The Supreme Beginners Guide to SARMs
- 1 The Supreme Beginners Guide to SARMs
- 1.1 How to use this guide
- 1.2 Researching SARMs – Part One
- 1.3 Reviewing SARMs – Part Two
- 1.4 Getting The Best Results – Part Three
- 1.4.1 Cycling length and optimum dosages
- 1.4.2 Best Ostarine cycle to see results
- 1.4.3 Best LGD-4033 cycle to see results
- 1.4.4 Best Andarine cycle to see results
- 1.4.5 What to expect when taking cycling for the first time
- 1.4.6 Training and diet tips
- 1.4.7 Post Cycle Therapy – will I need it?
- 1.4.8 Conclusion to part three
- 1.5 Post Cycle – Part Four
100 athletes, bodybuilders and users kindly gave their review of SARMs in an independent survey conducted in 2017 which has helped create this guide.
Time to read guide: twenty minutes
Selective Androgen Receptor Modules (SARMs) have become popular in the fitness world as a muscle-building supplement. They’re being heralded as a performance enhancer without any of the drawbacks but is this true?
Reading this guide which has been created with industry-backed research findings, over 50 peer-reviewed studies will provide you with the knowledge you need to form your own opinion.
If SARMs are of interest to you, I strongly recommend reading this guide from top to bottom. Doing so will teach you what they are, how to mitigate unnecessary risks if you do decide to take them, where to buy SARMs from and what the best practice is to get the very best results.
87% of people surveyed said they would take SARMs again, but what the hell is all the fuss about?
I read a lot of questions like…
What are they? Are they legal? Are they safe? Are SARMs Ostarine, Andarine or are SARMs LGD 4033? Where should I buy SARMs from?
I too had the same questions and I spent years researching. Originally, the logs I created were for my own personal use but since my involvement with performance enhancers, I’ve decided to share what I’ve learnt in the hopes of helping others avoid unnecessary risks. This guide is constantly being updated with new information as well as ideas from fans of the website, if you do have any suggestions, use the icon in the bottom left or send me an email at email@example.com with your feedback.
How to use this guide
“I don’t have all day! Just skip to the good stuff!” – I hear you! Lengthy guides can be a chore to slog through…
If you’re serious about performance enhancement, I strongly urge you to read this guide front to back. Committing to this article means you’ll be fully equipped with guru level knowledge and you’ll get the most out of SARMs. However, if you want to skip to the meat – this guide has been written to cater for most attention levels by being split into four parts.
Or to jump to a particular section, use the little grey button on the bottom right and navigate using the table of contents.
New to SARMs? I strongly suggest you start at part one and here’s why…
- You’ll learn the fundamentals
- What they are, how they work and why they’re so popular
- The benefits and risks involved
If you have the facts and you’re considering buying SARMs, part two is for you.
- You’ll learn how to buy the best products
- Whether they’re right for you
- The different types available including oral and injectable
- How to prepare for a cycle
- What to consider when buying
- What brands you can trust (brand new!)
Got SARMs and want to get the best results? You need part three.
- You’ll learn how to maximise gains
- What to expect during the cycle
- How to get the most with the optimal cycle
- What your training and diet should look like while taking
Finished a cycle? Part four is all about what’s next…
- You’ll learn how to ensure you keep your hard earned strength
- Whether to do another cycle
- How you can maintain the additional strength
- How to spot suppression and whether you need PCT
Researching SARMs – Part One
What are SARMs and how do they work?
Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators are a type of synthetic drug that has been developed to treat muscle-wasting symptoms of certain diseases. Due to their consistent effectiveness to significantly improve strength, in recent years they have become popular in the bodybuilding circuit with many websites selling them as “SARMs bodybuilding supplements”.
They carry substantially fewer risks than other performance-enhancing drugs – however, this does not mean they have zero risks! If you have been told this, you have been lied to, and you’ll find out more about the risks in part one.
One quick Google and you’ll read that by definition, Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators belong to a family of androgen receptor ligands with a highly selective nature.
But what does the hell does that even mean?
- Ligands are molecules that are attached to a metal atom.
- Androgens are growth hormones that help build muscle, repair tendons and breakdown fat cells (the most common being known as ‘testosterone’)
- Androgen receptors control the production of androgens.
- A highly selective nature means these ligands will attach to specific androgen receptors and not to other sites, avoiding unwanted testosterone related activity such as enlarging the prostate.
