SARMs – The Complete NO BS Guide

Hey guys, are you ready to learn all there is about SARMs?

I hope you have your reading glasses on because you are going to read everything that you need to know about SARMs. We are even going to cover every aspect of every SARM.

What Are SARMs?

SARM stands for selective androgen receptor modulator and they work similarly to anabolic steroids, as a matter fact so much so that they are often referred to as steroid alternatives. Basically these compounds have similar properties to anabolic steroids but with reduced androgenic properties.

These steroid alternatives stimulate androgen receptors specifically in muscle and bone cells, which accelerate muscle and bone growth, while having little effect on the other cells in the body, unlike anabolic steroids.

SARMs are made to select only certain muscle and bone tissue. They don’t target other regions of the body like the prostate, liver, and the brain. This means accelerated muscle and bone growth without unwanted growth in other parts of your body.

Brief History and Legality of SARMs 

SARMs were first introduced in 1998 and they were invented to fight muscle wasting and bone wasting conditions such as cancer cachexia and osteoporosis.

Even though there has been many positive clinical studies which yielded positive results, SARMs are not clinically approved for consumption, and as a matter of fact their future looks bleak.

As of today, 2018, SARMs are sold legally as “research chemicals” so as long as businesses sell these compounds stating that they are not for human consumption and are only for research purposes, they can legally sell them.

I call it using the for research purposes only loophole, but I have bad news for you guys, as with everything that actually works, SARMs will very soon be banned outright. Legislators are currently working on a strong bill that they will soon propose to congress, when it passes (very likely) buy sarms online will be illegal in every way, even creating these SARMs as research chemicals will be illegal. They will be categorized as a schedule III controlled substance, just like anabolic steroids.

What does this mean exactly?

Friends, sorry to say this but I strongly believe SARMs will go extinct. Soon you wont be able to find any whatsoever.

The reason being that businesses won’t risk the consequences of breaking the law with creating and selling these schedule III controlled substances (soon to be SARMs), when they can sell another schedule III controlled substance, anabolic steroids. Their Profit margins are much larger, the market is much larger, and they are more effective. Say bye bye to SARMs.

Are SARMs Safe? Are They Safer Than Steroids?

are sarms safer than steroids

They are definitely safer than steroids, no doubt. That’s the appeal with SARMs. The question still up for debate is, how much safer?

From reading hundreds of personal reviews, various scientific studies, and personally taking SARMs myself, I conclude that they are generally very safe and much safer than anabolic steroids. I have done blood work after every cycle I have been on, and every lab test has come back normal.

The thing is this, there is a wide variety of SARMs, and they are all different, including their side effects. Some are safer than others.

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry, I will break down every SARM in depth.

The Breakdown of Every Known SARM

As always I am going to keep it real with you guys, before breaking down every SARM I want to point out that I have not tried them all out, the information that I am going to provide for each individual SARM will be based off of the general consensus from all the information that I have gathered up from doing very in-depth research.

While breaking down every SARM I will share with you my personal opinions, personal experiences, and offer some advice.

Without further delay, lets begin.

 Ostarine (MK-2866)

Ostarine (MK-2866)

Ostarine was first developed my a huge multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company called Merck and now currently in a clinical testing phase by a company called GTx, Inc.

Ostarine was created and developed to stop and reverse muscle and bone wasting. There is high hope and lots of promise that this compound can help cancer patients that suffer muscle and bone atrophy.

Meanwhile people all around the world are getting there hands on Ostarine and using it for its anabolic properties to improve physical performance. People are also using it to build muscle and lose fat.

Ostarine like all SARMs, have been prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Do you know why that is? BECAUSE IT WORKS. Don’t listen to people who say SARMs are bullshit drugs that don’t work, they either got fake SARMs or were taking it incorrectly.

If they didn’t work they would not be banned by the WADA, plain and simple.

Benefits/What to Expect

Ostarine is probably the most popular SARM and for good reason. It is very mild but produces great results.

It is not suppressive therefore you don’t need to worry about amortization (although I would have a PCT on hand just in case).

It is well known for having little to no side-effects, lean dry gains, and for holding on to muscle during a large caloric deficit.

