Warning: LGD-4033 (Ligandrol or Anabolicum) has not been approved by FDA for human consumption.
As the popularity of any performance enhancing drug increases, more and more people hop on to it.
So much so that it becomes the buzzword for everything good.
And then the facts about the drug start to get muddled. A healthy dose of bro science is thrown in along with rehashed information and soon, you have just myths floating around.
For a while, we were naïve enough to believe that SARMS would be spared. But that’s not the case.
LGD-4033 or Anabolicum or Ligandrol is one of the more recent entrants into the ‘Bro-science hall of fame’.
Recently, there has been a deluge of blog posts and messaging board threads about Ligandrol, all of which are clearly based on hearsay.
People adding their two cents to what they might have heard or read about the compound and promoting it as the holy grail.
Today, we are going to do some myth busting. After a lot of research, we have handpicked what we believe are the top 7 myths about Ligandrol on the internet.
#1 – Ligandrol is a pure bulking compound.
Far from it. Ligandrol is such a strong compound that most people end up gaining 8-10 lbs. during an 8-week cycle which makes them believe that it is a pure bulking compound.
But the applications of Ligandrol are not limited to bulking cycles. We have used it repeatedly during aggressive cuts and also during body recomposition stacks to great effect.
Contrary to what is believed, we didn’t gain a boatload of water and glycogen. In fact, we got leaner and more vascular.
Didn’t expect that, did you? We will talk about the importance of dialing down your diet in a bit and also about controlling the bloat while you are on Ligandrol.
#2 – LGD-4033 is not as strong as RAD-140
Another myth probably caused due to a botched up batch of the compound that some kid ordered from a shady supplier.
Always order from a reputed SARMS supplier like Esarms.
Coming to the point, LGD-4033 is one of the strongest SARMS that has ever been developed. It increases strength, lean muscle and accelerates fat loss.
In fact, milligram by milligram, it is believed to be stronger than even testosterone.
However, SARMS affect people differently.
Others swear by Ligandrol.
So it depends on how you react to the drug more than anything else.
#3 – Anabolicum is ineffective and a complete waste of money
A complete contrast to the earlier statement. If this was indeed true, then Anabolicum wouldn’t make it to Phase II of human clinical trials.
Such posts are made by people who buy fake or under dosed SARMS, by men who use SARMS with grossly exaggerated expectations or by steroid users who find SARMS to be weak as compared to multi-compound stacks.
The fact is that Anabolicum has been clinically proven to increase lean muscle mass even at incredibly low doses such as 2mg/day.
Most users who use it for performance enhancement use it at 10mg/day. Some even increase it to 20mg/day, although we don’t recommend it.
Stick to 5mg/day and you will get great results. Once you have a few 5mg cycles under your belt, you can consider ramping the dose up to 10mg/day or even 15mg/day.
#4 – Ligandrol does not cause any side effects
However, the side effects are not as harsh as what even a mild dose of anabolic steroids would cause.
The most notable side effect is suppression. Even at low doses LGD-4033 has been known to suppress endogenous testosterone production by as much as 50%.
Your LH levels will also dip.
Your HDL levels will go down along with total triglyceride levels.
It does not aromatize. But an overall suppression of total testosterone can cause a hormone imbalance which in turn, can increase Estrogen levels.
So, we would recommend that you keep some Nolva handy. If you notice any symptoms of an Estrogen flare up, such as itching in your nipples or puffiness, use it.
On a positive note, there is no liver toxicity. It does not cause androgenic side effects like balding. Nor does it damage your HPTA to the extent that steroids do. Even without a PCT, you should be able to recover completely within 4-6 weeks provided that your HPTA isn’t damaged due to previous steroid use.
#5 – You need PCT with every LGD-4033 cycle
Well, that depends on how you react to the drug.
Always do bloodwork before and after any SARMS cycle.
This way, you know how hard the suppression hit you.
Many a time, the suppression is pretty mild and you can get away without a full-fledged PCT. Your hormone levels should return to baseline within a few weeks depending on
However, if you are severely suppressed and/or if you want to speed up the recovery process, you can do a mild PCT with Nolvadex. And you should be fine.
However, if your bloodwork indicates that the suppression is normal, then do not use PCT drugs.
#6 – The gains that you make during a Ligandrol cycle will mainly be water and glycogen
Again, that depends on how you react to the drug. Some people have blood pressure issues with Ligandrol which in turn can lead to water retention.
However, this seems to be dose dependent.
If you taper the dose down a tad, you should be able to control the bloat.
Also, it is crucial that you dial down your diet before you even begin a SARM cycle. Fine tuning your macros can help reduce bloat in the abdominal area.
If you eat according to your goals and lift heavy, you should be able to gain at least 4-6 lbs. of lean muscle during the cycle which is phenomenal for anything non-steroidal.
#7 – The ideal LGD-4033 cycle duration is 12-weeks
Sorry to sound like a broken record. But it depends. Some users run Ligandrol for 12-weeks at super low doses, like 2-5mg/day and make great gains.
Others just run the effin tank at 20mg/day for 6-weeks and make decent gains as well.
Personally, we’d recommend that you don’t run more than 5mg/day for your first few cycles and not more than 8-weeks length.
The gains start to taper pretty quick after that.
Don’t let myths fool you into doing something wrong during your maiden SARMS cycle.
Do your research. Buy from a legit supplier like this one.
And enjoy the ride.