Along with Anavar, Winstrol is often touted to be a ‘mild’ anabolic steroid on the internet. Messaging boards in particular are crammed with such information.
We personally feel that the term ‘mild’ is a misnomer, especially when you associate it with anabolic androgenic compounds.
No compound in the world of steroids is mild.
Even one with the lowest anabolic and androgenic rating can cause side effects. Some of them can be potentially life threatening.
Winstrol is no different.
If anything, one could argue that it is less likely to cause some of the most talked about side effects of steroid use, like gynecomastia for example.
But even that would be individual specific. May work great for some. Others may start to sprout tits in the second week of the cycle.
In reality, Winstrol is one of the best contest prep steroids. Most seasoned steroid users will run it in the last 8-weeks that lead to the contest.
The muscle hardening effect of the compound are unparalleled.
And of course, the strength gains, the endurance and the quick recovery are legendary.
Remember Ben Johnson?
If you were considering adding this amazing compound to your stack, then here’s the lowdown that you always wanted to know.
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What is Winstrol?
Winstrol or Stanozolol is a DHT-derived 17C-aa, oral anabolic steroid that was developed in the 1950s by Winthrop.
Two structural modifications to the hormone amplifies its anabolic rating while reducing its androgenic rating.
In theory, Winstrol has an anabolic rating of around 300, while its androgenic rating is merely 20.
By the way, Winstrol also earns the distinction of being one of the only 17C-aa steroidal compound that is available as an injectable drug. (The other one being Dianabol.)
So, if you hate orals like most of the new-gen bodybuilders, you can always opt for the injectable version, which is sold under the brand name Winstrol Depot.
This way, you can cut out at least one side effect of the compound, hepatotoxicity.
Dosage & Half-life
Winstrol has a very short half-life, much like its counterpart, Anavar.
The oral form of the steroid will be metabolized in just 9 hours, which means that you’d have to split your doses evenly to keep the levels of the drug consistent in the body.
The injectable form of the drug has a slightly higher half-life of 24-hours which allows users to get good results with one injection every other day.
While using orals, the average gym rat can start with a dose of 25mg/day and it will produce some great results.
Seasoned bodybuilders can use up to 50mg/day. But even 100mg/day are not uncommon, especially in the last one week of the contest.
If using Winstrol depot, a 50mg/day injection every other day will suffice.
Women are a lot more sensitive to the virilization effects of Winstrol and must stick to the lowest possible dose, which is 5mg/day.
If you have used Winstrol before, you can up that to 10mg/day. But as we mentioned, that dose is most likely to produce side effects that any women athlete can do without.
Winstrol Results: What to Expect
When Ben Johnson took Stanozolol, he was able to crush his competition and the US’s hopes of an Olympic win.
This subsequently led to the crackdown on performance enhancement drugs in competitive sports.
But coming back to Johnson, his strength, agility and speed were god-like while he was on the drug.
That’s one of the first effects of Winstrol.
Strength, endurance and recovery:
Expect freakish strength gains by week-4 of the cycle. You will be able to beat all your personal best lifts. Period. What’s even better is that lot of the strength gains can be retained post cycle.
There are talks on some boards about Winstrol being hard on the joints. But that’s individual-specific to be honest. Some people feel great with absolutely no soreness or weakening of the joints. Others report that they cannot do without joint supplements. If anything, Winstrol is great for bones. So, we don’t see why it should weaken tendons.
While there are many anabolic steroids that reduce Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, Winstrol’s suppressing effects are more pronounced. The sharp decline in SHBG allows more free testosterone in the body. This is also beneficial in a steroid stack where the body has more testosterone available for building muscle mass.
Protein Synthesis, Nitrogen retention & Increased RBC:
Much like most DHT-derived steroidal compounds, Winstrol will boost protein synthesis allowing your body to pack on more lean, hard muscle. The improved nitrogen retention boosts performance and the oxygenation aids recovery. At the same time, the low androgenic rating means that there’s very little water retention. Much like Anavar, Winstrol will make you dry and hard. Hence the competition-ready drug.
All in all, Stanozolol is a very versatile steroid that can find a place in any athletic or competitive performance enhancement cycle. It might be a weak bulking compound. But in a cutting phase, it will allow you to keep your muscle gains while making your look harder and vascular, especially if you have a low body fat rating to begin with.
Stanozolol Side Effects
The low androgenic rating of Winstrol tips the scales in the favor of anybody who’s petrified of nasty androgenic side effects.
This means, that Women athletes will favor Winstrol over aromatizing compounds like testosterone.
In men, it is highly unlikely that it will cause gyno. Because it does not aromatize. Having said that, if you are genetically predisposed or extremely sensitive, then you may still experience these side effects.
So, always ensure that you follow PCT.
- Acne: Winstrol can worsen acne. If you do not have acne, expect a breakout on your back or on your torso.
- Hot flashes: Some users have reported random hot flashes and sweating during their Winstrol cycles. But its only based on anecdotal evidence.
- Random Erections: Winstrol will give you random erections and boost your libido. Most people wouldn’t call that a nasty side effect. But then you never know.
- Hepatotoxicity: Common sense suggests that you add a liver supplement to your diet while using any oral steroid. Winstrol can be toxic to your liver. But it’s not nearly as toxic as some other drugs like Dianabol are.
In a stack or in a standalone cycle?
A Winstrol only cycle would mainly be desirable for women athletes looking for some extra conditioning without the risk of virilization.
For men, it works best when stacked with Testosterone or Trenbolone.