Stanozolol is an oral anabolic steroid created by Winthrop Laboratories in the 1950’s under the popular trade name Winstrol. After the release of the oral form, which came and continues to come in numerous varying doses, injectable Stanozolol was released. The injectable form of Stanozolol is better known as Winstrol Depot. Therapeutically Winstrol Depot has enjoyed a fair amount of success; however, in medical settings the original oral form is more common. In performance enhancing settings both are commonly used, both oral Winstrol and Winstrol Depot. Preferences between the two rarely have anything to do with effectiveness and far more often everything to do with rumor.
Regardless of the form (oral or injectable) Winstrol Depot remains one of the most popular anabolic steroids of all time. This is a steroid that has been used in most every sport you can think of, and is a favorite of many bodybuilders during contest prep. Winstrol Depot also holds numerous benefits in the medical world from treating osteoporosis, combating muscle wasting diseases, aiding burn victims and those who undergo prolonged exposure to corticosteroids. Winstrol Depot, surprisingly to some is even used as a fat loss aid in some cases when severe hormone imbalances exist. Bone fracture treatment and even treating delayed growth in children have all been successful uses of Winstrol Depot.
Winstrol Injection Functions & Traits
Winstrol Depot is an injectable anabolic androgenic steroid of the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) class. Specifically, it is an altered form of DHT. Winstrol Depot exists by introducing a pyrazol group to the DHT hormone replacing the keto group with an A-ring making it a heterocyclic steroid. The hormone is then given an added methyl group in order to protect it once inside the body. This structural change classifies Winstrol Depot as a C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) anabolic steroid. The hormone is then suspended in water; water is used as a carrying agent so that it may be injected into the body.
Important Note: Winstrol Depot can be suspended in oil but water base solutions are by far the most common.
Winstrol Depot is an extremely anabolic hormone possessing an anabolic rating of 320. However, due to the structural changes made to the DHT hormone its androgenicity is rather low with an androgenic rating of 20. It does possess androgenic traits, but they are mild in most users, although somewhat stronger in women compared to men.
Winstrol Depot carries with it numerous positive traits; perhaps one of the most beneficial is in its ability to lower Sex-Hormone-Binding-Globulin (SHBG). There are several anabolic steroids that can do this, but there aren’t many that can do so at the rate of Stanozolol. The lowering of SHBG increases free testosterone. Free testosterone is our active usable testosterone, and what isn’t free is bound, primarily by SHBG. If we lower SHBG our active testosterone increases. This same lowering of SHBG will also cause any other steroidal hormones being used to be more effective. Data has shown Winstrol Depot may decrease SHBG in the individual by as much as 50%.
Winstrol Depot carries with it numerous traits beyond reductions in SHBG. This hormone is effective for increasing protein synthesis, increasing nitrogen retention and red blood cell count and reducing the body’s glucocorticoid levels (stress hormones).
On a structural basis Winstrol Depot is identical to oral Winstrol; both are comprised of the same Stanozolol hormone. There is no difference in these two steroids other than the method of delivery. Either form will produce the same results. Some individuals do believe the oral form might lower SHBG a little more than the Depot form, but data shows any difference is rather insignificant in most all cases. Some users also report Winstrol Depot being more potent on a milligram for milligram basis, but again the data doesn’t support this, and that’s not surprising since it’s the same anabolic steroid in both forms.
Important Note: Winstrol Depot is a C17-aa anabolic steroid just as its oral counterpart is. Both forms are equally toxic to the liver.
Important Note: Although this hormone is identical in oral and injectable form, this does not hold true with all steroids that can be found in both forms. The best example of this would be in Primobolan and Primobolan Depot.
Effects of Winstrol Depot
Winstrol Depot has never been a steroid anyone would call a “bulking” steroid. You will rarely find a bodybuilder who uses this hormone in his off-season stack. Winstrol Depot is best used for athletic purposes and cutting cycles. Theoretically it could be used during a bulking phase in order to take advantage of the reduction of SHBG. However, due to this steroid’s high level of toxicity this would be considered highly irresponsible use.
For the athlete, this is one of the best strength increasing steroids available, even more so for an athlete since it’s not known for adding a lot of mass. If mass is what you’re looking for this is the wrong steroid. Winstrol Depot will help the athlete with speed and power. No, it will not give you athletic talent and you will still have to work just as hard. The misconception by many is taking a steroid like Winstrol Depot and you’ll perform better with less required work. But reality is taking a steroid like Winstrol Depot so that you can do what you’re doing right but a little better.
Athletes and bodybuilders alike should find recovery is improved as is muscular endurance. Bodybuilders will also enjoy the strength traits of the steroid during a cutting cycle as strength is often lost during this phase. Winstrol Depot may be able to help you maintain more strength during the period of low calorie consumption.
Myth: Athletes should avoid Winstrol Depot because it weakens the tendons.
Truth: Data has shown Winstrol Depot strengthens the tendons, and it’s also good for our bones. It wouldn’t be used to treat osteoporosis if this weren’t the case.
Myth: Winstrol Depot makes your joints hurt.
Truth: There’s nothing structural about Winstrol that will make your joints hurt. Most who use it do so when cutting, therefore they’re leaner, which often results in achy joints. Some also train harder when using this steroid (increased endurance and recovery) they also train heavier (recall increased strength). All of these things can cause joint pain.
The effects of Winstrol Depot while greatly appreciated by many athletes can be seen at their peak during cutting cycles, especially those of an extreme nature such as a competitive bodybuilder. This steroid can help preserve lean mass that is often lost when dieting. We can’t call it the best steroid for this purpose, but it does carry this ability. Where the effects of Winstrol Depot truly shine is in its ability to make the physique appear harder, more vascular and far more defined. This will not occur with a thick covering of fat over the body. This steroid works best in cutting cycles when introduced at the back end of the plan once the individual is already fairly lean. This is one of the best steroids on the market for physique shaping and defining purposes.