The official name for winstrol is stanozolol. It was first produced by a company called Winthrop Laboratories in the 1960's and was at this time 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 with 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.
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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 can also help you build muscle…so you might actually look bigger, despite this lack of glycogen.
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.
Side Effects of Winstrol
We know the benefits of taking winstrol, but what are the drawbacks?
After all, every steroid that gives you insane gains comes with at least some complications.
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.
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 decline in health by taking winny. But if you're unhealthy to begin with, taking winstrol among other anabolic steroids can become dangerous.
What is winstrol?
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 winny with: Human growth hormone, trenbolone, anavar, clenbuterol and testosterone.