Ostarine is a very flexible compound that is great for either muscle growth or cutting fat, depending on your objective and how you use it.

If your goal is to gain muscle expect to gain anywhere between 4 to 10 lbs with gaining any fat (as long as you not in an extreme caloric surplus) in the standard 12 week cycle.

If your goal is to lose fat Ostarine is a God send as you can go on a pretty big caloric deficit (500-1000 cal) and maintain all your hard earned muscle.

Ostarine will also moderately increase your recovery time, strength gains, and strengthening of soft tissues (tendons and ligaments).

Negatives/Side Effects

Ostarine stands out from just about every other SARM because the side effects are so few and far between. I personally know dozens of friends and acquaintances who have taken Ostarine without experiencing a single side effect.

Also, like most SARMs Ostarine is also non-methylated meaning It wont effect your liver in anyway.

Keep in mind that the following side effects are only the possible side effect that you may experience if you follow the recommended dosing. Shall you dose higher than whats recommend you many experience side effects not mentioned.

  • Cold Sweats
  • Lethargy

Dosing Information 

For both bulking or cutting take 25mg of Ostarine daily for 12 weeks for optimal results.

Ostarine has a long half-life of 24 hours, so you only have to take 25mg once a day.

If you are taking the recommended 25mg you won’t need to take a PCT (post cycle therapy) after your cycle, however I still recommend having a mini PCT on hand just in case you need it.

My Thoughts On Ostarine

This is my favorite SARM out of all of them and I strongly recommend anyone who is starting out with SARMs to take Ostarine as their first cycle.

I also believe this is the best SARM to take if you want to cut fat due to its ability to combat muscle wasting.

It is also my favorite because it is the safest SARM. It has been studied extensively longer than any SARM and has just about no sides effects as long as you take the recommended dose.

I used Ostarine 4 times, 2 times cutting and 2 times bulking, and achieve great results every time and experience zero side effects.

I gained about 7 lbs of lean muscle on both of my bulking cycles and gained about 1-2 lbs on my cutting cycles which is pretty remarkable since I usually lose a good amount of muscle when I go into a large caloric deficit.

During my cutting phases I would say my overall strength increase slightly, which is still amazing due to the large caloric deficit I was in. During my bulking phases I had a very decent increase in strength, around 10% in all lifts.

If you go against conventional advice and take over 25mg daily I strongly recommend a mini PCT (post cycle therapy). High dosages of Ostarine can cause your body to stop producing its own testosterone. I use and recommend RED-PCT 2.0 which works great. I always have it on hand just in case I have a shut down, better safe than sorry.

Where Can I Buy Ostarine?

Click here to purchase from my source Proven Peptides.

Not only are do Proven Peptides offer the best prices, they sell 100% legit SARMs, they are even lab certified from a 3rd party.

If you decide to buy from a different source please do your due-diligence as there are lots of companies currently selling pro-hormones claiming they are SARMs. This is because in 2014 pro-hormones were banned and many companies are now stuck with huge stocks of pro-hormones so they are trying to get rid of them by claiming they are SARMs.

Also, only purchase SARMs in liquid form, it significantly lowers your chances of receiving pro-hormones (pro-hormones are sold mostly in capsule form).

Ligandrol (LGD-4033)

Ligandrol (LGD-4033)

Ligandrol is also a super popular SARM, probably just under Ostarine in popularity.

Ligandrol was created by a pharmaceutical company called Ligand. Ligandrol just like Ostarine and most SARMs was created to combat catabolic conditions for muscle and bones.

Benefits/What to Expect

LGD-4033 is the best SARM hands down if your goal is to bulk up and gain lean muscle.

You can expect to gain anywhere from 8-15 lbs of pure lean muscle mass in a 12 week cycle.

You will see a pretty large increase in strength gains and recovery time.

Ligandrol is also effective at strengthening of soft tissues (tendons and ligaments).

Negatives/Side Effects

Side effects are rare with Ligandrol and as long as you take the recommended dose, however do they exist.

  • Mild headaches
  • Mild nausea
  • Fatigue

Dosing Information

For optimal results take anywhere between 10mg to 20mg of LGD-4033 daily for 12 weeks.

