Stanozolol, or more commonly known as Winstrol, is one of the most popular anabolic steroids available on the black market. Its rise to fame was in 1988 when sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive for Stanozolol in the Seoul Olympic Games, he was then stripped of his gold medal, world record and sent home in disgrace. With an Androgenic/Anabolic Ratio:30:320, we can see that Stanozolol is a fairly anabolic steroid, compared to androgenic. This means that its gains and side effects will be mainly from its anabolic component; these will be discussed further in the relevant sections of this website.
Stanozolol (Winstrol) is mainly a cutting anabolic steroids and is rarely used in bulking cycles. It’s notorious for hardening muscles, making their appearance rock hard, dense and used by those wanting a six-pack for the summer, or preparing for a bodybuilding competition. Stanozolol is a DHT derived anabolic steroid, the same category as Anavar, Masteron and Primobolan. These often mild compounds have little side effects in low and moderate doses, but the side effects can increase dramatically when large doses are used, much like most anabolic steroids.
The primary advantage over using a DHT based anabolic steroid, such as, Stanozolol, are the advantages of DHT itself; for a start it does not cause aromatisation and interact with the estrogen receptor, it actually combats the side effects of estrogen. It will lower estrogen levels, as will other DHT derived steroids, combating side effects such as, water retention (thus increased blood pressure) and also gynecomastia. In fact, many respond well to DHT based steroids, such as, Stanozolol and don’t need to run aromatase inhibitors (AI) as high as they usually would. This has advantages as often AI’s can impair lipid profile and cause other issues.
Stanozolol has an androgenic ratio of 30 and an anabolic ratio of 320. Testosterone, the ‘measure bar’ and has a rating of 100 for both anabolic and androgenic measurement. This is what all other steroids are judged by and determined. This means, apon first glance, that Stanozolol is 30% less androgenic that Testostosterone and 320% more anabolic, but these figures can be somewhat misleading. First we must understand that the androgenic rating is more closely linked to DHT, because Stanozolol is a DHT derived steroid, than Testosterone, this then puts it in the 300-500 range (remember Testosterone is 100). So as you can see, we will experience androgenic side effects, even though on paper it’s a mild compound. This theory does hold true in Stanozolol users who post on various forums and websites talking about their person experience with this compound. Winstrol has a fairly long half-life due to structural modification and last for around 24-48 hours. This means that we can administer Stanozolol every day or every other day and still maintain fairly stable blood plasma concentrations to avoid side effects associated with its use. This long half-life also owes to the fact it binds strongly to Sex-Hormone-Binding-Globulin (SHBG), which binds to free testosterone and renders it almost useless. This then makes our cycle more effective as we have more available testosterone for growth, such as, protein synthesis and nitrogen retention. It should be noted that SHBG is not a major problem on cycle anyhow, its labelled as an evil hormone when in reality it’s not and is essential. Stanozolol has been studied in humans and SHBG has been measured. The results were the Stanozolol reduced SHBG levels around 45%, so if SHBG does rise when on cycle, Stanozolol would be a good choice to reduce it, and get the additional gains its use will bring.
Stanozolol comes in both oral and injectbale formats which are both widely available. We know that oral steroids have to undergo a chemical alteration at the 17th carbon position, much like, Dianabol, so they can survive the “first pass” when metabolised by the liver. Winstrol (Stanozolol) has this structural alteration which exists in both the oral and injectable variation. The oral will put added stress on the liver, whilst the injectable will avoid the “first pass” and enter the blood stream when injected. The results are very similar between the two, but there is a 17% difference in nitrogen retention, favouring injectable over orally ingested Stanozolol.
So how does all this fit into a steroid cycle? Well, we will discuss that a lot more in the coming section of this site and encourage you to read on to get a far deeper understanding of Stanozolol and how to incorporate it into a steroidal cycle. We know that Stanozolol reduces both estrogen and SHBG levels in the body; this will make us hold a lot less water and make our cycle more effective, two excellent characteristics of a steroid. As we have already state, Stanozolol is widely used by most as a cutting anabolic steroid, or is often part of a combination of other cutting agents, such as Trenbolone, Masteron and Anavar. It can be used as a bulking compound and also is, but we’re simply saying its better suited as part of a diet when calories are restricted and the goal is to burn excess body fat. We will discuss how best to dose Stanozolol for beginners and advanced users, side effects associated with its use and abuse, cycle examples and tips on how best to obtain quality legit Stanozolol for the right price in the coming sections of this site.