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Winstrol Review (Stanozolol) Cycles, Results, and Benefits

The official name for winstrol is stanozolol. It was first produced by a company called Winthrop Laboratories in the 1960’s and, at this time was approved by the FDA for human consumption.

This was after winstrol had proven to be successful in treating anaemia in animal and human studies. It’s also common for veterinarians to use stanozolol when treating animals suffering from low muscle mass, red blood cell counts, bone densities and overall weakness.

Stanozolol is predominantly a cutting steroid, due to its fat-burning effects. Winstrol burns fat by slashing cortisol levels – the hormone responsible for stubborn fat storage.

Another reason why winstrol is used in many cutting cycles is because it’s a ‘dry’ steroid.

Winstrol is a derivative of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and doesn’t aromatize. This means estrogen levels won’t rise, meaning you won’t retain any water, thus ‘drying you out’.

Because estrogen levels don’t rise on winstrol, this also eliminates the risk of developing gyno. As a result you’ll look super dry and ripped, enhancing muscle tone and bringing out muscle striations you may not have seen before.

Due to a sudden loss in water your muscles may look a little less pumped than usual. However, you might not notice this effect too much as winny will also help you build muscle; helping you might look bigger, despite this lack of glycogen.

Stanozolol Chemical Structure

Athletes on Winstrol

By taking winstrol you can expect to gain muscle, burn fat and increase red blood cell production, making it a temptation for many athletes looking to boost their performance – despite it being a banned substance.

The most famous athlete to have used winstrol is Ben Johnson, the Jamaican sprinter who beat the 100m record (at the time), clocking in at 9.79 seconds.

However, Ben was soon stripped of his title after stanozolol was found in his system. Winstrol will make you a more powerful athlete and won’t compromise your body’s functionality because it doesn’t result in any significant weight gain.

Here are some other athletes who have tested positive for winstrol in recent years:

  • Rodney Howe (Australian rugby player)
  • Liudmyla Blonska (Ukrainian Olympic heptathlete)
  • Rafael Palmeiro (Baseball)
  • Magnus Hedman (Swedish footballer)
  • Hysen Pulaku (Olympic weightlifter from Albania)

Detection times can last as long as 6 months when taking winstrol, so athletes will have to stop administering the drug long in advance if they want the steroid to clear out of their system in time for competition.

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Winstrol Benefits

  • Lean muscle gains
  • Fat loss
  • Increased Strength

Winstrol produces noticeable muscle gains and fat loss.

Increases in lean muscle mass won’t be as dramatic as typical bulking steroids, such as dianabol or anadrol. However, winstrol is likely to give you better gains than milder compounds, such as anavar.

Therefore, winstrol is rarely utilized during bulking cycles, but remains effective when bodybuilders want to get shredded or are preparing for a show.

One of the best attributes of winstrol, is that the weight gained on this steroid is almost 100% lean muscle mass.

This is due to its diuretic effects. This makes it a particularly aesthetic steroid, perfect for beach season, when men want to increase muscle definition and reveal their abs.

Strength levels will surely increase when taking winstrol, however not to the degree of other steroids.

It’s not as effective as other compounds for setting new PR’s, due to less intracellular fluid inside the muscle cell and a lack of weight gain on this drug.

However, if someone was a novice to steroids, and ran a winstrol cycle, their strength would still go through the roof.

Winstrol Dosage

Winstrol dosages for men are typically 50 mg per day but can go as high as double that.

Typical cycles for Winstrol last between 6-8 weeks. If you go longer than that, you are risking excessively high LDL cholesterol levels.

Women are not advised to use Winstrol.

Winstrol Side Effects

The main drawback with Winstrol is its harsh nature. Winstrol is not suitable for beginners because of the severity of side effects that are typically experienced.

These are:

  • Shut down testosterone production
  • Increased (LDL) cholesterol levels
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Joint pain
  • Liver toxic

Winstrol users will usually suffer from low natural testosterone production for several months post-cycle.

LDL cholesterol levels will almost certainly rise, with HDL levels becoming suppressed. This can lead to a notable increase in blood pressure.

