In reaction to Chris Bumstead’s recent comments, Pro Bodybuilder Victor Martinez discusses safer alternatives to using tren on the Generation Iron Podcast

In a recent episode of the Generation Iron Podcast, hosts Victor Martinez, Ehsan Farahi, and Vlad Yudin delved into the world of supplements and substances commonly used in the bodybuilding community. The main topic of discussion was centered around Chris Bumstead’s claim that Trenbolone (Tren) is the most toxic steroid and the availability of safer alternatives. Pro Bodybuilder, Victor Martinez shares his thoughts on whether or not Chris Bumstead’s statement is accurate and whether or not there are “safer” anabolic steroid options to Tren.

Injectable L-Carnitine – Effective or Not?

Before diving into Tren and anabolic steroids, the fan question of the week focused on the use of injectable L-Carnitine and its efficacy compared to the oral version. While the oral form of L-Carnitine is commonly used as a supplement, the fan expressed disappointment with its effectiveness. Considering trying the injectable form, the fan wanted to know if it would yield better results.

L-Carnitine is a naturally occurring compound in the human body that plays a crucial role in energy metabolism. It is a type of amino acid derivative and is synthesized from two essential amino acids, lysine and methionine. L-Carnitine is primarily responsible for the transportation of fatty acids into the mitochondria of cells, where they are then converted into energy. This process is particularly important in tissues with high energy demands, such as skeletal and cardiac muscles.

Functions of L-Carnitine:

  1. Fat Metabolism: L-Carnitine facilitates the transport of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they undergo beta-oxidation, a process that generates energy.
  2. Energy Production: By assisting in fat metabolism, L-Carnitine contributes to the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the primary energy currency of cells.
  3. Exercise Performance: L-Carnitine has been promoted as a supplement that may enhance exercise performance by increasing energy production and reducing muscle fatigue.
  4. Heart Health: L-Carnitine has been studied for its potential benefits in heart health. It may help improve cardiac function and exercise tolerance in individuals with certain heart conditions.
  5. Brain Health: Some research suggests that L-Carnitine might have neuroprotective properties and could play a role in cognitive function and mental well-being.

Victor Martinez shared that he had only used supplementation amounts of L-Carnitine orally. He described L-Carnitine as a fat burner. However, Victor pointed out that the injectable version of L-Carnitine is not legally available and can only be obtained through the underground market.

There is ongoing debate about the effectiveness of oral L-Carnitine due to its limited absorption and bioavailability. Injectable L-Carnitine, on the other hand, bypasses the digestive system and goes directly into the bloodstream, potentially leading to higher and more efficient uptake of L-Carnitine by tissues.

Some athletes and bodybuilders consider injectable L-Carnitine as a more potent form, but as Victor Martinez mentioned, it’s important to note that this method of administration is not legal and can only be obtained through the underground market.

Although it may potentially be effective, Victor Martinez cautioned against using it due to the lack of studies confirming its long-term safety. The dangers associated with injectable L-Carnitine remain unknown, making it a risky option for bodybuilders. Victor ultimately advised avoiding the use of injectable L-Carnitine altogether, considering the potential health risks.

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Trenbolone – The Most Toxic Steroid

The hosts shifted their focus to Trenbolone, commonly called Tren in the bodybuilding and fitness industry. This conversation is sparked due to Chris Bumstead’s recent statement that it is the most toxic steroid. Ehsan Farahi and Victor Martinez both agreed with Chris’s claim, emphasizing that substances that act rapidly in the body can be detrimental to one’s health. Victor had previously likened Trenbolone to the “crack of steroids,” highlighting its potency and potentially severe side effects.

The hosts discussed whether Chris Bumstead had genuinely stopped using Trenbolone five years ago. Ehsan suggested that, based on Chris’s increasing muscle hardness in recent competitions, it is plausible that he may still be using it, despite his claims of quitting.

Safer Alternatives to Trenbolone

So if Tren is the most toxic steroid in bodybuilding – what can athletes do to still be competitive on a pro level but approach a safer method? Vlad Yudin presented a list of supposed safer alternatives to Trenbolone:

  • Trenorol – Victor Martinez expressed skepticism about this product, suggesting that its name, closely resembling Trenbolone, may be a marketing ploy to lure buyers.
  • Anvarol – Victor pointed out that the name of this product also closely resembled the steroid Anavar, leading him to believe it is potentially another questionable alternative.
  • Decaduro – While Victor was unfamiliar with this product, he dismissed it as questionable as well.

Clearly the marketed “safe alternative” drugs are potentially misleading. Or at the very least, very different than the steroid that these substances are loosely basing their name off of. There are certainly a wider variety of steroids that can be used beyond Tren – but those marketed as a direct alternative is likely not useful to a serious bodybuilder.

Using Trenbolone Responsibly

The hosts addressed the question of whether it is realistic for professional bodybuilders to avoid using Trenbolone. Victor Martinez responded negatively, stating that Tren is a staple for competitive bodybuilders.

However, he strongly advised against its use for individuals over 35 years old, emphasizing the significant risks associated with the drug. Victor underscored that Trenbolone should only be used by elite bodybuilders engaged in professional competitions and warned against its use in non-competitive scenarios.

Wrap Up

The Generation Iron Podcast shed light on the debate surrounding injectable L-Carnitine’s efficacy and the potential risks of using Trenbolone in the bodybuilding world. The hosts highlighted the importance of making informed decisions when it comes to supplements and substances and urged caution when considering potentially harmful compounds like Trenbolone.

Always consult with a healthcare professional before introducing any new supplements or substances into your regimen, especially those not approved by regulatory authorities. Remember, bodybuilding is an extreme sport, and knowing the risks associated with various substances is crucial to maintaining a healthy and successful journey in the fitness world.

You can watch the full episode of the Generation Iron Podcast above. And don’t forget to check back every Tuesday for new episodes only on the Generation Iron Fitness Network or wherever podcasts are downloaded.

Jacob Ladon
Jacob Ladon is a staff writer and former amateur bodybuilder. He has been passionate about bodybuilding since he was 15 years old and discovered the joys of training in the gym. He reports and comments on all bodybuilding related matters.