Winstrol (Winny) is said to be the second most popular oral steroid in bodybuilding, after Dianabol. However, the effects of these two steroids are very different. Dbol is a bulking steroid, whereas Winstrol is only really used in cutting cycles. This means Winstrol can easily be called the most popular oral cutting steroid in bodybuilding (although Anavar may not be far behind). Read our Winstrol vs Anavar blog to discover the differences between the two most popular cutting steroids.
What is Winstrol?
Stanozolol is the active substance that is known as Winstrol. It is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derivative that has strong anabolic effects (about 320% of testosterone) and weak androgenic effects (roughly 30% of testosterone). The steroid is available in two forms: orally taken tablets and a water-based solution for intramuscular injection.
Winstrol dosage for a solo cycle
The Winstrol dosage and frequency of use will depend on the form of the drug.
Oral Winstrol has a half-life of around 9 hours so the tablets must be taken 2-3 times per day. The total daily dose should be 30-50mg for beginners and up to 100mg for experienced athletes.
Winstrol depot (injectable stanozolol) has a longer half-life of roughly 24 hours, so injections are only required to be performed once per day. The daily dose can be from 50-100mg for most users, although beginners should start with the lower dose first to assess how their body reacts to the compound.
In either case, female Winstrol doses should be much lower than the ones listed above for men. Women should ideally take no more than 10mg of oral or injectable Winstrol per day.
Winstrol only cycle instructions
Both oral Winstrol cycles and Winstrol depot cycles are advised to last for at least 4 weeks and be no longer than 6 weeks in duration. This is because the steroid in either form is fast-acting, so the results from a Winstrol only cycle can be received in this timeframe. Extending the duration of the cycle any further can result in liver damage (oral Winny) or pointless and possibly painful injections (injectable Winny).
Like with all water-based steroids, as well as injecting Insulin for bodybuilding, injections may be painful and can cause slight swelling at the injection site due to the body absorbing the water faster than the steroid itself. Due to this, it is advised to change injection sites each time you inject Winstrol depot.
Indications for the use of Winstrol
Oral stanozolol tablets were invented as a treatment for venous insufficiency, osteoporosis, and angioedema, which is a disorder that causes frequent painful swelling of the body. Winstrol pills are prescribed to reduce this swelling in humans by removing water from the body, and later the injectable version of the steroid (Winstrol depot in bodybuilding) was created for use in animals. It is this drying effect of Winstrol that makes it one of the most unique and desirable cutting steroids in bodybuilding.
Contraindications to use of Stanozolol
Obviously, if you have hypersensitivity to any of the active ingredients or excipients included in the compound, then you should not use this steroid. Also, people with the following conditions should avoid taking Winstrol: breast cancer, enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, excessive blood calcium, coronary artery disease, liver problems, nephrotic syndrome, kidney disorder, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.
Use during pregnancy and lactation
Animal studies have not revealed any teratogenic effects of Winstrol and so far, there are no reports of any side effects in pregnant women when using the drug. However, due to the absence of data on excretion of the drug in breast milk, breast-feeding women are not recommended to take the drug.
Benefits from using Stanozolol
As mentioned, Winstrol is used regularly by bodybuilders for its diuretic effect, which removes all excess water from the body, leaving well-defined and dry looking muscles with more visible veins. This is one of the main benefits of Winstrol in bodybuilding, but it is not the only one.
Winstrol is also able to significantly increase the strength and endurance limitations of the user and has also been noted to increase their appetite.
It does all this without causing aromatization and without suppressing natural testosterone levels, so aromatase inhibitors are not required during a Winstrol solo cycle. Although, adding the anti-aromatase Proviron steroid into the cycle can significantly enhance the results of a Winstrol cycle.
PCT after a Stanozolol cycle
Post-cycle therapy (PCT) after a Winstrol cycle is vital and should be started 2-3 days after the last pill or injection was taken. It’s recommended to take a liver care supplement like Liv.52 and an anti-oestrogenic drug such as Clomid for 4 weeks as PCT after a Winstrol solo cycle.
Results from using a Winstrol only cycle
If you already have a low bodyfat percentage (are not overweight), and all recommendations for the use of this steroid are followed, then the Winstrol solo cycle results will provide many benefits, both physically and visually.
Physically you will feel stronger and be able to endure longer and more intense workouts. In terms of visual results, these will include dry, hard muscles with pronounced veins and thinner skin.
Reviews on Stanozolol from real people
The majority of Winstrol reviews give praise to its amazing drying effects but you’ll come across some users complaining of the joint pain that Winstrol may cause. These Winny reviews will be from inexperienced users who don’t know how to prevent this side effect properly.
Experienced bodybuilders generally love the steroid and say it is the best pre-competition steroid ever to be made.