Active substance: stanozolol
Tradenames: Winstrol depot, Strombaject, Stromba
Stanozolol is a derivate of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), but it has a lower androgenic activity. Is a steroid that promotes muscle gains and haslow androgenic effects, compared to DHT which has strong androgenic effects but does not promote muscles mass gains. The name Winstrol is the most commonly associated brand name of the Stanozolol hormone. Winstrol is used mainly in cutting cycles. It is very rarely used for bulking.
It began to be used during steroid cycles in very small doses with the aim of lowering SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). This is a protein that binds to testosterone and makes it inactive. Winny cand help lower SHBG so the other steroids in the cycle will be more efficient. A dose of just 0.2 mg / kg of body weight (or 01, mg/pound of body weight) leads to a significant reduction in SHBG with the positive outcome of having more free testosterone in the blood.
Adding Winstrol to heavy cycles for bulking can be problematic. Winstrol is C17-alpha alkylated. This protects the hormone for the frist passing through the liver, but it also makes it liver toxic. In fact, it is one of the most hepatatoxic steroida out there. Therefore, if you add Winny to a heavy steroid cycle, where dyou already use large doses, the toxicity rises even more.
It also has undesirable effects on cholesterol,a dose of only 6 mg / day can lower good cholesterol (HDL) by 33% and can raise bad cholesterol (LDL) by 29%. Another worring effect that can happen, even at low dosess , is hypertrophy (enlargement) of the heart muscle. That is why many athletes limit winstrol administration for only the cutting periods or before competitions. Usualy, the maxim period of use is 6 weeks.
Another problem reported is joint pains. Although medical journals are contradictory, some claiming that weakens tendons, others that strengthens them, there are many athletes who have joint problems because of Winstrol. It is believed that in some areas it strengthens the tendons and in other areas weakens them. This can easily lead to injury. Therefore, those who practice contact sports or that have a high impact on the joints (rugby, sprinters, wrestlers, etc.) should avoid this steroid. There are other steroid derived from DHT , more effective ( Masteron, for example). Usually, the administration of Winstrol alone creates discomfort in the joints, a feeling that they are not lubricated. A good strategy is to also use nandrolone along Winstrol, to protect the joints.
Winstrol gives a smooth, hard and dry look, which is ideal before competitions. It does not promote the retention of water, in fact it can eliminate subcutaneous water. But Winstrol does not lead to impresive gains. It does not convert into estrogen so there is no need for an antiestrogen.
Winstrol is a unique steroid, having the same structure both oral and injectable form. Both forms contain the same compound, but the injectable form is superior in terms of nitrogen retention (for those who do not know retention of nitrogen = anabolism). Injectable versions can be drinked, but is not recommended. Injecting Winstrol will reduce the stress placed on the liver. It is worth mentioning that Winstrol injections are more painful compared to other steroids.
Doses are 15-25 mg per day for the oral version and 25-50 mg per day for the injectable version. It can be administred daily or 50-100 mg once every two days. Cost wise the injectable version is cheaper (it has a better quality/price ratio).
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