Equipoise (Boldenone Undecylenate) is a testosterone derived anabolic androgenic steroid. It is officially classified as a veterinarian grade anabolic steroid. It had some success in human medicine through the 1960’s and 70’s but was then discontinued by the end of the decade. Since then the steroid is only available through veterinarian medicine and underground labs.
There is a rumour that Equipoise is very similar to Deca Durabolin, but the two compounds are not similar in any way. EQ as it’s commonly known is unique.
Equipoise Functions & Traits:
Equipoise is altered form of testosterone, with an added double bond at the carbon position 1 and 2. This alteration reduces the hormone’s androgenicity and its estrogenic nature. It is then attached to a long Undecylenate ester that is responsible to control the release of the hormone when administered into the body. Approximately 3-4 days after injecting there will be a peak release in Boldenone and what follows is a slow continuous release for approximately 21 days.
Equipoise aromatizes at only 50% the rate of testosterone, more or less. That means that estrogenic side effects, while possible, are highly unlikely compared to testosterone. Equipoise is not as powerful as testosterone when it comes to mass building, but it should allow you to make cleaner gains when supplementing.
Equipoise has the ability to cause protein synthesis enhancement, retention of nitrogen in the muscles, it can inhibit glucocorticoid hormones and increase IGF-1 output. EQ also increases red blood cell count like most anabolic steroids. The concerns are, however, regarding how much Equipoise can increase red blood cell count. The good news is that this is only a concern with extremely high dose and extremely long periods of use. A moderate increase in cell production is without question be very advantageous for almost any athlete.
Effects of Equipoise:
Equipoise is generally a well-tolerated anabolic steroid with notable anabolic activity. Outside of performance enhancement use, EQ is often given to horses in an effort to increase lean body weight. Many performance enhancing athletes that use Equipoise claim they have an increased appetite, but other report no such effect. Regardless it could be useful for those who struggle to consume needed calories.
In off-season bulking, Equipoise can lead to quality lean mass gains. This will not happen overnight; steroids like Deca Durabolin, Anadrol and Dianabol will produce far greater mass results. Stronger off-season gains when supplementing with Equipoise were also reported. This steroid may help you consume the excess calories needed for off-season growth. Since not everyone who uses anabolic steroids is looking for immense gains in size, despite the fact Equipoise is not a tremendous mass building steroid, for them it may produce all the mass they want.
Equipoise also increases strength, which can be very beneficial in an off-season mass plan. It enhances athletic performance, but the extremely long detection time will prohibit many athletes from using it. Total detection time can be up to five months. Athletes benefits are also notable increase in muscular endurance and recovery enhancement.
The most beneficial point of Equipoise use can be as a cutting steroid. It is an excellent protectant of lean muscle mass. To lose body fat, you must be in a caloric deficit, which puts your lean muscle tissue at risk. Without an anabolic steroid, some muscle mass will inevitably be lost. Equipoise will protect you from this loss in lean tissue, plus it will have some very nice conditioning effects on the physique. This can be enhanced when combined with a non-aromatizing steroid, such as like Masteron or Trenbolone.
While EQ is commonly used during cutting plans of a competitive bodybuilding, it is normally only used at the beginning of the cutting cycle. Due to possible estrogenic activity, it will normally be discontinued later in the cycle.
Side Effects of Equipoise:
For most men, Equipoise is a well-tolerated anabolic steroid. When low doses are applied, it is also very well-tolerated by many women. Some side effects are certainly possible, but for most healthy adults this anabolic steroid will be very manageable.
While the Boldenone hormone does not aromatize heavily, it is still aromatized to estrogen. High levels of estrogen can promote gynecomastia, excess water retention and in severe water retention cases even high blood pressure. Moderate doses should be easily manageable.
To combat estrogenic side effects, an anti-estrogen medication is needed. Not everybody will need it, but it’s a good idea to at least have one on hand. You can choose between Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM’s) such as Nolvadex and Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s) such as Arimidex. As they inhibit the aromatase process and drop total serum estrogen levels, AI’s will be the most effective. But due to their negative impact on cholesterol, SERM’s should be your first choice. They are not as effective, but they are often enough for many. SERM’s could actually improve cholesterol levels due to their promotion of liver estrogenic activity.
Androgenic side effects like acne, accelerated hair loss (if predisposed to male pattern baldness) and body hair growth can occur, but the overall androgenicity of this steroid is greatly reduced. This is due to the its double bond at the carbon 1 and 2 position. Therefore, androgenic side effects will be strongly linked to genetic predisposition. It’s important to remember that this side effects are brought on by the steroid being metabolized by the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, but again the androgenic nature of Boldenone will not be affected by 5-alpha reductase inhibitors significantly.
Female users may experience some virilization symptoms like body hair growth, a deepening of the vocal chords or clitoral enlargement. Due to its low androgenicity, Equipoise will be possible to use for some women without such symptoms. Anyway, alternative steroids may be preferred since the slow acting nature of the compound can make it difficult to control blood levels. Individual sensitivity will dictate this a lot. If virilization symptoms begin to show, use should be discontinued immediately and they will fade away. If ignored, the symptoms may become irreversible.
