If you are taking the time to read this blog that you already know that using steroids to enhance athletic performance is a bad idea. While their use may increase muscle mass, it comes with myriad health risk that you have already read about or researched.
Research has shown that the Sarms category of drugs called selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) might fulfill that role.
So what exactly are SARMs, and can they safely improve athletic performance?
SARMs are not anabolic steroids; rather, they are a class of drugs with synthetic ligands that bind to androgen receptors. They were discovered in the late 1990s and, like steroids, they enhance performance because they stimulate anabolism (they increase muscle mass and strength) and facilitate recovery from exercise, which is especially important for athletes in competition.
Whether or not SARMs are acceptable or legal depends on what they are used for. It is legal to sell and buy SARMs marketed simply as research chemicals
What Are SARMs?
Over the last three decades, scientists started seriously considering the potential of SARMs to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, osteoporosis, wasting syndrome, which is unwanted weight loss of at least 10% of overall body weight, and more.
SARMs , like steroids, bind to androgen receptors. While performance-enhancing steroids generally bind to androgen receptors all over the body, different types of SARMs attach to receptors in specific tissues like those of the muscle or liver, leading some users to believe that if they choose SARMs that target the right tissues, they can build lean muscle, cut fat, increase endurance and improve recovery, while limiting the harmful side effects associated with steroids.
Are SARMs Safe?
Though SARMs have shown promise in providing an anabolic, or muscle-building, effect without the harmful side effects that can come with anabolic-androgenic steroids.
Sarms are chemically similar to steroids; they have minimal effects on other tissues other than bones and muscles.
With their effects on bones and muscles, Sarms are highly popular among athletes like runners, weightlifters and bodybuilders because they enhance the increase of lean muscle mass, promote bone health and fast recovery from injury.
Sarms have many sub types with each having unique and advantageous features.
As you might guess, SARMs have a lot of pros. They work targeting androgen receptors, the same thing that steroids do. The crucial difference, however, is that SARMs were designed to be selective. This means that they are meant to provide steroid-like benefits without as many side effects.
Benefits of SARMs are:
- Increased muscle mass
- Reduced body fat
- Increased strength
- Reduced recovery times
Let’s go over each one of the benefits and explain them in detail.
This is the benefit that is the main reason why SARMs are so popular.
SARMs will greatly improve your ability to build lean muscle mass. In my experience, you will be able to gain about 6 months’ worth of gains in 1 month with SARMs. Obviously, it depends on which SARM you use, some are stronger, and some are weaker.
Your results will still greatly depend on your hard work and diet.
SARMs will promote fat loss in your body. This is also one of the most popular pros of SARMs.
You will be able to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time that would be impossible without the help of SARMs.
SARMs will increase your strength week after week.
You will be able to easily break strength plateaus.
The great thing about this is that you will be able to keep most of these strength gains as long as you continue to train hard after the cycle is over.
This is a great SARMs pro.
SARMs will reduce your recovery times to about 24 hours. Because of this, you will be able to train hard every day and you won’t be sore as much.
In Summary the Benefits of Sarms
- SARMs are known to be powerful agents of muscle mass growth, which in turn results in more muscle strength and prevention of injuries such as fractures, sprains, and strains.
- They can also aid in faster recovery through their ability to repair tissues. Some selective androgen receptor modulators are developed for specific medical conditions. In the case of LGD-4033, they are potential treatment options for osteoporosis and muscle wasting.
Minimal Side Effects
- It has always been said that SARMs are the friendlier versions of anabolic steroids because they do not have any side effects on the human body. Because they only bind with tissues, specifically bones, and muscles, they do not affect other body organs for that matter.
- For male users, they do not experience feminization, which is characterized by growth of breasts and shrinking of the testicles while female users will not also experience masculinization such as deepening of voice and abnormal hair growth.