I recommend starting with 10mg for the first 4 weeks and taking 20mg for the remaining 8 weeks.

The half-life of Ligandrol is 24 hours so you only need to dose once a day.

This compound is similar to Ostarine but much stronger, therefore a mini PCT is necessary as Ligandrol is suppressive.

My Thoughts On Ligandrol

Ligandrol for muscle gaining is probably the closest SARM to anabolic steroids in terms of how effective it is.

It is probably the strongest SARM in existence therefore if your goal is building lean muscle this is the SARM for you, just don’t forget to take a min PCT as it is suppressive, I recommend RED-PCT 2.0.

I wouldn’t recommend this SARM for cutting as Ostarine works just as good to combat muscle wasting and is a much more mild compound.

I have taken Ligandrol 2 times for bulking and achieved amazing results. I took two 12 week cycles. On my first cycle I gained 12 pounds of lean muscle, and on my second cycle I gained 13 pounds of lean muscle. I also had crazy strength gains, I would say I gained about 20% strength in major lifts. My 1 rep max flat barbell bench press was previously 315 lbs, I was able to max 365 lbs after 8 weeks of Ligandrol.

I was able to toss around the previous weights I was lifting with, it felt amazing.

From here on out you wont read me strongly recommending any other SARM as I only recommend taking either Ostarine or Ligandrol. I believe these are the safest SARMs and have been studied more extensively than all other SARMs, which are newer therefore long-term health related issues are less known.

Where Can I Buy Ligandrol?

As with all the other SARMs I recommend purchasing Ligandrol from Proven Peptides (the source I use for my SARMs), their products are always 100% legit.

As mentioned before if you decide to buy from a different source please do your due-diligence as there are lots of companies currently selling pro-hormones claiming they are SARMs. This is because in 2014 pro-hormones were banned and many companies are now stuck with huge stocks of pro-hormones so they are trying to get rid of them by claiming they are SARMs.

Always purchase SARMs in liquid form, it significantly lowers your chances of receiving pro-hormones (pro-hormones are sold mostly in capsule form).

Cardarine (GW-501516)

Cardarine (GW-501516)

Cardarine was recently developed by
GlaxoSmithKline plc for its potential benefits on the heart, blood vessels, and diabetes.  However, studies were halted in Phase II testing on rats because it caused cancers.

As time went on Cardarine became very popular in the body building community as a very popular cutting agent as it significantly increases fat oxidation.

Benefits/What to Expect 

Cardarine is touted as the best SARM for fat loss due to how it improves fat oxidation significantly.

Expect your endurance to be improved significantly as Cardarine activates and hence increases the level of PPAR gene, helping muscle fibers increase oxygen uptake (the amount of oxygen in your muscle tissues affects your endurance).

Cardarine lowers the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the good cholesterol (HDL) in the body.

This compound is also pretty effective at preventing muscle wasting which in conclusion results in Cardarine being the most effective SARM for cutting fat.

It is not suppressive therefore no pct is required.

Negatives/Side Effects

Cardarine has very few potential short term side effects that rarely occur but do happen.

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

Now here is the scary part with Cardarine and what most blogs don’t tell you, the long term side effects could be devastating.

This study  done with rats showed an increase in development of cancer.

Another study  done with rats showed increased cell death in liver cells and caused liver damage in some rats with liver disease.

Dosing Information

For optimal results it is recommended that users take 10mg daily for 12 weeks.

The half-life of Cardarine is 24 hours so you can take 10mg just once per day.

My Thoughts On Cardarine 

Plain and simple, I never tried Cardarine and never will. I don’t like the effects that it had on rats, even though it wasn’t done on humans anytime I see the word cancer involved with a study I stay far away and I recommend you do the same.

Don’t listen to the blogs (that only care about making money) that try to sell you these compounds by saying rats are not humans, just read the studies. Also keep in mind, the company that created Cardarine halted studies due to how it effected rats in their studies.

Cardarine is not even a SARM technically, it is actually a PPAR delta activator. It doesn’t act directly on androgen receptors. I decided to include it in this guide due to its popularity.

