When I began looking into different bodybuilding supplements… I got confused by prohormones and SARMs. To be honest with you, I didn’t even know what the difference between them was!
Even less — I had no idea which one of them to take. What choice would give me the best bang for the buck? Which one would give me the most gains with the least side effects?
Back in the day, information about the two different categories was scarce. You didn’t have an incredible blog like this one, telling you all you need to know.
Because of that…
I had to resort to good old trial and error, experimentation and diving deep into the scientific research I could get my hands on.
And with time, I found the answer to my question of whether SARMs or prohormones are the best. But before I’ll tell you the whole picture, we first need to understand what SARMs and prohormones are.
What is a prohormone?
10 years ago, prohormones were HUGE.
You could buy them over the counter in your supplement store next door. They were legal supplements that for some reason gave people mindblowing results. People became extremely strong and packed on size and strength very rapidly. What was it in this stuff?
Well… some of the most popular “prohormones” — like Superdrol and Epistane — were actually anabolic steroids in sheep’s clothing.
But most of them were genuine prohormones. That is, they were organic compounds that your body converts into androgenic hormones like testosterone. However, most of the effective ones got banned in the early 2000s…
Nowadays, there are some prohormones sold legally. And even though they have badass names resembling popular AAS… most of them are kind of weak.
Some of the currently legal prohormones are:
Don’t get me wrong. They will still work in putting muscle on your frame. You will notice the effects, especially if you’ve been all natural before.
Prohormones give you similar side effects to steroids — testosterone suppression, increased blood pressure, bloating gynecomastia. Some prohormones are liver toxic just like oral steroids.
You still still need to perform a PCT.
What is a SARM?
SARMs have recently overtaken prohormones in terms of popularity. And I understand why.
Unlike prohormones, SARMs were not initially developed to get around regulations and laws. Pharmaceutical companies developed SARMs to treat different muscle wasting diseases.
SARMs are basically a type of drugs developed to give the good effect of steroids – muscle growth and strength – without the bad parts.
They are not steroidal, but they still bind to androgen receptors in your muscle and bone, causing them to grow. Other parts of your body the SARM leaves alone.
And since SARMs can’t be converted into estrogen, you won’t get bloated or moody unlike with prohormones. You probably won’t get gynecomastia (man-boobs) from it.
SARMs are a milder alternative to prohormones. Your gains are more clean and lean, and the side effects aren’t as mean.
SARMs give you similar side effects to prohormones but they are much milder.
You may experience testosterone suppression, but it varies heavily on what kind of SARM you take. Ostarine, for example, only gives you marginal suppression and you may not need a PCT even after 2-3 months of use.
SARMs are not methylated, which is what causes the liver toxicity in oral steroids and prohormones. That means SARMs are very mild on your liver as well.
SARMs Vs Prohormones; Which one is better?
When I compare SARMs and prohormones… I think SARMs are the obvious choice compared to modern day prohormones.
The legal prohormones are just too ineffective and have too nasty side effects.
SARMs give you nice, cleaner gains and some users don’t really experience side effects at all with popular SARMs like Ostarine or LGD-4033.
But here’s the deal:
I’m 100% honest and don’t want to trick you into thinking SARMs are all sunshine and lollipops…
Side effects are still possible, and you want to educate yourself before taking them. Because of that, I recommend you to read some of my most popular SARM articles of all time: