Winstrol or ‘Winny’ is a popular anabolic steroid. It is used to build physique, improve athletic performance and strength of the body. Most importantly, it is a very safe drug for females and doesn’t have side effects at minimal doses. It is a very effective cutting steroid and gives fast results. Its benefits have made it a favorite of athletes, bodybuilders and other professional users.
What is Winstrol?
Winstrol is a well known brand name of the androgen and anabolic steroid Stanozolol. It is a very popular and powerful oral steroid. People who are afraid of injections can go for oral steroid which is very effective. However, oral Winstrol is toxic to the liver.
Winny as winstrol is popularly called as, is a derivative of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) similar to testosterone. But winstrol has a more powerful anabolic to androgenic effect in comparison to testosterone. Up to 10% testosterone is naturally converted to DHT in our body.
Winstrol is available in both oral and injectable forms. The half life of oral winstrol is 9 hours and that of injection is 24 hours. The strengths of oral and injectable Winstrol are same i.e. 5mg of either type is the same amount. The only difference is in the rate of absorption i.e. how fast they are absorbed and used up by the body which you can see in their half lives.
Can winstrol be taken on its Own?
If you stack winstrol with other drugs, you’ll get significant benefits. But you can always use a winstrol only cycle. The effect of solo cycle is also excellent. There is no water retention and gives best results for performance enhancement and developing lean muscles.
However, you need to keep in mind some of the negative effects of using winstrol alone. When used in a stack, lower doses are also very effective reducing the potential toxic effects on the liver. But when used alone, there’s a greater hepatic load and risk of liver problems. One more issue is the increase in LDL cholesterol level. The risk is more if you take greater level of dose. People still use winstrol alone inspite of its potential side effects. Be cautious while using it solo.
Do not stack winstrol with any other C17 alpha alkylated anabolic steroid. it can cause adverse effect on the liver. Stack it with other drugs that don’t cause such harm. Better options are Equipoise, Trenbolone, Arimidex and Testosterone which work particularly well during a cutting cycle and can be combined for the best effects. Generally, stacks based on Testosterone and Equipoise with Winstrol works quite well. For females stack with Primobolan and low doses of Equipoise.
Administration of Winstrol
Winstrol is available in both oral and injectable forms so you have a choice to choose among these two ways. Injectables are painful so users opt for the oral tablet which is a quick and easy way of administration.
You can take oral winstrol without food. Many people take it twice daily due to the short half life. Injections can be taken at once per day. The steroid injections are most common taken intramuscular, usually in the buttock, thigh or upper arm. Keep rotating yor injection sites to avoid excess pain and irritation.
Dosage greatly depends on your experience level and goals. Most men stick anywhere from 40mg to 80mg daily for an oral dose. Due to the issue of hepatotoxicity, higher doses than this is only recommended when injecting Winstrol.
Winstrol Depot i.e. the injectable dosage of up to 100mg once per day is required. You can follow a common strategy on a Winstrol cycle which is to use your comfortable maximum dosage in the last week or two prior to a competition and a lower dose earlier in the cycle.
Women who use Winstrol should stick to 5mg per day. They should carefully monitor side effects. Women who are much more experienced users of Winstrol and are aware of the steroid’s effect on the body can raise the dosage right up to 10mg or even 15mg. But do this with great caution and certainly should not be done by the new users.
Length of Winstrol Cycle
A typical Winstrol cycle runs for between 6 and 8 weeks. All the oral steroids are toxic to the liver that’s why it is potentially dangerous to take oral winstrol for more than 8 weeks. Also longer cycles have negative effect on the body’s cholesterol level.
Stick to a 6 week cycle. It will help you strike a balance between experiencing the benefits of the steroid while reducing the risk of any serious adverse effects on the health. If you take a longer stacked steroid cycle- use Winstrol for the first 6 weeks then stop it and continue with other steroids. This could be a popular option for advanced users.
Is winstrol suitable for Cutting, Bulking or Both?
Good results are seen during both the cutting and bulking cycles. Steroids have side effects so better to use it when it’s most effective i.e. during the cutting cycle. You can lose fat using winstrol so that you get a more defined, leaner and harder muscle tissue. There is a significant weight loss but the lean muscle tissue is preserved so winstrol is ideal for the cutting cycle. These are the reasons of the popularity of the drug.
There are benefits when you use winstrol during the bulking phase. It allows retaining the lean muscle tissue so it can be added to a stack. But due to its toxicity, the bodybuilders only prefer using it during the cutting cycle.
You can take only Winstrol in a cycle or stack it with other steroids. Most of the people take it while planning for a cutting cycle to shred off their body fat. Below we have mentioned some typical Winstrol only cutting cycles.
For a beginner: the length ranges anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks depending on personal preferences. Following table is for 8 week cycle and if you want to run it for 12 weeks, then the daily dose will be 50mg per day only.
Intermediate cycle: if you areneither beginner nor master, then you fall in the middle and intermediate level.Thecycles at this level ranges from 6 to 8 weeks. Below is a 6 week cycle and if you have to run it for 8 weeks, keep the daily dose at 75mg per day.
