You know, most bodybuilding supplements are bunk. They don’t give you any results at all. Fitness influencers and bodybuilders advertise silly supplements like BCAAs and creatine to milk your wallet. Nothing more.
Nobody talks about the real deal in the open. People are happy to talk for ages on supplements that don’t work. But the supplements that do work are hush-hush. They’re underground.
You hear about them from a gym buddy, on a hardcore bodybuilding forum or one of the few honest blogs out there.
That’s probably where you heard of Ligandrol, or LGD-4033, for the first time.
Someone told you it builds muscle really well and it caught your attention. Then you went on Google and discovered this blog post.
Ligandrol (LGD-4033) is one of the world’s most powerful bodybuilding chemicals you can put your hands on.
If packing on muscle mass and strength is your goal, LGD-4033 is a great choice.
LGD-4033 is NOT an anabolic steroid. But the results you get are similar. And it’s much safer for your health.
In this in-depth guide, I’m going to show you every little detail you need to know about LGD-4033. Why is it so powerful? How safe is it really? What can you expect?
Let’s start with… what exactly is Ligandrol? It’s not an anabolic steroid, so how can it be so effective?
Ligandrol (LGD-4033) is a SARM
Since the 1950’s, athletes have used anabolic steroids to improve performance and muscle growth.
Steroids like testosterone, Superdrol and Deca.
They grow your muscle growth and increase your strength. But they don’t only affect your muscle. They make your prostate grow larger. You become more hairy.
Your body converts a fraction of those steroids into estrogen, a female hormone. Estrogen leads to water retention, mood swings, acne and other negative side effects.
Ligandrol is NOT a steroid and it does NOT convert to estrogen.
It’s a SARM, a type of drugs developed to give the good effect of steroids – muscle growth and strength – without the bad parts.
LGD-4033 only binds to your muscle and bone. It makes them stronger and bigger. And it leaves other parts of your body alone.
And since Ligandrol can’t be converted into estrogen, you won’t get as bloated or moody as with steroids. You probably won’t get gynocomastia (manboobs) from it.
SARMs are a milder alternative to steroids. Your gains are more clean and lean, and the side effects aren’t as mean.
Here’s the truth:
In some cases, it can compare to mild or moderate doses of anabolic steroids.
Don’t expect as extreme results from LGD-4033 as from a hardcore cycle of Trenbolone. But don’t kid yourself:
LGD-4033 is a serious performance enhancing chemical. And if you take it… you won’t be a natty boy no more.
It’s so powerful some bodybuilders replace oral steroids like Anavar or Winstrol with Ligandrol. The muscle gains are similar, but unlike oral steroids, SARMs are NOT liver toxic or bad on your kidneys.
LGD-4033 is as close you can get to an oral steroid without touching the real thing.
Want a quick explanation of the science behind LGD-4033? Watch this short video:
When you really want to take LGD-4033…
Different SARMs are popular for different purpposes.
Ostarine, is the most popular SARM. It’ss very mild. The side effects are incredibly low. Most people feel nothing bad at all. It’s even suitable for women, as they won’t become more masculine from using it. You get slow, steady gains and Ostarine’s great for recomposition.
LGD-4033 on the other hand… It’s the mass builder.
Every bodybuilder that has used SARMs would agree that LGD-4033 is the #1 choice for building muscle mass.
But just how much muscle growth can you expect? Keep reading.
How Much Muscle Growth Can You Expect From LGD-4033?
After 21 days they had gained 1.21 kg (2.67 lbs) of lean body mass more than those who didn’t take it. The scientists also concluded that the SARM was safe to all of them.
Maybe you’re disappointed. “Only 2.67 lbs of gains?!”
But those are impressive gains to see within 21 days.
And here’s what will shock you:
The test subjects took 1 mg of Ligandrol every day.
The normal bodybuilding dosage is 10 mg a day. 10 times higher!
You get diminishing returns the higher you dose Ligandrol. But 10 mg a day will cause significantly more muscle growth than 1 mg. At least based on anecdotal evidence from thousands of bodybuilders.
You can expect to gain 5-10 pounds of lean muscle during a 1-3 month cycle of LGD-4033.
Will you become STRONGER by LGD-4033?
LGD-4033 leads to dramatic muscle growth. Hence, you’ll become stronger as well. Expect to progress fast in your main lifts.