Simply put, each dose contains molecules that bind to androgen receptors and stimulate the production of androgens. Androgens are efficient at building muscle, repairing tendons and breaking down fat cells. Increasing the number of these growth hormones while avoiding unwanted action in the prostate greatly improve the body’s ability to build muscle with seemingly no life-threatening side effects… Sounds too good to be true, right? We’ll get to those risks, but some background information first…
How can a muscle be constructed faster with SARMs?
With an influx of androgens surging round the body (as well as sufficient nutrition and training), the body can readily build muscle faster.
They reduce the effects of catabolism (the breakdown of muscle) which naturally occurs during training. When used by bodybuilders, they’re reducing the rate of this breakdown of muscle and retaining the mass by promoting an anabolic state (muscle repairing).
The muscles are therefore always forced to repair without a period of being broken down.
Reading part one will give you the fundamental knowledge to help you decide if SARMs are for you – if you’re interested I have dedicated another article devoted to the science and physiology of the critical role androgens play and how they contribute to building muscle.
The TL;DR version, muscles require:
- Ample amounts of protein
- A certain level of use
Who created them?
Steroidal versions have been around since the 1940’s. Non-steroidal versions were created by independent work at Ligand Pharmaceuticals and the University of Tennessee in the 1990’s. Since their emergence, a large number of non-steroidal production is underway by major pharmaceutical companies such as Ligand Pharmaceuticals, GTx, GlasoSmithKline, Merck, Viking and even Johnson & Johnson are getting involved in the research.
Why were they created?
Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators are under development as a therapeutic compound. Formulated for those suffering from frailty and functional limitations associated with certain diseases and Sarcopenia. Their particular ability is to maintain muscle, improve physical function and bone health. With little risk of affecting the prostate and cardiovascular outcomes, they appear to be a promising therapy.
An example of their clinical use would be a male who has osteoporosis and suffers from poor mobility but has no signs of hypogonadism – he would need a SARM that targets bones and not muscular receptor cells to increase bone density.
Are SARMs safe?
Based on their ability to select and target tissue, SARMs seem to look promising as a therapeutic option for the treatment of muscle wasting over anabolic androgenic steroids. However as mentioned before, fewer risks do not mean it’s entirely risk-free. As far as our research goes, side effects are temporary and will subside unlike the long-lasting damage caused by other performance enhancing drugs.
Are SARMs legal?
In the United Kingdom, their legality is similar to steroids; they are currently legal for personal use.
However, they now fall into a legal grey area in the United States as they’re legal for research purposes with many suppliers exploiting this loophole.
They are prohibited in sport under every major governing body, and many tests exist as a result of the rise in popularity and notable athletes have been caught out – more on this later.
If they’re so good why doesn’t everyone use them?
Dietary supplements undergo extensive research and trials before approval for use. Clinical pharmacologists are still studying Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators and their effects on the body. Currently, most trials have been rat/mice studies. Although we are similar to rats regarding DNA, these studies must be taken with a pinch of salt.
Fortunately, a lot of unofficial human trials are available online – though these must be taken with an even larger, handful of salt! Each person may experience different results and featured in this guide are the findings from my research of 100 users and their reported benefits and side effects (which is featured just below).
Some websites market for bodybuilders, however, these products may be unsafe. People who buy them should ensure they have been laboratory tested and quality assured. Ensuring they are what they claim to can help prevent some nasty side effects – we’ll get to spotting good quality products in part two.
The reason for conflicting ideas in my opinion is due to the fact they haven’t passed human trials. From what I’ve read online, the concern about their long-term side effects is yet to be known. As mentioned above, Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators have been around for over 70 years with a vast amount of research freely available online, yet it seems people are quick to discard any of this.
What are the current research findings?
As mentioned, vast amounts of information exist relating to Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators and are freely available online. Most of which has been implemented into this guide to save you time. The clinical evidence correlates to them being very efficient for their intended use. However, the variety of available options should be considered when researching as they have been developed with slightly different functions and harbour different risks.
The body naturally produces androgens and the rate of which varies on an individual basis. As mentioned above, androgens play a crucial role in building skeletal muscle mass. Making the body produce more androgens can lead to an enhanced ability to create lean muscle mass, can improve bone density and rapidly break down fat cells. However, this will not guarantee more muscle mass – especially if the user has a poor diet and an infrequent training schedule.
When taken with an established diet and combined with an intense training routine, Some believe that the results are exponential (the more a user takes, the more benefits a user will experience) however, this research suggests that there is a plateau and an optimal dosage for the best results.
