What to expect with SARMs Before and After
SARMs or Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators are currently what prohormones were a decade ago and what steroids were in the 90s and 80s. That’s because the compounds have taken the bodybuilding industry by a storm replacing almost all performance-enhancing drugs. And why exactly is that? Well, for starters, SARMs have proven to be a lot safer than the traditional Steroids and Prohormones. But, the best part is that other than being the safer alternative, they are also extremely effective in yielding the desired results. In simple terms, SARMs will give you all the benefits of steroids and Prohormones without the annoying and life-threatening side effects. Don’t confuse that statement to mean that SARMs are completely safe. Far from it. Actually, some of the SARMs available in the market today such as LGD-4033, YK-11 and RAD-140 are extremely powerful and could easily leave you nursing suppression and other adverse reaction if you don’t use them properly. The good news is that if you follow the guidelines correctly and support the compounds with a robust workout regimen and diet, you’ll quickly watch yourself transform from a regular weightlifter to a mighty Greek god. Yes, they’re that impressive.
Before and After Results of Using SARMs
Before I even get into the finer details of what you can expect from SARMs, let me just take a moment and tell you about how exactly these compounds work to deliver the said benefits.
As the name goes, SARMs are Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators. But what exactly does this mean? It’s through the androgen receptors that most of the masculine functions such as gaining muscles, sex drive, losing fat, and other activities take place. The perfect example of a highly beneficial androgen is testosterone. What SARMs do is mimic testosterone and start binding onto several key androgen receptors in the body. Now, get this, the human body has lots of androgen receptors spread all over the place. If SARMs go on modulating androgen receptors in different parts of the body, a lot of stuff will go wrong. This is precisely what’s wrong with prohormones and steroids. What SARMs do, is bind selectively –as the name goes – to the androgen receptors that are located in the muscle and bone tissue. As a result, most of the magic will only be restricted to these two key sites leaving the rest of the body safe.
So, what does all this result in?
- Increase in Lean Muscle Mass
SARMs have made a name for themselves as one of the best compounds for bulking. With SARMs such as Ligandrol (LGD-4033), YK-11 and Testolone (RAD-140) you can expect to gain several pounds of lean mass within a very short period. Most users usually report seeing notable changes as early as the first two weeks, and by the time they are almost wrapping up the cycle, they’re usually looking at around 7 or more pounds of lean mass.
The three SARMs highlighted above are as powerful as it can get when we’re talking about bulking, but they are not the only option. Other SARMs such as Ostarine are also known to be effective. Not as powerful as Ligandrol but effective nonetheless. Actually, if you are new to SARMs, I’d recommend that you start with this mild compound before upgrading to the crazier ones. It is also one of the best SARMs for women.
While most people usually get satisfactory results from using one of these SARMs, some people are known to spice things up by using two or more SARMs. One of the best SARMs stack for bulking is using LGD-4033 with RAD-140 or MK-677 (Ibutamoren). Hell, you can even do a SARMs triple stack of LGD-4033, MK-677 and YK-11. This stack delivers unreal results, but it’s obviously, not meant for everyone.
- Reduced Body Fat
You could gain a substantial amount of lean mass, but if you have lots of adipose in your body, then the muscles won’t pop up as much as you’d like. That’s why a cutting cycle is usually as important as a bulking one. It helps to remove the excess fat in your body, thus improving muscle definition and your overall physique. Unfortunately, cutting can be a very tricky cycle, and you know why? Because it is possible to shred fat and end up losing your hard-earned muscles in the process. Yes, when your body is in a calorie-deficit state, it’s very easy for it to start eating into your own muscle mass. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be an issue when you’re dealing with SARMs.
A compound such as Cardarine (GW-501516) is one of the best-cutting SARMs in the market. A quick side note; Cardarine is always marketed and sold as a SARM, but it is actually a PPAR-agonist. This compound has proven to be one of the best cutting compounds around because other than effectively shredding the unnecessary fat; it also makes sure that your muscle mass is never touched. This way, you get to keep your muscles and lose all the fat you didn’t want. Just how convenient is that?
Another remarkable fat burner that’s commonly categorized as a SARM when it is actually a Rev-Erba agonist is Stenabolic (SR-9009). This non-hormonal compound works like a charm when it is taken an hour or so before stepping into the gym.
Just like in bulk, you can also stack several SARMs to get even better-cutting results. A good example here is stacking GW-501516 with S4 or Ostarine. The latter can actually help you cut fat and gain muscles simultaneously!
- Enhanced Strength and Stamina
When you are gaining muscles or having lots of fats get shredded, it’s rather obvious that you will also experience a spike in energy levels. That’s because all the fat that is getting burned down is turned into raw energy that will fuel you into working out even harder in the gym. On the other hand, as you build more lean mass, lifting heavier weights becomes an easier task. Soon afterward, you will see yourself go beyond your previous boundaries to new heights you never thought possible.
Almost all SARMs are known to increase energy levels and endurance, although some are better than others. Ligandrol, Ostarine, and Cardarine do the trick for most people.
Since a majority of SARMs boost energy levels and endurance, you will always enjoy this benefit regardless of whether you are in a cutting or bulking cycle. If you just want the stamina with some independence, then you can use Stenabolic, which is pretty flexible thanks to its non-hormonal nature.
- Enhanced Recovery
Just out of curiosity; how much time do you spend giving your muscles and body, in general, some time to recover? Have you ever stopped to think how far ahead you could be in your fitness journey if you could reduce this time?
The beauty with certain SARMs is that they help your body to recover even in the midst of strenuous workouts. Again, I’ll refer to a popular compound sold as a SARM, but it’s actually a growth hormone secretagogue, and this is MK-677. This incredible compound enhances the levels of IGF-1 and growth hormone, delivering impressive results that go beyond typical muscle growth. They will help you recover much faster, you will see an improvement in sleep quality, and it also contributes to burning fat down. Some reports also show that since they improve levels of growth hormone, they can also improve bone density. This is vital because you require strong bones that can handle pound after pound of muscle that you are gaining.
Are SARMs Legal?
With all the impressive results of using SARMs, the next question among most people is always about the legality of these compounds. The FDA has not cleared the use of SARMs in humans even though there are some promising trials on it. These compounds are available for research purposes only. Therefore, you can buy them as such in the US and most other countries.
The one place where SARMs are definitely not tolerated is in professional sports. If you are a professional athlete, I’ll strongly suggest that you don’t even bother trying out these compounds because various drug tests can detect them.
Looking at the result that you can reap from SARMs, it’ll be very disappointing to hear that some people are still chasing illegal steroids and prohormones. Yes, SARMs are not as aggressive as the two, but they are much safer, and that should mean something.