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Your Ultimate Guide to SARMs

By November 2, 2017 January 16th, 2019 No Comments

Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, also known as SARMs, have been gaining popularity in the world of fitness and bodybuilding due to their anabolic like properties. SARMs have been shown to increase lean muscle mass while reducing body fat. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it is true.

SARMs can help you break through strength plateaus, increase you mass and decrease your body fat. Many people will read this and ultimately want to give SARMs a try. Before you start supplementing with SARMs it is important to know what SARMs are, how they work and the different types of SARMs available on the market today.

The following guide will use the most updated research to provide you with everything you need to know about SARMs. It is very important that you educate yourself on SARMs prior to use. Be Informed. Live Fit.

What Are SARMs?

According to the USADA, SARMs, or selective androgen receptor modulators, are a class of therapeutic compounds that have similar properties to anabolic agents, but with reduced androgenic properties. In language everyone can understand, this means SARMs are much like anabolic steroids, without the negative side effects from using anabolic steroids. SARMs have the advantage of androgen-receptor specificity and tissue selectivity, allowing SARMs to produce anabolic steroid-like positive effects (muscle gain and body fat reduction) without the bad things that come with steroids. The negative side effects that accompany steroid use are: acne, liver damage, breast tissue development, shrinkage of testicles (in males), increase body hair and abnormal menstrual cycles (in females).

​In the early 1990’s, a non-steroidal version of SARMs were produced by scientists. According to, the non-steroidal SARMs have the ability to specifically target areas of our DNA that prevent muscle wasting and bone wasting while promoting strength and growth in these areas. The steroidal version would target all areas, even the unwanted areas. This was a huge breakthrough for SARMs.

SARMs of today target the areas of our DNA that prevent muscle-wasting and bone wasting while promoting growth. SARMs have been used to assist with a lot of medical conditions. SARMs have therapeutic opportunities in a variety of medical conditions including muscle-wasting diseases, osteoporosis, cancer, and hypogonadism.​

How Do SARMs Work?

​SARMs work very similar to anabolic steroids. SARMs link to the same receptors as steroids do, causing you to experience the same positive effects as testosterone but without the unwanted negative side effects of steroids and even prohormones.

SARMs can be taken both orally and injectable. ​The majority of SARMs you will find online today will come in capsule form or a liquid form, both which can be taken orally.

As we age, our muscle mass deteriorates due to the loss of type 2 muscle fibers. ​SARMs can prevent this muscle-wasting in skeletal muscle mass while increasing strength in androgen-deficient people.

Benefits of SARMs​

​SARMs have many similar benefits as anabolic steroids without the negative side effects that come with steroids (and prohormones). Some of the benefits of SARMs are:

  • Non-liver toxic
  • Avoid bone loss
  • No estrogen conversion
  • Similar effects to Testosterone
  • Limits the threat of prostate problems
  • ​Increased muscle mass
  • Reduction in body fat
  • Muscle loss prevention (if cutting)
  • Faster recovery time
  • Healthy joint promotion
  • Increased strength gains

Side Effects

​We mentioned earlier that SARMs have many similar benefits to anabolic steroids, but with fewer side effects. Although side effects are not common, they can still occur if you abuse SARMs. These include:

  • Acne​
  • Increase body hair
  • Breast tissue development
  • Testicle shrinkage

These side effects can be avoided by not abusing SARMs, cycling on and off of SARMs and using a PCT with any oral anabolic.

Are SARMs Legal?

A common question researched is the legality of SARMs. According to the USDA, SARMs are not legal ingredients for supplements. SARMs were banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2008.

Popular SARMs

Many different types of SARMs are available for purchase online. Since SARMs are not as popular as a pre-workout supplement, you will most likely not be familiar with the names and which each one does. In the following section we will look at several different popular SARMs, their benefit, proper dosage and if you can stack with other SARMs.

Ostarine (MK-2866)​

Osta​rine, also known as MK-2866, is one of the most popular SARMs available on the market today. Ostarine was created to avoid and prevent muscle-wasting. According to, MK-2866 uses its anabolic effects on muscle tissue fully so it’s not only a potential for curing muscle wasting ailments but also it has great potential for muscle building for athletes, bodybuilders and fitness buffs. It is also an agent to reduce degeneration during recovery times from serious surgery or similar conditions.