The most common benefits found in the survey are:
- 97% of users reported an improvement to strength
- 80% of users reported increased fat loss
If a user takes more than the optimal dosage, they expose themselves to unnecessary risks. If used responsibly, they can provide an athlete with a significant boost of strength, lean muscle and fat loss and this guide will teach you how to do exactly that.
It’s not surprising that SARMs are of interest to bodybuilder and athletes. The products are proving to be popular throughout online forums with many SARM bodybuilding forums being created dedicated to the drugs. Advice can easily be found, but many of it conflicts and won’t be relevant for the average person.
Are they as effective as steroids or prohormones?
Due to the legality of Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, steroids and prohormones, comparing the effects are difficult outside of a clinical setting. SARMs intend to have the same kind of effects as anabolic steroids. They bind to androgen receptors and demonstrate osteo (bone) and myo (muscular) anabolic activity, but unlike steroids, they are much more selective in their action and as discussed carry fewer risks.
So, are SARMs safer than steroids?
Unlike anabolic steroids, SARMs produce no unwanted growth on the prostate and other secondary sexual organs. Comparatively speaking, they have fewer risks associated than steroids but we’ll get to the risks that SARMs carry, shortly.
As mentioned, SARMs are more selective with their actions which mean they only target specific receptors unlike steroids that are non-specific – basically, they shouldn’t mess with anything that they are not supposed to. Some are less likely to allow the binding of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to receptor targets. DHT is a weaker androgen regarding muscle building properties but is essential for human growth. DHT is responsible for hair growth, acne and balding. In addition to this, they also seem to be resistant to the enzyme aromatase which means it’s less likely to produce unwanted oestrogen – so, very little chance of manboobs!
Steroids have been known to completely shut down testosterone production which can leave people depressed and unable to build further muscle – especially older people. Depending on the quality of the product, SARMs are very unlikely to result in total shut down but won’t lead to the same incredible gains seen by steroid use. This may sound like a downside, but this makes SARMs much more manageable to deal with in terms of mood and stress on the body. You’ll be able to continually build strength over a longer period of time and maintain the levels of training.
Are they safer than prohormones?
Prohormones are c-17 alkylated which cannot be destroyed quickly by the liver, this places an enormous amount of stress on the body. SARMs, however, are not alkylated and only stimulate the production of testosterone that can be broken down by the liver.
Documented side effects
If you don’t understand SARMs side effects, you may have an unexpectedly dreadful time. I’ve seen some websites suggesting that taking 100mg of Ostarine and Andarine is a great idea… Sure, that may have worked for the person making the suggestion, but, we’re not identical.
People then wonder why they’re getting acne they haven’t seen since their high school prom, retaining water like they’ve drunk nothing but coffee for weeks and growing unwanted hair…
The biggest risk is testosterone suppression. If your body receives a massive boost of something that it should produce itself, it’ll stop producing it. 75% of users experience some level of suppression, and we have the steps to help minimise the effects which we’ll be covering in part three.
The most common side effects found in the survey were:
- 70%* of users reported vision impairment
- 41% reported an increase in water retention
- 41% reported low libido (typically libido improves during early stages of cycle)
- 37% reported an increase in acne
*Only affected those who took Andarine
Other side effects left in the comment section included headaches and restlessness. However, different types harbour different risks – more on this coming up.
Why is suppression the biggest risk?
Selective androgen receptor modulators can cause some side effects due to their ability to enhance androgen expression. Once the body receives an external signal to produce a substantial amount of something it can cause suppression because it thinks it no longer has to produce it. Some are more likely to cause suppression than others, C-6 is a particular type which is a notable example of causing suppression and is currently being investigated as a male contraceptive.
Temporary suppression can be alleviated with the use of PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) which is covered in part four of this guide. Depending on your age, it’ll be likely that you’ll naturally recover by taking a break equal to a number of weeks you were using, e.g. after an eight-week cycle, take eight weeks off. Having Post Cycle Therapy in place should be something you at least consider before taking SARMs.
Conclusion to part one
If you have read this section, you now know why SARMs are so popular in the bodybuilding world, what risks are involved and you may now be interested in learning more. If so, you’re ready to level up and move onto part two which will confirm whether they are something you should consider right now – I’ll guide you through the minefield of the various types available and which are the most useful for your goals.
