Anavar Only Cycle – Pros, Cons, Results

What Is Anavar (Oxandrolone)

Anavar is one of the most popular oral anabolic steroids of all time largely due to it’s well tolerated nature for both men and women. Anavar is most commonly thought of as a cutting steroid but it is very versatile and can be used effectively in cutting,bulking, and recomp cycles.

Oxandrolone was first made by Raphael Pappo and Christopher J. Jung while at Searle Laboratories in 1962. Searle Laboratories is now part of Pfizer. What peaked their interest in Anavar was that it had weak androgenic effects compared to its anabolic effects. This means that it had less androgenic side effects which promote and enhance male characteristics in users. Anavar was first introduced as a pharmaceutical drug in the United States in 1964.

Today a prescription is required for the use of Anavar and is illegal without one. That means there is a very large underground market for Oxandrolone and unfortunately is one of the most faked and under dosed compounds due to its relatively high cost to produce.

Medical Uses of Anavar

Oxandrolone has been researched and prescribed as a treatment for a wide variety of conditions. It is FDA-approved for treating bone pain associated with osteoporosis, aiding weight gain following surgery or physical trauma, during chronic infection, or in the context of unexplained weight loss, and counteracting the catabolic effect of long-term corticosteroid therapy.[1]

As of 2016, it is often prescribed off-label to quicken recovery from severe burns, aid the development of girls with Turner syndrome, and counteract HIV/AIDS-induced wasting. Oxandrolone improves both short-term and long-term outcomes in people recovering from severe burns and is well-established as a safe treatment for this indication. It is also used in the treatment of idiopathic short stature, anemia, hereditary angioedema, alcoholic hepatitis, and hypogonadism.[1]

Medical research has established the effectiveness of oxandrolone in aiding the development of girls with Turner syndrome. Although oxandrolone has long been used to accelerate growth in children with idiopathic short stature, it is unlikely to increase adult height, and in some cases may even decrease it[citation needed]. Oxandrolone has, therefore, largely been replaced by growth hormone for this use. Children with idiopathic short stature or Turner syndrome are given doses of oxandrolone far smaller than those given to people with burns to minimize the likelihood of virilization and premature maturation.[1]

The Benefits Of Taking Anavar For Bodybuilding

1. Muscle Growth

Anavar is usually associated with cutting cycles but it can also be used effectively in bulking cycles. Anavar alone will not produce rapid gains in mass but it can still prove to be beneficial in off season programs.

Users who take Oxandrolone will notice rapid gains in strength due to the fact that it is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) based compound. Anavar will not aromatize (convert to estrogen) which means you won’t gain any unnecessary water weight or have to worry about gynecomastia.

While males won’t notice rapid gains in mass, women will benefit more here from taking it. Women are far more sensitive to Anavar than men, and it can be a very effective off-season compound.

Those who supplement with Oxandrolone will find they gain less body fat during an off season program than they would have otherwise.

2. Burning Fat During A Cutting Cycle

One of the best times to supplement with Anavar will be during a cutting cycle.Due to Anavars powerful anabolic properties it’s one of the best steroids on the market for preserving muscle during a cutting phase. When you are in a caloric deficit your body will turn to fat as well as muscle for an energy source. By taking Anavar you will be able to preserve much more lean tissue than you would without it.

Users who take Anavar will also burn fat at a much more efficient rate. When the user begins to get more lean their muscles will also appear to be much harder and more full. They will also experience an increase in vascularity which adds to an overall leaner, tighter look.

3. Increased Athletic Performance

Due to Oxandrolone being highly anabolic users will experience rapid gains in strength without too much added mass. This can be a great advantage for athletes looking to get stronger but have to maintain a certain weight.

Anavar Side Effects

Even though Oxandrolone is considered to be one of the safer steroids, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have certain risks associated with taking it. However if taken responsibly the user can mitigate these side effects and possibly experience none at all.

1. No Estrogenic Side Effects

Anavar does not aromatize which means that you don’t have to worry about an increase in estrogen which can lead to some unwanted side effects like gynecomastia and water retention.

2. Little To No Androgenic Side Effects

Oxandrolone is not a very potent androgenic steroid but it can still carry some androgenic side effects. These side effects can be acne, excess body hair growth, and possible hair loss if you’re predisposed to male pattern baldness.

3. Heart Health

One possible side effect of Anavar has to do with its effect on your Cholesterol.Taking Anavar can suppress your HDL and increase your LDL levels. To help mitigate this side effect you should try to eat a cholesterol friendly diet as well as supplement with Omega 3’s like fish oil

4. Liver Damage (Hepatotoxicity)

Like most oral steroids Anavar is a C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) steroid. This means that is can survive several passes through the liver making it more bio available to the body but at a cost of putting more strain on your liver.

Anavar is relatively mild on the liver compared to other compounds but it is something that should be taken seriously. If you are planning on taking Anavar you should always take proper cycle support supplements like Tudca, NAC, and Milk Thistle, You could also consider taking a more robust, all in one cycle support supplement like N2 Guard, or Revive MD Liver.

