Four difference clenbuterol cycle methods are explained here with pros and cons. Decide yourself which one is ideal for your situation (cutting & bulking)
We all have heard of steroid cycles and some of us have tried them too. Bodybuilders use steroids in cycles or in different patterns so that they can maximize gains while minimizing side effects or risks.
Similar patterns of use are followed while taking fat burners that are strong thermogenic stimulants like Ephedra & Phetermine. Clenbuterol is the most popular among them.
Different Clen usage patterns are normally followed by body builders rather than those who are aspiring to lose weight. They call it clen cycle.
Clen usage patterns
Before talking about dosage and timings, let’s know the different ways of using Clenbuterol by and large.
- Cycling pattern
- Pyramid Pattern
- Incremental method
- Stacking method
Some people combine the above patterns together thinking they deliver best results, while many follow any one of them.
Now let’s get into detail of all the three ways of using Clen.
On-Off Cycling method
This is the most popular way of taking Clen. Here you will have to follow ON and OFF periods. Following this, people blast with clen for few days and then stop taking it for few days and then repeat the cycle. Most popular cycles are
- 2 days on and 2 days off
- One week on and one week off
- 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off
These types of cycles are followed for a longer duration say for 45 days or even 2 months.
Sometimes this method is combined with incrementing dosage pattern. Here people start with low dose and then increase to maximum day by day and stop in Off period and repeat.
Some bodybuilders suggest starting with a dosage of 20-40 mcg and increasing it by 20mcg with every repetition while cycling Clen. People normally go upto 100mcg and stop. Some bodybuilders claim that, they have taken up to 140mcg of clen a day while on clen cycle.
Reasons for cycling clen are
- Bodybuilders believe that body gets used to a stimulant like clen and its effectiveness decreases if it is used continuously. It is thought that once our body gets used to it, it does not stimulate any more. On and Off technique can probably prevent body from getting used and fat loss benefits can be maximized this way.
- Clenbuterol can cause serious long term side effects on body. Clen users believe that with On and Off usage technique, their body can afford to use clen with minimum side effects.
- It is not advised to take clen for long duration. But usually in cycling method people use it for up to 3 months thinking it as a safe way.
Disadvantages of Cycling Clen – What scientific evidences say?
Clen Cycling is very popular pattern of use followed by most of bodybuilders in cutting stage. You can find discussions on these patterns in all online forums and discussion boards. But there are no clinical evidences proving its effectiveness.
Critics say that cycling is the most ineffective way of taking clen. Short cycles like 2 day on and 2 days off are said to be useless and disastrous.
- When you blast your body with clen without knowing your tolerance levels to clen, you will have all that sickness associated with it like jittery feeling, headaches, blood pressure variations, sleeplessness etc. So it is termed as most unscientific way of taking clen.
- During Off duration there won’t be any effect as Clen is not there in your body.
- Experimenting with our own body like this doesn’t seem safe for health experts.
- One of the arguments against this pattern is that, body is smart enough to get used to Clen and reduce its thermogenic effects even when taken in cycles. Though it is widely thought to be safe to use for a longer duration, evidences prove it wrong. Clen can still prove dangerous if the user has a weak heart or intolerance for it.
How dangerous is Clen? Read all the side effects here.
In this method you start with a low dosage say 20mcg, and then increase it by 20mcg every day till you reach 100-120mcg. From there start lowering the dose by 20 mcg each day till you reach 20mcg. Repeat it twice or thrice.
When you start with a low dosage and then increase it day by day you can know your tolerance levels. This can help you minimize the immediate negative effects of Clenbuterol.
There are no evidences as such that prove this pattern’s effectiveness. Following it for a long duration may harm the system as a whole.
Though this method looks attractive, it doesn’t seem to be very popular. During upswings you are likely to get better results. But while going down, clen may not help you much in burning that fat layer.
This is the most popular method among all the clen usage patterns. Here users start with a low dosage of 20-40mcg and increase the dosage gradually till they reach 100mcg (or up to 120mcg depending on tolerance levels). Then they take the maximum dosage of 100-120mcg for a week and stop.
This method is said to boost metabolic rate to its maximum possible. It is very popular clen cycling method among bodybuilders. As initial dosage is less, users are not likely to face the immediate side effects of clenbuterol.
No clinical trials or evidences are available so far on this pattern’s effectiveness. Continuous consumption of drug Clen with higher dosage can cause harmful side effects.
Stacking Clen with other supplements.
Stacking clen means taking clen supplements alongside other drugs or steroids.
During cutting phase or fat removing stage, bodybuilders use clenbuterol as a powerful fat burner. They stack it with other bodybuilding supplements.
Many bodybuilders build clean muscles. It means they want to bulge only muscles without gaining fat. They want to have a defined body while gaining. They stack clen with their protein supplements and muscle building steroids.
Using 2 or more supplements together including clen is known as stacking clen.
Clenbuterol as a fat loss supplement
Clen is a favourite fat burner of bodybuilders and endurance enhancer of athletes. All those doping scams of athletes show clearly that Clen increases performance levels by increasing oxygen supply to our body.
People take it like a normal fat loss pill for 1-2 months
Normal people who want to shed few pounds off their body would be happy to do it fast. Clen is more popular as a quick fat loss pill among such people.
In this case, like any other diet supplement people take Clen 20mcg or 40mcg every day for a period of one to two months and then stop. But Clen is taken mostly before noon to prevent sleeplessness during night.
People with very less tolerance levels to clen, stop taking it due to intolerable immediate side effects. Before starting any strong fat burner like clen, it is always better look at all possible side effects. It is indeed wise to consider better Clen alternatives that can deliver similar results with negligible side effects.
I hope that I have covered all the details about Clenbuterol cycle in this article. If you have any questions, feel free to post them on ‘comments’ section below.
Reference & Credit
1) Cycling: The person takes AASs in cycles of 6 to 12 weeks (known as the “on” period), followed by 4 weeks to several months off.
2) Stacking: Users combine several different types of steroids or incorporate other. 3)supplements in an attempt to maximize the effectiveness of the steroids. This is called “stacking.”
Some people use AASs continuously, but others try to minimize their possible adverse effects through different patterns of use.
Pyramiding: Some users gradually increase the dose to a peak, then reduce the amount.