Masteron is one of those steroids that has a bit of mystique behind it as it is both commonly overrated as well as underrated depending on the circle in-which you travel. One of the more commonly counterfeited steroids around; when you do possess legit Masteron the most common form will be attached to the Propionate ester with an Enanthate ester version also being available. Masteron-Propionate is undoubtedly one of the most popular bodybuilding steroids of all time; when we look at contest preparation this can be seen very easily but as we’ll shortly see it doesn’t have a lot of use for packing on size. Further, like many anabolic steroids there is a strong medical purpose outside of performance enhancement but again, the purpose of Masteron-Propionate in the medical field is a good bit different than most other anabolic steroids.
Drostanolone-Propionate or better known by its trade name “Masteron” is a Dihydrotestosterone(DHT) derived anabolic steroid with the Propionate ester attached made existing by the addition of the 2a-methyl group (2a-methyl-dihydro-testosterone propionate.) Developed to treat breast cancer Masteron-Propionate is one of the more effective medications for this purpose, especially when coupled with Tamoxifen-Citrate (Nolvadex) and this alone gives the Steroid a bit of a unique nature. Most anabolic steroids that were developed with medical intent are generally done so in an effort to fight muscle wasting diseases but as you can see this is not the case with Masteron. Masteron-Propionate appears to have the ability to reduce estrogen in the body to a degree and as estrogen is the enemy of a breast cancer patient it is very easy to see how this would benefit the individual. While this is a good form of breast cancer treatment it has begun to fall out of popularity in recent years as aromatase inhibitors (AI’s) such as Arimidex have proven to be more effective. While AI’s are definitely more powerful in-terms of overall estrogen control Masteron-Propionate appears to have a way of combating the estrogen conversion of other steroids in the system to a degree and as you may have easily guessed this can prove to be very beneficial as well.
Both mildly anabolic and androgenic and on the low side of mild, its natural makeup does not appear to matchup with its actual functionality; this is not completely uncommon in anabolic steroids, Halotestin comes to mind as it is a steroid that is highly anabolic and androgenic but displays no androgenic effects. In the case of Masteron-Propionate, while very mildly androgenic on paper it can have a dramatic hardening effect on a lean physique and promote greater metabolic activity to a fairly strong degree; not to the degree of Trenbolone in either regard but still fairly decent.
As an anabolic androgenic steroid in the performance enhancing world, while most steroids have a primary role and several secondary natures that can be useful for any cycle (some can serve a primary role for any cycle) Masteron-Propionate appears to be of a more singular purpose anabolic steroid. There is very little use for this steroid in a bulking cycle as it will not add on a lot of size and it will be far from the best choice one could make in-terms of increasing strength and performance; however, for the individual who is looking to get lean and ripped this is one of the better steroids on the market.
The Benefits of Masteron-Propionate:
The basic benefits of Masteron-Propionate are relatively simple; a leaner and harder physique. It is important to note this level of hardness in-which it can provide will not be of a significant nature if a physique has a thick layer of fat covering it; yes, this steroid will promote fat loss to a degree but it will not on its own make a fat physique ripped to the bone. Masteron is most beneficial when we are already in a lean state, when body-fat is already low; not only will it help unburden you from some of that last hard to lose fat but make the physique harder in appearance than without. To be specific, when speaking of low body-fat and the use of this steroid we’re speaking of 8% or lower with 6% or lower being far more optimal.
While hardness and the bit of fat loss it can promote are two fantastic traits in their own right it is by far hardly the most interesting benefit. By its nature Masteron-Propionate actively inhibits the aromatase process to a degree. No, Masteron does not aromatize in the first place but it appears to weaken the aromatase effect of many other anabolic steroids, such as testosterone. As we have discussed Masteron hardens on its own but it is the anti-aromatase effect that really brings out this trait, for it is the aromatase effect that causes estrogen buildup and it is a buildup of estrogen that can often make a physique soft.
The Side-Effects of Masteron-Propionate:
All anabolic androgenic steroids carry with them potential side-effects, as do all medications of a non-steroidal nature. Anything you put into your body has the potential to cause a negative reaction and this includes medicine, hormones and even food. For example, some people can’t take Aspirin or it makes them sick, some people can’t eat peanuts because it makes them sick and in some cases even kill them. The same can be said of anabolic steroids; however, as it pertains to anabolic steroids most of the potential side-effects are very easy to control but there is no way to predict if you will need to control them in the first place. Fortunately regarding Masteron-Propionate we have one of the milder steroids available and as it is mild so are the potential side-effects making this one of the more well-tolerated steroids on the market.
Most of the side-effects caused by anabolic steroids are due to the aromatase effect and as we’ve discussed Masteron-Propionate does not aromatize, therefore making side-effects such as Gynecomastia and water retention no concern. Most of the side-effects associated with Masteron will be similar to many DHT based steroids but only to a degree and they are in this case very few. The two most common side-effects are going to be hair-loss and or acne; however, we must note, Masteron will only make you lose some of your hair if you were going to go bald anyway and acne is very individualistic and often based on sensitivity. Beyond these side-effects Masteron doesn’t seem to have many strong negative effects; however, responsible use should still be implored because this is one of the very few steroids where the side-effects are largely a mystery.
Masteron-Propionate & Bodybuilding:
Take the most popular steroids in the world, Testosterone, Dianabol, Deca-Durabolin, Winstrol; the list goes on and on. These steroids have one thing in common and that is they can all be used by anyone regardless of their goals or intended purpose. This is not the case with Masteron-Propionate, there is no added athletic performance advantage with this steroid; as we discussed it’s really a one trick pony in-terms of performance enhancement. True, any athlete could use Masteron and develop a better looking physique but for athletes outside of the bodybuilding world that’s not the purpose of anabolic steroid use. Without question the primary purpose of bodybuilding is adding to the overall appearance of a physique and this can be for a competitive bodybuilder or the individual who loves such a lifestyle simply because they enjoy the look it provides.
Masteron-Propionate Cycles & Doses:
As Masteron-Propionate is an excellent bodybuilding contest anabolic steroid the majority of who supplement will do so during this period and generally towards the latter half of the contest prep when they are already lean; remember, the leaner you already are the more pronounced the benefits will be. As a Propionate based anabolic steroid there is a very short half-life associated with Masteron-Propionate and to be effective we must administer it on an every other day basis.
Most will find 50mg every other day to be the minimal dosage if the desired effects are to be obtained with 100mg every other day being far more optimal. Yes, you can use more than this but you will rarely find anyone using more than 600mg-700mg per week and more often than not such doses are overkill. For those who choose to use Masteron-Propionate you’ll find it stacks well with most anabolic steroids and common stacks often include items such as Trenbolone, Testosterone and Winstrol.