Lately, a new class of research compounds known as “SARMs,” short for selective androgen receptor modulators, have been sweeping the bodybuilding community very quickly.
YouTubers are talking about them, bloggers are talking about them, Reddit is ablaze with posts of users who claim SARMs have helped them make incredible gains, and more.
But just what are SARMs, and what kind of results can you expect from a cycle? How much muscle will you gain? Will your results be different if you take Ligandrol vs. Ostarine, for example?
In this article, we’d like to explore the SARMs before and after results you can expect, with an emphasis on the effects each different type of SARM has on the body.
What Are SARMs?
If you’ve been around the bodybuilding community over the past few years, you’ve no doubt seen the emergence of a new product with amazing results. SARMs, otherwise known as selective androgen receptor modulators, is the most popular alternative to steroids.
SARMs work by binding to androgen receptors in the body, which then signals your body to build muscle and burn fat at a very quick pace. [R]
The first wave of these was introduced in the 1940s by Ligand Pharmaceuticals and was marketed as a way to help treat cancer, osteoporosis, and other diseases. Later researchers found some powerful life-changing side effects. It allows your body to build muscle and lose fat very fast, similar to steroids.
The most exciting part about SARMs is it’s almost as effective as steroids but with way fewer side effects. This means you can achieve the body you want, without giving you an enlarged prostate, acne, sudden mood swings, osteoporosis, and many other negative reactions your body might face when on steroids. SARMs on the other hand are not hormonal, making them a safer alternative.
The results you see when taking SARMs will vary depending on a few factors such as workout routine, nutrition, diet, genetics, and more factors that will ultimately give everyone different results.
That being said, you may experience a gain of at least 10-15 pounds of muscle along with rapid fat loss within a couple of months, giving you a shredded physique.
RAD 140 Results
Testolone, or more commonly known as RAD 140, is one of the strongest SARMs on the market right now for gaining lean muscle mass. It also has the highest ratio of anabolic to androgenic activity of any SARM. [R]
This means that not only will it give you as much of a powerful effect as steroids, but it has almost no androgenic side effects.
The main benefits of RAD 140 include:
- The ability to gain massive amounts of lean muscle mass without gaining fat in the process.
- It is great for cutting and getting shredded in a very quick and easy way. Losing fat will feel effortless as long as you optimize everything else in your lifestyle.
The dosage for RAD 140 or Testolone usually ranges between 15 mg to 30 mg per day. Anything more than this, and you will increase your risk of having negative side effects, so make sure you do not take too much. Although side effects are very rare when taken properly, you must make sure you are smart about your approach.
Ostarine, also known as MK-2866, is one of the most popular and well-researched muscle-building SARMs on the market right now. [R]
It was originally developed to treat patients with muscle diseases in an attempt to maintain muscle. Eventually, bodybuilders found out about what Ostarine could do and started using it to their benefit.
Ostarine’s most common use in the bodybuilder community is during bulking phases where the person wants to increase their muscle mass and strength.
Many use it for this purpose because it is scientifically proven to build drastic amounts of muscle in only a few weeks.
Another amazing benefit to Ostarine is that it could be stacked with other SARMs to help in building the best results. It is most commonly stacked with:
With this particular SARM, you can see big results with only a very small dosage of 3mg. You can work your daily dosage up to a max of 50mg but the more you take, the higher risk you have of feeling side effects. It is recommended to stay around the 25mg dosage range for the best cycle results.
Ligandrol, otherwise known as LGD-4033, is another powerful SARM that is great for packing on tons of muscle and shredding fat, especially when the user is trying to achieve a very cut-looking physique.
Many users reported gaining 15- 20 pounds of muscle in a couple of months of cycling Ligandrol. You will also experience fat loss which can help give you the health benefits that come with being in amazing physical shape.
Similarly, like other SARMs, the best way to get the full effects is to stack them with each other. To get the best of different types of SARMs to work together, Ligandrol is not as strong as the others and could be used to improve the other SARMs and increase the benefits. [R]
Ligandrol is frequently taken in doses of around 10mg daily or up to 20mg if you want to see better results.
In general, with SARMs the more you take daily, the higher your risk of getting any unwanted side effects. Always be smart and follow a proper regimen for maximum results. Keep in mind that when you finish any cycle of SARMs, you should perform cycle therapy to let your bodily hormones recover and stay healthy.
Any Side Effects?
After reading about all the benefits of taking SARMs and how they can improve a few aspects of your life. Many people still question whether it is safe or carries the same negative side effects everyone knows about steroids.
Unfortunately, we’re not quite sure what the long-term side effects are just yet, but we do know that there are very few if any, short-term side effects. [R]
Most users report having almost zero side effects which is amazing considering what SARMs can do for you. Most of the negative effects can be negated if you’re taking proper doses and buying from a high-quality source.
The main difference in comparison to steroids is that SARMs are not technically affecting your hormones. It is a much safer alternative for anyone considering a steroid cycle but doesn’t want to be struck by the negative side effects that steroids may give you.
Many studies on SARMs show its potential for a lot more uses than just bodybuilding, it may one day help with:
- Chronic disease
The only thing I suggest is to avoid taking this product if you’re under the age of 18. It’s always better to be safe and build muscle naturally at first.
The results you see when taking SARMs will vary depending on a few factors such as your workout routine, nutrition, diet, genetics, and more factors that will ultimately give everyone somewhat different results.
Whether you decide to take RAD 140, Ostarine, Ligandrol or a combination of them, you will see massive gains in muscle of sometimes up to 20 pounds within a 90-day cycle. Also, huge strength gains for smashing personal records. The most amazing part about all of this is that while you’re gaining muscle and strength, you are simultaneously going to see rapid fat loss.
Creating any physique you truly desire, from powerlifting, bodybuilding, or even being athletic for sports. It can fully optimize your life physically which in turn will affect you mentally in a very positive way.
Even though users experience almost zero side effects, the compound is still early in its research phase and the long-term effects are currently unknown.
In conclusion, the potential of SARMS is to maximize the positive attributes of steroids as well as minimizing negative side effects, providing solutions and opportunities in a variety of diseases, including muscle wasting, cancer, end-stage renal disease, osteoporosis, frailty, and hypogonadism.
Possibilities for this compound are endless and new research about the power of SARMs is coming out very often, with much more soon to come.