As a dude, it can be pretty depressing to browse social media and scroll through the endless series of pics of guys that are jacked beyond belief.
With physiques that would put some bodybuilders out there to shame.
Instagram can be particularly soul-destroying.
Especially when there are guys under 6 feet in height, weighing upwards of 230 pounds.
Who happen to be ripped to shreds with physiques most people would kill for.
What’s even more frustrating is the fact that some of these dudes seriously want us to believe that they are ‘natty’ when in reality they are quite clearly juiced out of their minds.
We’re not here to judge people that use steroids, or SARMS for that matter.
In fact, it’s a particular type of SARM that we’re going to be looking at today.
The SARM we want to focus on for today’s article is known as Ligandrol (LGD-4033) and by the time you’ve finished reading.
You’ll know more about this particular compound than you could have ever previously imagined.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to build a physique that most fitness competitors would be envious of, or simply burn a little fat and build some additional muscle.
Ligandrol could potentially help you build your dream body.
Here’s a more detailed look.
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We do not condone the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids, or, AAS for short.
We also do not condone the use of SARMS.
Both of these compounds are dangerous, and if misused they have the potential to prove fatal.
Worst of all is the fact that people have sadly lost their lives in the past, due to the misuse of these drugs and compounds.
The aim of this article is to inform people of the effects of these drugs, to look at how they should be used to minimize the risks, and to look at what they can do if used as instructed.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a look at Ligandrol (LGD-4033) and at what it can potentially do for you.
Ligandrol is a relatively new SARM on the scene.
It is an oral selective androgen receptor modulator that gets its name from the fact that it was developed by a pharmaceutical company named Ligand.
Initially, the drug was not designed with bodybuilders in mind.
Like many anabolic steroids in the past, this drug was actually designed for medical purposes.
Specifically, it was designed to help treat patients that were suffering from muscular dystrophy and muscle wasting illnesses and diseases.
It was also designed to help heal bone and muscle tissue, which is why it has proved to be so popular in the bodybuilding community.
Initially, SARMS has been around since the 1940s.
However, non-steroidal SARMS, which many lifters are now utilizing instead of anabolic steroids, were not developed until the 1990s.
But how exactly does Ligandrol work?
Well, it works in virtually the same way as any other SARM on the market works.
SARMS works by targeting and activating certain androgen receptors in your body.
Best of all is the fact that they have a certain affinity for some androgen receptors, while others simply leave alone.
Essentially it means that you get the effects of AAS, without the negative side effects.
Liver toxicity, for example, is not an issue with SARMs as they do not target androgen receptors in your liver or major organs.
As beneficial as steroids are, the downside is the fact that the side effects are so serious.
With SARMS however, the risks are much smaller.
There are still side effects associated with SARMS that users need to be wary of, and we’ll be looking at those a little later on in this article.
Because Ligandrol has such a strong affinity for bone and muscle receptors, this SARM is perfect for anybody looking to bulk up, build muscle, and increase their strength.
So, now that we’ve taken a quick look at what Ligandrol is.
We shall now take a look at some of the main benefits that users of this SARM can expect.
Key benefits include:
One of the primary reasons why Ligandrol is considered to be so advantageous for bodybuilders and people simply looking to build muscle is the fact that it is so effective at building muscle.
As mentioned, SARMS has a strong affinity to androgen receptors in your muscles.
When they bind to them they basically make them more efficient at building muscle.
They help to increase the rates of protein synthesis in the body, which in turn speeds up the rate in which your muscles repair themselves and recover after a strenuous workout in the gym.
As you know, we don’t build muscle when we exercise, we build muscle when we rest after we’ve worked out.
Ligandrol basically makes your body more effective at building and repairing your muscles.
Steroids can come in two forms: oral and injectable. Swallowing a tablet is much easier than injecting, but some people have no choice when it comes to steroids and they must inject.
Thankfully Ligandrol is a SARM and SARMS are only oral.
Oral steroids are very dangerous for the liver, whereas oral SARMS are perfectly fine.
Swallowing a SARM in the form of a tablet is therefore much easier than having to inject it.
From a bodybuilding perspective, SARMS are real game-changers.
After all, SARMS provides virtually all of the bodybuilding, muscle building, fat burning, strength-boosting benefits of steroids.
Without anything near the number of dangers and potentially life-threatening side effects that users of steroids have to worry about.