5. Natural Testosterone Suppression

All anabolic steroids will cause some degree of testosterone suppression while taking them. Anavar tends to cause less suppression than other compounds but it is something to consider when taking it. There isn’t much you can do to mitigate the suppression, other than taking androgenous testosterone. After stopping Anavar you should consider doing a proper post cycle therapy (PCT) protocol which will help restore your natural testosterone levels.

Nutrition Is Your Key To Success

I really can’t emphasize how important your nutrition is to determining how well your results will be from any fitness program regardless if you’re using PEDs or not. I’m going to assume that most people reading this article are looking to build a lean, muscular physique so it’s my recommendation that you should look into carb cycling as a possible strategy. You can read all about how carb cycling can help you get results fast by checking out this article: The Ultimate Guide To Carbohydrate Cycling – 2020 Edition. You can also check out this carb cycling calculator to help you take the guesswork out of figuring out your calories and macros.

Anavar Only Cycle Guide and Details

Now that we’ve covered what Anavar is, how it works, the results you can expect and possible side effects, we can talk about what you can expect from an Anavar only cycle.

Most people will tell you that doing an Anavar only cycle is a bad idea. They will tell you that you’ll make little to no gains and that you’ll crash your natural testosterone levels. They will say that you must take testosterone with it otherwise it’s pointless.  While I agree with some of this I believe it’s up to the individual to decide what they’re expecting to gain by doing an Anavar only cycle.

An Anavar only cycle might be right for you if:

  • You want to make steroid like gains in the gym but are not ready for needles
  • You’ve already come close to your natural lifting limits
  • You know how to dial in your training and your nutrition
  • You want to get a harder, leaner look with little side effects
  • You want to look good on the beach
  • You’re healthy and don’t have any underlying health conditions

An Anavar only cycle might NOT be right for you if:

  • You have underlying health conditions
  • You’re looking to gain a lot of mass
  • You’re planning on entering a bodybuilding competition
  • You don’t have access to proper PCT supplements

So what can you expect from an Anavar only cycle? The majority of the results that you get from this type of cycle will depend greatly on your nutrition and training. If you are very strict with your diet and are consistent with both you can expect to achieve a much harder, leaner look than you could without Anavar. Anavar only cycles are good for people who are trying to enhance the look of their physique without gaining too much size or experience unwanted side effects from harsher compounds.

The biggest drawback of an Anavar only cycle is the fact that it will require a PCT due to the fact that it suppresses your natural testosterone levels. Your testosterone levels will be lower while taking it as well which can cause issues with your overall mood and energy levels. This is something that you should definitely take into consideration when doing this type of cycle.

Anavar Only Cycle Length

Since Anavar is relatively mild you can take it for longer periods of time than other oral compounds. A typical cycle will last up to 8 weeks. It’s advised that after completion you should take off the same amount of time that you were on. This means that if you were taking Anavar for 8 weeks you should take 8 weeks off before taking it again.

Example Anavar Only Cycle

Week Dosage Support Supplements
Week 1 25mg AM / 25mg PM daily
Week 2 25mg AM / 25mg PM daily
Week 3 25mg AM / 25mg PM daily
Week 4 25mg AM / 25mg PM daily
Week 5 25mg AM / 25mg PM daily
Week 6 25mg AM / 25mg PM daily
Week 7 25mg AM / 25mg PM daily
Week 8 25mg AM / 25mg PM daily

Example Anavar Only Cycle PCT

Week After Cycle Drugs and Dosage
Week 1
HCG 500iu / M / W / F
40 mg Nolvadex
50 mg Clomid
Week 2
HCG 500iu / M / W / F
40 mg Nolvadex
50 mg Clomid
Week 3
HCG 500iu / M / W / F
20 mg Nolvadex
25 mg Clomid
Week 4
HCG 500iu / M / W / F
20 mg Nolvadex
25 mg Clomid

Wrapping Up

Can you make some gains by doing an Anavar only cycle? Sure you can. Is it the best idea? Probably not. It’s always recommended to take testosterone as a base for any anabolic cycle to help mitigate the natural suppression experienced from these anabolic compounds. You would experience far better results if you coupled Anavar with testosterone.

Ultimately it’s up to you to do the research and weigh the risks and rewards. It’s good to set realistic expectations when doing an oral only cycle. Taking Anavar by itself can definitely help you improve your physique but there are some side effects that you should be aware of as well as certain limitations with this type of cycle. You’ll also need to be on point with your diet and training to maximize your results. Best of luck to you on your fitness journey.



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By | 2020-08-24T20:33:07+00:00 August 24th, 2020|Articles, Steroids|

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Hi, my name is Patrick and I am the founder of Always On Nutrition. I am an avid fitness enthusiast and have over 10 years of experience with nutrition and training to maximize fat loss and build muscle. I really hope that you find this content useful. Best of luck on your fitness journey and if you ever want to discuss your fitness further feel free to contact me through my contact page. Cheers!

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