What is Synthol?

Surely every athlete has ever heard mention of synthol, oily injections injected into specific muscles to accelerate their growth. Many athletes, in particular, living in America, use this drug for inflating of muscles in the biceps and other areas where not satisfied with appearance of recruited muscles.

Synthol and its use in bodybuilding

What is synthol? Initially this drug was designed to accelerate the growth of muscles and make it even more attractive. But, like any other drug, in practice it showed completely different results. At the moment, many, especially experienced athletes negatively think about injections. Let’s understand why.

Synthol also known to many as “Pump-N-Pose”. Typically, it contains the following components:

  • oil-purified sesame, coconut, caprylic acid, medium chain triglyceride;
  • lidocaine;
  • benzyl alcohol.

The main purpose of the drug – preparation before the competition. Synthol is used both by beginners and professional athletes. However, if experienced athletes know how to properly pump up the muscles with this drug, beginners can use it badly and eventually they disfigure their bodies.

Many experts in the field of bodybuilding advise not to use drugs such as synthol to pump muscles, insisting that the “ideal form” can be obtained only by making certain efforts. The use of “non-anabolics” can both increase and disfigure muscle mass. Such drugs simply negate all the work and effort to gain muscles.

Unfortunately, the long-term effects of the use of synthol have not been sufficiently studied. However, if the complications associated with the reception of classical steroids can be quickly eliminated, such chemistry as synthol can cause a whole bunch of problems.

How affect Synthol on the body of the athlete?

So what is the effect of injections of Synthol? It is assumed that after contact with the drug in the athlete’s body, it is wrapping the muscles with oil and changing its shape. It is worth noting that largely thanks to the injection with synthol, observed local inflammation and swelling.

Usually the program of synthol lasts no more than 8 weeks. Every day you need to gradually increase the dosage in order to achieve this goal. It is also worth noting that the athlete should constantly change the injection site in order to avoid the formation of “excrescence”.

It should be noted that the reviews on the drug taking are often negative. The fact that the drug really helps you to increase your muscles, but the following side effects block all the advantages. That is, the athlete gets a completely wrong result, which promises a developer of synthol.

Athletes who took this drug note the increased complexity of the training process due to swelling of muscle mass. As a result, reduces the frequency and duration of training, and fatigue and stress increase. In other words, during training the athlete has a feeling as if hands are pumped up with silicone, and it does not allow to train as much as possible.

What are the side effects of synthol?

The use of drugs similar to synthol can cause the following, both short-term and long lasting side effects:

  • Muscles become disproportionate and lose aesthetic appearance (sagging);
  • There are allergic reactions such as vasculitis and irritation;
  • Appearance of ulcers, cysts and other similar diseases;
  • Lesion of nerve fibers and manifestation of infectious diseases;
  • Due to the fat embolism of the brain or lungs, the athlete has a high probability of an ischemic stroke or problems with lungs.

The developer of the drug has repeatedly stated the complete harmlessness of the drug, but the practical results, time after time, say the opposite. The drug actually has more disadvantages than positive effects. Even after one injection, the athlete may have an embolism, which, as we know, almost always entails a fatal outcome.

Nowadays, many media promote not to take a classic steroids such as testosterone. But unlike synthol, these drugs actually contribute to the achievement of concrete results and not injure athletes.

So why Synthol is still popular among bodybuilders?

Despite the fact that synthol takes certain positions of the world market for a long time, it is definitely popular among bodybuilders. So what is the reason for such negligence to their own health? The reason in “fashion” on pumped up muscles, a breast and buttocks in the Latin American countries. It is from there that fashion came to us with all sorts of methods to pump your own body with oil, silicone and other fillers.

Let’s look at the situation from the other side. By injecting and using silicone implants, the athlete can quickly and without any effort to give the figure the desired shape. Synthol is one of the “right” ways to achieve the desired results quickly and effortlessly.

But one thing, synthol is more often used by beginners of bodybuilding, not by experienced athletes. And the thing is that seeing a photo of experienced athletes, a beginner wants to obtain the same result as quickly as possible, but most often this desire turns into a pretty dire consequences.


Summing up all the above, I would like to note that in order to achieve the goals it is best to use only time-tested by other athletes options. The use of classic steroids such as turinabol, drostanolone or Oxandrolone certainly carries certain side effects, but they are reversible. Remember, chemicals should always be treated wisely!

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Andrey is a coach, sports writer and editor. He is mainly involved in weightlifting. He also edits and writes articles for the IronSet blog where he shares his experiences. Andrey knows everything from warm-up to hard workout.

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