Benefits of MK-2866 include:

  • ​Increased lean mass
  • Strength gains
  • Joint healing abilities
  • Increased endurance

Proper dosage of Ostarine depends on your goal:

Cutting: 12.5-15mg per day for 4-6 weeks

Bulking: 25mg per day for 4-6 weeks

Recomping: 12.5-25mg per day for 4-8 weeks​

Click here to see our full review on Cratus Labs Ostarine SARM.

Ligandrol (LGD-4033​)

Ligandrol, also known as LGD-4033, is the closest SARM available to an anabolic steroid. LGD-4033 has the healing benefits of testosterone, without the negative side effects. This is one the most popular SARMs among bodybuilders due to it’s muscle building properties.

Benefits of LGD-4033 include:​

  • Increased strength
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Decreased body fat
  • Quick healing properties​

Proper dosage of Ligandrol depends on your goal:

Cutting: 3-5mg per day for 8 weeks
Bulking: 5-10mg per day for 8 weeks
Recomping:​ 5-8mg per day for 8 weeks

Click here to see our full review on Cratus Labs LGD-4033 SARM.

Ibutamoren (MK-677)

​Ibutamoren, also known as MK-677, is the most popular SARM to increase your body’s growth hormone. Ibutamoren has been shown to increase growth hormone, IGF-1, and IGF-binding protein-3. Ibutamoren is an economical alternative to HGH. According to, a 2-month use of MK-677 among healthy obese males caused a sustained increase of GH among the participants.

Benefits of MK-677 include:

  • Increased GH secretion
  • Increased energy
  • Increased fat free muscle mass

Proper dosage of Ibutamoren is 20-25mg per day.

Click here to see our full review on Cratus Labs Ibutamoren MK-677 SARM.

Testolone (RAD 140)

Testalone, also known as RAD 140, makes our hormone receptors in our tissues of our body act the same was as if we were taking testosterone. RAD 140 is gaining popularity among the bodybuilding community due to the quickness of gains you experience.

Benefits of RAD 140 include:

  • Enhanced stamina
  • Faster muscle gains
  • Increased lean mass​

Proper dosage of Testolone is .3-3mg per day.

Stenabolic (SR9009)

Stenabolic, also known as SR9009, has been shown to boost metabolic activity. SR9009 was initially developed to treat obesity as it has reduced body fat in test subjects. It also increases muscle gains. SR9009 is known as “exercise in a bottle,” due to the positive effect is has on endurance.

Benefits of SR9009 include:

  • Increased fat loss
  • Increased metabolism
  • Increased endurance
  • Increase muscle strength​

Proper dosage of Stenabolic is 12.5-33.75mg per day.

Cardarine (GW-501516)

Cardarine, also known as GW-501516, is the ultimate SARM for increased energy. GW-501516 has been banned in professional sports due to the competitive advantage it gives athletes in the endurance category. The second most common use for Cardarine is fat loss. Cardarine’s ability to burn off excess fatty tissue, enhance recovery, and dramatically increase endurance has made this product a staple in every athlete’s cycle and PCT.

Benefits of GW-501516:

  • Insane energy levels
  • Prolonged endurance
  • Increased recovery speeds
  • Non-catabolic while maintaining muscle mass
  • Melts fat off the body

Proper dosage of Cardarine is 10-20mg per day.

Final Takeaways

SARMs are effective and a safe alternative to steroids and prohormones. You will receive the benefits of a steroid or prohormone without the negative side effects you receive from them. SARMs are not legal. SARMs are not legal in competitive competition governed by an athletic commission (testing). SARMs can provide increased strength gains, increased muscle mass, while reducing body fat. SARMs can improve overall performance through the reduction in recovery time, increased energy and increased endurance.

Before buying your first cycle of SARMs be sure to research online retailers for authenticity. Be sure to check back here at for more information on SARMs and SARM reviews.

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