Stanozolol – what is it? Briefly about the main features of this Steroid

Jason Williams

Stanozolol is an anabolic steroid that, by its characteristics, is a progesterone antagonist. With its anabolic activity, Stanozolol is three times superior to testosterone. On the market, the drug is known under the trade name Winstrol. The steroid Stanozolol is a rather weak drug for building muscle use, but at the same time, it is very good for increasing sports endurance. The drug is available in injectable form, which, unlike many steroids, is not in oil form, but in the form of an aqueous suspension. In addition, it exists in the form of tablets for oral administration. It is worth noting that taking Winstrol in an injectable form increases the efficiency by 1.5 times compared with the oral form. There is a steroid in the body about 200-240 days. Today, Stanozolol is banned in the sports industry and is officially equated with doping. Sports laboratories are required to define Winstrol as one of the mandatory drugs of the “Big Five”. The other four steroid drugs are Nandrolone, Methandrostenolone, Clenbuterol, Methyltestosterone.

At different times, such famous athletes as runner Ben Johnson, boxer James Toney, bodybuilder Sean Ray did not pass a doping test on this drug. Looking at these names, you can understand that Winstrol is used as a dope in a wide variety of sports. Despite such strict prohibitions and the exclusion of famous athletes as illustrative examples, Stanozolol is still actively used in sports, especially in bodybuilding and powerlifting. Winstrol is the second most popular bodybuilder after Dianabol.

The history of the appearance of Stanozolol on the market. Who was the first to invent Winstrol, the British or the Americans?

WinstrolStanozolol was invented in 1959 in the UK, in the cycle of experiments with steroids. It was not possible to bring Stanozolol to the medical market because its properties were not well studied. In 1962, the British sold the formula of Stanozolol and all the rights to scientists at Winthrop Laboratory in the United States. In the same year, the new owners of Stanozolol begin production of a medicine based on it, and in several years they bring it to the USA and Europe markets. Until 1970, Winstrol was actively used in medicine to stimulate appetite in debilitated patients, gain muscle mass in cancer patients and AIDS patients, to treat fatigue in elderly patients, and to treat growth retardation in children. A little later, they discovered new benefits of Winstrol and began to use it also to cure anemia, burns, osteoporosis and even breast cancer. Winstrol later began to be used in veterinary medicine to stimulate strength in running horses. Then athletes turned their attention to this steroid. Until 1980, the steroid was openly used in sports, medicine and veterinary. In 1980, the FDA equated Winstrol with doping and completely banned it in sports. An athlete caught with Winstrol during a doping test is completely deprived of all awards and is excluded from the competition. But the company did not stop the production of Stanozolol and actively released the steroid until 1990, and all this time tried to legalize the steroid. In 1989, legalization was successful, but not for long. Later, Winstrol is again banned, and the company stops issuing it. Today, Winstrol is produced by several large corporations. There are many fakes of Stanozolol. The original steroid must have a special authenticity code and corresponding holograms. Visually, the color of the substance should be opaque white. When shaken, the crystals of the substance should settle to the bottom within a few hours.

What happens in the body when taking stanozolol?

Winstrol is defined by its sharp and powerful, but short-term effect. Once in the blood, Stanozolol immediately gives the maximum effect, which quickly fades. Winstrol’s ability to activate the cell’s genetic apparatus leads to increased anabolic effects (the formation of young cells) and catabolic attenuation (natural aging and cell death). In addition, tissue nutrition improves, calcium is actively deposited in the bones, nitrogen and sulfur are retained in the body. Stanozolol does not aromatize, i.e. does not react with the hormone aromatase, which means it does not translate into female hormones, and does not lead to fluid retention and gynecomastia in men.

  Types of Stanozolol and how to use them

Winstrol is available in two variations:

– Injection form. Ampoule with a suspension of milky white color. Water based suspension. It is not destroyed by liver enzymes and fully absorbed into blood. Of the minuses, it can be noted that the injections are a little painful, due to the fact that the composition contains microcrystals, which, settling on the tissues, cause slight irritation and pain. Duration of action is 24 hours. Recommended dosage is up to 50 ml per day.

-Tableted form. Used most often by women and beginners. Less popular form, because it gives an effect of 1.5 times lower than injection. The duration of action in the body is about 9 hours. The recommended effective and safe dosage is up to 5 mg per day.

Injections of Stanozolol. Instructions for use

Winstrol is a very capricious drug and requires sterility. That is why it is strictly forbidden to divide an open ampoule into several receptions. After opening Winstrol, an unused drug should be disposed of. Using for repeated injections is prohibited!

