If you have ever lifted weights and have considered dabbling in Anabolic steroids, then the name ‘Primobolan’ should ring a bell.
It is after all, touted to be the Austrian Oak’s favorite poison.
Well, Arnie has never publicly admitted to using roids, let alone call Primobolan his favorite one.
But speculation, clubbed with the incredibly mild nature of the compound has made it a crowd favorite.
Who doesn’t want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger?
But the demand is so high, that Primobolan is of the most counterfeited steroidal compounds in the world.
If you are wondering whether to use it with your existing stack or as a standalone compound, this primer will help clear some doubts.
Chapter 1. What is Primobolan?
Section 1. Methenolone Acetate
Primobolan (Methenolone Acetate) is a short ester version of the hormone Methenolone, which in turn is a structurally altered form of DHT.
It is an oral anabolic steroid that was first created by Squibb in 1962 under the brand name Nibal for treating anemia and muscle wasting.
Its popularity is for a different reason entirely though.
Primo is famous in bodybuilding circles as the most popular steroid during the golden age of bodybuilding.
Section 2. Methenolone Ethanate
Please keep in mind that Primobolan Depot (Methenolone Ethanate) is the long ester version of the hormone that is sold in an injectable form. It’s an entirely different product although they are different versions of the same base hormone.
Section 3. History
In the late 60’s, the rights to the hormone were acquired by Schering, a German life sciences company that produced both long and short ester versions under the brand names Primobolan and Primobolan Depot.
Primobolan has an anabolic to androgenic ratio of 88:45. That explains how mild it is as compared to even base testosterone.
Yet, it is a controlled substance which means that you’d have to rely on underground labs to source the compound.
Chapter 2. How to use Primobolan
You are most likely to find Primobolan in the oral pill form which is considered to be weaker than the injectable version of Methenolone Acetate. Injectable versions of the Acetate ester are extremely rare. You are more likely to find the Athenate version instead.
Section 1. A Standalone Oral Primobolan Cycle
If you are using the oral one as a solo steroid, then you might need at least 100mg/day, five to six times a week to notice any serious gains. The cycle can be continued for 12 weeks.
Methenolone Acetate has a very short half-life of about 5-weeks or so.
Section 2. Run it with other anabolics
Most users though would stack it with a more androgenic compound like Test-E at 400mg/week. Or even Trenbolone at 150mg/week.
The low dose of the androgenic compounds minimizes the risk of side effects while still giving a slight kick needed for the Primo to do its job.
One of the most common bulking cycles in the 70s was Dianabol at around 30mg/day with Primobolan at 700mg/week.
Chapter 3. What Results Can You Expect From Primobolan?
Primobolan is one of the most misunderstood compounds in recent times because we are a generation that seeks instantaneous results.
Any compound that adds 30 lbs. to the scale is touted to be the gold standard irrespective of whether 20 lbs. of those is just water weight and fat.
True, Primo wont do that to you. But it is a slow and steady releasing product that can completely transform your physique if you eat and train the way you are meant to.
Section 1. Fat Loss:
Primobolan has a double carbon bond at the first and second position which gives it an extremely strong affinity of binding with androgen receptors. This enhances lipolysis or the rate at which your body burns stored fat. This makes it one of the best synthetic compounds to add to a cutting cycle. Your muscles look hard and more vascular while you are on primo.
Section 2. Nitrogen retention and Protein Synthesis:
Just like any other anabolic steroid, Primobolan will significantly increase the amount of nitrogen you store in your muscles. This boosts protein synthesis and promotes muscle gain. While it does promote muscle gain, the results are not even close to what you can achieve even with a simple testosterone cycle. For this reason, Primobolan is rarely used as a solo steroid by men.
Section 3. Recovery:
By boosting the production of Red Blood Cells, Primobolan hastens recovery allowing you to hit the weights harder and sooner than usual.
Section 4. Strength gains:
Users who use Primobolan for 12 weeks report a significant increase in strength. Experts consider this to be the result of the enhanced recovery and the protein synthesis caused due to the compound.
Chapter 4. What are the side effects of Primobolan?
We have been harping on the mild nature of Primo.
To give you some perspective, it has for long been used therapeutically for treating women and children. Along with Anavar, it is one of the safest steroids that you can use, provided you don’t fly off the handle.
Having said that, side effects are usually dependent on the individual response that you may have to the drug. Here are some of the possible sides that you can experience.
- Suppression: No matter what you’ve read or heard, Primobolan will suppress you. The level of suppression is quite tepid as compared to other AAS though. So, you will need to supplement with an exogenous test compound while you are on Primo and follow it up with a proper PCT. You will recover a lot easier from Primo than you would from a Tren cycle.
- Cholesterol: Primo will lower your HDL and increase your LDL a lot worse than Test does. So, it is important that you keep it in check.
- Androgenic sides: Primo has one of the lowest androgenic profiles. If you still experience acne or hair loss while you are on it, then you are probably going to get it with just about any AAS. Women should stick to the 50mg/week dosage to reduce the risk of virilization.
On a positive note, the chances of experiencing gynecomastia or other estrogenic sides while you are on Primobolan are close to zilch. It is not hepatotoxic either.
Chapter 5. To sum it up
Primobolan is a great choice for anyone looking for a slow and steady synthetic compound that allows you to maintain those gains while on a cutting cycle.
For a bulking cycle, the results will not be as dramatic as some of the other compounds.
But it’s still a lot safer than messing around with more dangerous compounds without fully understanding them.