Where Can I Buy Cardarine?

I highly recommend to stay away from Cardarine, however, if you proceed to ignore my advice I rather you buy legit Cardarine. Click here to buy legit Cardarine from Proven Peptides.

Andarine (S4)

Andarine (S4)

Andarine was developed with the goal of treating muscle and bone wasting.

There aren’t any published studies of this, but Supposedly phase I human trials with this drug have reportedly been successful.

Development of this drug has been halted in favor for another SARM we mentioned, Ostarine.

Benefits/What to Expect

Users claim similar results to that of Ostarine, good for either bulking or cutting.

Moderate increase in strength, recovery time, and endurance.

Negatives/Side Effects

Andarine is widely known for often causing users to see a yellow tint, especially when going from an area with little light to lots of light and vice versa.

Andarine is said to be slightly suppressive so a mini pct is recommenced.

Dosing Information

There is no set dose for this drug, as there are no publicly available clinical trials. Most recommendations come from personal experiences forums, yikes.

The consensus seems to be 50mg to 75mg per day (divided into 3 doses taken with meals), for 8 to 12 weeks.

The average half-life of this compound is about 4 hours, that is why user must take 3 doses a day for optimal results.

My Thoughts On Andarine

I never tried this SARM and never will because it is similar to Ostarine yet less effective, hence why the studies were halted in favor for Ostarine.

Also, I don’t find anything that screws with my vision appealing and so should you.

Also, there are so few studies if any on Andarine that people are not even sure how they should dose it or how much they should take.

There is so much uncertainty with this SARM that I just recommend you stay away from it and use Ostarine instead.

Where Can I Buy Andarine? 

If you decide to take Andarine I recommend buying it here.



YK-11 is another compound that often debated if it is really a SARM. YK-11 works similar to a myostatin inhibitor.

Per Wikipedia “Myostatin a protein produced and released by myocytes that acts on muscle cells’ autocrine function to inhibit myogenesis: muscle cell growth and differentiation. In humans it is encoded by the MSTN gene. Myostatin is a secreted growth differentiation factor that is a member of the TGF beta protein family.”

“Animals either lacking myostatin or treated with substances that block the activity of myostatin have significantly more muscle mass. Furthermore, individuals who have mutations in both copies of the myostatin gene have significantly more muscle mass and are stronger than normal. There is hope that studies into myostatin may have therapeutic application in treating muscle wasting diseases such as muscular dystrophy.”

YK-11 was first discovered by a scientist name Yuichito Kanno in 2011 and with his studies he proved that YK-11 produces the same results as testosterone except it does not have any detrimental side effects.

YK-11 is a very powerful compound, unlike every SARM mentioned here, it is steroidal. The compound belongs to the modulators of androgen. YK-11 attaches itself to the androgen receptor and it leads to all of the traditional effects of androgens such as hair growth.

Benefits/What to Expect

YK-11 is one of the most powerful SARMs if not the most powerful. It is great for building lean muscle or preventing muscle loss during a caloric deficit.

YK-11 can also help fight arthritis.

Negatives/Side Effects

YK-11 is very potent and it has several potential sides effects.

  • Unwanted hair growth
  • Enhanced aggression
  • Liver Damage
  • Weakening of the Joints

There hasn’t been many side effects noted with this compound however due to it’s high potency and that it is methylated by the liver it is highly recommended to run a pct with this compound and also a liver protectorboth during your cycle and after.

Dosing Information

For optimal results take 10mg daily for 12 weeks.

The half-life for YK-11 is only 6-8 hours so for best results take 5mg of YK-11 twice per day.

My Thoughts On YK-11

YK is a relatively new SARM and I have not tried it so I am not going to recommend it as it has not been studied enough for my liking. That being said it seems that YK-11 is very effective at building muscle.

In terms of effectiveness it seems on par with Ligandrol, so in my opinion I would rather take Ligandrol as it is a better known commodity as well as it is safer on the liver.

Where Can I Buy YK-11

For some reason YK-11 is one of the most faked SARMs out there, I recommend you click here and purchase from my source, Proven Peptides. They are lab certified from a third party, you don’t have to worry about getting a fake product with them.

