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This SARMs Cycle Guide is your go-to reference for the safest and most effective research methods when it comes to selective androgen receptor modulators. If you’re unsure about the many different compounds, their half-life and recommended dosages, then you’re in the right place.

If you’ve made the decision to run a SARMs cycle to help you increase muscle mass, gain more strength and lose body fat without sacrificing muscle, then you need to know how to do it. This article will run you through exactly how to use the most popular SARMs, including their recommended dosages.

What Are SARMs?

SARMs are Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, chemicals which work selectively on the body’s androgen receptors to help you gain muscle and strength in a targeted way, with limited side effects.

Why Use SARMs?

SARMs are thought to have similar effects to anabolic steroids and prohormones but without the risks and side effects. SARMs are non-toxic and will not impact your body’s test levels, so there is no need for PCT (post cycle therapy) and no risk of hormone-associated side effects like gynecomastia. SARMs are known to help you gain muscle mass, build strength, and lose body fat whilst retaining muscle. If you want that big, lean look with full dense muscles, SARMs can probably help you get there.

The last decade has witnessed unprecedented discovery effort to develop selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) that improve physical function and bone health without adversely affecting the prostate and cardiovascular outcomes. [R]

How To Take SARMs

SARMs are widely available and not associated with side effects unless you exceed the recommended dosage. That’s why you should read up on how to take SARMs so you get maximum benefits without any risks. It’s really pretty simple to achieve your goals as long as you stay within the guidelines and buy from a trusted supplier.

SARMs are available as a powder (provided in a capsule or tablet) or suspended in a liquid. All SARMs are a raw powder isolate in their original form; it is a misconception that liquid SARMs are more effective – this is simply not the case. Ultimately, whether you do your research with capsules, tablets or liquids, will come down to personal preference.

Popular SARMs Cycles & Dosages

Each SARMs cycle is different, with various types of delivery methods, as well as varying concentrations and strengths. That said, every SARMs user sticks to a dosage range. In general, most compound dosages range from 5mg to 30mg per dose. Be aware that some SARMs have more powerful effects, even at lower doses. So always start low to assess your response and increase (in 5mg) as necessary.

Ostarine MK-2866

Ostarine is one of the entry-level SARMs; it’s relatively mild and widely renowned for its overall ‘sense of wellbeing’ effects. It’s a superb healing, recovery and joint-repair compound, making it a favourite amongst athletes. MK-2866 is widely available and very popular, either as a standalone product or stacked with other SARMs.

Ostarine is known for helping you hang on to muscle mass when you are dieting to lose fat. Usually, in a calorie deficit, you would lose fat but you would also lose some lean mass (muscle). Ostarine helps to prevent catabolism so you get leaner but preserve your hard-earned muscle mass.

Ostarine is mildly suppressive on your body’s test production (suppression levels are greater if you run your SARMs cycle for longer, or use higher doses). For this reason, many people choose to use PCT after Ostarine. For short cycles of 4-8 weeks, most people will not require PCT to recover.

  • Common dosage: 10mg-25mg per day
  • Half-life: 24 hours – full dosage can be taken once per day
  • Recommended cycle length: 8-12 weeks
  • PCT? For cycles 4-8 weeks, no PCT required. For higher-dosage cycles or longer than 8 weeks, PCT is recommended

Lingadrol LGD-4033

Lingadrol is much stronger than Ostarine but has similar effects – fat loss, muscle retention and muscle gain. It can suppress natural testosterone and the HPG axis (the hypothalamus, pituitary, and gonadal glands), so pay attention to your post-cycle therapy and recovery. Use a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) between cycles of Lingadrol to protect your body’s hormones.

  • Common dosage: 4-10mg per day
  • Half-life: 30 hours – full dosage can be taken once per day and LGD will build up in the system over the course of your cycle
  • Recommended cycle length: 8-12 weeks
  • PCT cycle? Yes, a full PCT including a SERM is recommended after Lingadrol

Testolone RAD-140

Testolone is one of the newer SARMs, one of the more potent compounds in the range. It is known for its ability to help you build dense muscle mass. This is a highly anabolic SARM so only use low doses. It does inhibit natural test production, so a PCT is vital. Best used during a bulk, ideally a 12-week cycle length.

  • Common dosage: 4mg-12mg per day
  • Half-life: 16-20 hours – full dosage can be taken once per day
  • Recommended cycle length: 8-12 weeks
  • PCT cycle? Yes, a full PCT including a SERM is recommended after RAD-140

Ibutamoren MK-677

MK-677, although not a SARM but often found in the same category, is also known as Nutrobal or Ibutamoren. It is a selective agonist of the growth hormone receptor, so it works by raising your body’s levels of IGF-1.

Be aware that it also mimics your appetite hormone, so your appetite is likely to increase. Great for a bulking phase (or for hard gainers who struggle to get the calories in) but maybe not so good if you have a big appetite already. Best for bulking and adding mass, as well as boosting fat loss considerably.

  • Common dosage: 10mg-25mg per day
  • Half-life: 24 hours – full dosage can be taken once per day
  • Recommended cycle length: Long-term (minimum of 4 months for best results)
  • PCT? No, MK-677 is non-hormonal and doesn’t cause any suppression, PCT is not necessary

Cardarine GW-501516

Cardarine is actually a PPAR-delta modulator (not a SARM) that works by stimulating protein receptors which help the body create muscle tissue. But so many people group it in with SARMs that we thought it best to include it here. Effects of Cardarine include muscle gain, endurance and energy.

