An overview of Masteron
It is the finer details that make for all the difference when it comes to winning bodybuilding competitions. To the untrained eye, all bodybuilders look the same. In the upper echelon of the sport, especially every one of those competitors looks extremely jacked and shredded, and with no glaring weak spots.
So, how do they determine the winner? This is where the details come in. The judges start looking at how ‘grainy’ or ‘dry’ the physique is. The drier, the better, as a dry look, accentuates every detail in the muscle.
To achieve that level of detail, bodybuilders use various anabolic steroids. One of the most popular bodybuilding steroids for that purpose is Masteron. Here’s what you need to know about Masteron.
What is Masteron?
This is an androgenic-anabolic steroid that goes by various brand names, including drostanolone propionate, dromostanolone propionate, Drolban, or Masteril.
Masteron was initially developed in the 1970s by Syntex, but back then, it was known as Masteril; however, it was also marketed as Metormon. For over 20 years, Masteron was utilized for a variety of therapeutic treatments, including helping in the treatment of breast cancer. Nonetheless, it is no longer used for those purposes.
Today, Masteron is utilized for purely aesthetic purposes. It is renowned for its ability to give the finishing touch to an already well-crafted physique. As such, it is primarily used by bodybuilders who are about to step on stage, as well as athletes and gym rats looking to enhance their aesthetics.
As per the moment, there are two main types of Masteron. They are Masteron Enanthate and Masteron Propionate.
Masteron Propionate was the first variant to stop being used as a therapeutic drug. It is also less commonly used in the bodybuilding community than Masteron Enanthate. This is because propionate has a very short half-life of only two days. And since it has to be administered intramuscularly, this would mean very frequent injections, which is just not ideal.
Masteron Enanthate, on the other hand, has a longer lifespan of about 6 days. Additionally, it is more effective than propionate.
Sometimes referred to as ‘Masto,’ Masteron is categorized under the group of anti-estrogenic steroids. This is due to its remarkable ability to resist the process of aromatization. In case you were not aware, most androgenic-anabolic steroids usually undergo aromatization, which is the process through which the steroid (which is typically a derivative of testosterone), is converted to estrogen, which is the female sex hormone that is responsible for giving women their feminine characteristics. If you take a steroid and it aromatizes, it can lead to the development of feminine traits such as enhanced breast development.
Aromatization is usually made possible by the aromatase enzymes. Masto can resist aromatization by inhibiting the functioning of those enzymes by blocking their receptors. As a result, you end up with more testosterone in your body, which is what you need for building lean muscle.
What are the Benefits of Masteron?
- Increasing Testosterone
As mentioned, this anabolic steroid allows you to have more testosterone in your body. Testosterone is the male sex hormone and plays a lot more functions in your body than just enhancing your sex drive.
For one, testosterone plays a critical role in energy regulation. Guys who have more testosterone in their systems tend to have higher than average energy levels. This gives them the ability to go hard in the gym, bedroom, and life in general.
More testosterone also usually equates to higher strength and endurance levels. More strength and endurance, on the other hand, allows you to build muscle at a much quicker rate since you will be forcing your muscles to adapt to your strength levels.
- Boosting Metabolism
This is perhaps the most impactful benefit of using this steroid. By boosting your metabolic rate, it essentially makes your body to operate on overdrive. A high metabolic rate means that you will be burning through all the food that you consume, rather than storing it as fat. It also means that you will be burning through your body fat at a higher degree than average.
This phenomenon not only allows you to keep weight gain at bay, but it also means that you will have higher energy levels.
Nonetheless, in spite of Masteron’s testosterone increasing and fat-burning properties, it is not the best steroid to use for either of those properties. If you want to increase your lean muscle mass by tremendous amounts, you will be better off using a steroid such as Trenbolone. Similarly, if you want an anabolic steroid that is supreme at burning fat, you will be better off using something such as Winstrol.
What Masteron does, is it combines both benefits, but not at the extreme levels that steroids dedicated to any of those purposes are capable of. This is why Masteron is typically used for the final touches of a physique.
What are the dangers of Using Masteron?
As with any other anabolic compound, Masteron can cause a host of undesirable effects. They include:
- Hair Loss
If you are genetically predisposed to balding, Masteron will only increase the rate at which you lose your hair. Additionally, even if you are not predisposed, you will still run a high risk of losing your hairline.
So, if you like your hair, you might want to reconsider using this compound.
- Acne Breakout
Like most anabolic steroids, Masteron is also capable of triggering a severe bout of acne, especially on your backside. It is usually referred to as ‘bacne’ in bodybuilding circles.
As mentioned, Masteron is an anabolic-androgenic steroid. As such, it increases the androgen levels in the body. One of the things that happen when there is a rise in androgen levels in the body is the release of more sebum by the sebaceous glands.
Sebum is a thick and oily substance and, therefore, too much of it can clog your skin pores. When you couple that with the fact that working out releases even more oil from the skin, the chances of those pores blocking become magnified. That creates the perfect environment for bacterial buildup, thus causing an acne breakout.
Some people, however, can use Masteron without experiencing a breakout. So, it seems as though the manifestation of this side effect is individualistic.
Masteron has also been found to trigger the development of virilization symptoms in women who use the compound.
Virilization refers to the development of exaggerated masculine characteristics in women due to an influx of androgens such as testosterone.
Some of these symptoms include excessive growth of facial and body hair, deepening of the voice, an enhanced sex drive, a large clitoris, and increased muscularity.
- Suppressing Natural Testosterone Production
Even though we mentioned that Masteron increases the amount of testosterone in the body, it does so by actually introducing artificial testosterone to the body. While that allows you to enjoy the benefits that come with higher testosterone levels, it may cause your testes to stop producing your own testosterone since there’s more than enough in the system.
When your testes are no longer doing their job, they can shrivel up to the size of grapefruits, and you may need to be on testosterone replacement therapy for the rest of your life.
The average Masteron dosage lies anywhere between 300 and 700mg per week. However, beginners are advised to start out with a small dose of 300mg. Most users take about 500mg per week.
Advanced users such as pro-bodybuilders usually run the steroid at higher dosages and typically stack it with other steroids such as Testosterone and Trenbolone.
Those who use Masteron Propionate usually administer it every 1 to 2 days, while those that use Enanthate usually administer it every 3.5 days.
User Reviews on Masteron
Most people who have used Masteron during their cutting cycle have been satisfied with the results they got from the compound.
Those that utilize it for bulking, however, did not get what they expected. This is because Masteron is not a bulking steroid.
Others have mentioned that their libido went up upon using the compound. This is perhaps due to the increase of free testosterone levels in the body.
Due to the effects that Masteron has on estrogen related side effects, this anabolic steroid is especially useful during the cutting phase. Higher estrogen levels usually increase the rate of water retention. Water retention can blur muscle definition. As such, by inhibiting water retention, Masteron can enhance your definition, thereby allowing more detail in your muscles.
Nevertheless, in spite of that benefit, Masteron is a rather weak anabolic steroid by itself, which means that it will not give you a whole lot of benefits by itself. As such, for best results, you should consider stacking it with other anabolic steroids.
Despite being a mild steroid, Masteron can cause a cascade of unwanted effects. As such, if you are going to use it, ensure that you do so under the guidance of a professional.