A supplement that has been receiving much acclaim in the athletic and bodybuilding world is Ligandrol. Ligandrol is a selective androgen receptor modulator or SARM (read on for more information on SARMs later in this article).
Used as a reported side-effect free alternative to steroids, Ligandrol is especially effective for both cutting and bulking, but has been selected more for bulking then any other purpose. At a recommended dosage of 10mg per day, Ligandrol has been known to stack on 5 to 10 pounds of lean mass each month. Ligandrol has gained a lot of attention for its capacity to bulk up bodybuilders. So much so that professional athletes have aroused suspicion because of its use and significant results. Ligandrol is also very strong compared to others supplements in its class.
LGD-4033, as it is commonly referred to, has an anabolic/androgenic ratio of around 10:1 ratio. For the sake of comparison, the same ratio for pure testosterone is 1:1. Many sources have even concluded that Ligandrol is 11 times a strong as Ostarin, its equally popular competitor.
SARMs and The Way Ligandrol Works
As a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator, Ligandrol bonds very well with androgen receptors. It is called “selective” because it is designed to bond especially with the androgen receptors found in the muscles. As opposed to androgen receptors found in the brains, fat, bones and other places throughout the body.
In addition to being a performance-enhancing drug, Ligandrol has special applications as a legitimate medical drug. The original LGD-4033 was developed to treat conditions of wasted muscle, such as muscle dystrophy. These conditions have been linked to old age, specific illnesses, and even cancers.
Today Ligandrol is taken for the primary purpose of performance enhancement, but there could be some other risks involved, so you will want to weigh all of those before deciding whether or not you want to take this stuff.
How Much LGD-4033 Should You Take?
The most common dosage recommended for athletes is between 5 and 10mg per day. The cycle should last 6 to 12 weeks before you cycle off. Some users have recommended increasing the dosage by 1 or 2 mg after the third or fourth week. This should be considered at the beginning of the cycle. You don’t want to begin your cycle at 10 mg, if you will be increasing your intake on the third week, for example.
What to Expect from Your Ligandrol Experience
Reports say athletes have gained as much as 1 to 1.5 pounds in a week while taking Ligandrol supplements. These results will only be made possible by a diet including more than maintenance levels of protein. The gains you can experience have been described as steroid like.
There have been some questions about this rapid gain. Some wonder if it couldn’t just be a result of the super condensation of glycogen. In other words, the steroid-like effects of Ligandrol are making your body hold tightly to its supply of water and carbs.
It is important to note that one you have cycled off Ligandrol you can expect to lose a bit of the weight you have gained. This is due to the glycogen being released from the body.
Possible Side Effects of Ligandrol
Ligandrol is widely selected as the “side-effect” free alternative to steroids. Nevertheless, don’t assume your consumption will go without any possible consequences. Furthermore, you should always check with your doctor before trying any supplement or weight lifting routine. This stuff isn’t recommended for anyone under the age of 19.
One study showed free testosterone levels were lowered and suppressed by Ligandrol. SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) levels were also suppressed and lowered by LGD-4033.
The good news is that you can reportedly expect your testosterone levels to return to normal once you have cycled off Ligandrol. After the third or fourth week, everything should return to their original levels.
Estrogenic levels have not been affected by LGD-4033, at least there haven’t been any reports of this happening. Nevertheless, it may be a good idea to take an aromatase inhibitor to play it safe. It is also recommended to do a little Post Cycle Therapy upon the completion of a cycle. But again this is just to play on the safe side, there have been no reported problems with libido associated with Ligandrol use.
Finally, Ligandrol supposedly does not cause liver toxicity like steroids do, but, that doesn’t mean that it’s not going to come with side effects, or potentially be harmful for you to take.
How to Buy Ligandrol
Ligandrol is neither banned from public use or illegal to buy and sell. The only exception to this rule would be athletes competing in collegiate or professional sports, especially those that have banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The best place to buy your Ligandrol would be from some reputable online retailer. Bought online, LGD-4033 will cost around $40. While these will often include a “Free Sample”, that $40 will buy you about 30X10mg of Ligandrol in capsule form. In comparison to the other alternatives in the same category, Ligandrol is an especially cost-effective option.
Since the recommended dosage for Ligandrol is anywhere between 5 and 10 mg each day, a supply like this will last you for about a month or more. It is also nice to know that capsules are swallowed, no need for needles and injections.
There has been some buzz about the lower quality found in these capsule form Ligandrol purveyors. Sources say that this is a weak alternative to the real deal being sold as a liquid oral solution. This would be a good option to those looking for serious gains, although no evidence shows that capsule form is any less effective.
In conclusion, Ligandrol could be considered the legal alternative to steroids (in some cases, although there are forms of the drug you can’t buy) and seems to work almost the same, when it comes to its muscle-building potential. That being said, we can’t endorse this product as something you should use, as it’s still fairly unproven and unregulated.