Winstrol (winstrol depot, oral winstrol) is a brand name of very popular anabolic steroid called stanozolol, which is a derivative of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). It has low androgenic ratio and thus low possibility of aromatization and estrogen-related side effects.
It’s primarily usage in bodybuilding is cutting (relief) cycles. However, winstrol is widely used not only by bodybuilders but also by non-bodybuilding athletes such as runners, cyclists, football players, soccer or hockey players and fighters of all kinds (kick-boxers for instance); i.e. in the sports where you have to be swift but not too heavy, because it provides you with lean mass and improves your strength without gaining excessive muscles.
Stanozolol is, one of the chemicals, which allowed amazing results to famous runner and simply exceptional athlete Ben Johnson. This substance provided him with a noticeable gain in muscle mass and relief, which could be perfect even for professional bodybuilder.
So, winstrol is a very effective steroid when used properly. It is important to distinguish between two forms of winstrol-stanozolol, first is long-acting injectable version called winstrol-depot. Second is short-acting oral one (winstrol oral). Winstrol depot is more effective and thus preferred by most athletes.
The main usage of Winstrol (Winstrol Depot) in bodybuilding is preparation for a competition. When complemented by a proper calorie-rich and protein-rich diet, Winstrol Depot provides the muscles with firmness and elasticity. Unfortunately, due to its low androgenic component, it is unable to protect the athlete from damages to muscle tissue. The absence of androgenic effect is compensated by stacking with Parabolan. The combination of injectable Winstrol 50 mg per day and Parabolan 2-3 amps / week is “a combination of top championships”.
Winstrol is good not only for preparation for a competition, but also in the bulking phase. Due to low water retention rapid weight gains with Winstrol are unlikely to occur. It provides rather moderate amount of lean and dry mass, which preserves after the cycle is over.
Injections of Winstrol in certain muscle groups are gaining in popularity because athletes have noticed that this leads to an accelerated growth of the affected muscles.
Dosage and usage
Injectable version is just slightly more efficient than the oral one and it’s not being destroyed by the liver. Because of this oral Winstrol requires a little bit higher dosages, however, most of athletes underdose it due to gastroenterial pain and increased liver values – oral winstrol is liver-toxic. So, here is where the myth of superiority of injectable winstrol comes from. People simply can’t take equal dosages of oral version. Common dosage of oral stanozolol is 15-30 mg / ED, daily dosage should be split on two parts – in the morning and evening during a meal, drink a liquid along with it.
Feature of the injectable Winstrol Depot is that its substance is dissolved in the water and not oil unlike most of other steroids. Therefore, intervals between injections with Winstrol Depot must be shorter comparing to other oil-based steroids like Primobolan, Deca-Duraboline, Sustanon, Parabolan, etc. because its lifetime is much shorter. Practice has shown that Winstrol Depot should be administered at least twice a day and the best results are observed at a daily dose of 50mg. (300-350 mg/week). Milder dosage is 50 mg/EOD (150 mg/week)
Inject deep in muscles and constantly rotate the spots. However, if athlete wants to promote particular muscle group injections should be done into it.
Winstrol (stanozolol) is all-purpose steroid, however, we should admit that in first turn it’s a cutting agent for bodybuilder and it plays rather limited role in bulking cycles. The main reason for using it in non-cutting cycles is that in limited dose it can lower SHBG, which, in turn, increases the amount of free testosterone in the body
Depending on the level of the athlete, one usually takes 50 mg of long-acting Winstrol /ED or EOD and Parabolan 76 mg/ every 1 – 3 days. Although there is no scientific evidence in favor of special interaction between Winstrol Depot and Parabolan, it’s very likely that a synergistic effect appears basing on real-world evidence. Other steroids that well stack with winstrol during pre-competition (cutting) cycle are Masterolone, Boldenone, Halotestin, Oxandrolone (anavar), Testosterone propionate, Primobolan and human growth hormone (HGH).
Bodybuilders who want to build up strength and mass often combine Winstrol injectable with Dianabol, Anadrol 50 (Anapolon, Oxymetholone), Testosterone,(long-acting) and Deca-Durabolin. With the combination of Anadrol 50 100 mg / ED, 50 mg Winstrol depot 50 mg / ED and 400 mg of Deca / week athlete is slowly coming to the ambitious results.
Aged athletes and steroid novices can achieve good progress with Winstrol depot and Deca-Durabolin or Winstrol depot and Primobolan
winstrol depot 50 mg / ED is a cutting stack. Some people may do 50 mg/Ed, it’s more aggressive.