But if you just want to become stronger… LGD-4033 may not be your best choice. Another SARM, RAD140, is more effective at increasing strength based on reports by other users.
LGD-4033 is the mass builder.
Planning to start a cycle of LGD-4033? Read 9 Questions Before Your First SARM Cycle first.
The Harsh Truth About LGD-4033 & Testosterone Suppression…
I know what you’re thinking right now:
“Sweet, so it’s a steroid minus the bad side effects? Let’s rock ‘n’ roll!”
We all wish it was that way. But I tell you the whole truth, so sit down and discover the less glorious aspects of Ligandrol:
Most information about SARMs you find online is published by SARM sellers and affiliates. They want you to buy their stuff, so of course they won’t tell you the potential side effects. They lie to you.
One of the lies is that SARMs don’t affect your natural hormones. That’s false. Hear me out:
When you take LGD-4033, your body will think it’s testosterone.
And since your body believes it gets all this extra testosterone from an external source, why would it need to produce that good old testo on its own?
Your body stops producing as much testosterone as it did before. It starts slacking off.
The problem is that Ligandrol isn’t a replacement for testosterone. It only targets your muscle and bones — not the other parts of your body that need testosterone to be healthy.
With time, you may experience symptoms of low testosterone. Mind fog, mood swings and impotency. (If you’re new to enhanced bodybuilding, this may freak you out. But it shouldn’t. Finish this article!)
LGD-4033 is more suppressive than other SARMs like Ostarine.
Some men feel like crap after a few weeks of Ligandrol use. Other’s don’t feel the supression at all, and finish their cycles with a libido and confidence on top.
When you’re still on a cycle of Ligandrol, there’s a few ways you deal with the testosterone supression:
- Either you take LGD-4033 along with a base of testosterone injections. But since you’re looking into SARMs, you probably don’t want to do steroids.
- Endure the weeks you’ve got left on your cycle. You may not feel great (or you do). But it’s for a short period, your natural testosterone production will only be partly supressed. You won’t die.
- Don’t take LGD-4033 at all. Stay natty or go with a less suppressive SARM like Ostarine.
LGD-4033 Plummets Your Testosterone… Do This Trick To Bring It Back To Normal (PCT)
After a cycle of LGD-4033, your testosterone production is suppressed. Not good.
You feel bad. And when you quit Ligandrol you may not have enough testosterone to maintain the gains you’ve made.
But stay calm — there’s a way for you to get back to healthy testosterone levels and keep your hard-earned muscle.
You need to perform a PCT after a cycle of LGD-4033.
PCT is short for Post-Cycle Therapy
That means taking drugs or supplements that will bring your hormones back to normal.
To get back to healthy testosterone levels you can:
- Use prescription drugs like Nolvadex and Clomid. They are the most effective, but are hard to get your hands on and give you harsher side effects.
- Use a PCT supplement. Supplements aren’t as effective, but have milder side effects. If you’re not highly suppressed, supplements can be an option. I recommend RED-PCT 2.0. It contains 7 natural ingredients that promote balanced hormone levels.
If you only use Ligandrol for 1-2 months, a PCT supplement would be you best choice. If you combine it with other SARMs, or use it for longer, you may need something like Nolvadex.
Alright, so we’ve talked about the testosterone supression you get from Ligandrol. Are there any other side effects?
What Side Effects To Expect From LGD-4033
LGD-4033 is well-tolerated by humans. Test subjects have received extreme dosages of Ligandrol without scientists seeing any signs of toxicity. However, there are milder side effects that are manageable but you need to be aware of:
Your blood cholesterol will take a hit. Every time you take SARMs or steroids, you need to eat lots of healthy fat from fish, nuts and other food sources. Cardarine is something else that improves your cholesterol.
LGD-4033 supresses your testosterone, which can lead to an imbalance between male and female hormones in your body.
Because of that, you may experience lower libido, depression, mood swings, gynocomastia, oily skin, lethargy and loss of appetive. If you’re prone to estrogen-related side effects, keep an anti-estrogen supplement at hand.
You can also get headaches, dry mouth and nausea.
And keep in mind, LGD-4033 is NOT approved for human consumption. Technically, it’s still just a research chemical. The long-term effects on health haven’t beeen studied.
Maybe it shortens your life or increases your risk of getting Alzheimers 40 years from now. We have no idea. Know that and take responsibility for your own actions.