Nutrobal (MK-677)

Nutrobal (MK-677)

This compound is not technically a SARM, it is actually a Human Growth Hormone secretagogue, Nutrobal stimulates the pituitary gland to secrete HGH.

Nutrobal is currently being developed medically to fight growth hormone  deficiencies in people of all ages. The compound is currently  sitting at the pre-clinical stage awaiting the next step, the future looks bright for Nutrobal.

Benefits/What to Expect

Nutrobal is a very flexible compound, it can be using for bulking, cutting fat, and even for overall well-being.

Whats so great about Nutrobal is that it has so many benefits and has almost no side effects. Unlike HGH it does not cause a shut down to the pituitary gland. Also, unlike HGH you don’t have to inject it and it is so much cheaper.

Users are raving about Nutrobal for many reasons.

  • Great at halting fat gains even when eating more calories
  • Moderate increase in muscle mass
  • Mild increase in strength
  • Strengthens soft tissue
  • Improves quality of sleep

Negatives/Side Effects

Side effects are very rare and usually occur if users take more than the recommended dose.

  • Slight increase in appetite
  • Temporary bouts of lethargy and numb hands

Dosing Information

Nutrobal is pretty remarkable as users have gone 2 years taking it continuously without any shutdown of the pituitary gland after stopping.

For optimal results take 25mg  daily for 12 weeks.

The half-life of Nutrobal is 24 hours so you just need to take it once per day.

My Thoughts on Nutrobal

I have never taken Nutrobal but I am super intrigued by it. I am planning on get my hands on some within the next couple weeks. I am going to stack it with Ligandrol.

I am excited and looking forward to my cycle as it should make it the perfect cycle to bulk up because you can eat a ton of calories without gaining fat. I should gain a significant amount of muscle.

I recommend  stacking Nutrobal with Ligandrol for those who are already lean and want to gain a significant amount of muscle.

Where Can I Buy Nutrobal?

Click here to buy 100% legit Nutrobal from my source (third party lab certified).

Stenabolic (SR-9009)

Stenabolic (SR-9009)

Per Proven Peptides,

“SR9009, also known as Stenabolic, is a SARM that was developed at the Scripps Research Institute. It is a PPAR alpha modifier very similar GW­-501516. It binds to the Rev-erbα protein, which influences lipid and glucose metabolism in the liver and the creation of fat-storing cells.

Stenabolic has been found to increase mitochondria, the powerhouses of your cells. Once mice were given Stenabolic, they were able to run for 50% longer than non-treated mice. It has also been found to aid weight loss.”

Proven Peptides

This SARM is similar to Cardarine in how it works and the effects it has on users.

Benefits/What to Expect

The magic of Stenabolic is in it’s ability to significantly increase endurance.

“let’s say you were to go on the track and sprint 800 meters (1/2 a mile) in 5 minutes and you reached 90% of your maximum heart rate and felt winded. Then you started taking Stenabolic (SR9009) and after a week or so you did the same thing.  You would be able to run that same distance at the same time, while only reaching 75% of your maximum heart rate. Your body did not have to push as hard to accomplish the same cardio, hence making any sort of exercise so much easier with the same end results.  Now if you were to take things further and push yourself back up to 90% of your maximum heart rate. I bet you could easily knock 20-30 seconds off your 800-meter time.  That is the magic of Stenabolic (SR9009)!”

Other benefits are just added bonuses. Also, no pct is required whatsoever with Stenabolic.

  • Slight decrease in bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • Slight increase in metabolism

Negatives/Side Effects

There are no known side effects with Stenabolic, however, the keep in mind that the long term implications of Stenabolic are unknown since this is a relatively new SARM.

Dosing Information

There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to dosing Stenabolic.

Most of the information out there on Stenabolic (SR9009) dosing is simply not accurate. The main reason is high-level coaches have attempted to fool their competitors into running this drug incorrectly.
The other reason is that this drug is very unknown so any person can spout bioscience.

Luckily I will show you the best way to run it. Because the half-life is only about 4 hours. You want to run this drug primarily pre-exercise at 5-20mgs each time, not exceeding 30mgs total per day. 

