Winstrol is an anabolic steroid that has remained very popular with athletes and sportsmen over the years.
That’s surprising because it is one of the easiest compounds to detect in a drug test.
Remnants of the oral cycle linger in your system for almost a month after you stop using it. The injectable one can be detected for 3-4 months.
That kind of explains why so many athletes have been caught doping with it.
The ones that got away though, probably set new world records. (Courtesy Dan Duchaine who helped many athletes mask their steroid use)
The appeal behind Winstrol stems from its effectiveness in increasing strength and amplifying healing, without making you look like a professional bodybuilder.
Two very desirable traits for a competitive sportsman.
In bodybuilding though, Winny is used for entirely different reasons.
It is a hardcore finishing compound that can take you from wet and tubby, to dry and striated.
During this transition phase from a purely functional compound to one that ranks high on aesthetics, Winny has gathered a lot of misinformation.
A lot of newbie fitness buffs think that it is a cutting compound, which isn’t the right way to define it.
This Winstrol FAQ aims to answer some of the commonest questions that people have when they contemplate using Winstrol.
Why is Winstrol so popular?
In the old days, the average gym rat was happy bulking rather than cutting.
That’s why bulking compounds like Dianabol ruled the roost for years, even if it meant that the gains would be watery and puffy.
Cut to the present, nobody wants to look puffy with a moon face. Everybody wants to look lean, ripped and dry.
That’s why steroids like Winstrol have become so popular.
It’s not a huge mass building steroid like Dianabol or Anadrol. You won’t gain 15 lbs. by the end of your 8-week cycle with Winny.
Not even close.
Instead, you will 6-8 lbs. of lean muscle. But there will be no water gained during the cycle.
More importantly, Winny will also dry out all your existing muscle, making it appear harder and more striated.
It is a powerful diuretic used for the treatment of hereditary angioedema, a dangerous condition in which recurrent swelling can occur on the face, limbs and intestinal tract.
So, it will remove every last bit of water that you may be holding in your body. And being a DHT derived steroid, it will also burn some fat.
The combination produces a cosmetic effect that is incomparable. The only other steroid that even comes close to producing the kind of effect that Winstrol does is Masteron.
How long can you use Winstrol?
That depends on why you are using it in the first place. If you are using it for strength and healing, then you can use it in low doses for up to 6-weeks.
Some users have used it for up to 8-weeks without any side effects. But we don’t recommend that you extend your Winstrol cycle beyond 6-weeks, especially if it’s the first time that you are using the steroid.
It can be very severe on your hairline too if you are prone to MPB.
If you are using it as a finishing compound or leading up to a bodybuilding competition, you can run it for the last 4-5 weeks leading up to the competition.
Seasoned bodybuilders usually run it for much shorter durations in extremely high doses. This amplifies the diuretic effect greatly. But it can also tax your liver pretty bad.
So it’s not recommended unless you are competing.
Does it cause Gyno?
Just like other oral DHT-derived anabolic steroids like Anavar, Winstrol does not cause Gynecomastia as it does not aromatize.
So if you are using it alone (which you shouldn’t), then there’s no need to use an Aromatase Inhibitor or a SERM to control your estrogen levels.
It will only crash your E2 to unsafe levels and make you feel like shit.
Is it liver toxic?
Any oral anabolic steroid will tax your liver.
But hepatotoxicity is highly exaggerated on the internet and most compounds, including Winstrol do not cause irreparable damage to your liver as long as you use it responsibly and have a healthy liver before using steroids.
By responsible use, we mean sticking to recommended doses, using it only for short durations and avoiding the use of other liver toxic substances like NSAIDS, certain prescription drugs and alcohol.
Can you drink alcohol while using Winstrol?
Drinking alcohol when you are on oral anabolics is not recommended. Both these chemicals are metabolized by your liver.
As if steroids weren’t taxing enough, alcohol will stress it further, albeit for a short duration of time.
All said and done, you should be able to get away with a beer or two on weekends. Just don’t binge drink every now and then.
Also, avoid hard spirits as much as possible. Use NAC, TUDCA or any other solid liver support throughout your cycle and you shouldn’t face too many problems.
What other side effects can Stanozolol cause?
Just because it does not aromatize or cause gyno, and because we said that it’s not as hepatotoxic as it is made out to be, does not mean that Winstrol is a mild steroid.
It is a very powerful compound that will blow your cholesterol levels to smithereens.
Your LDL levels will skyrocket, HDL will drop, often to single digits. That’s why it’s crucial to add some type of cholesterol support during your cycle.
The other most notable side effect is that it will shut you down completely. Your endogenous testosterone production will stop and your testes will shrink to half the size.
You will then have to restore the production by running a full PCT.
To avoid a shutdown, you must always use Winstrol with an injectable steroid base.
If you are prone to male pattern baldness, then Winstrol will speed it up like it just got a nitrous boost.
Can you run a Winstrol only cycle?
Sure, you can. But it will only shut you down for meagre gains that you will then lose when you come off the compound.
You’ll make much better gains if you run it with a low to medium dose of Testosterone, where it will work in synergy with the test.
This way, by the end of the cycle, you can look lean and ripped, and keep the gains for months after the cycle.
How does it compare to a SARMS like RAD 140?
To be honest, the results with RAD-140 are very close to the results achievable with Winstrol, especially if you run it with a test base.
If you are only using RAD-140 without testosterone, then we’d call it a milder version of Winstrol.
It will make you strong, hard and dry without too much muscle gain. But it can suppress you pretty bad.
As always, Test is the best.