With Winstrol being a DHT-derivative, it completely negates all of the potential Estrogenic effects such as water retention and bloating, which tend to give the user a soft puffy look to the physique, which is generally undesirable for most people. It has been mentioned that Winstrol tends to find its right place in lean mass cycles and cutting cycles where water retention and bloating is a concern. Winstrol’s cumulative properties and characteristics allow it to be an impressive adjunct to a solid base compound, such as Testosterone or most any other compounds that may be stacked with it in a Winstrol cycle. The majority of anabolic steroid users tend to avoid Winstrol in all-out bulking cycles where water retention and bloating is not a concern, but it does have enough versatility to indeed be utilized in bulking cycles. Although that is not where Winstrol’s true potential lays, it does work. However, there are plenty of other compounds that are far more effective for such a purpose on a milligram for milligram basis when compared to this compound. Instead, individuals should be far more apt to save Winstrol cycles for periods of fat loss, cutting, maintenance, or even lean mass cycles where moderate lean muscle gains are desired with the utmost minimal of water retention and fat gain/retention.
The actual cycle structures hold limited flexibility, but the various Winstrol cycles, different stacks and combinations, as well as the typical beginner, intermediate, advanced cycles will be covered now in this section of the profile. First it must be made clear that Winstrol is best utilized as an addition to any solid cycle, and that Winstrol should never be run solitary on its own. There are several reasons for this, one important one of which is that Testosterone must always be utilized with Winstrol in at least a TRT dose for the purpose of maintaining normal physiological functions that are naturally governed by Testosterone. When Winnyor any anabolic steroid is used, the human body will suppress and/or shut down its own natural endogenous Testosterone production. Without the presence of normal physiological levels of Testosterone, the individual will suffer various significant health risks and complications (many of which there are often no visible signs or symptoms). Testosterone is an essential hormone for proper function in men, and therefore proper physiological levels of this hormone must be maintained during cycles whereby natural endogenous production will be hampered and insufficient. In such a case, Testosterone may be administered on-cycle in supraphysiological doses (for example, 400mg weekly) or it may be administered in TRT doses (typically 100mg weekly) in order to merely upkeep normal essential function.
One final note before moving onto cycle examples is that all oral Winstrol cycles are advised to be run for no longer than a 6 – 8 week period, and the injectable format should likewise be limited in duration of use but to an 8 – 10 week time frame. This is due to the issues of hepatotoxicity, which has been outlined and covered in detail in the introductory section of this profile.
Beginner Winstrol Cycle
Beginner Winstrol Cycle Example (10 weeks total cycle time)
– Testosterone (any ester) at 400-500mg/week
– Winstrol (injectable) at 50mg every other day (total 200mg/week) OR Winstrol (oral) at 30mg/day
This Winstrol cycle outlines the use of Testosterone as a base compound, and no other anabolic steroids stacked with it. This cycle introduces the injectable Stanozolol preparation, but the oral preparation can also be interchanged with ease also, where the oral Winstrol doses easily translate to approximately 30mg daily (for a total of approximately 200mg weekly). Winstrol cycles such as this one can easily be utilized as a cutting cycle, a lean mass cycle, or a pre-contest cycle as well. If this were to be an intermediate cycle, it would typically include an additionally stacked compound with less emphasis on Testosterone run at supraphysiological levels.
Intermediate Winstrol Cycle
Intermediate Winstrol Cycle Example (10 weeks total cycle time)
– Testosterone (any ester) at 100mg/week
– Winstrol (injectable) at 100mg every other day (total 400mg/week) OR Winstrol (oral) at 60mg/day
This is an intermediate cycle which shifts Testosterone’s role into that of a supportive one, where its only purpose is that of maintenance of normal physiological function. As such, it is run at a TRT dose of 100mg weekly. If an individual is utilizing a compound stacked with Testosterone (such as Winstrol in this case), then the inherent idea is to enable the stacked compound to become the primary anabolic workhorse and muscle-building compound. The result of such a cycle and tactic is that the individual will obtain the greatest amount of potential from the Winny cycles and Winstrol itself (or whichever compound is used in place of Winstrol as the primary anabolic compound). Winstrol in such a situation can be seen in this cycle with a higher weekly dose (400mg per week) in comparison with the previously listed beginner Winstrol cycle example. In engaging in such a practice, the cycle should also produce an increased ‘hardening’ effect on the physique. The increase in Stanozolol dose and the lowering of Testosterone to TRT doses is what is responsible for this, as the rate of aromatization should drop significantly, resulting in zero to minimal water retention and bloating. In conclusion, Winstrol cycles such as this should provide particular benefit to those looking to run either a pre-contest cycle, a cutting cycle, or even a lean mass cycle.