As mentioned, SARMS binds to the receptors you want them to bind to, and they leave the others alone. Steroids bind to ones you don’t want them to.
As well as to the ones you do want them to bind to, whereas SARMS do not.
This means that dangerous and debilitating side effects such as gynecomastia, liver toxicity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and suppressed testosterone production are not issues.
Another great reason to consider using SARMS is due to the fact that they can potentially help to increase your strength.
Ligandrol, in particular, has been found to provide significant increases in strength and power.
From an athletic standpoint, this is very beneficial because the more strength and power you can generate, the more effective your workouts will become.
Now, if you’re expecting to use this drug and suddenly add 100 pounds to your max squat or deadlift in a matter of weeks then you’re going to be disappointed.
If, however, you simply want to gradually get bigger and stronger as the year goes by, then it is well worth considering this compound.
As we have mentioned before, building muscle is not a simple process, and it isn’t something happens in the gym.
When you perform each rep, you may think you’re building your muscles when in reality what is actually happening is that you are destroying them.
When you lift weights, you don’t build muscle at all.
What you actually do is destroy it and break it down.
You build muscle when you recover.
Your body does this via a process known as protein synthesis.
Ligandrol is ideal because it helps to initiate and speed up rates of protein synthesis in the body.
The higher the rates of protein synthesis, the more muscle you will build and the faster you will recover.
Being able to recover quicker is ideal for a number of reasons, including the fact that it will enable you to be more productive the next time you hit the gym or work out in general.
Studies have also found that SARMS can potentially improve a person’s mental health by improving their mood and helping to put them into a better frame of mind.
SARMS such as Ostarine provides certain cognitive health benefits that help to greatly improve the health and function of the brain.
Not only will SARMS help you to produce more endorphins and “happy chemicals” they will also help to get you into much better shape.
The greater the shape you’re in, the better you will feel about yourself.
From a mental health perspective, the benefits in this instance are obvious.
One thing about steroids is the fact that they are either used for one phase or another.
Bodybuilders will typically either bulk or cut.
When they bulk, the idea is to build as much muscle mass as possible, and if they gain a little fat, then so be it.
When cutting, the aim is to burn off as much fat as possible, while preserving lean muscle mass and creating a ripped, fully, aesthetic physique.
Ligandrol (LGD-4033) is perfect because this SARM can be used during a bulk, or during a cut.
No matter which phase you use it in, it is still highly beneficial and is therefore worth every penny, and a whole lot more besides.
Ligandrol is a very useful SARM for anybody looking to burn fat, such as Stenabolic.
We know that we’re still stuck in winter at the moment, and while there’s quite a long time to go yet before the weather begins to warm up when summertime does roll around, ideally, we all want to be “summer-ready”.
This is where Ligandrol really proves useful.
This SARM has been found to boost metabolism, so people can effectively lose weight and burn fat.
What’s more, as it increases the metabolism, it also results in us enjoying more energy.
The more energy we have, the better we feel and the more productive our workouts will become.
Now it’s time for us to take a quick look at a typical Ligandrol cycle.
As for as dosages go, you should aim for between 10mg and 20mg per day. Each dosage should typically be consumed once per day.
As stated earlier, Ligandrol, and indeed, any other SARM in existence is much safer than virtually all anabolic androgenic steroids currently in existence.
However, that does not mean that it is not without its risks.
Some of the main side effects associated with Ligandrol usage include the following:
Many users of Ligandrol, and other SARMs, in fact, have reported an increase in spots and acne shortly after beginning a cycle.
This is because of the stimulation of androgen receptors in the body.
Androgens themselves, are sex hormones that are responsible for sexual characteristics.
When people go through puberty, one thing they notice is the fact that they are suddenly much spottier than they used to be.
The same principle applies to acne caused as a result of Ligandrol usage.
Some users of this SARM have also reported experiencing headaches shortly after beginning a cycle.
Normally this does not last beyond the first week, but it’s not exactly a nice feeling.
Consider drinking more water and using headache tablets and medications if you do experience a headache when using this compound.
Once Ligandrol kicks in and works its magic, you will have more energy than you know what to do with.
For the first few days of using it, however, it is relatively normal to experience feelings of lethargy and fatigue.
After any steroid cycle, post cycle therapy should always be used.
But what about with SARMs?
Well, PCT should still be run.
Here, PCT should come in the form of Clomid and should look something like 50/25/25/25.
Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.