  • Common dosage: 7mg-20mg per day
  • Half-life: 16-24 hours – full dosage can be taken once per day
  • Recommended cycle length: 8-12 weeks
  • PCT? No – Cardarine is non-hormonal and will not affect your test levels

Andarine S-4

Andarine is one of the newer SARMs. S-4 is considered to be more potent when compared to other similar SARMs such as LGD-4033. It is very effective at lower doses and can significantly increase levels of lean muscle mass while reducing body fat levels. S-4 is renowned for increasing vascularity to give the ‘chiselled’, sharp look all bodybuilders seek to achieve.

Andarine is known for building muscle mass and bone density. Stick to lower doses to avoid side effects (some unwanted side-effects such as temporary night-blindness have been reported but only at very high doses!).

  • Common dosage: 25-75mg per day
  • Half-life: 3-4 hours – dosage ideally split 3 times per day for best results
  • Recommended cycle length: 8-12 weeks
  • PCT cycle: Yes, PCT is advised

S-23

One of the most potent SARMs on the market, some say that S-23 is the closest thing to conventional steroids that you can get. An excellent cutting compound, it boosts fat loss whilst offering impressive lean, dry gains. This compound is renowned for developing a dense, hard aesthetic with no water retention. If you’re looking for grainy-looking muscles, then you should definitely consider S-23. Often stacked alongside LGD-4033 or Andarine (S-4).

  • Common dosage: 10-20mg per day
  • Half-life: 6 hours – splitting the dosage twice per day is ideal
  • Recommended cycle length: 8-12 weeks
  • PCT cycle: Yes, PCT is advised

LGD-3303

LGD-3303 is one of the newer SARMs on the market and rapidly gaining a reputation to be one of the best SARMs for overall sheer mass and strength gains. It is also known for providing a noticeable muscular fullness despite being a dry compound.

LGD-3303 offers superb oral bioavailability, is non-steroidal and binds to the androgen receptor with an extremely high affinity and selectivity. The androgenic effects in the body are minimal at the effective dosage for muscle building purposes, thus making it a very promising SARM.

LGD-3303 has also shown to stimulate aspects of female sexual behaviour and can potentially serve as a potential therapy for women with sexual desire disorders.

  • Common dosage: 10-20mg per day
  • Half-life: 12 hours – splitting the dosage twice per day is ideal
  • Recommended cycle length: 8-12 weeks
  • PCT cycle: Yes, PCT is advised

YK-11

YK-11 appears to be a super-SARM based on the reviews, while in reality, YK-11 is not a typical SARM. It is a new synthetic steroid based on 5-α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a stronger form of testosterone that targets androgen receptors in the prostate, sex organs, hair, and liver. YK-11 has gained a lot of interest in the bodybuilding world due to its potency and ability to rapidly build muscle mass with minimal side effects.

Research has shown that YK-11 inhibits myostatin. It induces muscle cells to make more follistatin which is a strong myostatin inhibitor. Myostatin (also known as growth differentiation factor 8) is a protein produced by muscle cells which acts on muscle cells to inhibit myogenesis. Research through the years shows that when you block myostatin, it allows for significantly more muscle mass.

There is little information available on the half-life of YK11. Anecdotal experiences tell us that YK11 half-life is relatively short, meaning it should be dosed multiple times per day for optimal results.

  • Common dosage: 5-15mg per day
  • Half-life: Approximately 4-6 hours – splitting the dosage twice per day is ideal
  • Recommended cycle length: 8-12 weeks
  • PCT cycle: Yes, PCT is advised

SARMs Stacks & Dosages

SARMs are used for lots of reasons: building muscle, adding mass, increasing strength, boosting energy and mood, as well as getting leaner without losing muscle mass. What happens when you stack two or more SARMs together in the same cycle? And how should you dose a stack of SARMs? Be mindful about the combination of SARMs in a stack, the duration of your cycle and the doses. And always take a post-cycle break which is equal to the length of your cycle. With any SARMs cycle, start on the lowest dose and only increase if you need to. Lowest is always best.

Bulking SARMs Cycle

The Mutagenic Labz Anabolic Bulking Stack is a combination of Ostarine, LGD-3303 and MK-677 for ultimate muscle mass, strength and size gains. Ostarine and LGD-3303 are potent SARMs for lean, dry gains, which work synergistically with MK-677 to amplify results.

Recommended SARMs cycle length: 12 weeks

Cutting SARMs Cycle

The Mutagenic Labz Cutting Stack is designed to boost your metabolism and accelerate fat loss with a combination of Cardarine, Stenabolic SR-9009, LGD-4033, Ostarine and MK-677.

A must-have if you’re looking to take your physique to the next level, whether you’re bulking, dieting or looking for body recomposition.

This stack will effectively speed up results whilst improving your overall shape, fullness, hardness and even enhances your performance (endurance, stamina, energy levels and strength).

Recommended SARMs cycle length: 12 weeks

The Best SARMs Dosages

SARMs are widely known to be effective at helping build muscle, strength, mass, and endurance whilst also helping you lose body fat. As with any drug or compound, be sensible and smart about how you use SARMs.

Always check out the recommended dose and always start low. Not only does this give you somewhere to go (if you start high, you leave yourself with nowhere to progress) but it also means you can assess the results at low doses. At lower dosages, you may be able to avoid the need for any PCT. Be smart with your SARMs cycle and see what amazing benefits you still get from SARMs.

About the author
Nicola Joyce
Nicola Joyce (aka 'The Fit Writer') is a freelance pro copywriter who has been writing about fitness since 2004. She has competed in bodybuilding (to amateur World level), powerlifting (to National level), and has even swum the English Channel - twice! You can keep up with her training and writing adventures (or commission her for work) at https://www.instagram.com/thefitwriter.
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