How To Do a Winstrol Cycle
What is Winstrol
Winstrol or Stanozolol is one of the best-known performance enhancing drugs on the market. It is considered to be one of the milder anabolic steroids, that can be used by both men and women.
From a bodybuilding perspective, it is generally used during cutting or contest preparation to increase vascularity and hardness of the physique and in order to maintain the muscle mass while shedding the excess bodyfat. Some bodybuilders use it in combination with Depo-testosterone and other more potent androgenic steroids in order to promote high-quality muscle gains. However, Winstrol is not a bulking steroid and is best used for a cutting phase.
Winstrol is also a very popular choice amongst athletes in performance based sports, due to its strength, endurance and speed enhancing capabilities. So, how can we use Winstrol safely and effectively?
How to do a Winstrol Cycle
For a male that wants to do a Winstrol cycle for performance enhancement purposes, standard daily doses of oral Winstrol fall into the 25-50 mg range, whereas injectable Winstrol doses are usually 50 mg every other day.
Some competitive bodybuilders can take up to 100 mg on a Winstrol cycle daily, but we have to take into consideration the difference in muscle mass between them and the general population. Therefore, for the regular athlete or recreationist, 50 mg daily is considered to be the top range for gaining the maximum benefits of the Winstrol. Also, it is not advisable to use Winstrol for longer than 6-8 weeks due to potential cholesterol issues and kidney or liver issues, which is a common worry when taking any oral steroids.
Female athletes need far lesser doses to experience considerable results. The standard dosage is 5 mg per day, although some females can double that dose. When it comes to injectable Winstrol, 20 mg every 4 days is considered the golden standard. As far as longterm use is concerned, it is advised that females do not use Winstrol for longer than 4-6 weeks.
The active life of oral Winstrol is approximately 8 hours, meaning that you should take half of the dose 2 times a day, 8 hours apart. Injections last around 24 hours, therefore administering them every other day is the best way to go.
Potential Side Effects
As mentioned before, Winstrol falls into the category of milder steroids, and therefore its potential side effects are not a major worry, nor are they guaranteed by any means. However it is good to have an understanding of some possible symptoms and ways to treat them.
First I’ll give you the good news. Winstrol is not an estrogenic steroid, which means that it doesn’t cause water retention or gynecomastia. Thanks to the lack of water retention it doesn’t cause high blood pressure, especially if other lifestyle factors are in check.
The bad news is that it can increase balding or acne problems if you’re genetically susceptible to them. In women it can cause deepening of the voice and enlargement of the clitoris. However, these side effects can be avoided by keeping the doses in a low-to-moderate range.
Winstrol can also increase cholesterol. This can be managed by supplementing your diet with omega fatty acids, fish oil, and reducing saturated fat and sugar intake. Due to it’s hepatotoxic effects, it can be hard on the liver and kidneys, similar to Anavar and Dianabol. Avoiding alcohol while on the cycle and supplementing with milk thistle is recommended to avoid these problems.
After doing the cycle it is normal to have a suppressed natural testosterone production. Going on a Post Cycle Treatment (Nolvadex, Tribestan etc.) will help you kick start your natural testosterone levels again.
Winstrol is a great performance enhancer that can be used safely and effectively in moderate doses by both professional athletes and experienced recreationists. If you’re looking to increase speed, strength, endurance or attain a ripped physique, it can certainly help you get to the desired level.
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