The best place to inject Winstrol is the gluteus maximus. It is widely believed that Stanozolol, in order to achieve the best result, needs to be injected into the muscle being trained at the moment. This is self-deception. It happens because Winstrol enters the muscle in the form of crystals that settle on the tissues and provoke small inflammations and swelling that subside after a few days. Only due to this, it seems that the trained muscle, after an injection of Winstrol, grows much faster.

Winstrol injections are a bit painful, so the injection sites must be alternated.

Before injection, the drug must be stirred. To avoid air bubbles, the ampoule must not be shaken. It is necessary to place it vertically between the palms and roll until a homogeneous liquid of milky white color is formed. The most optimal dosage is 3 times a week for 1 ml. When using Winstrol in injections, its activity increases 1.5 times in comparison with the tablet form, but the load on the liver also increases. Therefore, injections are used together with hepatoprotectors and joint meds.

You also need to know that Winstrol is a water-based steroid drug, unlike other steroids, which have an oily base. The water base decomposes faster and excreted, which necessitates a more frequent administration of this drug, unlike other steroids. It is absolutely forbidden to mix Winstrol with other steroids, especially oil-based ones, in one syringe.

What do you need to know about dosages? Are there any differences for women and men?

To improve athletic performance, it is enough to take from 10 to 25 mg per day in a tablet during 5-6 weeks and up to 50 mg injection from 6 to 8 weeks, but at this dose you can not expect any special changes in the muscles, but the effect of increased endurance will be obvious.

For a visible result in the muscle relief formation, you need to take 50 mg per day for 8 weeks. Injections need to be done every day, due to the very short activity of the steroid.

Winstrol should be taken gradually with 10 mg, increasing the dosage every week. When the maximum possible dosage is reached, the intake of Stanozolol again gradually decreases.

How does Winstrol behave in combination with other steroids? The most efficient cycles.

Stanozolol is such a universal steroid drug that it can be used with other steroids, both in injections and in tablets.

Complex for experienced athletes:

  • Winstrol Plus Trenbolone Acetate:
  • Winstrol 50 mg once daily
  • Trenbolone acetate 75 mg every third day from the start of administration.
  • Clomid 50 mg 4 days after the abolition of anabolics as a post-cycle therapy (PCT).
  • The cycle lasts 6 weeks.

Stazonolol in men’s sports.

The average recommended dosage of Winstrol for men is from 35 mg to 75 mg per day in the form of tablets or from 25 mg to 50 mg per day in the form of injections. Beginners usually start with a dosage of 10 mg daily on an empty stomach. If such a dosage is well tolerated, then after 2 days it is recommended to raise the dosage to 15 mg per day, thus bringing it to 50 mg per day. The cycle lasts from 5 to 8 weeks.

Winstrol in women’s sports

Winstrol in women's sportsWomen should give preference to the tablet form of Stanozolol, which is associated with a possible risk of virilization due to accumulated androgens in the blood. The recommended dosage is from 5 to 10 mg every day. This is an average of 2 or 2.5 tablets of 2 mg. If, however, the injection became the drug of choice, then it is recommended to divide the ampoule in half. Breaks between injections should be 2-3 days. Dosage 25 mg once every 3 days. Given that open ampoules cannot be reused, the tablet form has an advantage over the injection. In addition, a tablet is much easier to divide into parts than an ampoule.

– What are the beneficial effects of Winstrol on the body?

  1. The body synthesizes the hormone SHBG, which, in turn, leads to a decrease in testosterone in the blood. Winstrol lowers SHBG levels in the blood by up to 50%. And, the less the hormone SHBG in the body, the more effective is the use of steroids. That is why this drug is often combined with other steroids.
  2. It increases the processes of anabolism (the formation of young cells), which leads to increased stamina, which is what athletes and powerlifters use.
  3. It promotes fat burning by joining the cells of adipose tissue, which allows you to burn unnecessary fat in a short time and draw a beautiful muscle relief.
  4. It retains nitrogen in the muscles, with a deficiency of which catabolism (cell death) is actively starting to occur, which leads to a loss of relief.
  5. It is able to lower the level of glucocorticoids, namely the hormone cortisol, an increase in which causes destruction and loss of muscle relief.
  6. It has three times greater anabolic activity in comparison with testosterone
  7. It does not retain water in the body, which allows you to give the muscles a beautiful relief, but not affect the body weight, which makes it the leader in use during cutting.
  8. The drug can be used both in injections and in tablets, which allows you to choose the most convenient way for everyone.
  9. It does not change into female hormones (does not aromatize), respectively, the appearance of male secondary sexual characteristics in men is practically not observed. Due to this property, post-cycle therapy after proper administration of Stanozolol solo is not required.

 Using Winstrol for Weight Loss. How does Stanozolol behave during the cutting period?

