It’s quite interesting to read about SARMS on messaging boards these days.
They seem to have been neatly categorized into types that allow first timers to make an easy selection, much like anabolic steroids.
So you have MK-2866 being called the beginner SARM, something like a TRT-dose cycle of Test-Cyp or Test-E.
And Testolone or RAD140 for strength.
The only part that we disagree on is labelling Testolone as a SARM purely for strength gains.
There’s so much more to Testolone. It is also a very powerful bulking compound that will not turn you into a water-filled balloon. Think dry gains.
If you were stuck with the Testolone vs. Anabolicum conundrum, then here’s a brief guide that will help you decide.
Testolone or RAD140 is an investigative drug that is being developed by Radius Health and is being researched for potential therapeutic applications.
It is a fairly recent addition to the world of SARMS, considering that the first animal studies were conducted in 2011. However, it is already being considered by many as one of the most promising new developments.
Like most other SARMS, RAD140 has a strong affinity for the androgen receptor and it stimulates an effect in the body that is very identical to anabolic steroids. However, it does not affect the prostate gland in men or cause androgenic symptoms in women.
Also, going by anecdotal evidence provided by users, it seems to have a much stronger effect (affinity) than other SARMS. The only other SARM that can rival it in terms of potency is said to be YK-11 and that stuff’s toxic.
So, if you are looking to wet your toes in SARMS with something that’s strong and extremely powerful, Testolone is one of your best bets.
Since it’s a new SARM, there’s only one Phase I Human study that has been conducted on RAD140.
It was to analyze the effectiveness of the drug in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer.
The results are yet to be released.
You can find another in-vivo and animal clinical study over here.
What it says: Testolone helps increase muscle mass dramatically with no elevation of liver enzymes. It is fully effective while stimulating muscle tissue but only partially effective on the prostate gland. This makes it a great choice for treating cachexia and age-related muscle wasting.
Coming to the most important aspect of Testolone, the results.
What can you expect from a Testolone cycle? How does it compare against an LGD cycle in terms of results?
Let’s find out.
Testolone will activate beast mode in the gym. You will break plateaus and you will be adding plates to the bar almost every time you lift. We aren’t kidding. Most athletes who have used Testolone have crushed their previous bests by week 2 or 3 of their cycles. The strength gains continue until week 6 after which it sort of starts to level off.
It’s very strange that a bulking SARM like RAD140 can give you the kind of vascularity that one normally associates with pre-contest compounds like Winstrol. By week-2 or 3, you will find veins popping out all over. The pumps are very different from what one typically gets with Anabolicum. You look shredded with very minimal water gains. Think of it like a mild dose of test with Anavar.
Most people looking to bulk, opt for Anabolicum as it is the more popular of the two. But if you don’t want to look soft while bulking, Testolone is clearly, the better choice. You might gain less but the gains will be dryer and leaner. In an 8-10-week cycle, you can gain 2-3 lbs. of dry muscle.
Testolone is the only SARM that gives you the aggression that one commonly associates with steroids like Dianabol and Masteron. You will have the focus and the desire to go harder at the weights every single day. If you stack this with a SARM like Ostarine, that helps with recovery, you should be able to experience dramatic results in just one cycle.
No adverse effects have been reported in any of the clinical studies so far. But anecdotal reviews are mixed.
Some people feel that the drug gives them better results at the cost of more severe side effects.
But that might be because it is way stronger than what most people expect SARMS to be.
To give you some perspective, Testolone has an anabolic to androgenic rating of 90:1.
In comparison, Testosterone has an anabolic rating of 100.
So, it’s way closer to steroids than what’s expected.
And anything that is as potent as Test is bound to cause a few sides.
Along with LGD, Testolone is the most suppressive SARM. However, some people do not experience suppression at all. Just one of the things with SARMS. People react differently to it. One thing’s for sure. If suppression hits, you will be feeling it by week-4. There will be extreme lethargy, sporadic bouts of headaches and joint aches and even Insomnia at times. A lot of people are now using SARMS with a low dose of testosterone to avoid the suppression. But according to us, that defeats the very purpose of using SARMS in the first place. We recommend that you use OTC supplements like HCGenerate and M1-MK to keep your natural testosterone production up.
Start with a low dose. It is a very strong compound and you’d want to understand how your body reacts to it before you up the dose.
We recommend a starting dose of 10mg/ED for a couple of weeks. If you do not experience any side effects, increase it to 20mg/ED for the rest of the cycle.
Always do your bloodwork before and after the cycle to gauge the extent of suppression of your HPTA and your testosterone levels.
Ideally, you do not need to stack Testolone with any other SARM. It is extremely powerful and will give you great results even if you run it solo.
Having said that, SARMS work beautifully well in synergy. You can easily use one to amplify the effects of the other or to counter some of the negative effects of the other.
Testolone & Anabolicum
If you stack Testolone and Anabolicum for example, you will gain fast but RAD140 will prevent excessive water retention. So, you will not lose a lot of the gains made during the cycle immediately after it.
Testolone & Andarine
Testolone and Andarine make a great cutting stack. The RAD140 gives you the strength, aggression and lean muscle while Andarine helps you cut fat. Perfect for body recomposition also.