Stanozolol, commercially known as Winstrol, Winstrol Depot, Stanzol, Winny, Stanozol is a DHT-derived anabolic steroid that has gained popularity as a finishing compound due to the drying effect that it has on your muscles. Bodybuilders typically add it to the end of a cycle preparing for a competition as it makes muscles look hard, tense and striated rather than bloated and full of water. Stanozolol is also quite popular in the athletic community due to its ability to promote remarkable strength gains without causing a dramatic increase in weight.
What is Stanozolol used for in bodybuilding?
Winstrol provides quality muscle growth and strength. While other anabolic steroids only increase muscle size without increasing the athlete’s strength, Winstrol creates strong muscles if combined with excellent workouts. Winstrol helps to improve the body’s production of red blood cells. It is the red blood cells that help carry oxygen to every part of the body, including the muscles of the body. With more red blood cells, muscles can work longer and harder. The addition of extra oxygen also helps muscles to recover faster. For this reason, many endurance athletes, such as cyclists or track and field stars, choose to take this steroid to boost their performance.
Unlike many other anabolic steroids, Winstrol does not convert into estrogen, which is one of its most important benefits. Steroids that convert into estrogen inside of the body can result in serious side effects for male users.
Since Winstrol benefits include the ability to increase strength, it also results in an increase in speed, agility, and power. For athletes that depend on their speed and power during games or sports events, this is an important benefit.
What are stanozolol side effects?
Winstrol is one of the easiest anabolic steroids, so its side effects are easily manageable. But as with other steroids, it all depends on the dosage and the duration of the cycle. Common Stanzol side efects are
Testosterone shut down: Winstrol will stop natural testosterone production.
Hepatotoxicity: stanzolol must bypass the liver to be absorbed in your system. This makes it liver toxic, even though the effects are less strong when using the injectable form.
Lipids: Winstrol reduces good cholesterol levels and increases bad cholesterol.
Joints aches: Winstrol helps bones and has a positive effect on tendons, but it triggers joint pains in many athletes. It is recommended to use Winstrol with a low dose of Deca Durabolin to keep joints safe.
Stanzol Oral cycle for beginners
Winstrol can be taken alone or with other steroids. Most users choose Winstrol when planning a cutting cycle to cut body fat and achieve a dry, ripped body.
A common stanzol beginner cycle lasts 8-12 weeks. Regardless of the cycle length, the daily dose would remain at 50 mg per day.
Stanzol oral cycle for intermediate users
Athletes who have used Stanzol previously usually do cycles of 6-8 weeks. The daily dose is 75 mg per day.
Stanzol oral cycle for experienced users
Advanced steroid users may go for a final cycle or a pre-competition cutting phase. The length of an advanced bodybuilder cycle is 4-6 weeks. The daily dosage wold be 100 mg per day. Advanced bodybuilders and athletes often stack Winstrol with Testosterone (Enanthate or Cypionate) to build mass. If the goal is to become completely ripped, the options are endless and include Anavar, Tren, Clenbuterol, Primobolan, Masteron and Turinabol. Obviously, to achieve visible results both must be paired with rigorous diet and proper training.
Women using Winstrol should stick to 5 mg per day and carefully monitor side effects. More experienced female users who are aware of this steroid side effect may increase dosage to 10 mg, but this should be done with caution.
This is the commercial name given to the injectable form of Stanozolol. It is easily recognizable as it’s a milky, dense compound. Although most bodybuilders choose to take Winstrol in oral forms, the injectable Stanzolol has a lower level of hepatotoxicity (liver damage). Moreover, Winstrol Depot has a longer half life, so it can be taken less often as the tablet form. The downside of injecting Winstrol is that it is a water-based suspension, therefore injecting it s more painful than othe steroids. It also require a larger than normal needle gauge because of the micro-crystals in the active ingredient.
The average injection dose of Winstrol Depot is between 300 and 750mg a week, split in 2-4 injections a week. In normal usage, the dose should be 2 or 3 mg per Kg of body weight. A cycle of Winstrol Depot lasts a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 12.
Women using Winstrol should start with 5mg per day and monitor the side effects. More experienced female users of Winstrol may raise the dosage to 10 mg or even 15mg, but this should be done with great caution and certainly not for new users.
Winstrol Post Cycle Therapy
Winstrol suppresses the body’s normal production of Testosterone, so the aim of any PCT is to restart it.
The PCT shuld start within 12 hours since the end of the cycle, due to the short half life of this steroid. Nolvadex is considered a good PCT choice for the lighter cycles. A common Nolvadex cycle lasts 4 weeks at a dosage of 40 mg daily for the first two weeks, followed by 20 mg daily for the final two weeks.