The Equipoise’s cardiovascular effect should be milder than with other anabolic steroids. Boldenone does tend to negatively affect cholesterol ratios, particularly through HDL levels. However, for most healthy adults this should be well within the realm of control. The introduction of an AI to combat estrogenic effects will however enhance the improper lipid profiles, and should be considered in cholesterol management. Keep a close eye on your cholesterol levels, and ensure you are healthy enough before supplementation begins. It will be important to lead a cholesterol friendly lifestyle if you use Equipoise. That means your diet is cholesterol friendly and it includes plenty of omega fatty acids, plus you need to incorporate plenty of cardiovascular activity.
While Equipoise is not the most suppressive steroid, it will suppress natural testosterone production. A significant reduction in total serum testosterone levels will encourage most to include exogenous testosterone in their stack. Your body should receive the testosterone it needs to prevent a low testosterone condition. Suppression will not be a concern if testosterone is used as a base steroid in the cycle. If not you should apply a minimum testosterone replacement therapy related dose, based on the testosterone compound you choose.
At the end of the Equipoise use and when all the exogenous steroidal hormones clear from your system, natural testosterone production will slowly begin again. A Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan is recommended since it will stimulate natural testosterone production and promote a more efficient recovery. A well-planned PCT will provide your body with enough testosterone to function properly while your levels continue to naturally rise.
Important to remember is, that natural recovery assumes no prior low testosterone level existed and no severe damage was done to the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis (HPTA). This could happen due to improper anabolic steroid supplementation practice. If you include Equipoise in your cycle, your PCT plan should begin approximately 2 weeks after your last steroid injection if the cycle ended with EQ. Many will find it that the best recipe is beginning HCG use ten days after the final injection, while following HCG use with SERM therapy.
Boldenone is not an anabolic steroid that is toxic to the liver and will present no stress or damage to this vital organ.
Equipoise standard dose will normally fall in the 200-400mg per week range. Most men will tolerate 400mg well and that would be the minimal amount of EQ they’ll want to use. Some will tolerate 600mg per week and find side effects to be extremely easy to control. Doses this high will, however, increase estrogenic potential. Due to the long activity of the steroid, one injection per week will do the job, some might choose to split it into 2-3 smaller injections. It has been reported that side effects are easier to control with smaller more frequent injections.
Equipoise should be used for a minimum of 8 weeks which is a very common duration of cutting cycles. Many cutting plans might begin with 8 weeks of Equipoise and continue with an additional 4-8 weeks without it opting for non-aromatizing agents. In the off-season, 8 weeks will again be the minimum. Most users will find 12 weeks to be far more efficient. Regardless of the cycle, Equipoise is an extremely versatile anabolic steroid that stacks well with all anabolic steroids.
For female athletes, a standard dose would be 50mg of Equipoise per week. Virilization can be avoided with this dose but this depends on their sensitivity. Some women tolerate 75-100mg per week, but this should only be attempted if they are comfortable with 50mg per week. For most women 6 week cycles of Equipoise will be enough, if tolerated well, 8 week runs could occasionally be attempted.
Availability of Equipoise:
Equipoise is available widely on the veterinarian and black markets. Unfortunately, Equipoise is one of the most commonly counterfeited anabolic steroids on the market. It can easily happen that you purchase a low-quality EQ, under-dosed product and also a labelled Equipoise that is actually containing a large ester base testosterone. You should be extremely careful when buying in order to ensure a quality product.
Buying Equipoise Online:
The easiest and most affordable way to purchase Equipoise is online. Keep in mind that it comes with numerous potential risks, like a counterfeit purchase or bacteria infested products from unscrupulous suppliers. Furthermore, with buying Equipoise online there’s a good chance you are breaking the law in some countries. Anabolic steroid laws vary from one country to another. If you are looking to purchase high quality anabolics without a legal risk, choose a trusted seller. In this case you will not need a prescription, and will not put yourself at legal risk.
Equipoise is a very versatile anabolic steroid. However, if you expect enormous increases in mass due when supplementing with this steroid, you will be disappointed. Since some associate the quality of a steroid only on the basis of its ability to promote mass, EQ is not ranked high in this matter. If you understand what it can provide and how you can benefit from it to get what you want, Equipoise can be a great addition to a well-planned cycle.
- (Boldenone Base + Undeclyenoic Acid Ester
- [1,4-androstadiene-3-one,1 7b-ol]
- Molecular Weight (base): 286.4132
- Molecular Weight (ester): 186.2936
- Formula (base): C19H26O2
- Effective Dose (Men): 200-600mgs/week
- Effective Dose (Women): 50-100mgs/week
- Active life: 15 days
- Detection Time: Up to 5 months
- Anabolic/ Androgenic ratio: 100:50