Reviewing SARMs – Part Two
SARMs Reviews – types from survey
There are many different types for various reasons with the explanation coming up shortly. Each type has been developed by a different company and varies in potency, effectiveness and side effects. Below is a summary of just some of the many kinds that have demonstrated benefits and the specific side effects that were found in our study.
SARMs results have been scored out of five for strength, fat loss and suppression with one being least effective and five indicating a significant change.
Proven to be effective as a treatment for muscle wasting in trials and my research. Andarine is effective for fat-loss but is very likely to cause vision impairment with 70% of users reporting considerable temporary impairment including lack of night vision, seeing a yellow tint or a spectrum of colours during the cycle.
Andarine competitively blocks the binding of dihydrotestosterone to receptor targets in the prostate gland and selectively targets androgen receptors in the body, therefore stimulating muscle growth. Andarine reportedly has a ‘drying’ effect on the muscles and potent fat metabolising effects which gives a defined physique and are popular amongst bodybuilders during phases of a restricted diet.
- Strength improvement: 3/5
- Fat-loss: 3/5
- Suppression: 2.2/5
Ideal for cutting
Developed by GTx, Inc. It has become widely available under the name Ostarine. It is potent and efficient at reducing muscle wasting, repairing tissue and improving bone density. Notable Ostarine mk-2866 side effects include dry mouth, increased body temperature and issues with sleep which affected 5% of people.
- Strength improvement: 3.5/5
- Fat-loss: 2.8/5
- Suppression: 1.6/5
Ideal for lean muscle
Notable cases of professional athletes using Ostarine
Lucian Bute, former super middleweight world titleholder tested positive for Ostarine in 2016.
Undergone human trials and currently in phase 2 of research. This SARM seems very promising at improving muscle mass with the only particular side effect being increased appetite which may not be a bad thing if you’re looking for size – not ideal for cutting.
- Strength improvement: 3.5/5
- Fat-loss: 2/5
- Suppression: 2.3/5
Ideal for size
A steroidal SARM that is currently no longer in development by the companies that collaborated. In trials, it demonstrated a tendency to increase liver enzymes which suggested it was possibly causing liver damage. I found it was the only SARM to increase water retention significantly.
- Strength improvement: 3.5/5
- Fat-loss: 2.5
- Suppression: 2.1
Has been shown to be effective at increasing strength but was the most suppressive in the survey. Currently, under development by Radius Health Inc, It was also the only SARM to improve overall wellbeing during the cycle.
- Strength improvement: 3/5
- Fat-loss: 2/5
- Suppression: 3/5
Ideal for those who do not enjoy having a healthy level of testosterone…
To learn more about the study and the findings of each, read details from a statistically significant survey.
Why are there so many types?
With the rise in popularity of SARMs, many pharmaceutical companies have been commissioned to develop their product. Companies such as Ligand Pharmaceuticals, GTx, GlasoSmithKline, Merck, Viking and even Johnson & Johnson are getting involved in the research. Their aim is a little different to yours, however, as you want to get shredded. There’s no shame in that. You’re in the right place.
What are the best for muscle gain?
In our survey, only two males out of 100 reported seeing no improvement from taking SARMs. The best SARMs for bulking appear to be Ostarine or LGD-4033.
Read our in-depth SARMs review about the original research here and for more information on the benefits and side effects.
What are the best for cutting?
Due to their effectiveness at reducing muscle wasting, Andarine or Ostarine appears to be the most popular for maintaining muscle while on a cut.
What to consider when buying SARMs
Before you do
If you want to give them a try, as mentioned above, make sure you have reviewed and accepted the following:
- Your training has reached a plateau, and you need a significant boost
- Your diet means that you hit your macronutrient targets every day
- Fatigue is holding you back from achieving new personal bests
Okay, I’m ready!
Then the product you purchase must meet the following criteria to ensure risk is minimised:
- The product has been lab-tested from a reputable lab, such as UKAS (do not confuse this with products from a reputable company – labs must provide statistical and factual analysis whereas companies can fabricate results).
- The product comes with clear instructions on how to use it including cycling advice and how to store it appropriately.
Pills or liquid form?
Personally, I prefer pill form because they’re designed to be broken down over a longer period by the gut and are much more convenient, not to mention that it tastes a lot better than the conventional method of drinking liquid variations. The other standard method is injecting which can be tricky to get right without proper guidance. Whatever you choose, it’s up to personal preference!
Should I use a SARMs stack?
