Although stanozolol is a DHT based compound, its activity is much milder than this androgen in nature. As DHT derivative Stanozolol can`t convert into estradiol, hence aromatase inhibitors are not required when taking this compound. As a result stanozolol does not cause water retention. On the contrary, it possess a diuretic effect. So, instead of bulk look winstrol produces a lean, quality look without excess subcutaneous water retention. This makes it an excellent steroid to use throughout cutting cycles, when getting rid of superfluous water and fat as well as strongly defined, hard looking muscularity are a major goal. Due to its features stanozolol is highly regarded among athletes of strength/speed sports like track and field.
As for bodybuilders, stanozolol has one interesting peculiarity demanded among them. It consists in the profound ability to lower sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) level resulting in efficiency growing of other steroids in stack with it. In particular, it raises the amount of biologically active free testosterone circulating in the blood. For this reason it is advisable always to use stanozolol in stack with testosterone. Another one reason for this is as follows: winstrol may be more prone than other anabolic steroids to increasing tendon brittleness. This happens due to winstrol`s possibility to dry out the joint fluid, which can lead to joint pain and damages. Also both stanozolol forms: tablets and injections have been noted to provoke adverse changes in cholesterol levels. Hence, monitoring of the lipid profile of the body (blood works) during cycle is advisable.