While browsing messaging boards about Anabolic steroids, we frequently come across discussions where the pros on the board seem to be pretty averse to orals.
Why run orals when you can get better results with injectable? That seems to be the general consensus among experienced steroid users.
And while we can see where that comes from, we tend to differ a little.
Oral steroids have their place in a stack. Particularly, pre contest prep steroids like Winstrol, which are irreplaceable.
Winny has been a staple in almost every single steroid cycle that we’ve run. So has Primobolan. But we’ll talk about Primo on another day.
Let’s decode Winny today.
What is Winstrol?
Stanozolol, sold under the brand name Winstrol is an oral anabolic steroid that is derived from Dihydrotestosterone.
Like most anabolics, its origin lies in the world of medicine. It was for long used for the treatment of lipodermatosclerosis and other types of venous insufficiencies.
In a performance enhancement setting, Stanozolol is considered to be the perfect muscle hardening compound that can also give you remarkable strength gains.
That might not sound like enough reasons to consider using Winstrol.
But chances are that once you get a taste of it, you wouldn’t be doing a cycle without it.
Almost forgot to mention that Stanozolol is now available in an injectable form as well. It is generally more difficult to source than the oral version. But the injectable works a lot quicker.
It will dry you out in days as opposed to weeks when you use the oral version.
What does a Winstrol pill look like?
It differs from one brand to the other.
But generally, it is a white pill that can either be oval or square.
We are yet to come across round Winny pills.
Is it risky to buy Stanozolol online?
Unlike Anavar, which is highly counterfeited, Winstrol is readily available.
At any point of time, you will find at least five to six brands of UG labs offering Stanozolol.
So, the risk of buying Winstrol is not as high as it is with Anavar or something like HGH.
It is also cheaper. The average cost of a blister with 10 pills is $40. That’s less than half the price of Anavar.
What kind of results can you expect from a Winstrol only cycle?
Most people that we’ve seen using steroids have opted for oral only cycles for one of these two reasons.
- They hate pinning
- They just want to get a taste of things.
If you fall into this category and are looking to try Winny, then here are some of the results that you can expect.
Rock hard muscles:
The biggest appeal of Winstrol comes from its ability to dry your muscles out. Any water bloat caused due to strong androgens like testosterone will be masked. Your waist line will look slimmer. Muscles appear more fibrous, particularly the traps and the delts. Don’t be surprised if people walk up to you and ask you if you are on gear.
Another remarkable Winstrol effect is the strength gains. We recall the first Winny only cycle (Yes, we’ve done it) that we did. Almost didn’t notice how we could keep banging set after set without getting fatigued. We used to look forward to hitting the gym. Like it was just another activity.
Stanozolol is not the strongest muscle gainer. But it does very well when clubbed with a mass building compound like Testosterone. Having said that, you will also gain a decent amount of muscle on a Winstrol only cycle, if that’s what you want to know. If you are coming from natty and are eating in a surplus, lifting well, you should be able to gain at least 8-10 lbs. by the end of your cycle.
Winstrol’s effect on limiting the release of SHBG in the body is more pronounced than most other anabolic steroids. Reduced levels of SHBG translate into more free testosterone availability. We all know how more test helps us.
Reduces Cortisol levels:
Winstrol cuts down on the level of cortisol, the stress hormone. This prevents muscle wasting and fat gaining.
Winstrol only vs. Winstrol with an injectable?
We wouldn’t recommend a Winstrol only cycle for numerous reasons.
The most obvious one being that it will shut you down bad and by the time your cycle ends, you will be feeling like shit.
You will also most likely, lose all of the gains that you made.
With an injectable like Testosterone, you will continue to gain lean muscle while Winstrol will keep the bloat to a bare minimum. Your dick will be working.
As you get into a PCT, your body will heal faster and you can retain some of the gains that you make.
Winstrol side effects
Here you go.
- Hyperlipidemia: Your HDL (good cholesterol) levels will tank while you are on Winstrol. It will also increase the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) by up to 50%. If you have a history of heart problems or poor lipid levels to begin with, then Winstrol is best avoided. So are other oral steroids.
- Dry Joints: Winstrol is notorious for causing extremely painful, dry joints in a large number of people. This is possibly due to the excessive suppression of cortisol. But if you are prone to this side effect then you might not even be able to lift a 5-pound dumbbell when the pain hits you. It can be that bad. Some bodybuilders use Deca to negate this side effect.
- Liver Toxic: Winstrol is liver toxic. But this side effect is often blown out of proportions. The basic rules apply while using Winstrol. Avoid booze, use supplementation and keep checking your liver values.
- Shut down: Winstrol will shut you down by week 4. Use it with an injectable testosterone source or at least using Hcg injections during cycle to keep your testosterone production working.
- Androgenic sides: Androgenic sides like acne and hair loss are a possibility if you are genetically predisposed to it. This can also cause virilization in women athletes.
PCT during Winstrol
Winstrol doesn’t aromatize. Nor does it get converted to Estrogen. But keeping Clomid or Nolvadex handy is always better than being caught without it.
M1-Mk is a great, natural test booster that you can use during PCT. Contains a blend of all the herbs that are believed to have a positive influence on natural test levels.
Good luck with your first cycle.