The first step most will take into the venture of anabolic supplementation is the world of pro hormones or more appropriately, designer steroids (as most of the products although marketed as pro hormones, are in fact active steroids).
While these are sold as supplements and are available to purchase online or over the counter, these are very potent supplements and often have the same or greater side effects/toxicity as “proper steroids”.
This article will focus on how SARMs compare to the Pro-hormone/Designer Steroid commonly known as HDROL
Hdrol and its various clones, all using the 4-Chloro-17a-Methyl-Androst-1,4-Diene-3-17b-Diol molecule, is a popular PH/DS for lean gains. Along with Epistane, it is commanly suggested as an ideal anabolic to use for inexpericened or first time users.
Hdrol is a methylated PH/DS, hence is liver toxic and is not recomended to be stacked with another methylated PH/DS
Hdrol is noted for being slow to “kick in” so most cycles are run for 6 weeks and typically gains range from 10-15 lbs or 4-6kg
These gains are relatively lean, but many first time or inexperienced users who are not well versed or have not run a PCT before often loose quite a bit of these gains.
As mentioned earlier, Hdrol is a methylated compound hence has liver toxixity. Hdrol is also noted by users to particularly raise blood pressure into the hyper tension range so hawthorn berry or celery seed extract is particularly recommended as a proior and on cycle support supplement. Back/Calf pumps are also an issue with Hdrol use.
Of course other common PH/DS effects such as hair loss, libido loss and cholesterol imbalance are also concerns.
Hdrol causes significant suppression of the bodies own natural hormone production so a stringent PCT of a prescription SERM such as Nolva or Clomid is required to normalize LH and FSH production and to restart the leydig cells production of testosterone.
Test boosters in addition to Nolva/Clomid are also recomended to help with libido and general well feeling in the important PCT period.
A cortisol blocker like Lean Xtreme or a low dose 11-oxo is also often recomended.
Ostarine Vs Hdrol
An Ostarine cycle of 25mg over the same period will typically produce 6lbs or 3kg, less than Hdrol however the cycle support and PCT requirements are not required to anywhere near the extent as they are with Hdrol.
Hdrol is also commonly used for a recomp (or recomposition) goal. This is where one both loses fat and gains lean muscle, with weight not fluctuationg too much (although weight may not change much, as the name suggests the composition of the body in terms of the ratio of muscle and fat changes for the better).
Diet is absolutely key on any recomp protocol, but with Hdrol users can typically expect to see about a 7-10lb whilst simultaneously losing 1-2% bodyfat for a typical 6 week 75mg cycle
Ostarine is noted for its abilities to preferentially transport calories and many users have expereinced a noted recomp effect when taking Ostarine whilst maintaing calorie intake. A 12.5-25mg daily dosing of Ostarine will give very good recomp effects.
To get an even greater recomp or cutting results, stacking Ostarine at 12.5-25mg with S4 at 25-50mg will produce excellent recomposition effects. The synergistic effect of the anabolism from the Ostarine with the leaning, hardening and fat loss effects form S4 put the body in an ideal recomposition state.
Again as SARMs are not oral anabolic steroids, they offer the following advantages:
-There is no need for pre cycle supports such as Hawthorn berry.
-There is no need for on cycle supports such as milk thistle for the liver, Policosanol or Red yeast rice for cholesterol etc.
-Some supression may be present at doses of 25mg+ run for longer than 4 weeks, however a stringent PCT of prescription SERMs like Nolva or Clomid are not necessary.
-High oral biovailabilty without the damage to your liver as with the methylated Hdrol.
-Great sense of well being while on (with out the agression which can often detrimentally impact users daily lifes).
-No need for a long time period off between cycles, the recomended time of period for Tren would be Time on +PCT, so for a typical 6 week cycle and 4 week PCT, a user would have to wait another 10 weeks after PCT to start another cycle.
-No debilitating back and calf pumps.
In conclusion, an Ostarine run at 12.5mg to 25mg a day for 4-8 weeks would be a great recommendation for a user as alternative to running Hdrol for a similar period. An Ostarine cycle over the same period will typically produce 6lbs or 3kg, so overall gains will be less than Hdrol however the lack of sides, plethora of extra support supplementation and having to purchase prescription medication such as Nolva/Clomid for PCT are the advantages an Ostarine cycle would have over a Hdrol cycle.