Stanozolol is a synthetic anabolic steroid that is commonly sold under the names Winstrol and Winstrol Depot in North America. A common nickname for the substance, then, is Winny. However, in Europe Stanozolol is marketed as Stromba. All of these names essentially refer to the same substance, though; Winstrol is in capsule form, and Winstrol Depot is injected. Regardless of the method in which it is taken, Stanozolol is primarily used by bodybuilders and other athletes who want to bulk up - like most other steroids are.
The pill and the injected forms of Stanozolol are equally popular and are used mainly based on personal preference. Both of these drugs are to be taken on a daily basis, another thing that makes them popular in the world of bodybuilding where daily doses are far preferable to less frequent administering. The nature of the composition of Stanozolol - it is water based, not oil based - makes daily doses necessary as well.
For efficiency's sake, the injected form of Stanozolol - Winstrol Depot - is far preferred over the oral version that is known simply as Winstrol. This is because with pills, getting an equal dose of the drug is much more difficult than when injecting it. At the same time, many people are not fond of having to perform injections on themselves on a daily basis. Again, this is a largely personal preference, although the bottom line remains that the injected form of Stanozolol is more practical in most cases.
Typically, Stanozolol does not result in huge, dramatic gains. Rather, it is best known for smaller but more sustainable and steady ones. However, it is not advisable to take Stanozolol for extended periods of time; eight weeks is the generally agreed upon maximum length of time for taking this steroid, and that is longer than most people take it. Therefore, while its gains are respectable, they are not sustainable in the long term since this drug cannot be taken for an extreme length of time.
Bodybuilders normally use Stanozolol - whether it is Winstrol or Winstrol Depot - during cutting cycles. A cutting cycle is a period in between bulking up sessions in bodybuilding, when a person works to cut excess fat that may be on the body to achieve a leaner, toned look. Stanozolol is highly prized in this regard because it does not cause excess weight gain; making is very efficient for use during cutting cycles. It is not uncommon at all to hear bodybuilders refer to using "Winny" during a cutting cycle.
Another major benefit experienced by bodybuilders and others who use Stanozolol is that it promotes strength quite dramatically. When used for the short term, this steroid can provide one with incredible strength, allowing them to really push their limit in terms of a workout and enhancing their overall training routine. When used in this way, it is preferably done either early in a bulking cycle or late in a cutting cycle.
Finally, it should be noted that Stanozolol is a controlled substance in the United States and is not available without a prescription. It is also banned from use in most competitive sports. However, it is known to be quite widely used, even if people do keep quiet about it.