Advanced Winstrol Cycle
Advanced (bulking/lean mass/cutting/multipurpose) Winstrol Cycle Example (10 weeks total cycle time)
– Testosterone (any ester; but preferably Propionate) at 100mg/week
– Trenbolone (preferably Acetate) at 50mg every other day (total 200mg/week)
– Winstrol (injectable) at 100mg every other day (total 400mg/week) OR Winstrol (oral) at 60mg/day
This advanced cycle is presented as a multipurpose cycle which holds the capacity to be used for maintaining a lean and hard physique. This cycle is also quite effective for the promotion of additional lean mass, and could also be run as a bulking cycle. Once again, the reason for this is because of Testosterone’s use at a TRT dose, thereby minimizing or eliminating any Estrogen as a result of aromatization. Trenbolone itself is an incredible compound to be stacked with Winstrol, as it does not convert into Estrogen and exhibits no Estrogenic effects. Water retention and bloating as a result should be completely nonexistent in this cycle. The use of Trenbolone also presents a very potent compound in this cycle, and in general such a cycle should provide incredible strength gains, and lean mass addition.
The important idea in the planning and structuring of any Winstrol cycles (or any cycles in general) is to always keep things at a simple level. It is very unnecessary for individuals to be stacking more than 3 compounds in one cycle (even the practice of eliminating one compound and adding a different compound in a cycle’s later weeks is unnecessary except for the utmost essential of circumstances, such as pre-competition cycles). There is little need for the average recreational anabolic steroid user to stack 3 compounds into a cycle. The majority of the time, 2 stacked compounds in any given cycle is often enough to bring about very positive physique/performance changes. As well, emphasis should at all times be placed on the primary particular compound (Winstrol in this case). This allows Winstrol (or whichever compound chosen to be the primary anabolic) to show its real true colors as it is used as the primary workhorse compound of a cycle. This will always ensure the user that he is obtaining the most out of the cycle and compounds used.
Finally, the importance of a TRT dose of Testosterone in any cycle must be fully understood and once again reminded to the reader before moving onwards in this profile. Many readers and individuals may be curious as to why the majority of individuals in the anabolic steroid using community seem to be running 300 – 500mg or higher of Testosterone with Winstrol (or any other anabolic steroid), meanwhile this particular profile is suggesting its use at TRT levels that are almost useless for muscle growth. The reason for such a vast change in direction from the path of most anabolic steroid users is because of reasons mentioned already about concerns over higher Testosterone doses holding a higher conversion rate into Estrogen when Testosterone is utilized at supraphysiological doses. The 3 ideas here in utilizing TRT doses of Testosterone are summed up as follows:
1. The maintenance of the minimal normal physiological levels of endogenously produced Testosterone in our own bodies (approximately 50 – 70mg weekly depending on various factors such as age, genetics, lifestyle habits, diet, etc.).
2. The elimination or vast reduction of Estrogen-related side effects as a result of aromatization without the need for use of an Aromatase Inhibitor.
3. To provide the other primary compound (Winstrol in this case) the opportunity for it to be utilized as the primary anabolic compound in any given cycle so that the majority of its true gains and benefits can be seen without the interference of supraphysiological doses of Testosterone obscuring observations.
At the end of the day, every individual should ask themselves why they would make the decision to run doses of Testosterone that promote higher levels of aromatization when it is stacked with an anabolic steroid in which the idea is to avoid Estrogenic side effects that result from aromatization. Winstrol does not aromatize, and therefore utilizing higher Testosterone doses would defeat the purpose. Essentially it does not seem logical, unless aromatization is minimized through the use of TRT doses of Testosterone or an aromatase inhibitor is used. The use of TRT doses of Testosterone negates the need for an aromatase inhibitor, which would be far more favorable to some individuals.