Boldenone Undecylenate (Equipoise) profile
Equipoise® is the popularly referenced brand name for the veterinary injectable steroid boldenone undecylenate. Specifically it is a derivative of testosterone, which exhibits strong anabolic and moderately androgenic properties. The undecylenate ester greatly extends the activity of the drug (the undecylenate ester is only one carbon atom longer than decanoate), so that clinically injections would need to be repeated every three or four weeks. In veterinary medicine Equipoise© is most commonly used on horses, exhibiting a pronounced effect on lean bodyweight, appetite and general disposition of the animal. This compound is also said to shows a marked ability for increasing red blood cell production, although there should be no confusion that this is an effect characteristic of newly all anabolic/androgenic steroids. The favorable properties of this drug are greatly appreciated by athletes, Equipoise® being a very popular injectable in recent years. It is considered by many to be a stronger, slightly more androgenic Deca-Durabolin®. It is generally cheaper, and could replace Deca in most cycles without greatly changing the end result.
Not a rapid mass builder, instead Equipoise® will be looked at to provide a slow but steady gain of strength and quality muscle mass. The most positive effects of this drug are seen when it is used for longer cycles, usually lasting more than 8-10 weeks in duration. The muscle gained should not be the smooth bulk seen with androgens, but very defined and solid. Since water bloat is not contributing greatly to the diameter of the muscle, much of the size gained on a cycle of Equipoise® can be retained after the drug has been discontinued. It is interesting to note that structurally Equipoise® and the classic bulking drug Dianabol are almost identical. In the case of Equipoise® the compound uses a l7beta ester (undecylenate), while Dianabol is 17 alpha alkylated. Aside from this the molecules are the same. Of course they act quite differently in the body, which goes to show the 17-methylation effects more than just the oral efficacy of a steroid.
As discussed earlier, Equipoise® is a very versatile compound. We can create a number of drug combinations with it depending on the desired result. For mass, one may want to stack it with Anadrol 50®(oxymetholone) or an injectable testosterone such as Sustanon 250. The result should be an incredible gain of muscle size and strength, without the same intensity of side effects if using the androgen (at a higher dose) alone. During a cutting phase, muscle hardness and density can be greatly improved when combining Equipoise® with a non-aromatizable steroid such as trenbolone acetate, Proviron® (mesterolone; 1-methyl DHT), Halotestin® (fluoxymesterone), or Winstrol® (stanozolol). For some however, even the low buildup of estrogen associated with this compound is enough to relegate its use to bulking cycles only.
Presently, for the most part there is little specific reason to use Equipoise in an anabolic steroid cycle. There is nothing that it does anabolically that Masteron, Primobolan, Deca, or trenbolone will not do. In terms of side effects, likewise it has no advantage over Masteron or Primobolan, unless one desires the occasional side effect of increased appetite, or the side effect of its moderate conversion to estrogen. This can be useful if no other aromatizing steroid is being used.
Effectiveness of Equipoise
This is not intended to disparage the compound: it certainly can be put to good use in a steroid cycle. Its potency (effect per milligram) is comparable to most other injectable steroids, though less than that of trenbolone, and so for example addition of 400 mg/week is a substantial boost to most cycles. Alternately, if substituting boldenone for another injectable this can be done on a milligram-for-milligram basis.
Equipoise® is not an ideal steroid for the drug tested athlete however. This drug has the tendency to produce detectable metabolites in the urine months after use, a worry most commonly associated with Deca-Durabolin®. This is of course due to the high oil solubility of long chain esterified injectable steroids, a property which enables the drug to remain deposited in fatty tissues for extended periods of time. While this will reliably slow the release of steroid into the blood stream, it also allows small residual amounts to remain present in the body far after the initial injection. The release of stubborn stores of hormone would no doubt also be enhanced around contest time, a period when the athlete drastically attempts to mobilize unwanted body fat. If enough were used in the off-season, the athlete may actually fail a drug screen for boldenone although many months may have past since the drug was last injected.
How Equipoise should be used
As an undecylenate ester, boldenone needs only be injected every week (staying active well over 4 weeks), but because the preparations come in 25 mg/ml, users most often opt for 25-50 mg every day to every other day. A use of 300-400 mg per week seems to be the normal recommendation. Its not hepatoxic to any serious degree and can therefore be used for longer cycles. The appearance of underground forms of boldenone in higher concentrations (200 mg/ml) has made it easier to inject only once a week, which is to be preffered over the multiple dosings because it has a more even release and the cumulative effect shows much sooner. Speaking of cumulative effect, the best results with boldenone are seen when a user front-loads. Usually that means he will use a high doses of 600-800 mg/week for 2 weeks and then lower that dose to the normal 300-400 mg/week for the remaining 8-10 weeks.
Chemically, boldenone undecylenate is almost identical to methandrostenolone (dianabol). There is only one structural difference between these two anabolic agents. Dbol is an oral steroid with a c17 alpha alkylated group (c17aa) added in order to survive the first liver pass. On the other hand, equipoise is not an oral steroid, and it therefore doesn’t need the c17aa group in its structure. What it does have, is the undecylenate ester, which provides a slow release rate into the system after being injected.
For some reason equipoise seems to be a very underrated steroid. One can agree that it doesn’t give extreme mass gains, nor is it fast. However, many tend to forget that apart from anabolic effects, its main property is mass preservation. Therefore, since it will help preserve a lot of lean mass gains, EQ can be a very useful stacking steroid both for cutting, and bulking anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS).
Besides, its side effects are very mild. The weak side effects and slow mass gains require long cycles in order to appreciate noticeable results. Even if these will not be clearly visible right away, one can be sure that strength and endurance will be considerably enhanced.
Due to its outstanding nitrogen retention ability equipoise helps to have some very hard and well defined muscles, and will perfectly fit in a stack with Trenbolone or Winstrol.