Thus, anyone with heart conditions or existing high blood pressure should avoid taking Winstrol.

Joint pain is another common complaint on Winstrol, which occurs due to it reducing fluid that surrounds the joints (acting as cushioning). This side effect may be more severe in older users.

Winstrol, like many other oral steroids, is hepatotoxic and thus causes stress to the liver (1).

Although AST/ALT enzymes will rise, this is unlikely to cause any lasting damage to the liver, due to its self-healing attributes. Thus, a user is only likely to experience serious liver damage if Winstrol is abused and is taken for several months at a time (without cycling off).

However, Winstrol should be strictly avoided by people with previous liver problems, or those who drink large amounts of alcohol.

Winstrol for Men

Winstrol for men can be taken in either injectable or oral form, The injectable form is going to brig better results.

However, injecting steroids is not a pleasant prospect for many people, Besides, there are a high incidence of infections with Winstrol injections.

Another option is to drink Winstrol.

Winstrol for Women

Winstrol is sometimes used by women looking to increase muscle mass, fat burning and endurance.

It is commonly used by athletes because of its positive effects, without any water gains.

However, it often causes virilization side effects, causing women to look and sound more masculine.

This is due to Winstrol increasing free testosterone, with it strongly binding to SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin). When free testosterone levels become excessively elevated in women, masculinization follows.

Therefore, Winstrol is not recommended for women. 

Side Effects of Winstrol

We know the benefits of taking winstrol, but what are the drawbacks?

After all, every steroid that gives you great gains comes with at least some complications.

Winstrol is not a mild steroid, but it’s also not the harshest. Its toxicity is moderate, thus it isn’t widely recommended for newbies and isn’t considered overly harsh to experienced steroid-users.

The severity of the following side effects will depend on genetics, current health and dosage.

Higher doses and longer cycles can exacerbate any of the following. 

Joint Pain

The main complaint with winstrol is that it can cause painful/acheing joints during a cycle. This is because winny drys out the body, which includes your joints.

Healthy joints require an adequate amount of fluid to keep them supple, reducing any unnecessary wear and tear. On winstrol this synovial fluid is temporarily reduced causing people different degrees of discomfort.

A supplement that may be able to help protect your joints is glucosamine, which has anti inflammatory qualities and will reduce damage to your joints. Omega-3 supplements are also recommended to help lubricate the joints as much as possible, reducing any pain you may experience.

High Cholesterol levels

Before you take winstrol make sure your cholesterol levels are healthy and your LDL scores aren’t too high. This is because winstrol will almost certainly spike these negative cholesterol levels, which can increase your blood pressure.

If your cholesterol levels and your heart is in good condition, many people are willing to accept a small temporary decline in health by taking winny.

But if you’re unhealthy to begin with, taking winstrol among other anabolic steroids can become dangerous.

Testosterone Suppression

Winstrol will have a drastic lowering effect on testosterone levels. Users will typically be shut down after a cycle, taking their natural testosterone production several months to restore back to normal levels.

A PCT can reduce the time it takes for your testosterone to come back, in which time users can feel lethargic, have low libido and their overall well-being may be decreased.

Winstrol Results

Winstrol is mainly used as a cutting steroid due to its 3 main characteristics:

  • Burns fat
  • Builds muscle
  • Makes you look more ‘dry’

The main reason winstrol isn’t recommended during a bulking cycle is that; firstly there are better steroids than winny for building muscle. And secondly winstrol can make your muscles appear flat (the opposite to full).

So as you can imagine, this flat look isn’t ideal when trying to look as huge as possible in the off-season. Plus it would sort of counteract all the water retention that comes when you take bulking steroids such as dianabol and anadrol.

If you’re interested in taking winstrol for the first time, all sorts of questions are probably whizzing through your head…

What are typical winstrol results?

How much muscle will I gain and how much fat will I burn?

What will I look like after taking winstrol?

There’s no way of knowing how much muscle you will gain and how much fat you will burn when YOU take winstrol, as everyone reacts to compounds differently.

