Today we’re looking at what are SARMs?
Nowadays there are more men, and women for that matter, lifting weights than ever before.
People have finally accepted the fact that you don’t need to be a size zero to look and feel healthy.
And that lifting weights alone, won’t transform you into a 300-pound musclebound brute.
Some people are quite happy to tone up and build a little lean muscle mass.
Whereas others want to completely transform their physiques and build as much muscle as possible.
While natural bodybuilding is very commendable if you really want to build the muscle needed to be an IFBB pro.
You will need to turn to the dark side and use “supplements” other than whey protein and creatine.
People do not naturally gain 100 pounds of muscle in less than a year without the use of steroids.
No matter how awesome their genetics may be.
In today’s article, however, we’re looking at something a bit different.
SARMs are often confused with anabolic androgenic steroids but take it from us, they aren’t the same.
We’ll be clearing up this discrepancy in this article.
While looking at the different types of SARMs out there, the benefits they offer.
Why people use them, side effects, and much more besides.
Well, let’s find out.
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Before we can look at SARMs, we must first begin by making out thoughts on anabolic steroid use, and the use of SARMs perfectly clear.
We do not condone the use of steroids, and we never will.
Steroids are very dangerous, they’re extremely powerful.
And they have been responsible for countless deaths and numerous health complications.
Especially as a result of misuse.
While we don’t recommend their use, we understand that people have always used them, and will always use them, despite knowing the risks.
If used correctly, you can certainly reduce the likelihood of serious side-effects, which is why we do what we do.
We want people to know the risks and to know how to use them correctly.
Despite research still being conducted, SARMs are generally thought to be steroid alternatives, though again.
It is still early days.
The word SARMs stands for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, in case you were wondering.
These compounds are marketed as being able to provide very similar effects on the human body as anabolic steroids.
In fact, they are marketed as being a safe alternative to steroids.
Despite this, however, there isn’t yet enough conclusive research to back up these claims.
Although things are certainly looking promising so far.
Now, rather than interfering with hormones and your genetic makeup in general.
SARMs work directly on muscle tissue, which is why experts are convinced that they are much safer.
Now, there is a lot of science here, so stay with us and we’ll do the best that we can.
SARMs have been found to increase muscle mass and strength, and improve athletic performance.
Despite being an allegedly safer alternative to steroids, SARMs are still a banned substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency in athletic competition.
This alone should tell you that they’re more potent than supplements such as creatine or BCAAs.
These compounds block certain receptors in the body and stimulate others.
SARMs can boast an anabolic/androgenic ratio of anything from around 3:1, to 90:1.
Needless to say, they are considered a great deal more anabolic than androgenic.
This is important because it is the androgenic side effects associated with steroids.
That causes issues such as gynecomastia (man boobs), Palumboism, and hormonal imbalances.
SARMs are designed to mimic the natural effects of testosterone within the human body.
Steroids are designed to do the same, but they are basically synthetic versions of testosterone.
SARMs however, mimic the effects rather than increasing testosterone.
SARMs have the ability to bind to receptors in the body, including androgen receptors which are responsible for muscle growth.
When they bind to receptors, therefore, they promote muscle hypertrophy and also provide other anabolic benefits.
Helping to keep your body in a constant state of muscle growth and repair.
SARMs are considered much safer than steroids because they have the ability to tell your muscles to grow.
Without interfering with other aspects of your health and well-being.
You see, steroids can interfere with your hormones.
They are toxic for the liver, they can raise cholesterol and blood pressure.
They can affect the brain, in fact, they can negatively impact virtually every part of your anatomy.
SARMs however, have a strong affinity for muscle and bone tissue.
Meaning that they focus on these tissues and leave everything else alone.
They are also resistant to an enzyme known as aromatase, and it is this enzyme that many steroid users really suffer from.
Aromatase causes testosterone to be converted into Estrogen.
Which can cause weight gain, gyno, hormonal imbalances, infertility, and much more!
