Archive for October, 2009

Winstrol (generic name Stanozolol)

Winstrol (generic name Stanozolol) is one of the most popular anabolic steroids currently available and ranks right up there with Dianabol and Dec-Durabolin in status when bodybuilders buy anabolic steroids. The number of high-profile positive drug tests involving Stanozolol will give some idea of its popularity. Canadian sprinter, Ben Johnson, went from national hero to social leper after testing positive for Stanozolol after blowing away everyone in the 100-meter sprint at the 1988 Olympics. During the IFBB’s short-lived drug testing attempt at the 1990 Arnold Classic, the winner, Shawn Ray, and Canadian pro, Nimrod King, tested positive for Stanozolol. The reason for its popularity is simple – effectiveness and relative safety. Winstrol is a very safe and effective steroid – provided it is used correctly.

I must be careful to distinguish between the two versions of stanozolol that bodybuilders use in their cycles. Injectable Stanozolol is reportedly more effective than the oral version. One unique characteristic about the injectable form is that unlike most other steroids, which are usually dissolved in oil, Stanozolol is dissolved in water. What this means is that the frequency of injection for Stanozolol is much higher than oil-based steroids. Those steroids dissolved in water must be injected at least every second day, and best results are usually seen when the injections are daily.

Stanozolol is one of the favorites of pre-competitive bodybuilders because it doesn’t aromatize into estrogens and cause water retention and other side effects. Injectable Winstrol is reported to give the muscles a harder and more vascular appearance as well as speed up the oxidation rate (burning) of fat. Stanozolol is usually not used alone during the pre-competition period as its low androgenic components make it weak for preserving muscle mass. I find that Winstrol tabs also work well. For this reason many bodybuilders stack it with another steroid such as Parabolan, Primabolin, or Dec-Durabolin.

Anavar

Anavar was first introduced to the world in 1964, when the Searle Company released the first version of the drug called Oxandrolone. Although not as potent as Dianabol, the other popular steroid at the time, Oxandrolone quickly became very popular with bodybuilders and power lifters, because of its low risk of side effects. Oxandrolone remained at the top of the best-seller lists until the late 1980’s when Searle discontinued producing the drug. As expected prices began to skyrocket as the remaining stocks of the drug dried up.

Then, in the mid 1990’s, researchers began to experiment with the drug as a way to combat the wasting effects of AIDS. The results were so promising that BTG, a US-based company started manufacturing the drug under the name Oxandrin. Despite the new name Oxandrin, most bodybuilders still use the name Anavar.

Men find that it doesn’t carry the same risk of developing gynecomastia (the swelling of the breast tissue) and women like that it doesn’t produce such side effects as a deepening of the voice, hair growth, and sex organ masculinizing. For these reasons Oxandrolone is probably the most requested drug by female athletes.

As a drug that doesn’t cause water retention or produce excess estrogen, Oxandrolone is very popular as a pre-contest cutting drug and very useful for bringing out definition and vascularity at contest time. In fact more bodybuilders use Anavar for reducing body fat than building muscle mass. Another benefit of the steroid is that it seems to have appetite suppressant properties. This makes it easier for users to control calorie-cravings and stay strict while on a pre-contest diet.