with the risk of low testosterone being high. This requires the use of a testosterone steroid alongside Turinabol in a cycle, to take care of your testosterone requirements during this time. At the end of the cycle you will see a crash in testosterone if you don’t undertake post cycle therapy to stimulate the body to start producing its own testosterone again. PCT will generally include the most commonly used drugs such as Nolvadex and Clomid.
Depending on which other compounds are being used and how powerfully suppressive they are, the inclusion of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) can be of great benefit in stimulating testosterone function.
The length of your PCT will again be determined by which other steroids are in use, but in general a period of between four and six weeks should be considered as standard and providing a sufficient supportive framework to allow normal testosterone to get back on track.
What are the effects of Turinabol?
Turinabol has multiple benefits but the main ones by far concern performance enhancement like increased endurance and stamina, allowing your workouts or athletic activity to be performed at a greater intensity and for a longer time. Recovery is enhanced and overall fatigue is reduced. Turinabol can be used for moderate mass gains without water retention but this is not its primary benefit.
Is Turinabol safe?
Turinabol is considered to be one of the more mild steroids with a higher safety rating than most others. But it comes with some risks, as well steroids do, with the main one being changes to cholesterol. So while Tbol is relatively safe to use, it should be done so at sensible doses and with strict attention paid to cholesterol levels throughout your cycle.
How much Turinabol should you take a day?
Because of the lack of standard manufacturing of this steroid, the available tablet dosage can vary between products. Traditionally it was available in both 1mg and 5mg tablet forms from which you would need to formulate your doses. Common dosing ranges from just 15mg daily right up to 60mg per day for the most advanced users.
Is Turinabol good for bulking?
While Turinabol can provide some mass gains without fluid retention, it’s not thought of as a bulking steroid. It will not have you gaining muscle like truly powerful anabolic steroids can and this is not the purpose it is used for by the majority of people. Turinabol is best thought of as a performance enhancing compound rather than a bulking steroid.
How long does Turinabol stay in your system?
Turinabol has a relatively long detection time in the system of about 6 weeks, but this will vary between individuals. This means after your final dose, it’s possible for Turinabol to show up in drug tests for about 6 weeks following. Those who know they will be undergoing drug testing will therefore need to plan a cycle adequately to avoid having any Turinabol remaining in the system.
What is the half life of Turinabol?
16 hours is the approximate half life of Turinabol. This is a longer half life than most oral steroids and makes it easy to administer Turinabol once a day and knowing that blood levels will remain optimal for a sufficient amount of time in between doses.
Where can I buy Turinabol?
This is a steroid that is no longer manufactured by any pharmaceutical company so it is only available from underground labs on the black market. This makes it very susceptible to poor quality and even dangerous ingredients so choosing a reliable supplier is paramount. Prices vary wildly but overall Turinabol is one of the lower cost steroids available.
Can I take Turinabol alone?
Technically you can take Turinabol along but it is never recommended because this steroid will cause your testosterone production to suppress to the point where you will experience low testosterone – this means you’ll suffer a host of symptoms from low energy and sex drive, to poor concentration, fat gain and muscle loss and general poor health. For this reason Turinabol should at least be taken with a testosterone steroid for the entire duration of your cycle.
My Conclusion and Recommendation
Turinabol provides an excellent boost to muscular endurance, fatigue prevention, more strength, power and speed and improved recovery. This makes it very appealing for athletes. But there are other benefits and a major one is that Turinabol can make the other steroids you’re using more available and more efficient because Turinabol binds to SHBG which prevents testosterone from binding. This frees up more testosterone so you have higher circulating levels. For some Turinabol users this is the most important benefit of this steroid.