When it comes to all bodybuilding supplements, there’s a chance you will feel tired and lethargic during the day. Your body is so busy building itself that it doesn’t have oumph left for your mind and energy.
LGD-4033 is no different.
You won’t feel the same lethargy you get from oral steroids like Dianabol or Superdrol. Those steroids stress your liver, which causes serious lethargy. SARMs are minimally stressing to the liver.
Does LGD-4033 cause hair loss?
If you’re prone to male pattern baldness, you probably wonder if LGD-4033 causes hair loss. In theory, it shouldn’t. But any fluctuation in hormone levels can lead to temporary shedding.
Does LGD-4033 cause cancer?
Lots of people have asked me this, so let me be clear:
No scientific evidence today indicates that LGD-4033 causes cancer. However, it’s a novel chemical. Nobody knows what effects it may have on cancer growth in the long term.
What LGD-4033 Dosage Is Good?
LGD-4033 is proven to be safe when taking up to 22 mg every day. Only dosages tens of times higher than that are really dangerous.
From experience, dosages of 30-40 mg per day won’t give you any real trouble. But you get diminishing returns when taking over 20 mg a day, and the side effects are more pronounced. I would rather stick to 10-20 mg a day and use it for longer.
The half-life of LGD-4033 is 36 hours, which means you can take it once a day.
Ligandrol is powerful both on a bulk and cut…
LGD-4033 will work if you bulk, cut or run on caloric balance.
It will make your body more anabolic, enhance muscle growth and prevent muscle wasting.
LGD-4033 is more popular for bulking. But I’ve used 10 mg a day when cutting, and it’s worked great. You maintain muscle size and strength in the same way Ostarine would allow you to.
What others reveal about LGD-4033…
There are other bodybuilders who share their experiences with the SARM.
Here is Greg Doucette describing his results from it:
- LGD-4033 kicks in right away. It doesn’t have to “build up” in your system.
- He felt stronger, more pumped and like he was “on something”.
- “Absolutely it works”
- LGD-4033 didn’t retain much water, and gave quality gains (on a good diet).
- Basically felt like an oral steroid.
- Greg felt no negative side effects.
- In his opinion LGD-4033 works, but isn’t better than steroids and isn’t his favorite SARM.
Here’s Dr. Tony Hughe on high dosages (25 mg/day) of LGD-4033:
- His hunger increased substantially.
- But he felt a lot of what he ate turned into muscle and not bloat/fat.
- Only downside was that he woke up multiple times per night due to his hunger.
LGD-4033 is often taken for 4-8 weeks on a dose of 10-20 mg per day.
You shouldn’t run the compound for longer than 8 weeks. The longer you’re on LGD-4033, the more suppressed your testosterone levels will be. Which means your PCT will have to be longer and more intense, exposing you to the risk of losing muscle.
Recommended LGD-4033 Stacks
When you take PEDs, you want to stack them. If you use several compounds, on low dosages, you may get better results and less side effects. At least compared to if you blast the shit out of one compound.
Here are some LGD-4033 stacks that are effective:
LGD-4033, MK-677 and Cardarine during a cut
LGD-4033 is the androgenic anabolic part of this stack. It binds to my androgen receptors and is effective at growing muscle.
MK-677 is a growth hormone booster. Growth hormone is another pathway for increasing muscle mass. It also metabolizes fat effectively, improves your sleep and recovery.
Cardarine is a fat burner and stamina booster. It allows more of what I eat go to my muscle instead of being stored as fat. It increases your endurance and allows you to do more cardio.
In my opinion, a very mild and effective stack for staying anabolic and promoting fat loss.
LGD-4033, MK-677 and Superdrol during a bulk
Superdrol is an anabolic steroid. It’s extremely powerful at building lean muscle and increasing strength, but has a lot of side effects. Because of that, a buddy of mine wanted to take as low dose as possible. 10 mg a day.
He combined it with LGD-4033 and a base of testosterone to promote even more muscle growth. And the benefits of MK-677 have already been discussed above.
Maybe you’ve been working hard to build the body you envision.
Maybe you want to step it up a notch and enhance yourself.
If so, Ligandrol is a safer alternative to anabolic steroids. And you will get satisfying muscle gains if you combine it with a good diet and workout regimen.
Good luck in your muscle-building pursuits.
Until next time,
— Alexander Contrarian