If you use Stanozolol as an assistant during cutting, you need to use it separately, not forgetting that if you actively train while taking this steroid, then joint pains are possible.

For more effective cutting, you can puncture a cycle of 10 mg per day of Oxandrolol and 25 mg per week of Winstrol.

To draw a beautiful muscle relief, you need to add Trenbolone or Primobolan to Winstrol.

An effective cycle for muscle building and cutting at the same time:

Testosterone 400 mg every day + Winstrol 50 mg every other day. The cycle is 6 – 8 weeks.

The cycle is aimed exclusively at cutting:

Testosterone 100 mg every day + Winstrol 400 mg every day. The cycle is 10 weeks.

The combination of steroids with Winstrol to increase muscle mass

If you correctly combine Winstrol with a strong androgen, such as, for example, testosterone, then you can gain lean muscle mass in a short time, due to the fact that Winstrol helps to remove fluid from the body. For a good result, you need to connect aromatase inhibitors and post-cycle therapy.

What needs to be considered to avoid rollback?

In sports pharmacology, there is a side effect called “rollback.” This expression is used to indicate a situation in which, after completing the cycle of taking steroids, the whole effect returns to its previous state, before taking anabolics. To avoid this, when taking Winstrol, you need a smooth increase in dosage and, after reaching the maximum recommended dosage, start exactly the same smooth decrease in dosage. This is called a mild release, which practically does not create stress for the body and that, in turn, manages to adapt.

Side effects of Winstrol. What is greater: good or harm?

  1. Androgenic. They include acne on the face, increased oily hair and skin, in women, coarsening of the voice, increased hair growth on the face and body, and menstrual irregularities.

In men, a decrease in libido, or, conversely, increased erection. Carcinoma of the prostate gland.

  1. Hepatotoxicity. It is observed with an increase in the duration of the steroid cycle. After each cycle, it is advisable to consult a doctor.
  2. Effect on the cardiovascular system. Excessive use of Winstrol increases blood cholesterol, which leads to a risk of atherosclerosis.
  3. As for men reproductive system, prolonged use of steroids suppresses the body’s natural production of testosterone.
  4. Promotes the accumulation of calcium in the blood, which leads to convulsions.

Is there a way to avoid side effects?

Side effects most often occur if the drug or dosage has been chosen incorrectly. Sometimes athletes independently increase the duration of steroid use, which also leads to side effects. In order to minimize the risk of side effects, it is necessary to consult a specialist who will select the necessary dosage, cycle duration and the safest and most effective combination with other steroid drugs. In this case, growth, weight, gender, training intensity, metabolic rate and the desired result will be taken into account.

Algorithm of actions to minimize the occurrence of side effects:

  1. The drug should be taken under strict medical supervision.
  2. Do not exceed dosage and cycle duration.
  3. With active training, take supplements for the joints.
  4. Clearly monitor the general condition of the body during administration.
  5. Take hepatoprotectors to improve liver function.
  6. In case of side effects, stop taking it and consult a doctor immediately.
  7. Monitoring tests before taking the drug and after the end of the cycle.

What is post-cycle therapy for?

All anabolic steroids are synthetic analogues of the male hormone testosterone. In the body, there is a chain that regulates the level of testosterone in the blood. With an excess of testosterone injected with steroids, the hypothalamus gives a signal to stop the production of natural testosterone. The body adapts to this rhythm and, after taking anabolic steroids, cannot for some time go back on track. To do this, use special medications. The most common are Clomid and Tamoxifen. They help the body to establish the production of natural testosterone.

Training with Winstrol. What do you need to know about?

Based on the desired result, it is recommended to combine Stanozolol with other drugs. If the goal is to gain muscle mass, then strong androgens, such as testosterone, are connected. If you combine Stanozolol with other steroids, you must not forget about the need to undergo post-cycle therapy, taking an aromatase inhibitor Nolvadex or Clomid.

Training should be regular under the strict supervision of a professional. It is recommended to increase the number of repetitions and sets, but do not use the weight above the average. The most optimal training duration is 1.5 – 2 hours. In addition to well-designed workouts, a balanced diet is needed to achieve the result.


Winstrol has proven itself not only in medicine, but also among bodybuilders. It increases endurance, helps burn fat, draws muscle relief, while having a minimum of side effects when used correctly. The irreplaceable assistant in cutting. In addition, this anabolic steroid gives quick results, noticeable by the end of the cycle of therapy, provided training and maintaining a proper diet. However, this drug is not suitable for gaining muscle mass. Most often, it is used by athletes in the offseason, when you need to quickly burn the accumulated fat. The tablet form is most often used among women athletes and beginners. Male athletes and professional athletes prefer Winstrol in the form of injection.

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