The convenience of using cutting steroids, as previously touched upon, is that because of their nature as being non-estrogenic (for the most part) they tend to favor the creation of a hard, defined, 3D look to the physique. It is for this reason that cutting steroids are utilized in cycles for fat loss, pre-competition, and for the more casual bodybuilders, before the summer season for obvious reasons. There also tend to be various anabolic steroids that are included in the cutting steroid category that might not even hold a viable use for fat loss or bulking, but tend to serve as a pre-workout performance booster. Halotestin (Fluoxymesterone) is one such example of this, but because Halotestin tends to possess all of the same characteristics as most other cutting steroids, it is therefore considered a cutting steroid.
It has been noted that a common shared characteristic or trait among cutting steroids is their ability to completely avoid estrogenic effects or estrogenic activity. The core of this characteristic lies in the common trait among most cutting steroids, and that is the fact that nearly all cutting steroids belong to the same family: Dihydrotestosterone derivatives (DHT-derivatives). DHT derived anabolic steroids are anabolic steroids that are modified analogues of DHT. DHT happens to be the body’s most potent natural androgen as well as the body’s natural anti-estrogen, and it is a well-known fact that hormones with very strong androgenic capabilities as well as strong anti-estrogenic capabilities tend to maximize the ‘rock hard’ definition and ‘ripped’ look to the physique and the muscles. DHT is also completely incapable of conversion into Estrogen (properly termed as aromatization). Dihydrotestosterone does not interact what so ever with the aromatase enzyme, which is the enzyme responsible for binding to androgens and aromatizing them into Estrogen, which is what is responsible for the unwanted estrogenic effects such as water retention, gynecomastia, fat retention/gain, etc. An exception to this family of DHT-derivatives is Trenbolone, which is in fact a Nandrolone derivative and could also be properly referred to as a Progestin (it is still incapable of conversion into Estrogen, however).
Cutting steroids such as Anavar, Primobolan (Methenolone), Winstrol, and Masteron, and virtually all other cutting steroids, are DHT-derivatives. Their nature as DHT-derivatives allow them to completely avoid the issue of aromatization. Some provide additional anti-estrogenic activity, such as Masteron, which has demonstrated the ability to inhibit the aromatase enzyme all on its own. Masteron has actually served a valid purpose in medicine as a breast cancer drug due to this quality it possesses. Hence, this is also why compounds such as Masteron are regarded as not only cutting steroids, but pre-contest steroids as well, due to its ability to reduce total circulating levels of Estrogen in the body thereby allowing the bodybuilder to achieve very low levels of body fat as well as very low levels of subcutaneous water on contest day.
It should be noted, however, that several cutting steroids might not be suitable from a monetary standpoint due to the higher doses required to elicit effects. This is due to the fact that some cutting steroids tend to express a very weak anabolic effect, and therefore require higher doses (and subsequently might cost more money to use). Primobolan, Masteron, and Turinabol are three examples of cutting steroids that are considered fairly weak compared to others.
The following is a list of the typically used and commonly considered cutting steroids,
Primobolan (Methenolone Acetate)
Primobolan Depot (Methenolone Enanthate)
Trenbolone Hexahydrobenzylcarbonate (Parabolan)
Winstrol Depot (Injectable Stanozolol)