Every time we mention SARMS, we get greeted with a boatload of questions, mainly from lifelong natties who aren’t ready to hop over to the dark side (gear).
SARMS, according to the limited information that they have, gives them a shot at ‘Anabolic steroid-like’ results, without many of the risks that come with steroid use.
The problem is that the information that they might have read on a messaging board or watched in a video is only half-baked.
It’s mostly limited to the good part and the bad part is rarely discussed.
So, if you are considering using SARMS, then here are 11 things that you may not have known about it.
#1 – SARMS are performance enhancement drugs
Don’t fool yourself into believing any lesser. These are performance enhancement drugs. Or at least that’s what it’s used for by most people. So once you use a SARM, you are no longer a ‘natty’.
Not that it bothers us. We have used gear for more than two decades. But there are many people who like to remain a natty for life. And we have spoken to some of them who were fooled into believing that SARMS we some kind of supplement, like creatine. Not the case.
If you are using a SARM, you are just one step away from using real gear.
#2 – They can increase lean muscle, boost endurance, burn fat
So, what are the results that you can achieve with SARMS? Pretty much everything if you eat, lift and rest.
Eventually, SARMS will bind to androgen receptors in your muscle and bone tissue in place of testosterone and stimulate the receptors to produce more lean muscle.
Therefore, some of them have the effect of a powerful androgenic compound and will also taper your waistline while increasing lean mass.
Above all, here are some of the popularly used SARMS and their effects.
- Firstly, LGD4033/Ligandrol: Lean mass, strength, mild vascularity, lots of water and glycogen
- Secondly, RAD 140/Testolone: Lean muscle, dry, shredded, vascular look, strength gains
- Thirdly, S4/Andarine: Muscle protective during a cut, burns fat, makes you vascular
- Fourthly, MK2866/ Ostarine: Mildest SARM, protects lean muscle, strength gains
#3 – You should always do bloodwork before and after a SARMS cycle
Most importantly, we cannot emphasize on how important this is. But, do not just hop on to a SARMS cycle randomly. If you have an undiagnosed, underlying condition, like low testosterone. then taking SARMS might worsen it. You may well be eligible to get a scrip for TRT.
Even if you are in your early 20s, never do SARMS without getting your bloodwork. Do bloodwork one day before your SARMS cycle, one day after your cycle ends and two weeks after your last dose.
For results, Tests to be done: Lipid panel, Liver values, Renal Profile, Endocrine panel (Total Test, Free test, LH, FSH, E2, Cortisol)
And ditto with pictures. Keep a log so that you and your friends can use it as a reference.
#4 – You might need PCT after a SARMS cycle
If you have heard that you don’t need to do a PCT after a SARMS cycle, then that’s not entirely true.
Eventually it depends on the extent of suppression that the SARMS cause and your current health condition.
Even though you did a low dose cycle of Ostarine, then you ‘may’ not need a PCT. But if you did 10-15mg/day of LGD 4033 or RAD 140, then chances are that you might be 50-60% suppressed by the end of your cycle.
Moreover, a PCT with Nolvadex will speed up recovery and your body will bounce back in just two to three weeks.
#5 – Your lipids might crash
Subsequently one of the things about SARMS that very few people talk about is their effect on your lipids. Some people have noticed that the effect of just one 8-week cycle of LGD-4033 at 10mg/day tripled their triglyceride value and severely crashed their HDL levels.
Likewise, if you have poor lipids to begin with, then you must use SARMS with caution.
#6 – You may need on-cycle support
Even though, it’s earned a reputation of being safer than anabolic steroids, you’d still want to include on-cycle support while you are on SARMS. Treat it like a proper steroid cycle.
In short, Use TUDCA, limit your alcohol intake, increase fish oil, use an OTC cycle supplement like N2Guard to limit the damage to your organs.
#7 – The results may not be as pronounced as what you get with steroids
Do not do a SARMS cycle because you expect your body to transform into that of an IFBB pro or that juicy ‘Fake natty’ Instagram Influencer.
Instead they probably have years of gear use under their belt. SARMS will give you a strong boost from your natty levels. But the results will not even be close to that of anabolic steroids.
#8 – Most of them have never been tested on humans
Above all Barring LGD-4033 and MK-2866, no other SARM has been tested on humans. All the reviews and the hype is based on in-vivo trials or animal model clinical studies.
So, if you are trying out a SARM, like say YK-11, you might be the first few who are trying it on themselves.
#9 – SARMS can have unknown side effects
Recently, we have been reading a lot of posts off late that talk about SARMS as if it were a side effect free ride.
Definitely not the case. SARMS can have side effects, both short term and long term.
The problem is that there are very few clinical trials that have been conducted with these drugs and we don’t have the slightest idea of what these drugs could throw up in a year or two.
Certainly just the other day we read about this guy whose AST & ALT levels had skyrocketed with an 8-week cycle of RAD 140.
But, he wasn’t using on-cycle support, as he was of the opinion that it would be overkill for SARMS.
Most people never talk about RAD causing liver values to spike because they don’t do bloodwork.
Don’t take chances. Be prepared.
#10 – Supplements are often laced with SARMS
If you find supplements that borrow their names from SARMS, like Osta-Boost or Ligan-max, chances are that they contain SARMS.
So tread with caution when you buy supplements from brick and mortar stores. Do your due diligence.
If it does contain SARMS, at least take the necessary precautions to prevent unwanted side effects.
#11 – SARMS are often laced with prohormones/steroids
SARMS have become very popular and the market has responded in kind. There are hundreds of suppliers selling SARMS in powder, capsules and liquid form.
Not all of them are selling legit stuff though. The chances are high that you might end up with a prohormone instead of a real SARM, if you buy from an unscrupulous seller.
Buy only from reputed sellers. Look for third party testing. Read reviews. Be smart.