Winstrol 100-150 mf/week + primobolan 200-300 mg/week for 6 weeks as a cutting phase AFTER regular deca-dianabol cycle
Oxandrolone (anavar) 20-30 mg/ED + winstrol 150 mg/week + clenbuterol 120 mg/ED for 12 weeks; prabolan 152-228 mg / week for the first 8 weeks; proviron 300 mg/week + cytomel increase from 25 to 100 mg / week during weeks 9-12
Winstrol 150 mg/w + parabolan 152 mg/w
winstrol (150 mg/w) + dianabol (20-30 mg/ED) + test propionate (150 mg/w) for 8-10 weeks+clen at the end
winstrol 50-100 mg/w + deca 300-200 mg/w
winstrol oral 40-60mg/ED + equipoise (boldabol) 100-200 mg/w
winstrol + trenbolone + clenbuterol – relief cycle for novices.
primobolan 200-300 mg/w + winstrol 150-300 mg/w + oxandrolone 20-60 mg/ED + clenbuterol + PCT (tamo and HCG) – relief for advanced users
boldenone 300 mg/w + winstrol oral 40 mg / ED + nandrolone phenilpropionate 300 mg / w – relief for advanced users
Oral stanozolol – 3 weeks
Injectable stanozolol (winstrol depot) – 3 months
Side effects and PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) with winstrol / stanozolol
Only small number of athletes report water retention or other negative effects. However, one should be aware that oral winstrol can be toxic to the liver in excessive dosages.
Other non-androgenic side effects, which might occur are: headaches, muscle spasms, in rare cases high blood pressure can occur. The possibility of liver damage in the form of injectable Winstrol is very small, but still in high doses may increase the liver values.
Because the Winstrol Depot is dissolved in the water, injection, in common is more painful comparing to oil-based gear and have to be taken more frequently. This leads to another negative effect – scar tissue on the often injection spots, which cause athletes t inject not only into buttocks but also to shoulders, legs or even calves. Athletes wishing to avoid this take Winstrol Depot twice a week for 2-3ml. This decreases effectiveness but decreases pain and prevents scar tissue appearance.
As with most of other steroids, winstrol suppresses natural hormonal levels although not to that extension as many others. Running testosterone in a cycle containing Winstrol helps to avoid possible sexual dysfunction.
After winstrol cycle is over it’s necessary to do PCT: First week: 40mg of tamoxifen or 100mg clomiphen / ED or combo of both. One-two more weeks: 20mg of tamoxifen or 50mg clomiphen or combo of both.
It’s one of the few substances, which could be used more or less safely by females in low dosages because it has more anabolic properties than androgenic ones. But occasionally winstrol can cause virilization, even this small androgenic component may, become noticeable for women with a dose of only 50 mg per week. And troubles are almost guaranteed for female athletes with a dosage of 100 mg / week. Despite Winstrol moves out quickly, it can cause undesired accumulation of androgens in the female body, which cause virilization effects such as deep voice, hair growth, hypersexuality, etc. (something similar happens to some of natural brunettes). However, ambitious female athletes still use it 50 mg / EOD disregarding all side effects.
Normally, female athlete can tolerate around 5-10mg of stanosolol per day, which perfectly fits for oral winstrol usage
As it has been already mentioned, injectable version is more efficient than the oral one but this is mostly because oral winstrol is used in lower dosages than injectable one and athletes simply don’t receive enough substance. If you take 50 mg of oral winstrol a day, the results will be almost par with 50 mg of Winstrol depot, however, you may have problems with stomach and liver.
From the other hand, oral winstrol is a good gear for females, they can do just 5-10 mg/ED and thus negative effects described above will not occur. Furthermore, oral winstrol allows splitting daily dosage on two equal parts,
Due to popularity of winstrol there are many fakes on the market. The first thing to mention is that British Dragon winstrol depot and stanozolol (oral winstrol) is no longer manufactured since they got busted, It might be still in circulation till the end of 2011 but anything with manufacture date after 2008 is a fake.
Brief description of stanozolol:
Activity: 48 hours
Classification: Anabolic / Androgenic Steroid
Dose: Men 25-100 mg / day
Water Retention: Rare
High Blood Pressure: Rare
Hepatotoxicity: Yes, it is 17-Alpha alkalized
Aromatization: No, it is a derivative of DHT
DHT Conversion: No
Decrease HPTA function: Weak