The Best Muscle Building SARM? Review Of LGD 4033 (Ligandrol)

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I researched LGD 4033 back in the fall of 2015. After my ostarine experience. I have a fair amount of experience with this product. 

I wanted to share my experience with you and what I think of LGD 4033. Along with my analysis of how best to utilize this anabolic compound to maximize it's benefits.

Also, I do made some mistakes while using this product. Therefore, I want you be aware of somethings before you start using it. 

Either way, this post will serve as a guide of how to best use LGD 4033 (Ligandrol) for your fitness goals. 

What is LGD 4033?

LGD 4033 (Ligandrol) is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM). It is held in the same class as of compounds as ostarine, RAD 140, S4, etc. 

Ligandrol is non steroidal and is non liver toxic. Like the other SARMs, it can be taken orally. 

Ligandrol was developed by Ligand Pharmaceuticals (hence the name) to help fight diseases that caused muscle wasting (cancer, osteoporosis, natural aging, etc.)

LGD binds to the androgen receptor selectivity to stimulate anabolic activity within the muscle and bone. 

Its selectivity connectivity rids LGD of the shitty androgenic side effects (gyno, HPTA shutdown, hair loss, etc.) that can come with androgenic anabolic steroids (AAS) and stronger pro hormones (like 1 Andro).

This makes Ligandrol a good option for both men and women to research. It's androgen receptor selectivity maximizes anabolic effects. As well as, strengthens the joints which helps prevent injury.

LGD does not aromatize either. Therefore, you do not need to worry about a crazy increase in estrogen levels.

However, you estrogen are bound to go up as a natural response to bounce up in testosterone.

Thus, it is always helpful to have arimistane on hand. But it should not be necessary for most guys. 

Definitely go to the doctor to get bloodwork done first too. This will give you a better idea where your hormonal levels lie and if you are good to begin your research. 

Is Ligandrol Suppressive?

LGD IS MORE suppressive than other SARMs due to its potency and strength. It is the strongest mass building SARM of them all right now. 

Expect to have you natural testosterone production suppressed a little more than they would be during ostarine or andarine research.  

Do not worry though, you will not shutdown. But you will need a full post cycle therapy, as I always recommend. Do that for a couple weeks and you will be fine. Your testosterone levels should recover. 

Should I Use Ligandrol For Cutting Or Bulking?

As mentioned earlier, LGD 4033 is the most anabolic SARM available right now. It is best served when trying to pack on lean mass and drive up strength gains. 

You will just need to slightly up your calories above maintenance (200-300 calorie increase). Make sure it is in clean food and that your are hitting your macronutrient intake goals. Then hit the gym hard.

You will probably see ridiculous gains over the span of 8-12 weeks. Researchers have seen gains of close to a pound a week. 


This can also be used for a solid recomposition and cutting phase as well. 

I used LGD 4033 for recomposition and stacked it S4 (andarine). I caloric maintenance and saw steady fat loss and increases i muscle size over the span of 8 weeks.  

Like always, you results will mostly depend on your diet and training regime. 


For you guys, who want to just test the waters with Ligandrol. Recomposition might be the way to go. 

You can just keep you calories around maintenance. Eat clean food and have a good diet. Hit the gym hard.

With this fitness goal, you can expect to lose fat and put on muscle at the same time.

This will likely lead to a net weight gain of a couple pounds. But you will also through a drastic body transformation in that timeframe. 

You should also see very good strength gains. You will most likely reps on all your lifts. 

Recomposition is definitely a great fitness goal to have to test the waters with LGD and see how your body reacts. 

LGD Compared To AAS and 1 Andro?

Ligandrol produces the greatest steroid like gains out of all the SARMs. However, from my experience, it does not produce the gains as quite strong as powerful pro hormones like 1 Andro. 

1 Andro is the strongest anabolic I have ever taken but it came with some very crappy side effects. Those side effects also took awhile to recover from too. 

But ligandrol does produce gains close to 1 Andro without any of the androgenic side effects. That is powerful. 