They also do not suppress natural testosterone production.
So testosterone replacement therapy will not be in your future if you use SARMs.
Now that we’ve established that SARMs are beneficial and are allegedly much safer than steroids.
It’s now time for us to look at a few popular examples of different types of SARMs currently on the market.
Remember, SARMs are similar to steroids.
In that, there are different types of steroids such as SARMs out there that serve different purposes.
No matter what your goals may be, there are always different compounds available to get you to where you need to be.
Popular examples of SARMs include the following:
Ostarine is perhaps the most common type of SARMs currently on the market.
This compound is designed to be consumed orally and it works in a variety of different ways when it comes to getting in shape.
Ostarine is used primarily during bulking phases.
So, if you are looking to pile on the muscle mass, Ostarine is most certainly the SARM for you.
Ostarine helps to promote increases in lean muscle mass, in strength, in athletic performance, and it even increases insulin sensitivity.
A typical cycle running for 8 weeks can yield as much as 7 pounds of lean muscle mass.
That’s nearly a pound of muscle per week, which isn’t to be sniffed at.
Not only that, but Ostarine also helps to burn body fat and increase your metabolism so that you can enjoy more energy in the process.
Ligandrol is one of the lesser-known non-steroidal SARMs currently on the market.
This too is orally active.
It was created by Ligand Pharmaceuticals – hence the name, and, is great for cutting and/or maintaining lean muscle tissue.
Ligandrol is also very beneficial for people dealing with mental health issues as it promotes an improved sense of well-being and happiness.
It is especially beneficial during cutting phases because it helps to promote increases in muscle strength.
During a cut, the idea is to burn fat.
To burn fat, you must be in a caloric deficit and if you are in a caloric deficit your strength and energy levels will suffer.
It’s very rare for a bodybuilder to experience an increase in strength during a cut.
In fact, it’s rare for a bodybuilder to not lose strength during a cut.
With Ligandrol however, you can burn fat and increase your strength.
Andarine is a SARM developed by GTx, Inc.
This SARM is most certainly one for those of you looking to build muscle.
It provides a number of anabolic properties and qualities, with very few androgenic ones.
It has been found to help promote and increase in lean muscle mass, and bone mass, without negatively impacting the organs.
This SARM is widely used in the fitness industry.
In fact, if you browse some of the ridiculously shredded fitness models on Instagram, you’ll notice that they’re muscular and shredded.
While we can’t say for certain, we’d put good money on them using Andarine to help get them into such a state of shredded-ness.
Needless to say, in the run-up to a bodybuilding contest, Andarine is a very popular SARM used in cutting phases.
Not only does it help to preserve lean muscle tissue and burn fat, but it also helps to prevent water retention.
So you not only look ripped, but you will also look dry when you step on stage.
Bloating and water retention during a cut could spell disaster.
This is thought to be one of the many reasons why Andarine is so popular during a cutting phase.
Cardarine isn’t actually a SARM, so why have we included it here?
Well, because it is often used in conjunction with a SARMs cycle.
There’s a very good reason for this as well.
In the body, Cardarine binds to receptors.
Now, it doesn’t bind to your androgen receptors, it instead binds to your peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, which play a huge role in athletic performance.
This SARM communicates with muscle fibers and basically encourages them to behave in a unique manner how they would normally behave and function.
The end result is muscle fibers and tissues that can work harder and faster before they begin to fatigue.
This “SARM” is very much a compound used to promote athletic performance and endurance, though it has also been found to speed up lipid metabolization.
In simple terms, this means that it has also been found to help your body burn off excess fat at a faster rate.
Though it is useful during a cut, primarily it is athletes that utilize this compound, as it has been found to help promote and increase in athletic performance.
Based on the name alone, you can probably guess which hormone in the body this SARM is designed to mimic.
Yes, that’s right, Estrogen! Ha, only kidding.
Yes, we are of course talking about testosterone.
Testosterone is the dominant male sexual health hormone in the body and it has numerous anabolic properties.
