Your First SARM Cycle – Do’s and Don’ts
This will be a very general overview of some basic do’s and don’ts that you should strongly take into consideration prior to embarking on your first SARM cycle.
Use Only One Suppressive SARM On Your First Cycle
This strategy should be employed so you can properly mitigate side effects or issues should you encounter them.
If you embark on your first SARM cycle with a boat load of different compounds, if you have a major side effect you will have no idea which compound it is that is causing your issues, and not be able to combat it effectively.
By sticking to one suppressive compound during your first SARM cycle, you can effectively limit the possibility of side effects, as well as allow yourself a very simple process for deducing what is causing your side effects should you still encounter any complications with a solo-compound cycle.
If you have no idea how your body will react to one compound, it would be a terrible idea to throw several into your body at once.
Understand The Compound BEFORE Starting It
Understand what the compound you want to use does, its’ possible side effects, its’ effective dose, etc. before you start using it.
There are far too many guys who will just hear from a random gym bro “yo use this one, it’s the best” and then hop on a cycle of it without even knowing the rudimentary information about the compound that is necessary to understand.
If you don’t know what you’re putting in your own body, you have no idea what to expect, how to properly utilize it, how to mitigate side effects, how to make adjustments when necessary, among countless other factors.
Research the compound thoroughly prior to starting any cycle.
Understand What Post-Cycle Therapy Is (PCT), Why It Is Crucial, And How To Properly Go About It
PCT is an absolute necessity.
Regardless of what you’ve been told, if you are using something that will suppress your endocrine system you will need to use PCT in some capacity.
While some individuals could likely get away with no PCT at all and recover just fine, this is absolutely not the case for some others, and it would be far safer for everyone to just do a proper PCT regimen after any cycle.
For mild single compound cycles like Ostarine, typically a simple 4 week PCT of 75mg Arimistane per day is typically sufficient.
However, this does not mean this is always the best choice, as this may not suffice for some individuals.
In the event that one experiences substantial testosterone suppression as a result of running a longer, higher dosed, or multiple SARM compound cycle, or they just have a higher propensity to suppression than the average guy, it is likely that delving into a PCT comprised of Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate) and Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate) will be necessary instead.
Week 1-4 (the four weeks immediately following my last SARM dose):
Week 1: Nolvadex – 40mg per day, Clomid – 50mg per day
Week 2: Nolvadex – 40mg per day, Clomid – 50mg per day
Week 3: Nolvadex – 20mg per day, Clomid – 25mg per day
Week 4: Nolvadex – 20mg per day, Clomid – 25mg per day
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Continue To Diet And Train As Hard As You Were On Cycle Once You Go Off Cycle
If you train hard and eat properly on cycle and get fantastic gains, it doesn’t mean that you can let off the gas simply because you are now “off cycle.”
One of the main factors that will dictate how much muscle you retain from your first SARM cycle will be if you continue to train hard and eat well even once you come off cycle.
For some reason, many individuals think that because they have no anabolic assistance that they might as well throw their diet out the window and start taking it easy with their training.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, and doing this will just cause the hard earned muscle you just built to melt off your body.
You need to continue to train as hard and eat as well as you were on cycle, even when you are off cycle if you want to retain all of your gains from that cycle.
You are already going to be fighting an uphill battle with a suppressed endocrine system that is recovering, so your training and diet needs to be 100% on point.
Plan Your Cycle Time Frame Appropriately For Your Goals
One thing that needs to be understood about muscle building is it is a slow process.
You cannot build an appreciable amount of muscle in 4-6 weeks, so even if you are on boatloads of anabolic assistance, doing a 4-6 week cycle in hopes of gaining a substantial amount of muscle is wishful thinking.
A productive bulk (in my opinion) should be around 12 weeks, and should be longer for some.
But for the sake of this article being for newbies doing their first cycle, 10-12 weeks would be more than a sufficient enough time frame to notice a substantial amount of progress.
Doing mini-blasts of Ostarine or LGD for 3-4 weeks though like some guys are doing is almost pointless.
All you are doing is getting some glycogen and nitrogen retention benefits, increased blood volume, and a minor amount of muscle gain.
The compound will have hardly saturated in your system yet, and barely any hypertrophy will occur by the time you are going off cycle.
If you are bulking, your cycle length should be an appropriate amount of time for your body to actually accrue a decent amount of new muscle mass, and to build on your strength levels while you slowly taper up your calorie intake.
The cycle length for cutting on the other hand should be however long it takes you to get to your desired body fat percentage.
The point of SARMs during a cut is to retain the lean muscle you have, so it only makes sense that the duration of your cut cycle should be as long as it takes to reach your desired level of body fat.
For me, that is typically around 8-12 weeks.
Have A Decent Understanding Of Diet And Training First
One of the main issues with a newbie doing cycles after barely having trained naturally isn’t always just that their endocrine system hasn’t fully finished developing yet, but also it is that in almost all cases, a newbie doesn’t have a strong grasp of proper diet and training until after learning about diet and training over the course of several years.
Typically, a newbie will embark on a cycle before even building a proper foundation of muscle on a natural base, and that could hypothetically limit your long-term potential (this is debatable), but one thing it definitely will result in is subpar cycle results.
What is the point of subjecting your body to hormonal suppression and other possible side effects if you don’t even know how to diet and train?
Most guys who don’t get decent cycle results simply have no clue what they are doing at the gym, as well as with their diet, and then they wonder why they aren’t getting bigger despite having multiple cycles under their belt.
Diet and training are the fundamentals and are key.
Get a solid understanding of that before you even consider anabolics is my suggestion.
Have An Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) On Hand Just In Case
Estrogen related issues can rear their ugly head on cycle, and if you aren’t prepared with an AI to combat them, you could be stuck dealing with a myriad of undesirable side effects.
For SARMs, you shouldn’t have substantial enough Estrogen related issues to warrant using an Rx AI like Aromasin, Arimidex, or Letrozole.
Arimistane will be perfectly sufficient for keeping your Estrogen in the sweet spot during any SARM cycle.
I suggest having it on hand just in case, prior to embarking on any new SARM cycle.
This is one of the most important things you must do.
Building muscle, and then stripping fat off, and then building muscle, and then stripping fat off, over and over is a very long-term commitment, and results will seem slow to those who are impatient.
Even on cycle everyone wants to gain 15-20+ pounds of muscle, but it just doesn’t work like that for most people.
Building a great physique is a slow process that takes at least a few years (unless you are a genetic freak), and patience must be taken during this building process.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your ideal physique.
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