The idea of a stack is to take a range of supplements that compliment each other by providing something that the other supplements don’t. For any beginner, I would recommend avoiding stacking, however, for more seasoned users, a stack has been shown to be slightly more effective at building strength.
I believe many websites will offer a bundle as a way of upselling. Taking just one type will lead to impressive gains in strength and fat-loss however!
For an in-depth review of stacks, read more in the SARMs review.
Where to buy SARMs?
After many fans of SARMs Online had asked for recommendations, I decided to launch another study which asked for reviews of various brands.
There are so many websites offering these products nowadays that it’s no wonder that so many have been asking for advice.
Because there is an entire article dedicated to the study, I’ll keep this section brief on the highest quality SARMs I found*…
- If you’re based in the UK, Peak Body’s Ostarine and Andarine are the most effective tablets with an unbeatable price tag.
- If you’re based in the US, Geo Peptides or IRC.Bio has an extremely popular range with free domestic shipping.
*Based on survey data conducted in February 2017
How to prepare for a cycle
The best SARMs for sale come with clear and detailed instructions. If you haven’t received any, part three has been made to help you get the most out of your cycle.
You’ll need to understand what cycling is and what dose/length of a cycle is right for you. Cycling is the practice of taking performance enhancing supplements for a period then giving your body time to recover from the artificial fluctuations naturally.
Figure out if you’re going to implement PCT – have this ready and on standby. You may not need PCT, but SARMs will suppress your testosterone production, whether it’s temporary or not will depend heavily on your age and the cycle you’re running.
Appreciate that performance enhancers will not make you buff on their own. Plan and stay strict, especially with your diet. As your body reacts, you may feel a lack of appetite, but this should not put you off from sticking to your diet. Without nutrition, you will see minimum gains.
Make the most of the cycle by upping the intensity of your training. Train hard, but train safely. With the improved vigour and strength, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself. Keep your form tight and avoid injury because that heightened energy won’t be here to stay post cycle – especially if you feel suppressed.
Are they for you right now?
Thousands of people each month research SARMs and consider taking them without looking at the facts or assessing their current level of fitness.
If you want to give them a try, make sure you have reviewed and accepted the following:
- Your improvement in strength has reached a plateau, and you need a significant boost
- Your reaching your macronutrient targets every single day without fail and are not improving
- You cannot naturally increase the intensity of your training anymore due to fatigue
- You’re over 21 – it’s not worth messing with hormones when you have plenty coursing round the body
Being unsure of any of the above can indicate that you shouldn’t be taking performance enhancers just yet – this is because your body still has the capability to improve naturally. Only when you cannot improve anymore would I suggest to consider taking performance enhancers.
Conclusion to part two
If you’re tempted to take SARMs, you should consider your current fitness, failure to do so may see you taking risks when you have the capability to build plenty of muscle already. Once you’ve assessed and you’re happy, you’re ready to buy from a source that you’re happy with. Part three will equip you with the knowledge to get the most out of them.
Getting The Best Results – Part Three
Cycling length and optimum dosages
Higher doses induce greater anabolic effects but are associated with higher frequency of adverse reactions. Dosage varies by goals, by the product and should vary by your age as documented in the review of Ostarine.
Of those who reported a significant improvement in strength, there was a correlation between the dosage and the cycle length for some of the most common SARMs. The results for each is featured just below and knowing this information can help you avoid some significant risks.
Best Ostarine cycle to see results
Our research found that to see considerable strength improvement and noticeable fat loss you should be taking 25mg for a minimum of 8 weeks and no longer than 12 weeks. The risk of significant suppression increased after taking longer than 12 weeks, and the documented benefits began to plateau and eventually decline – read more about taking Ostarine.
- 25mg every day for 8-12 weeks
- 8 weeks off post cycle
Best LGD-4033 cycle to see results
The study revealed that a dosage between 5-8mg of LGD-4033 for a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 8 weeks. Those who took dosages outside of this range or ran LGD-4033 for a longer period experienced much higher levels of suppression.
- 5-8mg every day for 4-8 weeks
- Eight weeks off post cycle
Best Andarine cycle to see results
The optimum dosage found in the study is 50mg for a maximum of 8 weeks. Many reported vision impairment as being an unavoidable side effect with others suggesting to take Andarine every day for five days and taking two days off which negated some of the effects – there wasn’t enough data to back up these claims.
