Oxandrolone is a synthetic androstane steroid and a 17α-alkylated derivative of DHT.    It is also known as 2-oxa-17α-methyl-5α-dihydrotestosterone (2-oxa-17α-methyl-DHT) or as 2-oxa-17α-methyl-5α-androstan-17β-ol-3-one, and is DHT with a methyl group at the C17α position and the C2 carbon replaced with an oxygen atom.    Closely related AAS include the marketed AAS mestanolone (17α-methyl-DHT), oxymetholone (2-hydroxymethylene-17α-methyl-DHT), and stanozolol (a 2,3- pyrazole A ring -fused derivative of 17α-methyl-DHT) and the never-marketed/ designer AAS desoxymethyltestosterone (3-deketo-17α-methyl-δ 2 -DHT), methasterone (2α,17α-dimethyl-DHT), methyl-1-testosterone (17α-methyl-δ 1 -DHT), and methylstenbolone (2,17α-dimethyl-δ 1 -DHT).   
This intermediate Parabolan cycle is easily classified as a pre-contest or cutting cycle where either fat loss or lean mass gain (with as little fat or water gain/retention as possible) is desired. Once again, similar acting compounds in terms of half-life are used together. Testosterone Enanthate is relegated to a support position of TRT once again. Primobolan, a favourite among competitive bodybuilders (especially for pre-contest) is used and the benefits garnered from a high dose would assist in achieving the hard and dense look of the physique, especially when Parabolan is used. The use of Winstrol (oral format) is not only for the purpose of somewhat of a kickstart, but also to assist the user in achieving a dry, ripped, and hard look to the physique.