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Winstrol is one of the most famous steroids of all time, mainly thanks to a man named Ben Johnson.

In 1988, Johnson was the reigning world champion in the 100-meter dash, widely considered the most prestigious of all track and field events. 

He had set a world record a year before, beating Carl Lewis with a time of 9.83 seconds. He was instantly propelled to world fame, reportedly making almost $500,000 a month from endorsements. 

He was showered in accolades including the Lou Marsh Trophy and Lionel Conacher Award, and was named the Associated Press Athlete of the Year for 1987.

Johnson cemented his status as the golden boy of track and field on September 24, 1988, in one of the most competitive 100-meter races ever run, when he sprinted to an Olympic gold medal and a new world record of 9.79 seconds.

Unfortunately, this would be the capstone of his career. 

Three days later, the Olympic Doping Control Center found traces of an anabolic steroid in Johnson’s urine sample. 

The drug? 

Stanozolol, aka Winstrol.

Johnson denied taking steroids at first, but was promptly stripped of his new world record and the one he’d set a year before. Later, he admitted to taking steroids such as Winstrol and testosterone since 1981, and was banned for life from professional sprinting after he failed another drug test in 1993.

Although Johnson made stanozolol famous, it’s been used by sprinters, bodybuilders, and athletes of all stripes long before Johnson got busted and is still used today.

It’s known as one of the best steroids for cutting, helping people gain moderate amounts of muscle without any increase in water weight or body fat.

What does the science say, though? 

Why are athletes still risking their careers to reap its benefits?

And, what are the side effects?

In this podcast, you’re going to learn the answers to all of these questions and more. You’ll learn . . . 

  • What Winstrol is
  • Why people take Winstrol
  • What the Winstrol side effects are
  • How to tell if someone is taking Winstrol
  • And more.

Let’s get started.

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