- 50mg every day for five days and then take two days off and repeat for eight weeks
- Eight weeks off post cycle
What to expect when taking cycling for the first time
Depending on the SARM you’re taking, it can usually take a week or two to notice the effects. Commonly reported feelings are:
- Increased sweating
- Heightened vigour
- Improved wellbeing
You may notice an increase in appetite, or if you’re taking Andarine, you may see a coloured tint in your vision.
Training and diet tips
Many respondents in the SARMs review survey explained they could have been more strict with their workout. Despite introducing a performance enhancer, the exercises you commit to shouldn’t change too much. The only reasons why you’d want to change is:
- Not seeing the results you want (probably why you’re introducing performance enhancers!)
- You don’t feel worked by the end of the routine
- You feel like you have a lot more to give
Though many respondents explained, they worked “too hard” during training. After I had reached out to hear their story, many told me that they expected to lift more, strained themselves and ended up picking up injuries when the SARMs wore off. Depending on what you buy and what your goals are, SARMs will likely increase your strength and improve fat loss so design a workout around those two things.
I enjoy splitting into the following four days:
- Upper body strength (low reps, heavy weight)
- Lower body strength
- Upper body hypertrophy (high reps, low weight)
- Lower body hypertrophy
Unless you’re bulking, maintain the same levels of calories as you would usually and keep protein high. Sounds simple that you shouldn’t neglect your diet but you’d be surprised at how many respondents didn’t consider how strict they needed to be. As your strength increases and rate of fat loss improves, many explained they felt this was a great excuse to slack on their diet.
- Keep to your protein target every day
- Choose fats over carbs on rest days
- Reduce number of carbs except on training days
Post Cycle Therapy – will I need it?
PCT is a method of stabilising some hormone levels in the body by using drugs. The reason you’d want to implement this is to ensure you maintain the muscle mass gained while on your cycle as suppression may leave you feeling lethargic and in a constant state of catabolism. If you’re under the age of 30 and stick to the cycles above, you’ll most likely naturally recover.
What PCT looks like
The most common products for recovering from suppression are Nolvadex and Clomid which can be used individually or in combination. Both of these drugs block oestrogen and help stimulate the testes to produce more testosterone.
Typically, PCT using Nolvadex would look like this:
- Day 1 post cycle – 100mg of Nolvadex
- Following 10 days – 60mg
- Following 10 days – 40mg
Or a combination would be taken for significant suppression (which should only happen if you exceed the recommended dosages/cycle length) would look like this:
- Day 1 post cycle – 250mg + Nolvadex 60mg
- Clomid 100mg + Nolvadex 40mg
- Clomid 50mg + Nolvadex
As mentioned, it’s possible to recover naturally, and tips on how to do that are covered just below in part four.
Conclusion to part three
Now you know how to get the most out of your SARMs cycle, you should now consider whether you’ll need to implement PCT which is coming up in the last section. You’re now equipped with the information to start a pretty damn good cycle that will likely get you some considerable improvements to strength. Guides like this cannot understand you like you understand your body, listen to your body, be mindful of your training and diet, up the intensity when you feel ready. Keep reading on for the final part of this guide and to round off your knowledge!
Post Cycle – Part Four
Whether to do another cycle
Once you’ve finished your cycle you’ll want to reflect on your experience, did you notice an increase in strength or an improved rate of fat loss? Be sure to fill out this survey too!
How to maintain the additional strength with natural PCT
Whether you’re using PCT or not, you’re most likely going to be feeling suppressed which means you may not be feeling yourself for a few weeks – this is normal. It’s essential to keep up with the training, not only will this stimulate the natural production of testosterone but you’ll want to keep your improved muscle mass.
- Limit the amount of sugar in your diet or kick it all together.
- Get quality sleep
- Take vitamin D supplements (5000 IU’s twice a day for three months)
- Increase healthy fats in the diet
How to spot suppression and whether you need PCT
If the above doesn’t help stabilise you, you may be experiencing a higher level of suppression than normal. The following are symptoms of suppression if you notice any of these it may be worth investing in Nolvadex or Clomid which can be implemented at any time during the post cycle phase.
- Abnormally low libido
- Increased fatigue
- Disturbances to sleep
- Low self-confidence
- Muscle mass decreasing
Feeling any of these symptoms for longer than a few days can be worrying but try not stress as that will only reduce the body’s production of testosterone further! Relax, recover and retain your strength with a steady training routine and focus on your goals.
Conclusion to part four
In the survey of 100 respondents, over 60% did not require PCT. Typically younger people bounced back more rapidly than the older participants. You should now have the knowledge to spot suppression and what to do if it happens to you.