Discover the reason this compound has been making waves in the bodybuilding industry but most important of all, the best dosage for MK 677.
MK-677 also known as Ibutamoren is a ground-breaking compound often classed into the same category as SARMs, although technically it isn’t actually a SARM. MK677 is a growth hormone secretagogue which essentially elevates your own natural production of growth hormone which has a whole host of health and fitness benefits all-round.
Not only does Ibutamoren improve recovery, muscle mass and fat loss, it even has remarkable anti-ageing properties as well as improving skin texture, hair and nails.
People are getting great results using MK-677 but obviously their results depend on a lot of factors including how they research it and their commitment to diet, training and recovery.
Although there is plenty of information about MK-677, we cover the different ways in which it can be researched and the best dosage for MK 677 for different purposes.
What is MK-677?
MK-677 is a growth hormone secretagogue – basically, it is a compound that encourages the body to secrete more growth hormone. Now you already know that growth hormone (GH) is a powerful hormone which is highly anabolic, helping you to grow new tissue (including muscle tissue) and retain more lean muscle when you are dieting or training hard.
Like most SARMs and similar compounds, MK 677 started life as a manmade compound developed as a potential medical aid. In this case, it was developed and studied as a possible alternative for patients with hormonal deficiencies and problems related to a lack of bone density.
Early studies suggested MK 677 could reverse catabolism (tissue breakdown) to boost bone density and the density of other tissues including muscle. It was also found to aid sleep and mental function in some study subjects.
Most notably – for us, anyway – MK 677 could boost the body’s production of growth hormone but without suppressing any of the natural hormonal biological processes. This meant much fewer side effects than anabolic steroids.
How Does MK 677 Work For Muscle Gain?
Although MK 677 isn’t a SARM, it really can help you boost muscle mass, strength, and density if you are already training well in the gym. It does this by encouraging your body to secrete higher levels of two key anabolic hormones: growth hormone (GH) and growth factors (IGF-1).
How? By imitating the hormone ghrelin (which stimulates appetite) and binding to ghrelin receptors. This has a number of beneficial knock-on effects including cognitive strength, better mood, a healthier appetite and gains!
One important thing to know is MK 677 doesn’t impact your body’s natural hormone levels (like anabolics tend to do), so you won’t need to do a PCT (post cycle therapy) if you use MK 677.
7 Benefits of MK-677
Here are the top 7 benefits for bodybuilders and strength athletes.
1 Build muscle mass
MK 677 can help your body pack on muscle mass by encouraging more growth hormone and IGF-1. These are two highly anabolic hormones which support better MPS (muscle protein synthesis), increase nitrogen retention, and boost your strength.
2 Minimise catabolism, retain muscle mass when dieting
MK 677 can also reduce muscle loss, which is a real problem when dieting for fat loss. The more muscle you can retain, the better you will look when you are lean. Think that full, dense look rather than a scrawny over-dieted look!
3 Faster fat loss
The anabolic hormones we already mentioned (GH and IGF-1) can actually help you torch through body fat, making MK 677 a useful compound for dieting or recouping. Just remember, you can’t use it if you are entering a tested competition as it is banned under WADA rules.
4 Increased bone density
Bone density might not sound like a priority for bodybuilders, but it should be. After all, what do you think is the foundational structure for all that muscle mass? Your skeleton. A healthy, strong skeleton means you can lift heavier and put more stress through your joints, ultimately meaning you can build more muscle – and keep training later into life.
5 Improved training recovery
Deep restful sleep and the ability to recover between training sessions are key components of optimal recovery. MK-677 has neuroprotective benefits, meaning you are more likely to have a great night’s sleep with plenty of REM sleep (key for recovery). As you know, good sleep means better training motivation, more energy, better performance in the gym and even the ability to stay away from junk food and snacks!
6 Skin condition and tightness
Any competitive bodybuilder will tell you that skin condition is a real bonus. Great skin makes muscles look even better. Even low doses of MK 677 can have a positive impact on skin cells, helping you look full and healthy.
7 Mood, focus, and training motivation
MK 677 can boost your brain function, helping you feel better and perform better. This means more energy and better focus for the gym as well as a better overall outlook – all of which will help you stick to your training and diet programme.
Understand The Side Effects Of MK 677
Now, you must understand that MK 677 is a manmade compound which was first developed as a possible medication. Therefore – like most medications – it can have side effects. The chance of these is greatly heightened if you incorrectly dose MK 677 which is why we’ve written this article about the best dosage for MK 677.
The good news is that MK 677 shouldn’t suppress your natural testosterone levels if you are otherwise healthy. So you won’t need to run a PCT.
- Muscle cramps – you may experience some mild muscle cramps using MK 677
- Bigger appetite – this is quite likely at higher dosages as MK 677 stimulates ghrelin
- Water retention – this can happen at the start of a cycle but tends to subside after 2-3 weeks
- Reduced insulin sensitivity – may occur if you are not completely healthy
- Increased blood pressure – only likely in unhealthy individuals
In short, we advise you to always exercise caution with any compound. If in doubt, do not use it. Know the risks, do your research, and make an informed decision.
Best Dosage for MK 677
The first thing to mention is that MK-677 has a half-life of 24 hours, which means you can take it just once per day but some people do prefer to split the dosage.
As MK 677 can spike GH levels, some people find this makes them feel tired. Anecdotally, some people have found that splitting the dosage can help to reduce some side effects such as fatigue.
The options are:
- Split your dose in two, take one during the day and one before bed
- Take your daily dose in one go, before bed
- Tkae your daily dose in one go, upon waking
The best dosage for MK 677 will depend on your goals and the main purpose of your research. This compound has benefits even at low doses, so there is absolutely no need to take high doses, contrary to popular belief.
Always start with the lowest dosage (usually half of your final dosage) for the first week to assess your response.
MK-677 is a long-term compound that will take a few weeks to see results because MK 677 is manipulating your natural GH levels. Results will take time to appear to the eye but will be sustainable, quality results.
Dosage for MK 677 (Gaining Mass and Boosting Fat Loss)
The best dosage for MK 677 when looking to gain muscle mass and lose body fat is between 20-25mg per day.
Some users have reported better results at higher doses of around the 25mg range buta higher dosage will also tend to exhibit more pronounced appetite and lethargy. Lowering the dosage and finding what works best for you is always the best protocol.
This 1998 double-blind, randomised human study shows impressive results in a group of males given Ibutamoren MK-677 – they showed increased lean mass, GH secretion, and even energy expenditure in just two months. That same study showed that serum IGF-I increased by approximately 40% with Ibutamoren MK-677 treatment.
See our MK-677 Before and After Photos.
Dosage for MK 677 (Anti-Ageing, Recovery, Injury Repair, Healing)
Ibutamoren works well at lower doses. The average is around 5mg and this is enough to produce numerous GH pulses over the course of a day. For anti-ageing and recovery, the best dosage for MK 677 is as low as 5-10mg per day, maintained long-term.
Along with benefits to bone health, MK-677 is renowned for its anti-ageing properties because HGH helps to promote growth and recovery in older cells.
Coupled with the anti-inflammatory effects of IGF-1, will help to promote cell health and prevent breakdown. Furthermore, higher IGF-1 levels also help to maintain brain development.
Does MK-677 Require a PCT?
Stenabolic (SR-9009) is not suppressive and does not generally require a PCT.