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Winstrol vs. Anavar

Winstrol and Anavar are two of the most common oral anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) used today.  They are so similar that many bodybuilders have a hard time choosing one over the other.  In order to make the best choice, we will review the profiles of these steroids and see what benefits each of them can give the user.

anavar vs winstrol

Fig 1. Anavar vs. Winstrol

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Winstrol (Stanozolol) Profile

Winstrol, also known as Stanozolol, is a steroid available in both oral form (C-17 methylated, which allows it to effectively pass through the liver) and injectable forms.  It is derived from dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and has an anabolic androgenic ratio of 3[20:30].  Sometimes this number is taken for granted, and, as a result, many believe that winstrol is not a good muscle builder or strength enhancer.  However, it certainly can build muscle mass; remember, Testosterone has an anabolic rating of 100.  Nonetheless, being a DHT derivative, winstrol will yield many androgenic qualities despite its low rating of 30.

The first, and probably most underrated, trait about stanozolol is its ability to increase strength.  Since it is primarily referred to as a cutting steroid, this property is often overlooked in spite of the fact that winstrol certainly packs a punch in the strength department.

Another great quality of “Winny” that many fail

stanozolol chemical-structure

Fig 2. Stanozolol Chemical Structure

to notice, is its ability to decrease the levels of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG).  Basically, this means that less testosterone will bind to the SHBG, leaving more free testosterone available to bind to such receptors as androgen receptors (AR) in muscle tissue.

Winstrol Side Effects

Most steroids are suppressive, and winstrol is not an exception.  Even though it is a DHT derivative, and technically it cannot convert to estrogen, stanozolol will suppress natural testosterone levels to a certain extent.

There is another side effect that winstrol shares with most oral AAS.  Being a 17alpha-alkylated (17aa) anabolic steroid, winstrol is toxic to the liver.  It is important to note that even though Winstrol is also available as an injectable, it still possesses the same side effects as the oral.  Perhaps not to the same extent, but the side effects are serious nonetheless.

Furthermore, winstrol can have a negative impact on blood pressure, as well as cholesterol, which is a common negative effect of oral steroids.  As I mentioned before, stanozolol will dry the user out to a great degree causing the most prolific side effect, which is joint pain and discomfort.  Since winstrol is so powerful and effective at drying and hardening, it needs to be ran very precisely.

Winstrol and all DHT derived steroids can have an impact on thinning hair and the hairline, which will vary from user to user.

Uses of Winstrol

Stanozolol is definitely a favorite cutting steroid for those who really want to dry out and polish.  Although it can still be used in bulking cycles, winstrol's effects won’t shine nearly as much in mass building.  The most common way to use stanozolol is at the end of a cutting cycle to polish off gains and/or as a pre-contest steroid.   In fact, Winstrol's sculpting and muscle hardening effects are perfect for a bodybuilding competition.

Winstrol Dosage

The average dose of winstrol is 50 milligrams (mgs)/day for no longer than 6 weeks.  Remember, this is just a general consensus and users can experience the power of winstrol at a much lower dose.  However, due to its toxicity and side effects, it is better  to run winstrol for around 6 weeks. One must run strong cycle support when using winstrol, such as N2Guard and HCGenerate for full spectrum organ support - especially the liver.

Anavar (Oxandrolone) profile

Anavar (chemical name Oxandrolone) is an extremely popular AAS that shares some similarities with Winstrol.  Nonetheless, they have certain differences.  Anavar has an Anabolic/Androgenic Ratio (Range) of 322-6[30:24].  As you can see, the anabolic ratio is a range of extremely powerful numbers, but this can be a tiny bit misleading because it is simply an “on paper” guideline.

Oxandrolone's biggest advantage is its ability to increase clean size and strength due to its high anabolic rating.  This means  that the gains made from anavar are so lean and dry that they are much easier to keep compared to something like Dianabol.

As if that wasn’t enough, another benefit of anavar is that it is extremely fast acting. Most oral steroids are fast acting, but oxandrolone will hit you within a few days with strength, vascularity, and muscle mass.

oxandrolone anavar chemical structure

Fig 3. Anavar Chemical Structure

Anavar Side Effects

One of the main reasons why anavar is a favorite amongst many bodybuilders is the fact that it is much milder in terms of side effects than other orals (anavar is only available in oral form).  However, even though anavar is considered one of the safest oral steroids, it still has some side effects to be aware of.

