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What is LGD 4033
LGD-4033, also known as Ligandrol, is one of the most powerful SARMs available. It is currently being studied as a treatment for muscle wasting conditions and possible hormone replacement therapy.
Because of its strong anabolic properties, many athletes use it as an alternative to steroids. It is said to provide many of the same benefits without some of the side effects.
Ligandrol was created by Ligand pharmaceuticals to prevent muscle decay in diseases such as cancer and osteoporosis. It is currently owned by Viking Therapeutics and is being re-branded as “VK5211”
If you want to run a bulk up using a SARM, then LGD-4033 is your best bet.
Benefits of LGD-4033
There are a ton of different reasons to use Ligandrol over some of the other options out there. Here are just a few of the benefits of LGD-4033:
Increased Muscle Mass
The most obvious benefit of taking Ligandrol is how quickly it can promote a gain of muscle mass (source). It is not uncommon for an athlete to gain 10lbs of pure muscle in a typical eight-week cycle. Many people compare this SARM to steroids like Dianabol for this reason.
Reduction of Fat
Although Ligandrol does not directly burn fat, it will definitely help retain muscle on a cut. Studies also show that people with more muscle mass you will naturally stay more lean than people with very little muscle. It’s safe to say that using this SARM to lean up can be a very effective way to produce results on a cut. If you are looking for a more reliable way to lose fat with SARMs, you might want to consider Ostarine and/or Cardarine.
One of the effects of using SARMs are the ability to promote an “alpha” or more manly feeling for those using them. This is especially true with LGD-4033. In fact, this user on reddit claims that he felt more “energized, motivated, and confident” at work! This is a huge benefit for a lot of people who want to increase the way they feel on top of the way that they look.
Huge Strength Gains
One of the great things about LGD-4033 is it’s ability to rapidly provide strength gains for users. For this reason, it is a very popular compound in powerlifting circles. A user on the AnabolicMinds forum posted his strength increases after a cycle of LGD-4033. It’s pretty amazing how fast he gained strength. In one month, here are his strength increases:
- 12lbs increase in body weight
- 60lbs increase in squat
- 45lbs increase in bench press
- 60lbs increase in deadlift
- 35lbs increase in standing press
All done in just one month! The fact that they were achieved with no side effects is pretty remarkable.
Side Effects of Ligandrol
LGD-4033 is generally regarded to be a very safe compound when used appropriately. In fact, this study done in 2012 said the following about side effects:
LGD-4033 was well tolerated. There were no drug-related serious adverse events. Frequency of adverse events was similar between active and placebo groups.
This is a big deal for a few reasons.
First of all, it says that side effects experienced were no different between those who took Ligandrol the placebo group. In a nutshell, this study shows that you can experience the benefits of steroids without any of the side effects. All of the people in the study showed an increase of LBM (lean body mass).
That study was seven years ago, and thousands of people have used LGD-4033 since then. With that being said, there are bound to be some users who report side effects. They are extremely rare, but they can happen. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Hair Loss from LGD-4033
Most people agree that Ligandrol is at least slightly androgenic. People who are already balding severely or are predisposed to balding might experience more shedding than normal. This report on reddit shows a user asking if they are being paranoid, or if LGD-4033 can actually cause hair loss. The general consensus seems to be that he was being paranoid, and that LGD-4033 does not cause hair loss.
Suppression of testosterone is bound to happen when taking most SARMs, and that’s okay. In fact, it is expected. When taking an external hormone, whether it is a SARM, steroid, or prohormone, your body will temporarily stop producing it’s full supply of testosterone.
The good news is that your body bounces back very quickly on SARMs vs testosterone or prohormones. In fact, you will only be suppressed while on cycle, and your body will usually be in full swing 30 days after you stop taking SARMs. With steroids it can take 9 months to a year, and some people never recover. Keep your cycle of LGD-4033 to 8 weeks or shorter and you will not run into any issues.