However, if we look at other people’s winstrol results we can get a good picture as to how much a person will gain on average.

One of the highest-profile celebs who was thought to be taking winstrol was Zac Efron, when preparing for the movie role of Matt Brody in Baywatch.

Typical Winstrol Before & After

Winstrol Review (Stanozolol) Cycles, Results, and Benefits

Zac went from looking like a toned guy with some muscle, to a shredded as fua*k alpha male…who you wouldn’t want to mess with.

The reason why I believe Zac took winstrol was because he’s gained muscle, burned a significant amount of fat and is dryer than Gandhi’s flip flop.

…These are the 3 main characteristics of winstrol.

Not to mention his head looks a lot more cube-shaped due to a more developed jaw. This is the result of significantly elevated testosterone levels, which winstrol also causes.

I would say that Zac’s gains are pretty typical of someone using winstrol, they aren’t exceptional gains for someone on winny, nor are they poor.

Thus based on Zac’s transformation, here’s the estimated gains you can expect to make from an 8 week cycle of this steroid (during a cut):

  • Gain 5kg of lean muscle
  • Lose 4% body fat
  • Appear insanely dry

So you won’t build a tonne of muscle and you won’t drop your body fat by 50%, but what you will do is build a considerable amount of muscle and burn a considerable amount of fat. When you’re doing both of these things at the same time your body composition is going to improve pretty dramatically.

Other steroids to stack with winstrol?

If you want to maximize your winstrol results, you can stack the steroid with some other awesome cutting agents.

For maximum fat loss and muscle gains during a cut, you can combine winny with:

These 3 steroids will help you build more muscle (yes, even whilst cutting), burn heaps of fat and get you extremely dry/shredded.

It’s also worth mentioning that all 4 of these cutting steroids are pretty mild, meaning you won’t experience a load of horrible side effects (like you would on other steroids *cough* *tren*).

Instead you can enjoy some fricking awesome gains, knowing you’ll still have a good bill of health at the end of your cycle.

The reason why winstrol doesn’t cause side effects fit for a nightmare, is because it doesn’t aromatize. This means estrogen levels stay in check and users don’t retain excessive fluid/water.

…Aka no gyno and no high blood pressure.

One side effect that may occur with winstrol is if you’re genetically predisposed to losing your hair; winny may speed up hair loss/thin your hair after a few cycles. However, sensitive individuals who have noticed this side effect have also reported that hair loss with winstrol may only be temporary; as their hair started to thicken again post-cycle.

This side effect happens because winstrol is an androgenic steroid and thus boosts DHT levels.

Winstrol for Cutting

Winstrol is most commonly used for getting dry and ripped. It has a diuretic effect to flush out water to create a hard, dry muscle effect.

The reason that so many guys like this compound when they are in a cutting phase is that it will allow them to retain lean mass while also getting stronger and avoiding water retention.

Often guys will introduce it into a stack about 4 weeks before a competition in order to dry them out to achieve that super hard look.

Winstrol for Bulking

Winstrol is not an effective stand alone bulking agent.

However, it can be used as a secondary compound when stacked with more potent muscle mass builders like Dianabol or Testosterone.

Use it during the last 4 weeks of your cycle at a dosage of 100 mg per day.

zac efron winstrol

Winstrol (stanozolol) is a powerful cutting steroid, that has fat burning and muscle building attributes like anavar. It is an oral steroid and does not aromatize; causing a dry and shredded look.

Winstrol is arguably the best cutting steroid, with trenbolone, in terms of raw power; for looking shredded during beach season. This is why Zac Efron is thought to have taken winstrol, in his preparation for the film Baywatch.

His physique was incredibly dry, vascular and ripped – all attributes of winstrol.

Although muscle size will increase on winstrol, they can look quite flat or depleted, which is due to temporary loss of intracellular water retention. They will regain this fluid post-cycle, looking full again.

The main differences between winstrol and anavar are: winstrol is slightly superior in regards to muscle gains, and it also causes worse side effects.