Depending on the individual preferences, the advanced steroid users may or may not choose to run the Winstrol only cycle. The advanced cycle may be the final cycle or cutting phase and its length ranges from 4 to 6 weeks. Below is the table for a 4 week cycle. The daily dose will remain the same even if you want to run this cycle for 6 weeks.
The advanced level bodybuilders and athletes don’t run solo cycles of Winstrol. For building muscle tissue, stack Winstrol with Testosterone (Enanthate or Cypionate). If you wish to shred off then you can include Anavar, Tren, Clenbuterol, Primobolan, Masteron and Turinabol. But continue with your diet and training as well.
Result of a Winstrol Cycle
Winstrol has the ability to harden muscles and give vascularity which can’t be achieved with any other single compound, except trenbolone.
Harden muscles: Itmakes muscles harder and fibrous and makes you look leaner at the waist. If winstrol is stacked with testosterone (mass gaining steroid), water-retention and softness are masked to a great extent. Test-E, Deca Durabolin and Winstrol is one of the best mass gaining steroid stacks.
Increases strength: Itcan bebest used to increase the athletic performance as it increases muscle strength without increasing the mass. It will not turn up you into a mass monster.
Reduces SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin): Winstrol reduces SHBG more than any other anabolic steroid. The level of free testosterone starts increasing from the 1st day of the cycle.
Increases RBC production and nitrogen retention: These are the building blocks of anabolism and leads to solid muscle gains.
Increases Collagen synthesis: helps in quick healing from injuries.
Side effects of Winstrol
Side effects are similar to that caused by any other anabolic steroid. But the most prominent one is the muscle drying side effect.
Dry joints: Winstrol increases collagen synthesis which is great for aching joints. But it also heavily cuts down the secretion of cortisol. A slight decrease in cortisol is beneficial for a bodybuilder because cortisol is a catabolic hormone. But if there is a huge drop in cortisol level, the joints are dried up. Not everyone faces this side effect but the ones feeling such drop are unable to lift even a dumbbell due to cramps. The condition is very painful. One way to prevent this is to stack winstrol with Deca or Primo, which are good for the health of the joint.
Lipids: Winstrolcan be very harsh on the lipids at PED level doses (doses higher than normal).
The depot can also drop HDL levels by almost 50% and increase LDL by the same amount during an 8 week cycle. Follow a cardiovascular exercise program and take adequate supplements like healthy fats.
Hepatotoxicity: Winstrol particularly oral one is toxic to the liver. But if you take supplements, you can maintain the liver values close to normal. Completely avoid alcohol while taking oral winstrol.
Suppression: To nullify the suppressive effect club winstrol with an injectable steroid, like testosterone or Deca Durabolin. Best thing is that winstrol is not highly estrogenic and doesn’t aromatize. So there is no chance of getting gyno with winstrol.
Post Cycle Therapy or PCT
Post Cycle Therapy is very necessary once you complete a cycle of steroids. It helps in bringing the body back to its normal state so that the natural production of hormones can start again. After you complete your run of steroids, start the post cycle therapy. PCT typically lasts for 4 weeks and sometimes even longer than this.
Most of the steroid users choose either Clomid or Nolvadex for PCT. Some cycle with both of these drugs. The use of Clomid can cause headache, nausea and vomiting. These are not serious side effects and some people do not experience any of these. Nolvadex is mostly used by bodybuilders to help suppress estrogen. It has also similar side effects but they vary from person to person.
Take Clomid about 2 weeks after coming off a steroid cycle. The body will also get enough time to cleanse out the synthetic version of testosterone that you were taking uptil now. The time length taken by Clomid to work will depend on which cycle of steroids you were taking. If your cycle was stronger, the hormone levels will take longer time to return to normal. Also consider the length of time of the steroid cycle. With a longer cycle, longer recovery period of PCT is required.
What you could expect from PCT
While undergoing post cycle therapy some users experience mood swings and decreased ambition to go to the gym as before while running the cycle of steroids. This is absolutely not a problem and you just need to give your body the time it needs to rest, regroup and recharge for the next cutting or bulking cycle.
Type of PCT required after the end of the cycle
Past cycle therapy is required only when all the steroid therapy has been stopped for 12 weeks or longer. There is an optimal way to re-balance the body and that is to combine a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM) with HCG. This combination has a rather short half-life so the HCG should be commenced three days after you have taken the last dose. First take HCG for 10 days before switching to SERM for a further 4-6 weeks. Reduce the SERM dose by half every two weeks.
Winstrol is a wonderful drug if you wish to have a dry, hardened physique. Remember that no steroid and not even winstrol will work without your help. If you choose to run steroid cycles you need to
- Maintain a low body fat percentage
- Consume the right type of foods (healthy fats, carbs, protein)
- Train your body regularly (incorporate weights and cardio in your routine)
Winstrol is quite beneficial but has certain disadvantages as well. one is joint pain which can be combated by supplementing with potassium vitamins, drink plenty of water and eat a banana (or two a day).