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-hormones/Designer Steroid commonly known as TREN
Tren was/is a popular pro hormone that was very popular in the market and although is now banned in the states, it is still available to sell in the European market. It consists of the compound dienolone or estra-4,9-diene-3,17-dione/19-Norandrosta4,9diene-3,17dione.
This is a particualrly apt comparison as both Tren and SARMs give similar “lean gains” and both are not methylated.
However, although the Tren PH/DS is touted as being non liver toxic due to the fact that it is not methylated, in reality it has shown to negatively effect Liver values and is infact toxic (although perhaps not to the same extent as methylated PH/DS’s)
The typical use of tren in a solo cycle (or tren only cycle) is a 4-7 week cycle at doses ranging from 90-150mg for the majority of users (lighter/inexperienced users opting for the lower dose and heavier/experienced users opting for the higher range).
Over this 4-6 week period typical gains are between 6-12lbs or 3-5kg of relatively lean gain with typical reports of 60 percent remaining after pct.
Tren is a 19-nor compound (like deca or trenbolone) which has an affinity to the progesterone receptor. Hence it may cause progestational side effects such as loss of libido (sexual function), aggressive mood swings and gyno symptoms. Other common PH/DS effects such as high blood pressure, liver toxicity, hair loss and cholestrol imbalance
Tren 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 Tren
An Ostarine cycle of 25mg over the same period will typically produce 6lbs or 3kg, less than Tren however as these gains are completely keepable, after PCT the total net gains seem to be quite comparable.
-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, policosanolor RYR 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 damage to your liver through conversion as with Tren,
-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.
In conclusion, an Ostarine run at 12.5mg to 25mg a day for 4-8 weeks would be a great recommendation for the first time user as alternative to running Tren for a similar period. Overall net gains may be slightly lower, 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 Tren cycle.