Cholesterol levels will become very high (LDL) when taking winstrol, causing a noticeable rise in blood pressure. Being a C-17 alpha alkylated oral steroid, it will also cause significant hepatic strain in the liver (resulting in ALT and AST levels to rise).

Winstrol is also very androgenic, thus acne and oily skin are possible; as well as hair loss on the scalp.

Some people may also opt for winstrol over anavar, due to the high cost of anavar; and winstrol being considerably cheaper.

Winstrol Cycles

Winstrol-Only Cycle

winstrol cycle

This is a good dose of winstrol. Alternatively, if users would like to cycle winstrol with fewer side effects (than the above cycle), 8-10mg per day can be taken for 6 weeks.

Winstrol and Trenbolone Cycle

winstrol tren cycle

Trenbolone will add to Winstrol’s fat burning and drying out effects; creating a more shredded appearance.

Muscle gains will also be enhanced, compared to taking Winstrol alone.

However, winstrol and trenbolone are two of the harshest steroids you can take. Thus, side effects are going to be severe; particularly testosterone suppression and blood pressure values. Estrogen can help to regulate blood pressure, but with Winstrol and trenbolone failing to aromatize, this will not occur.

Generally, there is no need to take these two steroids together when cutting, as fat loss can be achieved through diet alone; instead of taking toxic steroids which can negatively effect your health in the long term.

Thus, if trenbolone is going to be used, it may as well be incorporated in a bulking cycle; where its effects are maximized in regards to lean muscle gains. However, users who are the exception and tolerate trenbolone well or aren’t concerned with their health may use it during cutting cycles.

Winstrol Testosterone Cycle

Here  is a  popular Winstrol cycle that stacks Winnie with Testosterone:

  • Week One: Winstrol – 50 mg per day; Testosterone Enanthate – 250 mg per week
  • Week Two: Winstrol – 50 mg per day; Testosterone Enanthate – 250 mg per week
  • Week Three: Winstrol – 50 mg per day; Testosterone Enanthate – 250 mg per week
  • Week Four: Winstrol – 50 mg per day; Testosterone Enanthate – 250 mg per week
  • Week Five: Winstrol – 50 mg per day; Testosterone Enanthate – 250 mg per week
  • Week Six: Winstrol – 50 mg per day; Testosterone Enanthate – 250 mg per week
  • Week Seven: Winstrol – 50 mg per day; Testosterone Enanthate – 250 mg per week
  • Week Eight: Winstrol – 0 mg per day; Testosterone Enanthate – 250 mg per week
  • Week Nine: Winstrol – 0 mg per day; Testosterone Enanthate – 250 mg per week
  • Week Ten: Winstrol – 0 mg per day; Testosterone Enanthate – 250 mg per week

See more cycles here.

Summary

We now know that winstrol is:

  • A steroid sometimes prescribed to those with anaemia
  • Used by veterinarians to strengthen certain animals who are weak/suffering
  • Used by gym-goers/bodybuilders to help them reduce fat and build muscle

Winstrol isn’t the best cutting steroid in the world and it’s certainly not the most powerful compound for building muscle either. However, it does do both to decent degrees, helping you build muscle and burn fat simultaneously (which not many steroids can do).

Cutting steroids you can stack with winstrol are: Human growth hormone, trenbolone, anavar, clenbuterol and testosterone.

References

See all references

(1) https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/stanozolol

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2264527

(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/139671

Bibliography

Llewellyn, William (2011), Anabolics. Jupiter, FL: Molecular Nutrition. pp. 760-771.

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Dr Thomas O'Connor MD

Dr Thomas O'Connor MD

After many years of caring for thousands of men on testosterone and anabolic steroids Dr. Thomas O'Connor created Testosteronology®, a sub-specialty of Internal Medicine. No other medical specialty offers comprehensive and personalized medical services for men on androgens; Testosteronology is distinct from Endocrinology and Urology. Testosteronology is more specific than Endocrinology, which deals with all hormones in men and women. And it is different from Urology, a surgical specialty that does not focus on the common medical aspects of how androgens effect men.

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