High Blood Pressure
This is another one of those inevitable side effects that is so mild that most people don’t notice. LGD-4033 will cause an elevated blood pressure level while on cycle. It is important to note, however, that this is a temporary side effect that will correct itself once you stop taking it. It is not a dangerous side effect, and in fact it is a sign that the source you are using is legit.
What Results to Expect
You can expect to gain quite a few pounds of lean body mass (muscle) during your Ligandrol cycle. With that being said, your results of taking LGD-4033 will vary depending on quite a few factors. Some of these include:
- What type of diet you follow and your protein intake.
- Training routine, volume, and intensity.
- Your dosage and cycle length.
Let’s break it down and give you some more accurate ideas of what to expect from your cycle.
Bulking Cycle Results
If you are bulking, you can expect to gain 10 to 15lbs over an eight-week cycle. This is assuming proper dosage (see below) and adequate protein and carb intake. It is important to get at least one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight per day. For example, if you weigh 210lbs, you should aim to get 210g of protein per day while on cycle.
For bulking cycles, you should also be doing lots of compound exercises in your training routine. Work big muscle groups and focus on adding weight to the bar. Do not be afraid of carbs, either. A good post workout meal will include 50-75g of protein and 150g+ of carbs. The LGD-4033 will help push those carbs directly into your muscle.
Cutting Cycle Results
We don’t usually recommend LGD-4033 for a cut, however we know that others do. With that being said, you can expect to put on a few (think 3 to 5) pounds of muscle while losing fat. How much fat you lose will be entirely dependent on your diet, since LGD-4033 does not directly burn fat or encourage fat oxidation.
We would recommend a low carb diet, combined with daily fasted cardio and a full body workout routine done three times a week to prevent muscle decay.
If we had a say in it, we would recommend an Ostarine and Cardarine stack for cutting.
Correct LGD-4033 Dosage
Most people find that LGD-4033 works best when used at around 10mg per day. For those who are bulking, have a very large calorie surplus, or are more experienced, you can go up to 20mg per day with very little problems.
For cutting cycles, you should not increase your dose past 10mg per day. As we mentioned before, LGD is not the best choice for cutting. At this dosage, you are more so aiming to retain muscle mass while you are on a caloric deficit. Therefore, going past 10mg per day will result in very little extra benefit and at the same time open up the possibility of more side effects.
The half-life of LGD-4033 is between 24 and 36 hours. That means you can get away with dosing once per day if that is what you desire. For those using 20mg it would be best to dose this twice a day, since it allows for more stable levels of the SARM in your body. To do this, take one in the morning and the other one at night.
LGD-4033 can be stacked with other SARMs for improved results. A classic example is using MK-677 alongside LGD-4033. This stack is perfect for bulking up and increasing muscle mass.
For this stack, use 10mg of LGD-4033 and 20mg MK-677 per day for eight weeks. Make sure you give yourself at least a month in between cycles, especially if you are using multiple SARMs at once.
Another option is to stack it with RAD-140. I personally think this should only be reserved for advanced users, since these two SARMs are very powerful when stacked together.
Where to Buy
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Post Cycle Therapy
Depending on where you look, you will find different answers on whether or not you need a PCT after taking this SARM. Whether or not you need a post cycle therapy will come down to a few things.
- How long were you on cycle.
- What dosage you used.
- Signs of low T.
If you use LGD-4033 for more than eight weeks at a high dosage (20mg+), you will want to do a PCT. 10mg for less than eight weeks and you will be fine without one. Remember, suppression of testosterone is temporary and does not last more than a month or so.
Our suggested PCT protocol is 20mg of Tamoxifen (Nolva) for 30 days. We do not recommend clomid due to high likelihood of side effects.
What can I stack with Ligandrol?
For bulking cycles, stacking with MK-677 and Ostarine. For more extreme cycles, you can stack with RAD-140, along with MK-677.
How long does LGD-4033 take to kick in?
You should notice it kicking in within around one week. By two weeks in, you will feel the full effects. Strength and “alpha” feeling will continue to increase for up to one month and will stay at that level after that.