You do not have to worry about hair loss, bitch tits, prostate enlargement, high blood pressure, liver toxicity, prolactin production, organ strain, etc.

Plus it still produces great results. That was the selling point for me.

As mentioned earlier, LGD is a bit more suppressive than ostarine and other SARMs. Hence you will need a full PCT. 

But you will not shutdown like you would on AAS, your recovery natural testosterone recovery will be much quicker as long as you follow proper post cycle therapy protocol. 

How Effective Is LGD Compared To Other SARMs? 

Ligandrol is more potent and powerful than each of the SARMs listed below. You will pack on more mass using LGD than you would using ostarine or andarine. 

However LGD is not so ideal for cutting fat. Although, it has great potential to melt fat off. S4 and ostarine are better options. 

You do not want a compound that is too powerful when you are cutting. You just want an anabolic agent that will offset complete catabolism (muscle wasting) when you are at an extreme caloric deficit. 

Andarine and Ostarine fit the bill better for that then LGD 4033. Even RAD 140 would be better for cutting as well. You can expect better results researching LGD 4033 during a bulking phase than you would ostarine, andarine, or RAD 140. 

Just How Strong Is LGD 4033?

LGD 4033 has a 10:1 anabolic to androgenic ratio. To put that in comparison, testosterone is only 1:1! That's nuts. 

LGD 4033 is supposed to be 10 times stronger than ostarine. This makes sense given how much more potent Ligandrol is ostarine. 

What Can You Legitimately Expect From Ligandrol Research?

You can expect you gain 8-10 pounds of muscle over the span of 8-12 weeks. Given that you are training like a beast and eating correctly.

Most guys I knew just ate a 200-300 calories above maintenance. They saw gains of a 1 pound a week. Some did not even increase their caloric intake and still saw increases in muscle mass around that range. 

You body will slowly zap through fat and have large increases muscle volume and size. 

If you have super strict and clean diet while bulking, you can really expect to look leaner at the end of your research cycle. 

You should expect increases in vascularity. Your muscles will look fuller and denser. 

I did not experience any water retention during my research but I noticed that it is hit or miss for a lot of guys. Some experience more wet or dry gains than others. But nothing extreme. 

Either way, water retention is fairly low for LGD 4033 research. Especially when compared to AAS and powerful pro hormones (like 1 Andro and DMZ). 

I would not worry about getting super bloated. If you do, it is probably the result of a shitty diet. Also, expect your cardiovascular endurance you go up as well. 

Dosage And Cycle Length: How Much Should I Take? And For How Long?

Dosage really depends on two factors. One, how experienced you are with performance enhancing compounds (PECs). Two, how much of muscle mass you have.

Most people usually take within the 3-10 mg/day range. I took 6 mg/day during my research cycle. I was about 195 pounds at the time. 

Guys who are under 190 lbs, should stick to 3-6 mg/day. Guys over 190 lbs can do 6-10 mg/day.

Cycle length should be 8-12 weeks to put on appreciable mass, followed by a 4-5 week long post cycle therapy. That is how long it takes to see good size gains (10+ lbs in muscle).

Special Point: If you are complete newbie to PECs or SARMs, I do not suggest you take LGD your first time around. Although LGD is completely safe, everyone I know who took it (including myself) had some experience with PECs or SARM.

They usually had a good deal of muscle mass and a couple cycles of SARMs, AAS, or pro hormones under their belt. Hence LGD 4033, is better for those with a bit of experience with PECs and in the gym.

Ligandrol is very potent and powerful, hence it might be a bit too much for complete newbies. I suggest andarine or ostarine for guys who are complete newbies to PECs or SARMs. You will still see great gains on those.  

What Are The Side Effects? Is It Safe?

This compound is very safe and has minimal side effects. In my case, there were no side at all. 

As I mentioned before, some experience a bit of water retention and this compound can be more suppressive to your natural testosterone production in higher doses over extended periods of time. 

