Bodybuilders, athletes, and even people who simply want their body to be nicely toned could all benefit from taking some supplements, as long as they do so safely and responsibly. One of the most important things about being safe and responsible is making sure that you look into what you're talking about and understand whether or not it’s actually good for you.
It’s certainly possible to build muscle mass without the use of drugs, but for people who are hoping to put on a lot of weight, quickly, it can sometimes be useful to use a supplement to help get the job done.
Today we’re going to be talking about Ligandrol, a popular new SARM. LGD 4033, or Ligandrol, is one of the most popular drugs that has emerged on the scene lately for bodybuilders and athletes. We’ll let you know in this comprehensive review how it works, what it does, and by the end, you’ll be able to decide whether or not this SARM is suited for you and your body.
What are SARMs?
SARMs, or selective androgen receptor modulators, have become increasingly popular in recent years as an alternative to steroids. They are known for causing far fewer side effects and being less damaging than traditional steroids, though the benefits that they can provide are often quite similar to those that steroids provide.
SARMs work by manipulating the androgen receptors in the human body. This is a lot different than what steroids typically do. Most steroids mimic the activity of the naturally produced variety of that steroid. Most steroids that bodybuilders use mimic testosterone. This is one of the reasons that they are known for causing so many side effects. They can offset the balance of the body's hormonal system but causing it to think it does not need to produce hormones on its own.
This can also cause problems because the body will be overloaded with hormones. The body produces a certain amount of hormones. In certain cases, it can be useful to provide extra hormones as a form of therapy. However, this is usually done with the help of a doctor and under strict supervision. A lot of bodybuilders tend to go overboard when they are using these sorts of supplements, and this is one of the reasons that side effects can emerge so quickly.
This is one of the reasons that SARMs are so popular. Instead of flooding the body with an external source of hormones, they influence the body's natural receptors to be more responsive to the hormones that it already produces. This means that you will basically be getting more bang for your buck with your body's own natural resources.
What is Ligandrol?
Ligandrol is emerging as one of the most popular testosterone boosters on the planet. It works as a SARM and is one of the most popular and recommended ones that you can find. It is primarily used for bulking and cutting, but people say that it is better for bulking than anything else.
Ligandrol is quite potent, and people can see effects from taking quite small doses. People report that they are able to experience benefits within a month of starting to take the compound.
Ligandrol is exceedingly popular because people like to compare it to steroids. When compared to steroids, this compound has far fewer side effects, will cost you less, and is easier to use. Ligandrol can be taken by mouth and doesn't require that you use anything to inject it, which is one of the biggest reasons that people don't like to use steroids.
Another important thing about this compound is that it's not very toxic to your liver. This is one of the most unpopular things about steroids and other drugs that affect the levels of testosterone in your body. That said, it is still very powerful in the way that it can enhance your body's receptivity to testosterone.
Its potency can be observed in something known as the anabolic/androgenic ratio, a measure that is used to determine the strength of steroids and similar compounds. The ratio is close to 10:1, which gives you a rough idea of how strong this component is. Testosterone exists at a 1:1 ratio, so this stuff is about 10 times stronger than testosterone.
This also makes it a lot stronger than its competitor, Ostarin, which is just as popular. However, it's only about one-tenth as strong as this stuff.
You may have heard about this stuff when it made headlines a while ago. Will Grier, a quarterback for the Florida Gators, faced some repercussions when his managers discovered this compound in his bloodstream. While it's not yet illegal, it’s currently considered a performance enhancement supplement that isn’t allowed in professional sports.
Ever since this moment, this drug has become increasingly popular. While it's still not allowed in professional sports, a lot of athletes and bodybuilders have begun using it for their own personal improvement.
How does Ligandrol work?
We have already told you that Ligandrol is a SARM, but that’s only half of the picture. Not all SARMs are the same. In this case, this one only binds to the muscle receptors in your body. Some of them bind to the muscles and bones, and others bind to the genitals. Depending on where they bind, each one will have different effects.
This is why this SARM is best for bulking: because it just targets the receptors in your muscles. Other SARMs are good for different things - for example, one that targets your fat storage tissues will be best for cutting, ones that target your bones will be great for helping improve bone density.
Some SARMs, like testolone, can even be useful for helping people prevent cognitive decline by preventing them from developing things like Alzheimer’s. These SARMs target the brain.