For example, if you do morning cardio at 9 am, take your dosage at 7 am.  If you weight train at 5 pm, then take a dosage again at 3 pm.  And if you have sex with your partner at 9 pm, take a dosage at 7 pm. 

If you don’t do any exercise this particular day then simply do not use it.  This makes more sense than spacing it throughout the day. Because it has a sharp increase in active life within 2 hours of taking it, then it quickly leaves the system.

My Thoughts on Stenabolic 

I have never tried Stenabolic because I am not really interested in increasing my endurance, however if that was a goal of mine I would probably give this SARM a try.

If you want to increase your endurance I would give this SARM a try. I wouldn’t take it for any other reason as there are other SARMs that are more effective for everything else.

Where Can I Buy Stenabolic?

Click here if you want to buy legit and super affordable Stenabolic.

Testolone (Rad-140)

Testolone (Rad-140)

Testolone is considered the newest SARM, developed by Radius Health Inc in 2010.

RAD-140 has the highest ratio of anabolic to androgenic activity of any SARM discovered, 90:1.

Testosterone has an anabolic to androgenic ratio of 100:100. This means that Testolone is almost as anabolic as testosterone while being only 1/100th as androgenic. This is a positive as most of the negative side effects of testosterone, including effects on liver, kidney and prostate, come from its
androgenic effects.

Testolone is minimally suppressive but it is recommended that users run a mini pct after their cycle.

Benefits/What to Expect

Testolone is very comparable to Ostarine, they are similar in potency and carry the same benefits.

It is also very flexible as it is great for gaining lean muscle or for cutting fat while retaining muscle.

Testolone is said to also strengthen soft tissue as well as increase muscle recovery time.

Negatives/Side Effects

Like most SARMs, side effects are very rare as long as users take the recommended dose. The following side effects become more probable the more users increase their dose past the recommened dose.

  • Breast tenderness in men
  • Abnormal body hair growth in women
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea and vomiting

Dosing Information

For optimal results take 20mg of Testolone daily for 12 weeks.

Testolone’s half-life is 20 hours, so you can take it once per day.

My Thoughts on Testolone

I tried Testolone once and I don’t recommend it. I only took Testolone for 6 weeks as I accidentally dropped and spilled it on the floor, but in those 6 weeks my results were similar to those of Ostarine.

Since they are so similar, no matter what your goal is I would recommend Ostarine over Testolone because Ostarine is the most popular and most well researched SARM, Testolone is on the other end of the spectrum being the newest and least studied SARM.

Where Can I Buy Testolone?

If you still want to experiment with testolone buy the real deal here.

Conclusion & Final Thoughts 

Guys, I want to conclude this post by saying I absolutely recommend SARMs, I achieved great results with no side effects. Just be smart when you take them (read key points).

Final key points:

  • For cutting fat while retaining muscle use Ostarine (MK-2866)
  • For gaining lean muscle use Lingandrol (LGD-4033)
  • For Increasing endurance use Stenabolic (SR9009)
  • For a boost in overall effectiveness with any goal add Nutrobal (MK-677) to your cycle
  • Just to be safe always take a mini PCT with any SARM, better safe than sorry so don’t be cheap when it comes to your health
  • I recommend this mini PCT, with SARMs you don’t need prescribed medication as you would with steroids
  • Your SARM cycle should be 12 weeks
  • After you complete your SARM cycle and PCT wait at least 8 weeks before starting another cycle
  • The only stack I recommend is  Nutrobal (MK-677) with any other SARM
  • Always buy your SARMs in liquid form as it makes it less likely to be fake
  • Do your due-diligence when buying SARMs because there are many Pro=hormones being sold as “SARMs”
  • If you want affordable, legit, 3rd party lab-tested SARMs, use the links in this post (personal source that I use)
  • And remember, SARMs won’t do all the work for you, so eat good and train hard
  • Check out this article for fat loss and this one for gaining muscle


Friends, mark my words, SARMs will be almost impossible to find in the near future (as with everything that actually works) as they are going to be banned by congress very soon (

If you are interested in taking SARMS now or in the near future I recommend you stock up on some asap as they will be banned very soon.