Think about it, Near steroid like gains with none of the side effects. There is no hair loss, bitch tits, crazy estrogen spike, heart or prostate hypertrophy, testicular shrinkage, liver toxicity....I could go on. You will not have any of that shit with Ligandrol.

Do I Need On Cycle Or Post Cycle Therapy?  

I always recommend both when taking any androgenic compounds. I suggest you always take precautions with your body. Minimize the risk of any ailments you could come across during your research.

For on cycle therapy, use Arimacare Pro By Olympus Labs. This supplement is an all in one for on cycle therapy. You get arimistane for estrogen control, Co Q 10 for your heart, Prolactin control, Tudca for your liver, and much more. 

Even though this might be over for LGD 4033 research, it is better to be safe than sorry. Your are investing in the health of your body which is never a bad thing. 

I recommend you do a full post cycle therapy phase for 4-5 weeks. This will consist of novladex or clomid (SERMs) and Super PCT by Olympus Labs

Same argument as above here, some people just go on mini PCTs for SARM research. I do not suggest that. You need to take the precautions and measures you would as if you taking AAS or pro hormones.

You never know how long it might take for you to recover if you just do the bare minimum PCT. Seriously. Take the time and measures to do a full PCT. Your natural testosterone production and physical health will thank you for it. 

How Do You Recommend I Use Ligandrol?

Although you can use Ligandrol for almost all fitness goals (cutting, recomposition, bulking, pure strength gains), LGD 4003 is the best mass gaining SARM out there right now. You guys should definitely take advantage of it's muscle adding ability.

Take 3-10 mg/day depending on your experience and amount of muscle mass. I recommend you guys use LGD 4033 for a 12 week bulking research cycle.

Can I Stack LGD 4033 With Anything Else?

Duh. Of course you can. That is another one of the beauties about this product. 

Everyone is going to say you should stack LGD with other SARMs (andarine, ostarine, testolone). In theory, this makes sense because all SARMs work slightly differently and have different molecular pathways. 

However, I recommend stacking Ligandrol with non-androgenic muscle builder. This is so your natural testosterone level do not crash and shutdown. This can happen if you take high doses of multiple SARMs at once. 

For bulking, the best product to couple LGD 4033 with is MK-677 (Nutrobal).

MK 677 is a growth hormone sectregogue. Basically, it makes your body produce more growth hormone. I will guide on this compound soon.

Long story short, MK 677 does not affect your natural testosterone levels. It's only side effect is your appetite goes way up.

You can also cycle MK 677 for up to 16 weeks. That means you can use into your post cycle therapy to help you keep the gains you made while on cycle. 

Another good option is Laxogenin. Laxogenin is a unique plant steroid that is also non androgenic and greatly increases protein synthesis in the body. 

This will help you drive up your strength gains even further and give you an endurance boost. That way you can lift more weight 

Laxogenin also does not have any effect on your natural testosterone levels and it has no known side effects either. 

If you wanted, you could stack Mk 677, Laxogenin, and Ligandrol together. It would be completely safe and you would no side effects. 

I know several people who have done this and they saw insane gains and not too much suppression with their natural testosterone production.

Nothing they could not recover from quickly with proper post cycle therapy. 

For recomposition and lean bulks, you could also stack these with SR 9009 or Cardarine. Both are endurance compounds that help melt away fat. 

Great to help you do a lean bulk in small doses. They are also non androgenic compounds and can have extended research cycles as well.

What you stack Ligandrol with will depend on your goals. But you cannot go wrong here with the options above.

Just try not not to stack with other androgenic compounds (AAS, pro hormones, other SARMs). You will risk you natural testosterone production shutting down.

That takes away one of the biggest advantages to using SARMs. But you have a lot of options.  

Which LGD 4033 Product Do You Recommend?

The best Ligandrol product on the market right now is Brawn by Kodiak Labs. Exclusively sold on

This is the same one I researched. You get 3 mg/capsule with 90 capsules. Enough for a 12 week cycle if only taking 3mg/capsule. 

3 mg/day should suffice for a lot of you smaller guys looking to pack on a lot of muscle mass. 

