Stanozolol – what is it? 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 mass, but at the same time, it is very good for increasing sports endurance. Winstrol has been around for quite some time and continues to be extremely popular in bodybuilding and athletics.  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.

Some individuals will tell you that taking Winstrol in an injectable form increases the efficiency by 1.5 times compared with the oral form. But many individuals find that the results of the oral form are just as good as the results of the injectable form.  Something worth mentioning is the pain associated with the injectable form of Winstrol.  Because of how painful the injection site could be for days, users often opt for the oral form of this steroid. Today, Stanozolol is banned in the sports industry and is officially equated with doping. Many professional bodybuilders and athletes who regularly compete are subject to drug testing prior to the competition.  For this reason, it is important to know just how long a specific steroid stays in your system and how long that steroid can be detected. 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.  Knowing the ins and outs of a steroid and everything there is to learn about its traits, characteristics, properties, etc. is a crucial part of any bodybuilder or athlete’s world.

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

Winstrol

Stanozolol was invented in 1959 in the UK, during 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 began production of a medicine based on it, and in several years they brought 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 medicine.  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 was again banned, and the company stopped issuing it. Today, Winstrol is produced by several large corporations. It is well known that many fakes or counterfeits of Winstrol have been manufactured. 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.  Those who have not been around the lifestyle of steroids and bodybuilding may not realize how many scams are really out there online.  It is a good idea to find a reliable source and stick to it.

What happens in your body when taking stanozolol?

Winstrol is defined by its sharp and powerful, but short-term effects. We are not indicating that Winstrol is a waste of time by no means.  Just like any other steroid one chooses to take, the positive effects and results are not permanent but could be maintained for quite a long time as long as regular diet, exercise and steroid cycles are done.  Once in the blood, Stanozolol is said to quickly give the maximum effect, but in time will fade if the user’s healthy lifestyle fades too.  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, and 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.  When using the oral form of Winstrol, keep in mind that it can have a negative effect on the liver, especially in people who already exhibit liver damage.

  Types of Stanozolol and how to use them

Winstrol is available in two variations:

– Injectable form – an ampoule with a suspension of milky white color which is water based. 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. Upon injecting Winstrol, users have experienced pain at the injection site that can last for several days.  The duration of action is 24 hours. It is indicated that the recommended dosage is up to 50 ml per day.  The dose will vary from person to person and depends on several key factors.

-Tablet form – used most often by women and beginners. Although some may tell you this is the less popular form, many prefer to use the oral form of Winstrol because it is more convenient and does not cause the severe pain that is usually associated with injectable Winstrol.  The duration of action in the body is about 9 hours. The recommended effective dose can range from 10-50mg per day (or more) depending on the experience level of the user.  For some, using as little as 5mg per day can be effective.  This may be true of females, but not all.

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. You’ll become more experienced and familiar with this as you run more steroid cycles.  Typically when you crack open an amp, the entire solution is drawn into the syringe and injected into the body.  After opening Winstrol, an unused drug should be disposed of. Using it for repeated injections is prohibited and not safe!

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 and doesn’t mean that results won’t be seen or happen if not injected into the muscle being trained.  Everyone is different and when talking to more experienced weight lifters and/or bodybuilders and athletes, they will give advice or opinions and thoughts about all different ways to inject.  Do what works for YOU.

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.  But this is true even for injectable steroids that are not painful.  You should NEVER inject into the same site back to back.  Always alternate sites to avoid pain, inflammation and even at times, infections.

Before the 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.  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 are oil-based. The water base decomposes faster during excretion, 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, some users take from 10 to 25 mg per day in a tablet form 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. Finding the right dose for your own body is about trial and error.  The dose that provides maximum results for one person may be too little or too much for your body to handle.  Assessing your tolerance level right from the start will allow you to get the most from any anabolic steroid cycle.

For a visible result in muscle definition, you may want to consider taking 50 mg per day for 8 weeks. Injections need to be done every day, due to the very short activity of the steroid.  Adjust accordingly!!  Women should not be excluded when talking about Winstrol.  This steroid proves to work wonders for the female athlete and bodybuilder who is serious about achieving a specific look/goal.

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 react when combined/stacked with other steroids? What are the most efficient cycles?

Stanozolol is such a universal steroid drug that it can be used in both cutting and bulking cycles and provide great results.  Individuals can choose either the oral or injectable form of Winstrol.

Complex cycle for experienced athletes:

  • Winstrol + Trenbolone Acetate:
  • Winstrol 50 mg per day
  • 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 10 weeks but Winstrol is only used to kickstart the cycle for the first 6 weeks. Tren Acetate is used for the entire cycle.  An exogenous form of Testosterone must be taken in this cycle.

