What are the best SARMs for your goals?
- 1 What are the best SARMs for your goals?
- 1.1 What’s the best (and worst) SARMs on the market?
- 1.2 Are SARMs Worth Stacking?
- 1.3 Does Length of SARM Cycle Matter?
- 1.4 What Would You Do Differently Next Time?
- 1.5 Does Age Affect The Benefits of SARMs?
- 1.6 Conclusion and Closing Thoughts Before Buying SARMs
As a fitness enthusiast and intermediate powerlifter, I decided to learn more about the ever growing popular SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators). After reading a lot of conflicting information, I thought I’d try my own investigation. I made a quantitative survey with the opportunity to provide open-ended answers and shared in several SARM communities, in this article I discuss the findings from the 100 valid responses.
In this article you’ll learn:
- Key findings from the study
- Which SARMs provided the best benefits (and worst side effects)
- Which SARMs are the best for strength, fat-loss and lean muscle
- Whether age affects benefits/side effects
- How to minimise risks with optimum dosages
Update – these findings have been implemented into the no bull shit guide on SARMs.
Key Findings: (Updated 27th February 2017)
- 70% of respondents had reported some level of suppression, regardless of the type of SARM.
- The survey results found that larger dosages do not necessarily mean better results – especially in terms of strength gains or improved fat loss.
- The vast majority of people (86.2%) would take SARMs again.
- Stacking SARMs may lead to better results but is much more likely to cause unwanted side effects, especially acne and suppression.
- There is little correlation between age and fewer benefits, though there was a correlation between age and the significance of side effects, most notably suppression.
- Even four weeks is enough to see results with most SARMs. Ostarine and LGD-4033 were the most consistent in terms of strength improvements with 30% and 45% respectively reporting significant improvement.
- Unwanted hair is a very rare side-effect, affecting 3% of respondents.
- Andarine is (most likely) the only SARM to cause temporary vision impairment, loss of nightvision and a yellow tint.
- Optimum dosage is 50mg for up to 8 weeks
- Best suited for those looking to strip fat and retain muscle
- Another SARM that received consistently positive feedback for strength and mass gains
- Optimum dosage is up to 6mg for 8 weeks
- Best for bulking and mass but is more suppressive than Ostarine
- One of the effective SARMs that received consistently positive feedback for lean muscle gain with fewest side effects
- Optimum dosage is 25mg for up to 12 weeks
- Best for those looking to cut or build lean muscle
- One of the most suppressive SARMs with few benefits over other types – personally, I’d avoid this!
- Optimum dosage is 10mg for 10 weeks
Before You Read On Here’s the Key To Understanding This Data…
There are many, many graphs within this article that compare SARMs. You’ll be able to easily spot which ones are best for you and compare between popular SARMs. Over 100 users took part in this survey with outliers and statistically insignificant sample data discounted.
The graphs show the significance of benefits (strength gains, the rate of fat-loss etc.) and the significance of side effects (suppression, vision impairment etc. ) The scale used was 1 (Did not affect me) to 5 (Significantly affected me).
What’s the best (and worst) SARMs on the market?
There are so many SARMs available online. All have the same aim, but they’re developed in different ways and have slightly different properties (as you’re about to find out below). Before investing, you’ll need to read the findings below to make sure you’re making the right choice for your goal.
Disclaimer – the results below are from the following average dosages:
- Ostarine – 25mg ED for a minimum of 8 weeks
- Andarine – 50mg ED for a minimum of 8 weeks
- LGD-4033 – 6mg ED for a minimum of 8 weeks
- RAD140 – 10mg ED for a minimum of 8 weeks
- MK0773 – 20mg ED for minimum of 6 weeks
What Benefits Do Different Types of SARMs Have?
Interestingly, RAD140 seemed to be the only SARM to improve overall wellbeing with many saying they felt much happier during the cycle – which may have been a symptom of the increased libido!
I also included an open-ended comment section for any other benefits that hadn’t been listed, here are the most common:
- Ostarine – Increased size
- Andarine – None
- LGD-4033 – Increased size/definition
- RAD140 – None
- MK0773 – None
What Are Side Effects of Different SARMs?
In my opinion, suppression is one of the worst side effects out there. I’ve taken androgen boosters before and experienced suppression – it took me years to recover properly. I was wrongfully misinformed about the supplements I was taking at the time and if you have been told SARMs harbour no risks whatsoever, you have been lied to. Fortunately, the benefits outweigh the risks significantly and I’ll explain how you can minimise the chance of side effects shortly.
As you can see, Andarine is the only SARM to cause vision impairment.
I left an open-ended comment section for any side effects I hadn’t listed and the most common were:
- Ostarine – Dry mouth/headaches
- Andarine – Seeing coloured tints, from yellow to green, to blue and pink
- LGD-4033 – Increased appetite
- RAD140 – None
- MK0773 – Increased appetite
All SARMs do the same thing, why is there such difference?
