SARMS vs Steroids 2019- The Complete Guide for Newcomers-

Why is everyone switching to Sarms?

Many bodybuilders and athletes looking for a boost in their gains and increased performance potential often turn to steroids largely because it is effective even if one has to risk some of the side effects. Unfortunately, the side effects are also a big reason many avoid steroids.

Luckily, the pharmaceutical sector evolved rapidly over the past decade. Medical innovations such as rapid cancer detection, products that increase life expectancy and new medical appliances are just a few examples of recent innovations in the medical sector.

One of those innovations are SARMS and they are becoming more popular than steroids because of the lack of side effects.

SARMS belong to a new class of performance-enhancing drugs. The biggest benefit of SARMS is that they build muscle and burn fat in the same way as steroids do but without the nasty effects. Using SARMS won’t result in shrinking balls, damaging your liver or unwanted acne or hair loss.

If steroids was an old Buick, SARMS is the Aston Martin.

What are SARMS?


SARMS are also known as Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators and they are an upgrade of anabolic steroids. They are synthetic and have been developed to treat various conditions such as treating cancer, hypogonadism, and osteoporosis. They have a very strong effect on building muscle since they connect to receptors in your body, increasing the chemical reaction in your body.

They have a lot of potentials and because they are still basically experimental, they are also legal and easily available over the counter. Still the research and testing phase, but found to be an effective alternative to steroids, SARMs are banned in professional and college sports.

This means they are probably effective enough to classify as performance-enhancing and as such are banned in professional sports and athletics.

SARMS are a class of compounds that work in ways similar to anabolic steroids. While not technically illegal, they are also not FDA approved and most SARMs sales are in the name of medical research. They are also not legal or approved for use in dietary supplements.

Androgens are a group of hormones produced by the body – testosterone is an androgen and it is perhaps the best-known one. Androgens are responsible for male traits and reproductive health. Women also produce androgen, but in small amounts and with different functions. The reason it’s important to understand androgens is that they are vital to understanding how SARMs work.

SARMs work by modulating the body’s androgens. They are specifically designed and formulated to target very specific areas like muscle and bone wasting and promotion of growth. SARMs can be taken orally into the body. It then binds to androgen receptors and creates an anabolic effect similar to steroids but without the estrogen conversion and long list of side effects.

This is why SARMS are so innovative and popular. They’re way more selective than anabolic steroids which means they will still grow your muscle and burn your fat but they won’t give you man boobs or make you look like a lady with a beard.  Besides that, SARMS are taken orally. No need for injections.

Why choose SARMS over Steroids?

There are a few key differences between SARMs and steroids. Steroids work in a way where every cell has the ability to promote protein synthesis and growth. Steroids usually mean high levels of testosterone in the body which when combined with previously mentioned ability to promote protein synthesis and growth can mean huge gains and very dramatic effects in physicality. The flipside of this is that when the body reaches its threshold for testosterone, it gets converted to estrogen, which causes an imbalance, leading to all the side effects steroids are well known for.

Compared to steroids, SARMS work in a targeted method that, with responsible use, does not cause estrogen conversion in the body. This means fewer side effects. The flipside of this alternative is that it requires longer and continued use to see results as effective as steroids. This sounds like a bad thing if you are looking for immediate results, but if you consider the fact that this way, the benefits outweigh the risk and provide a more sustainable growth that is easier to maintain. Limited side effects with big benefits definitely justify a longer period of use.

Benefits of SARMs

SARMs provide similar effects of steroids but without some of the big side effects of steroids. While there are side effects they are greatly reduced and the following is a list of side effects as compared to steroids

The benefits are definitely worth the prolonged use for maximum effect:

  • Prevention of muscle loss
  • Development of lean muscle
  • Improved strength
  • Faster recovery period
  • Joint healing
  • Inhibits cancer cell division
  • Growth in muscle size
  • Increase in libido

An important note here is that while the effects are minimal, one should be cautious. Responsible use will help keep side effects at bay, after all, too much of a good thing is normally a bad thing.

How many SARMS are there?

In general, there are hundreds of SARMS but there are in fact 7 SARMS which are frequently used by bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes. Each SARM has his specific ways of working on the body. Since these SARMS were initially developed for treating diseases, they work in various ways.

Ostarine (MK-2866)  

This is the most popular SARM used by bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. It is known to increase lean muscle mass and burn fat.

Read our full review on Ostarine here.

Ligandrol (LGD-4033)

Ligandrol is another popular SARM which builds muscle mass & strength. It’s often combined with Ostarine for better results.

Read our full review on Ligandrol here.

Cardarine (GW501516)

Developed to treat tumors in the colon, prostate and breast tissue, this SARM has also shown effectiveness in increasing metabolism, endurance and recovery time. Cardarine is popular when you want to focus on increasing your stamina ( cycling, running, etc…)

Read our full review on Cardarine here.

Ibutamoren (MK-677)

This SARM doesn’t focus on building muscles but it has some other really great abilities. Ibutamoren may improve life longevity, bone density improves sleep and promotes better cognitive function.

Read our full review on Ibutamoren here.

Andarine (S4)

Andarine was initially developed for male contraceptives and showed promising results like the decrease in spermatogenesis and massive boosts in male libido. It’s also known for increasing lean muscle mass.

Read our full review on Andarine here.

Testolone (RAD140)

This is one of the newest SARMs that has been developed to counter prostate problems that are caused by testosterone use. It also helps users see a drastic increase in lean muscle mass and burning fat.

Read our full review on Testolone here.

YK11 (Follistatin)

Last but not least YK11 is another SARMS which increases muscle growth and size.

Read our full review on YK11 here.

The above list should give you a rough idea of what each of the top 7 SARMs is about. The names in the brackets are the medical names for these SARMs as most are still in research and experimental phase, they are most commonly referred to by the names in the brackets above.

Let’s take a closer look at these SARMs and everything you might want to know about them.


Final Say

An important note when considering SARMs is to remember to combine it with high protein diets, plenty of water and good exercise. When you combine these with SARMs the result is the best possible version of yourself you can physically be.

Although SARMs are ultimately synthetic and do come with side effects it is all in all a far superior alternative to steroids. They provide all the benefits of steroids and more while keeping results sustainable and to a certain degree permanent.

Long-term side effects are still not fully known or understood, largely because they are all still under development and study, but their popularity in the fitness world and undoubted effectiveness make them a viable option for those who are looking for something that really works.







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