Winstrol is a brand name of Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid in tablet form for oral administration. It is a hugely popular steroid for various reasons. Many competitive bodybuilders use it to add the last muscle on pre-competition because the gains that you get from Winstrol are dry (no water retention). However, a lot of newcomers to steroids have an affinity to Stanzolol, too. That is primarily due to the fact that beginners don’t like pinning.
However, having a steroid that you do not have to inject is not the only reason for people liking Winstrol. We will have a look at why it is such a popular choice, and what you can expect from it.
Primary Reasons For Using Winstrol
Other than the fact that you do not have to inject Winstrol, providing you buy the oral variant, there are some very good reasons why people love it.
- Solid muscle gains
- Increases available testosterone in the body
- Strength increase
In the next few sections, we will tell you a bit more about how you can expect Stanzolol to give you these results and what to look out for. After that, we will tell you about some of the side-effects you need to be on the look out for while using it.
Muscle Gains From Stanozolol
Most people who take steroids do so because they want to increase one of two things (or both). They are size and strength. While there are other steroids on the market that are likely to give you much more muscle mass increases than Winny, you will be hard pushed to find a steroid that will give you such a dry look and gain. Not only will you not gain water weight as you would with things like Dianabol, but you will also lose it, too.
The muscle you gain will be solid, and I mean SOLID. Competitors use this steroid pre-competition for that reason, to add that last bit of muscle while dropping the water weight. You will even have more of a pronounced muscle appearance if you have a high body fat percentage. However, if you are around 15% body fat, you will look like an actual rock dried out in the sun.
Available Testosterone Increase
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, or SHBG, is a protein that your liver makes and binds to testosterone, rendering it ineffective for muscle growth in the body. While there is a lot more to SHBG than this, we do know that Winstrol decreases SHBG more than most other steroids, giving our bodies more testosterone to use for creating more muscle.
Agreed, before you say it. There are better steroids out there for strength, such as D-bol again. However, you will still get a good strength increase from using Winstrol, and there are people like Ben Johnson who used it and had obvious strength and speed increases! Look at the 1981 100m sprint and tell me he didn’t get an increase in strength. All of that increase without the dangerous water retention that you get from other steroids is an obvious plus point.
Winstrol and Weight Loss
Winny was developed as a steroid to treat people with anemia. Therefore, we know that it increases the production of red blood cells and increases bone density, too. A lot of people have used it to burn fat while keeping the muscle you have gained through the offseason. Therefore, we know that it will help you to lose weight. However, the issue remains, if you have a high-fat percentage, it is not going to be as useful to you as if you are already pretty lean. It is much better at removing the stubborn last few pounds of fat than it is to reduce bulk, and even then, you need to be strict with your diet.
Of course, as with any steroid, there are side effects that you have to watch out for. Before we get into them, you need to know that people are different. They have different tolerance levels and react to them all differently. Therefore, take note of anything that changes as soon as you notice it.
- Post Injection Pain and muscle cramps. – If you inject Winstrol, some people have a lot of pain at the injection point. A lot of people will recommend using oral variants for that reason. However, as it removes water from your body, you can be facing joint pain and muscle cramps. If you find that’s an issue for you, you can run Deca at the same time or reduce/remove Winny from your stack completely.
- Hair loss. – if you are already prone to male pattern baldness, you are likely to see that speed up with using Stanz. Some people are not bothered about hair loss, so this is only if it is an issue for you.
- Liver damage and lipids. – Another C17-aa steroid is designed to pass through the liver without being destroyed. Therefore, it can be very damaging without taking any liver protection with it. Furthermore, ensure that your lipids are ok, and you keep your bloods and diet in check so as not to cause yourself more issues.
If you are a beginner and looking to run a cycle of Winstrol, we would advise against it. However, here is a lower dosed cycle that you might find ok. Each of the numbers is a week:
For an intermediate cycle, you can increase the dose to 20mg/day for the first two weeks and 25mg/day for the remaining four weeks.
All days of a Winstrol cycle, whether it is a beginner or intermediate cycle, you should take fish oil (4g a day) and liver protection, too.
For Post cycle therapy (PCT), you should use Nolvadex at 45mg/day for 45 days.
Winstrol is not usually a beginner steroid, so if you use it as one, do your research and proceed with caution. It is much better for pre-contest athletes looking to have a final shed of water while keeping or increasing muscle mass. You can also use it as a cutting steroid, but that is usually when you combine it with other steroids. Remember, always consult a professional before any steroids.