But as we’ve said, Ligandrol just targets the muscles, and for this reason, it’s one of the best bulking supplements around. It also has some useful medical purposes, though. It was first created to help people who are losing muscle due to aging and because of chronic diseases or illnesses.
How much should I use?
While there are varying opinions on this and not a lot of clinical research has been done regarding this particular compound, it’s generally suggested that you don’t need more than 5 or 10mg a day. This means that Ligandrol is a very potent compound - some steroids require you to take grams per dose, several times a day.
Taking much more than this won’t necessarily increase the effects, but it will almost certainly increase the risk of developing side effects. For this reason it’s recommended not to use more than this unless you aren’t experiencing any effects at all.
Even if this is the case, you should just try a different compound - in some cases, people can continue to increases dosages of certain drugs because they’re not getting the desired effects without realizing that their body is responding negatively, or that they are developing health problems under the surface.
You should cycle Ligandrol for at least 6 weeks, but for no longer than 12 weeks. It’s generally understood that effects become most apparent after using it for a week or two, and then you’ll want to keep it up for a while.
After you have been experiencing some effects, you might want to ramp up the dosage by a mg or so. It’s important to have an accurate milligram scale to measure out doses of this compound because the recommended dosage is extremely small and almost impossible to eyeball.
After the 4th week, if you are noticing diminishing returns, you could increase it by another mg. However, if you’re still seeing improvement, don’t bother because you might just increase the risk of side effects. However, some people report slightly increasing the dose does, indeed, make things better.
What can I expect?
There are varying results for people who have used Ligandrol. Results can vary depending on your age, gender, the health of your body and your previous experience bodybuilding or use of other supplements.
Some reports suggest that people can increase their lean muscle mass by almost 2 pounds in the first week of using the stuff. Some also report that they experience a gain of up to 10 pounds in a single month.
It’s important to note that you also need to have a healthy diet and a good lifestyle to experience these benefits. Yes, Ligandrol will help you improve your muscle mass, but you can’t expect to build new muscle mass if you don’t have the proteins and the building blocks to do so. You still want to make sure that you consume a lot of protein - Ligandrol won’t replace protein, or anything else. It’s a supplement, meaning that it should supplement your diet and your lifestyle, not take over.
Some report that these muscle gains are almost the same as those experienced from using steroids. If you have experience using other anabolics then you will probably be familiar with the feeling, and this is also one of the reasons that people confuse Ligandrol with steroids: because it targets just muscle tissue, the effects are quite similar.
It’s also important to remember that you need to take care of your body as if you were on steroids. You will retain a lot of carbs and water while you are using Ligandrol, so when you stop taking it after a cycle you’ll probably lose some of the weight you’ve gained because your body will be releasing glycogen. It’s also important to note that some of the weight that people report gaining is not just from muscle mass, but from retained water and glycogen, just like with steroids.
Ligandrol has a long half-life, and it takes about 24 hours for half the dose to leave your body. That means that you don’t need to keep redosing several times a day, as is the case with many other steroids and SARMs. 36 hours after you first take Ligandrol, you will still have some of the compounds in your body.
You will probably want to redose once a day to ensure that you have a consistent stream of the stuff in your body. This will help you experience steadily increasing effects.
When you stop using Ligandrol, you’re going to experience some post-cycle therapy, also known as withdrawal. This is the period of time in which your body has to readjust to not being fed compounds and remember how to use its hormonal systems itself. It can take almost 2 months for your body to return to normal, after which time most people begin the cycle again.
Ligandrol side effects
While Ligandrol gained much of its popularity because it’s a relatively side-effect free compound, that doesn’t mean that it’s entirely safe. It should be used with caution and there are certain people who should be extra cautious about using it.
If you’re under 19, you probably shouldn’t use this or any other compound that affects the levels of testosterone in your body. This is because your body is still learning to develop. If it becomes dependent on anything at this age it can offset its natural growth and you may never develop the way that you were supposed to. This is how lifelong dependencies can occur.
Ligandrol has also been shown to lower levels of testosterone in people, as well as decreased levels of sex hormone binding globulin. This isn’t a big issue, because once you cycle off your testosterone level will cycle back to normal after a while. However, it’s a good point to observe that you’ll be in ‘testosterone downtime’ for pretty much as long as you were using the drug in the first place.
Either way, Ligandrol is a lot less dangerous than conventional steroids. It’s not directly toxic to your liver and it won’t kill you, so if you’re going to be using some serious androgenic workout supplements to boost your muscle growth, you might as well be using something relatively safe like Ligandrol.