If you’ve found your way to this article (welcome, by the way!), you’re no doubt interested in using Clenbuterol, aka ‘Clen’ for bodybuilding purposes. The question is, is Clen actually a good option for bodybuilding?, i.e., Is it the best fat burner out there, or are there better alternatives? With so many different over-the-counter and prescription-only fat burners and thermogenic agents out there, it’s often difficult to ascertain which might be the best choice for you.
Well, to give you a helping hand, we’ll give you an in-depth review of Clenbuterol - and when we say a review, we mean a review from me, a bodybuilder. 100% unbiased, transparent, and honest, covering all the benefits, risks, my experience, and whether or not I think Clenbuterol is a good option for bodybuilders trying to burn fat and get into shape. So, without further ado, let’s take an in-depth look at Clenbuterol and its uses in bodybuilding.
Clenbuterol for Bodybuilding
Given that the aim of bodybuilding is to get your body into as best shape as possible - which, by the way, included having exceptionally low body fat - it’s no surprise that Clenbuterol has, and probably always will be, a popular choice for those seeking to achieve this. Let’s take a look at why it has become so popular in bodybuilding circles:
It’s easily accessible and sourced (despite being a prescription-only medicine).
It’s relatively inexpensive.
It’s effective at burning fat and assisting the goal of weight loss.
It’s purportedly anti-catabolic, i.e., it preserves muscle mass.
The above four points tell us why it is so popular. Who wouldn’t opt for a drug that is easy to get hold of at a cheap price and is effective? To a lot of people in the bodybuilding world, the above four points will be like music to their ears! After all, the fear that most bodybuilders have is that losing weight and burning fat will destroy muscle mass given the need for a calorie deficit; however, studies have shown that Clen is has anti-catabolic properties, meaning it can help to preserve muscle mass even when someone is trying to shed body fat and weight quite aggressively.
Of course, how much muscle it preserves and how much weight/fat is lost will largely depend on diet and nutrition, but it’s safe to say that Clenbuterol will help in both respects to some degree.
If you’re interested in using Clen for bodybuilding purposes, here are some questions that might be going through your mind:
Does Clenbuterol build muscle?
There are animal studies that suggest it may be mildly anabolic, but these have yet to be replaced in humans; therefore, at present, the jury is out. However, let’s face it, people don’t use Clenbuterol for building muscle (that’s what anabolic steroids are for - the name’s in the title!), but obviously, knowing a compound is anti-catabolic can give some peace of mind with regard to the preservation of muscle mass when embarking on a heavy cut that will adversely impact levels of lean muscle tissue.
How long can I use Clen for, and at what dose?
The human body appears to build a tolerance to Clean rather quickly, so cycles beyond four weeks aren’t really worth pursuing as you’ll have to continuously have to up the dose, which will increase the chances of negative side effects. Most people either use it for two weeks on/two weeks off (for six weeks, i.e., four weeks total on Clen, two weeks off in between), or use it two days on/two days off (for four weeks).
With regard to dose, this is subjective; however, I feel (based on my own experience) that lower doses are almost as effective as higher doses, yet they don’t come with the risk of potentially serious side effects. Of course, everyone is different, but higher doses always increases the risk (this goes for all PEDs). The typical starting dose is 10-20mcg (that’s micrograms, not milligrams!), with some bodybuilders going all the way up to 120mcg per day! In my opinion, that’s excessive, and results can be achieved with a quarter of that dose. Always start with a low dose and build your way up to higher doses; less is more is the best mantra to follow.
Can Women and Female Bodybuilders Use Clenbuterol?
Given that Clen isn’t androgenic, women and female bodybuilders can use Clean without an fear of virilization. However, it's important to remember that women tend to be lighter than men, so they should definitely start off with lower doses, perhaps even as little as 5mcg to begin. Where cycle length is concerned, four weeks maximum is what it typically advised.
My Bodybuilding Personal Review of Clenbuterol
I’ve used Clenbuterol both as a standalone thermogenic and as part of a stack with anabolic steroids, so it’s safe to say that I have sufficient experience to furnish you with an accurate review. I have to admit, Clen is probably my favorite fat burner/thermogenic.
Because it works at low doses and is extremely effective, I’ve found that even using 10mcg a day for a few weeks can dramatically transform my physique, mainly when used in conjunction with anabolic steroids (Testosterone, Anavar, and Winstrol mainly), as you can actually build lean tissue while dropping body fat - the holy grail of bodybuilding! While it’s definitely not as strong as something like DNP, the risk of serious side effects is much lower, and as I value my health, I prefer a risk:reward ratio weighted firmly in favor of the latter!
Of course, Clenbuterol isn’t a perfect compound by any stretch of the imagination, thanks to the increased heart rate, excess sweating, body warmth, and occasional shakes. Still, all of these are relatively minor provided that you’re hydrated, eating healthily, don’t have a heart condition, and only stay on it for a handful of weeks.