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Cut Your Muscles to Great Form with Winstrol

Known as Winnie to athletes and bodybuilders, Winstrol (Stanozolol) is another common anabolic drug which is used primarily for cutting cycles. It is a widely popular drug, though much of the negative publicity given to it comes from reports of abuse of high-profile athletes who tested positive for Winnie metabolites, including sprinter Ben Johnson’s record-breaking run in the 100 meters sprint of the 1988 Summer Olympics, wherein he has stripped of his gold medal after he tested positive for this drug.

Stanozolol is just another derivative of testosterone, a 17th alpha-akylated compound (like Dianobol) which is the reason it can be administered orally, as the alkylation in the 17th carbon atom enables it to pass through the liver without being destroyed. However, Stanozolol is unique in that it is available both in oral and injectable form, with both forms containing the same compound. Whether ingested orally or intra-muscularly, one has to take Winstrola daily dose of this drug, as its effect doesn’t last long due to non-esterification. Even the injectable form is not suitable for time-release action, as it is available in aqueous solution rather than an oily base that allows injected substances to be stored in the adipose tissues.

The choice of whether one takes this drug orally or through injections depends on the user’s preference as both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. Ingesting the drug means it will pass through the liver and while it is designed to survive such first pass, it nonetheless leaves hepatoxic traces and the amount that is absorbed by the body isn’t the same all the time. Injecting it, on the other hand, may be easier on the liver and provide constant absorption levels, but complications like abscesses and lumps and the need to find different injection sites everyday makes it less than pleasant. One has to weigh these factors in making a choice, but experts recommend intra-muscular injections more than oral doses, if only to avoid unnecessary stress to the liver particularly during long cycles.

Stanozolol binds rather weakly with the Androgen Receptor [2]. Thus, its muscle building effect is attributed to non-receptor mediated protein synthesis, which is very high with this drug [3]. Though the muscle building ability is not suited for bulking cycles, the modest muscular gains one gets from Stanozolol are high-quality and are not water filled, as the drug had been shown to reduce water retention. For this reason, bodybuilders prefer to use Winnie as a cutting drug, as it is effective in maintaining mass, provides a remarkable increase in muscle hardness and gives striations for impressive muscle definitions, particularly with people with a low body fat. It may also be used as a short term means to gain strength, as it stimulates the production of red blood cells that increases oxygen circulation in the body and thus builds stamina.

One of the properties that makes Winstrol popular is its low androgenic ratio. Stanozolol  doesn’t easily aromatize (convert to estrogen) and thus have little estrogenic effect on users. This is good news as users don’t have to worry much about the negative effects of estrogen, such as gynecomastia and male pattern baldness for men or body/facial hair growth and other virilizing effects on women. Many speculate that Stanozolol is in fact anti-estrogenic, as it competes with other steroids in binding with progesterone receptors that is believed to reduce estrogenic side effects.    

As earlier stated, Winstrol is primarily used for cutting cycles, especially prior to (untested) competitions. Thus, it is stacked with other drugs such as Deca, Trenbolone or Testosterone as the latter drugs bring in the necessary muscle buildup, while Winstrol reduces water content and cuts the muscle to bring forth a ripped look that is highly-prized during competitions.

Winstrol (oral), Winstrol Depot (injectable) and the European version Stromba (injectable) are available from online pharmacies and stores. 


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