As athletes and recreational bodybuilders who have used gear for over two decades, we couldn’t be more pleased to find newer and better sellers out there offering quality SARMS.
That’s third-party tested, legit SARMS that are finally giving a glimpse into the results that are achievable with these amazing compounds.
Almost instantly, comparisons have started to pop up on messaging boards.
Is LGD-4033 better than Test-Cyp?
Is RAD-140 a weaker Trenbolone?
Can S4 be a better alternative to Clenbuterol?
Can SARMS be a better option than Oral steroids like Winstrol?
It’s this last question in particular that piqued our interest.
If you look at it closely, both SARMS and oral steroids share many similarities, which is probably why this question cropped up in the first place.
And it’s a very valid argument too.
Here are our two cents on this.
The appeal of Winstrol
Winstrol is a C17-AA oral and injectable steroid that is derived from DHT. It has been used in therapeutic applications and in bodybuilding since the early 1960s.
Despite the modifications to the structure, it is essentially just a pure form of DHT that carries all the traits that one associates with the hormone.
It has an anabolic to androgenic ratio of 300:20, which should mean that it is thrice as anabolic as testosterone while having just a fraction of the androgenic sides.
But that’s not entirely true. We will talk about the side effects in a bit.
If you check the interviews of professional bodybuilders like Lee Priest and Aaron Baker, you will find that Winstrol was a staple in their stacks during competitive season.
It makes you bigger, stronger, faster:
Well, maybe not as big as you’d want to. But stronger and faster? Definitely yes. Winstrol is one of the only compounds that can give you insane strength gains in very little time, without adding as much mass to your body. So, you can increase your bench and your deadlift by 30-40% while adding just 5-6 lbs. to your frame. That may not seem appealing if you are looking to turn into the biggest guy in the gym. But if you are gunning for the lean, athletic, Rambo-ish look, then Winstrol will get you there.
It cuts you up like a diamond:
Without sounding clichéd, there’s no better finishing compound than Winstrol. If you have done the hard work with your diet and cut to say, 12% body fat, then Winstrol will get you to 8% in no time. You will look dry, ripped with noticeable striations on your muscle.
Lean, dry gains:
The more commonly known traits of the compound might make it sound like a fat burner. But in reality, Winstrol is a reasonably good mass building compound. The gains that you can make on a Winstrol cycle will not be as pronounced as what you’d make with other orals like Dianabol. But with a good diet and workout routine, you can gain lean muscle while you torch fat and look vascular.
Sadly, that’s about it. Winstrol is a ‘cosmetic’ compound. Most bodybuilders wouldn’t consider adding it to their stack unless they are competing or have a competition round the corner.
It’s a DHT and DHTs can be nasty if you are prone to the sides.
The Side effects of Winstrol
Despite the androgenic rating of just 20 on paper, Winstrol is a strong androgen that will trigger side effects like acne, oily skin, virilization in women and will exacerbate hair loss in men who are prone to MPB.
Also, it will shut you down. Make no mistake, this won’t be suppression. It will be a total shutdown of your endogenous test.
Moreover, it will trash your lipids and can be very harsh on your liver. That’s both oral and injectable versions.
Oh, we almost forgot to mention the joint pains that come with the increased dryness. This only happens with some users though.
On a positive note, Winstrol does not aromatize. So no gyno.
SARMS that compare to Winstrol
When it comes to SARMS that provide similar results, there are quite a few that we can think of.
But let’s stick to S4 (Andarine) and S23 for now.
S4, also known as Andarine is one of the oldest SARMS that was developed by GTX. It was quite popular in the early days among SARMS users. But it seems to have lost out on its popularity after stronger compounds like LGD and Ostarine made an appearance.
Here are some of the results that can be achieved with S4.
- Noticeable strength gains
- Lean muscle mass without gaining a lot of water.
- Fat loss, even if you have slightly high body fat to begin with.
- Increased vascularity
- Increased bone mineral density
Here’s a quick look at some of the side effects of S4.
- Mild suppression. After comparing it with Ostarine, we feel that S4 might be the least suppressive of all SARMS.
- Negligible on the androgenic scale. This means that even at 50mg/day, which is a high dose for the compound, the chances of experiencing androgenic side effects are close to zero. This means no virilization in women, no hair loss in men and definitely no annoying acne.
- S4 causes temporary changes in vision. Some people experience complete night blindness whereas others experience loss in peripheral vision at night. During the day, there can be a noticeable yellow/green tinge to your vision. These effects reverse automatically when you discontinue the drug for a few days.
S-23 is one of the new kids on the block. But in a very short time, it has earned the reputation of being one of the strongest SARMS ever developed.
Here are some of the results that you can achieve with a cycle of S-23.
- Lean muscle gain
- Noticeable increase in strength
- Boosts endurance for cardio
- Burns fat
- Makes you look dry, shredded and vascular with excellent muscle definition
- No water retention
- Reduces the size of your prostate
Here are some of the side effects of S-23
- Muscle cramps if water intake is not increased
- Shutdown of your endogenous testosterone. Or at least very high suppression
- Testicular atrophy
Which is a better pick?
Well, that depends on your goals and the risk that you are willing to take to achieve them.
Winstrol is undeniably risker than any SARM. It is hepatotoxic, it will trash your lipids and it will shut you down.
It should never be run solo without a test base, which means that you will have to pin.
If you have already done a Winstrol cycle, then you will be aware of how your body reacts to the compound.
Why not try S4 or S-23 in your next cycle as a Winstrol alternative? There are people who have achieved great transformations with these SARMS.
For all you know, you might be able to achieve equally good results without risking side effects like hair loss and cholestasis.
It makes you bigger, stronger, faster
It cuts you up like a diamond
Lean, Dry Gains