Chemical Name: 1,4-androstadiene-3-one, 17 beta-ol, 1-dehydrotestosterone
Molecular Weight: 286.409 g/mol
Original Manufacturer: Ciba
Half Life: 14 days
Anabolic Rating: 100
Androgenic Rating: 50
Equipoise is the brand name of the steroid Boldenone; it has the Undecylenate ester attached to it which allows for slower release into the bloodstream. It was first created with the intention of being used on animals such as horses. Equipoise is derived from Testosterone and has the same Anabolic properties as Testosterone, but much lower Androgenic properties and therefore the side effects related to Equipoise are rather low.
Equipoise is used in both cutting and bulking cycles. Many users compare Equipoise to Deca Durabolin, these are two completely different steroids and do not compare, however, they do seem to be a good substitute to one another during a steroid cycle. Many people are sensitive to the progesterone side effects related to Deca, and thus they opt for Equipoise instead.
Years ago when Equipoise was only available in the veterinary version, it mostly came in strengths of 50mg/ml which was a huge problem for steroid users. As Equipoise is mild the recommended minimum dosage is 300mg a week; often users will take 600 to 1000mg a week. Having to inject 12ml or more of oil a week can be painful. However now with all the underground labs around, Equipoise comes in strengths of 200 to 350mg/ml, 300mg seems to be the popular one.
As mentioned, Equipoise is often used as a substitute for Deca in a bulking cycle. Equipoise has been known to increase one’s appetite which can be very beneficial during a bulking cycle.
Typical bulking cycle with equipoise:
Weeks 1 to 10 – 500mg Testosterone Cypionate
Weeks 1 to 10 – 300mg Equipoise
weeks 1 to 4 – 30mg Dianabol Daily
PCT usually starts four weeks after the last injection as Equipoise has a long half-life. The above cycle is just an example and will vary in dosages and length depending on the person’s experience with steroids etc. The Testosterone can also be swapped with a different ester such as Testosterone Enanthate or Propionate, however, with Propionate you would need to inject more frequently due to its short half-life.
A cutting cycle involving Boldenone would often consist of Testosterone Propionate and Winstrol. Equipoise is known for its lean muscle gains with little to no water retention, and this is why it is a popular choice for cutting cycles. Another benefit of Equipoise is its ability to increase the red blood cells in the body; this leads to huge pumps during training as well as thicker veins throughout the body which looks great if you are lean enough.
Overall Equipoise is an excellent steroid especially for beginners, it is mild and does not give huge muscle or strength gains, so it is often not a popular choice amongst bigger more experienced users. Due to the increase in red blood cells, there is also an increase in endurance. For this reason, it is often used by athletes such as cyclists who are looking for better endurance but not extra weight gain.