Compared with winstrol, oxandrolone is a weaker DHT derived steroid.  Nevertheless, a little modification in its chemical structure allows anavar to retain its power and makes it a little less toxic on the liver than other orals, such as Dianabol and Winstrol.  Yet, it is still a methylated steroid, so it's somewhat toxic to the liver.

Like most DHT steroids, Anavar does not convert to estrogen.  Therefore, such side effects as water retention and gynecomastia should not occur.

Moreover, oxandrolone may have a negative impact on blood pressure, cholesterol levels, as well as the organs. This needs to be understood because it is often overlooked due to its “mild” reputation.  Thus, cycle support is a must.

Let's not forget that Anavar is still an anabolic steroid.  This means that it will suppress natural testosterone levels and a post cycle therapy (PCT) is a must.  Users who think an anavar only cycle will not require a PCT are making a big mistake.

The last side effect experienced with Anavar, and common with many oral steroids, is painful muscle pumps.

Uses of Anavar

Just like winstrol, we can assume that anavar is primarily used in cutting cycles to really tighten and get ripped.  This does not mean it can’t be used in a clean bulk – stacked with such steroids as Dianabol or Anadrol.  However, due to its lean and dry gains, the greatest benefits of using anavar will be achieved in cutting cycles.

Another distinguishing quality of Anavar is its potential to burn visceral fat in users. Some studies have shown this to be valid.  Nevertheless, no steroid is directly a fat burner; even though, numerous users experience a significant reduction in stubborn fat when cycling anavar.  In the industry, anavar is known as the only steroid that can help burn that lower abdominal fat (help show your 6pack).

Winstrol vs. Anavar

It is possible to stack winstrol and anavar in the same cycle.  For example, an anavar kick start and a winstrol finisher, and it's certainly possible to stack them at the same time.  However,  due to the level of toxicity on the liver, it is not the best thing to do without liver support.

If only one of these steroids has to be chosen for use, it would be a matter of the goals and body fat.  For instance, if the bodybuilder has a 12%+ body fat range, and he is looking to slim down a little bit, then anavar would be the best choice to lose a little fat and add some quality lean mass and strength. On the other hand, if the bodybuilder has less than 10% of body fat, and he is really looking for that grainy look, winstrol would be a good oral finisher.

Now, if the athlete is doing a longer cycle and could incorporate both of these steroids, it is  recommended to do the following: use anavar at 50mgs/ED for 6 weeks to kick start the cycle and winstrol 50mgs/ED for 6 weeks to end the cycle.

Using anavar in the start makes sense because it is extremely fast acting, and it will yield quick strength with solid size and limited sides. Moreover, accompanied by a good diet and training anavar will help drop some of that body fat, assuming the user is cutting, which would then make the last 6 weeks of winstrol shine even more.

When you end your cycle with stanozolol, it will really harden and dry you up, and if your body fat is low enough, you will experience that grainy hard appearance.

Another reason it is recommended to choose this order is because of the side effects of both compounds.  Winstrol is certainly a little harsher, and nobody wants to start a cycle with possible joint pain.  Either way, both of these compounds have numerous similarities in their pros and cons.

Ultimately, there is no wrong choice, especially if you know the Anavar you are getting is legit.  From either of these compounds the user can expect strength, hardening, vascularity, and even some lean mass.  Remember, these are still anabolic steroids and when used they will require proper supports, as well as a post cycle therapy.

Winstrol and Anavar Oral Cycle

Week Anavar Winstrol Cardarine HCGenerate N2Guard
1 50mgs/ED 50mgs/ED 20mgs/ED 5caps/ED 7caps/ED
2 50mgs/ED 50mgs/ED 20mgs/ED 5caps/ED 7caps/ED
3 50mgs/ED 50mgs/ED 20mgs/ED 5caps/ED 7caps/ED
4 50mgs/ED 50mgs/ED 20mgs/ED 5caps/ED 7caps/ED
5 50mgs/ED 50mgs/ED 20mgs/ED 5caps/ED 7caps/ED
6 50mgs/ED 50mgs/ED 20mgs/ED 5caps/ED 7caps/ED
7 50mgs/ED 50mgs/ED 20mgs/ED 5caps/ED 7caps/ED
8 50mgs/ED 50mgs/ED 20mgs/ED 5caps/ED 7caps/ED

PCT – post cycle therapy


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Mike Snow is an NPC champion with 18 shows under his belt. He took multiple 1st placing at NPC regional bodybuilding shows. He has a diploma from Stanford SCHE exercise and Physiology courses. He holds NASM and ACE personal training certifications and he's working to get his ISSA certification this year.

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