As selective androgen receptor modulators looked to be a promising alternative to typical clinical steroid use, other pharmaceutical companies decided to get in on the research. The intention is that some SARMs should have different aims, some target bone rather than muscle for example. This means that each company has developed the drug differently with slightly different intended effects.
SARM vs SARM Conclusion
This survey suggests that Andarine may be the most suitable for fat loss if you can handle temporary vision impairment and Ostarine or LGD-4033 are suitable for those looking to improve strength.
If you have 12 weeks, choose Ostarine as it less suppressive and you’ll naturally recover by taking a break.
If you have less time and want to see results faster, choose LGD-4033 (but make sure to have PCT on standby).
Are SARMs Worth Stacking?
In my SARMs guide, I mentioned that SARMs weren’t worth stacking. By this, I meant that because SARMs were developed with the almost identical functionality, the idea of taking a variety didn’t make much sense – though the results below may have swayed my opinion slightly…
What Are The Benefits of Stacking SARMs?
To keep the graph neat, I’ve named the common stacks featured in this survey with their average dosages are:
Andarine Stack 1 – Andarine (75mg) + LGD-4033 (10mg)
Andarine Stack 2 – Andarine (50mg) + Ostarine (25mg)
Andarine Stack 3 – Andarine (50mg) + Ostarine (10mg) + LGD-4033 (10mg)
LGD-4033 Stack 1 – LGD-4033 (10mg) + MK0773 (20mg)
LGD-4033 Stack 2 – LGD-4033 (10mg) + RAD140 (10mg)
Ostarine Stack 1 – Ostarine (20mg) + LGD-4033 (5mg)
Ostarine Stack 2 – Ostarine (20mg) + LGD-4033 (7.5mg) + MK0773 (20mg).
Those who took Andarine Stack 1 took an average of 75mg of Andarine which in my opinion is far too much but as you can see from the graph, it hasn’t provided better results. In fact, taking less (50mg) with Andarine Stack 2 resulted in the best strength improvements of the survey, scoring 0.5 higher than the most effective SARM.
Are There More Side Effects When Stacking SARMs?
In short, maybe. When we look at the side effects of stacking SARMs, it’s unclear that they cause any more suppression. It seems that stacking with Andarine greatly increases the impairment of vision.
Does Length of SARM Cycle Matter?
Due to lack of responses, I only gathered enough data to compare LGD-4033 and Ostarine. Hopefully, in time, we’ll be able to compare other SARMs. The most interesting result was the strength improvement comparison seen below.
After 8 weeks, LGD-4033 effectiveness seems to drop off whereas Ostarine appears to increase.
What Would You Do Differently Next Time?
The most common answers to this question were:
- Get blood tests to check testosterone levels – only 2% of respondents had taken a blood test pre and post cycle.
- Longer cycles – this was a common response by those who had taken SARMs for less than 4 weeks.
- Implement PCT – 30% of respondents felt they needed PCT, those who answered “not sure” or were above 35 were more likely to say they needed PCT next time.
- Stricter diet – diet wasn’t captured in this survey and obviously plays a massive role in the results during a cycle.
- Larger dosage/half dosage – those who took less than the average dose said they’d take more next time and those who took above the average were more likely to say they would take less next time.
Does Age Affect The Benefits of SARMs?
The age ranges were quite far apart. The difference between a 16-year-old and a 25-year-old are significant. Though from the information gathered we can see that age does make a slight difference.
In terms of benefits, this survey shows that there is a slight decline in benefits the older the person is when taking SARMs.
From this survey*, we can see that a lower libido and suppression is more likely to affect older people than younger people.
*This survey – actual results may vary!
Conclusion and Closing Thoughts Before Buying SARMs
Averages were gathered from this survey and as such, individual results will vary. This article will continually be updated with new findings and if you haven’t already taken part in the survey and would like to give your feedback, click here or leave your feedback in the comments section.
Update – May 2017
After this research, I invested in Ostarine and LGD-4033 – personally, I prefer Ostarine as its more manageable and less suppressive. I didn’t implement PCT but my blood tests revealed that testosterone dropped significantly after LGD-4033 and this wasn’t the case with Ostarine. I decided to write an in-depth review on both which you can read now – Ostarine review and LGD-4033 review.
Some people favour Andarine but personally, I don’t like the idea of my eyes becoming any worse than they already are. People have reached out and explained that it’s a temporary effect and not enough to put them off using Andarine again.
As for those that enjoy RAD140, the suppression just doesn’t seem worth it for me personally! As the saying goes, each to their own.
For beginners, I’d suggest Ostarine at 25mg for 8 weeks and 12 weeks for intermediate lifters.
For advanced users, LGD-4033 at 6-10mg for up to 8 weeks.
These conclusions can only draw correlative evidence but hopefully, should help influence decisions when it comes to choosing and buying the right SARMs for your goals.