When talking about SARMs, we can’t mention Testolone.
Testolone is one of, if not the strongest SARMs currently on the market.
When talking about strong and powerful steroids, trenbolone is the king.
In the world of SARMs however, Testolone reigns supreme.
You can tell they’re very similar because they all sound similar.
It has an anabolic to androgenic activity rating of 90:1.
This is hugely important because it means it provides all of the muscle-building anabolic benefits of steroids, without the risks associated with Estrogenic side effects.
Just to compare, testosterone in steroid form, has an anabolic to an androgenic rating of 100:100 so it literally binds to one androgen receptor for every testosterone-boosting receptor in the body.
This SARM will increase energy levels, will burn fat, will build muscle, and will increase strength, with virtually no negative side effects at all.
And certainly nothing like as many negative side effects as those associated with steroids.
Nutrabol may sound like the name of a popular European household air freshener, but trust us, this is the real deal.
Again, it isn’t technically a SARM but is often used in conjunction with a SARMs cycle.
This is actually a chemical that communicates with the pituitary gland, encouraging it to secrete growth hormone.
GH is another very anabolic hormone that works very well for anybody looking to make some serious gains this 2019.
Nutrabol or MK 677 stacks extremely well with SARMs and is often used in conjunction with them, which is why we’ve included it here.
This “SARM” therefore, is extremely useful for post-workout recovery, for muscle growth and repair, and for recovery in general.
Research has found that Nutrabol can increase natural HGH production by as much as 82%, which is certainly extremely impressive.
So, even though you already probably have a pretty good idea of why people use SARMs, just to make sure that there is no confusion.
We’ll now look at a few reasons why people choose to use SARMs.
Androgenic anabolic steroids, or AAS for short, are extremely beneficial for people trying to make some seriously impressive transformations when it comes to their physiques.
However, the downside is the fact that steroids are very dangerous.
The side effects associated with steroids are so severe that many people have lost their lives.
SARMs however, are considered to be much safer than steroids.
Does this mean that they are completely safe?
Of course not.
Does this mean that the side effects are less-severe than steroids?
As we’ve looked at above, SARMs have the ability to help promote muscle growth and repair in a variety of different ways.
When using SARMs, it is not uncommon to gain as much as 7 – 10 pounds of muscle during a typical cycle lasting 8 – 10 weeks.
To gain that amount of muscle naturally would take months, if not years.
SARMs help to promote the growth of lean muscle tissue, making them a bodybuilder’s best friend.
Another great advantage of using SARMs is that they also help to promote fat loss in the human body.
Unless you’re very fortunate, with a great work ethic, there’s a chance that you would probably lose a few pounds of fat if given the chance?
Well, if you use SARMs, that is exactly what you can do.
SARMs will not only help to speed up the metabolism so you burn fat.
But they will also promote lean muscle growth, so you build muscle and/or preserve the muscle that you worked so hard to build while bulking.
Marketed as legal steroids, SARMs offer a huge bonus over anabolic steroids due to the fact that they’re legal.
Therefore, buying and owning SARMs is not illegal as it is to buy and own anabolic androgenic steroids.
If you want to stay on the good side of the law and want to make some impressive muscle gains this year.
SARMs are most certainly more beneficial than steroids.
Just to refresh your memory, and to ensure there isn’t any confusion.
We’re going to quickly list some of the most popular SARMs currently on the market, in bullet form.
And again, to ensure when it comes to SARMs, that you know the benefits, key advantages of using them include:
Although SARMs are much safer than steroids, there are still certain mild side effects to be wary of, if you decide to use them.
These include the following:
So, what are SARMs?
Well, as you can see, SARMs are a much safer alternative to steroids.
And they are ideal for people trying to build muscle, burn fat, get fit, get stronger, and improve their athletic performance.
They aren’t risk-free, and they aren’t as powerful as steroids, but they do work and work very well if used safely and as instructed.
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.