Winstrol in men’s sports.

The average recommended dosage of Winstrol for men can range from 40-80mg per day (or more) in the form of tablets or from 25 mg to 50 mg per day in the form of injections. These doses that we are providing should serve as a guide or outline to help you choose the dose that works for you and your personal goals.  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. Cycles range from 6 weeks all the way up to 10 weeks.  Because oral steroids are harmful to the liver, when combined with other steroids, people will use Winstrol to kickstart the cycle in the first few weeks and then discontinue using Winstrol after about the 4th or 5th week of a 10 week cycle.

Winstrol in women’s sports

Winstrol in women's sportsWomen almost always prefer the oral form of Winstrol but you will find some daring females who opt for the injectable form. The recommended dosage is from 5 to 10 mg every day. But this may seem to be an extremely low dose for some women who are competitive athletes or bodybuilders/physique/bikini/figure competitors or powerlifters. For those who prefer the injectable form, open amps cannot be reused.  Women (and men) find that the oral form is much more convenient.  Why bother with injections when you can carry the tablets in your purse and take your dose anywhere you go (work, the gym, vacation, etc.)

– 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. It is highly beneficial when stacked with potent anabolics.
  2. It increases the processes of anabolism (the formation of young cells), which leads to increased stamina, which is what athletes and powerlifters use. This is another reason Winstrol is so popular!
  3. It promotes fat burning by joining the cells of adipose tissue, which allows you to burn unnecessary fat in a short time and result in beautiful muscle definition!
  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, that is responsible for the destruction and loss of muscle definition.
  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 visible, pronounced definition,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 a cutting cycle, you need to use it separately, not forgetting that if you actively train while taking this steroid, then joint pains are possible.  This depends on how lean your body is along with how low of a percentage your body fat is at the time you are taking Winstrol and training.  The key to minimizing joint pain is to stay hydrated throughout the day, and especially while training.

For more effective cutting, you can puncture a cycle of 10 mg per day of Oxandrolone and 25 mg per week of Winstrol.  These dos es may be low for some individuals and should be adjusted according to your level of expertise and level of training alongside your specific goal(s).

To gain exceptional muscle definition, adding Trenbolone or Primobolan or both to a Winstrol cycle will do the trick!

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 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. But, you won’t gain ANY lean muscle mass without a well balanced diet and a regular training program geared towards your goal(s). For good results, you need to utilize 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.  Another way to avoid rollback is not to fall into the trap of your old lifestyle after completing your steroid cycle.  This happens to many users who think that the great results achieved from just one cycle of anabolic steroids will last a lifetime.  This notion can’t be further from the truth!  You have to be willing to change your lifestyle for the better and to keep up with this lifestyle.  If nothing changes, then nothing changes!  Remember that friends!!

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

  1. 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. In some cases, cancer of the prostate gland may be the result of long term exposure and excessive doses of Winstrol and/or any other anabolic steroid.

  1. 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’s 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 highly recommended 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 (if underlying medical conditions are present).
  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. Consider taking hepatoprotectors to improve liver function.
  6. If severe side effects develop, consider lowering your dose of Winstrol or completely 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.  PCT will speed up your recovery and get the body recharged for its next anabolic cycle.  Don’t expect to feel like a beast when running PCT.  Many users feel lethargic and get discouraged during this time because they feel drained and can”t train as hard as usual at the gym.  Your body NEEDS this time to rest to let it!  Give it hell the next time around.  You won’t be disappointed.

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 stacked. 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.  PCT typically lasts between 3-4 weeks.  Trust us, you’ll be thankful you ran PCT!

Training should be regular under the strict supervision of a professional if you are a beginner, are considered overweight and/or have underlying medical conditions which could be harmful in a gym setting.   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 for some but as little as 30-45 minutes for others.  The type of training program you put together depends on the end goal you wish to achieve as well as your level of endurance and method of training.  It is always a good idea to incorporate both cardio and weight training if your goal is to lose weight and shed body fat.  But for those looking to pack on muscle mass, keep your cardio to a minimum so as to not let your body begin to burn muscle instead of fat.  In addition to well-designed workouts, a balanced diet is needed to achieve the result.

Conclusion

Winstrol has proven itself not only in medicine, but also among bodybuilders. It increases endurance, helps burn fat, draws out serious muscle definition while having a minimum of side effects when used correctly. Winstrol is considered by some to be an 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 steroid will produce some muscle but don’t expect to look like Arnold after running a Winstrol cycle.  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 who can deal with the pain associated with the injectable form will use this instead of oral Winstrol.

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