You guys should be solid with 1-2 bottles of Brawn per research cycle. Make sure you couple that on with your supplies for post cycle and on cycle therapy. Do that and you are good to go. 

The price is fair and you have make it even cheaper by using my exclusive discount code "share 12". 

With this code you will receive 12% off you order right now. It is a pretty good deal for one of the few legit LGD sources left online right now. 

It will take i-supplements about 2-3 business days to process your order and another 2-3 business days to ship to your door.

Plus they have amazing customer service. They have a number you can call (800 244 4116) and email address to reach them as well.  

Plus, there are no shady payment options with i-supplements that you have to deal with like other companies that sell SARMs. 


To recap, LGD is the best and most powerful mass building SARM out there right now. 

It produces gains close to steroids but without the harsh side effects of AAS or strong pro hormones. 

You testosterone levels will be a bit more suppressed than on other SARMs due to the potency of LGD. Be sure to do a proper PCT

You will see great gains over an extended research cycle, see you endurance go up and you physique transform. 

LGD is really a joy to research and I think a lot of you guys will see results if you put the hard work in your gym routine and diet. 

There you have it. Another really long post from you boy Rebel Ray. Thank you for paying attention and reading all 2600 words. 

Your support never goes unappreciated. Thank you. 

Once again, you can your hands on a bottle of Brawn From Kodiak Labs here. Use my discount code "share12" to get 12% off your order. 

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Thanks again,

Ray Kingsman

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  • devyn

    what a great article! i look forward to hearing more from you very soon!!!
    LGD 4033

    • Thanks Devyn! I will have a lot more content coming soon! A lot of great things to come for this community. What are your fitness goals?

      Ray Kingsman

  • Good stuff. I seen guys in gym taking Ligandrol liquid. What I know is that it is more like anabolic and work better than Ostarin I think. The best thing about this SARM is, it has almost nil side effects. So I am gonna surely try it. What do you think about this website – if I order online?

    • Thanks for the love Steven. I really appreciate it man. I’m glad I could share the information.

      I personally think LGD 4033 is superior to Ostarine when it comes to building muscle and strength gains. Ostarine is better for cutting and maintaining strength and size. However, LGD is more suppressive on your endocrine system. Hence, a more intense post cycle (Novladex and Clomid) might be needed. Just something to keep in mind.

      I recommend you get your LGD from Kodiak Labs but I do not know if they ship to Australia.

      If not, I know Enhanced Athlete does. So you can check them out too.

      Are you located in Australia Steve? What’s your experience with Steve?
      Talk you soon man.

      Ray Kingsman

      • Yeah, In Brisbane and thats why I am preferring it from local market or anyone online with good reputation. Few folks told me about SARMLabs thats why I think I should give it a try but I really appreciate your suggestion. Thanks and I ll see both you suggested here. Great stuff Ray 🙂

        • Cool man. As long you find a quality source. What are your current training goals?


          • Want to loose some weight and fat from belly and then build big. I am not really thinking for fat free now. Just creating small goals at the moment and approach is to get more strength. Training hard, pretty confident, I am gonna lose some pound this winter for sure 🙂

  • Russell Webb

    Are you familiar with any other Kodiak Labs products specifically the endure(sr9009)

    • Yup! They have a whole list of products. Ostarine, LGD 4033, Cardarine, SR 9009, RAD 140, etc. You can check out there product line on . Is there anything you are looking for in particular?


      • Russell Webb

        I’ve just read that you should only dose up to 30 mg a day of the sr9009 but on the bottle of endure it says 25mg every four hours not exceeding 3 capsules so I’m just a little confused cause that would put me @ 75mg

        • What’s Up Russell?

          You want to only take 10mg every four hours. That is what I did. I got similar results to that of my cardarine research.

          I am not sure where you heard 25 mg every hours. That would be significantly overdosing. I do not recommend that.

          You should be good on 10 mg every four hours for 30 mg/day total. Let me know if this makes sense and if you have any more questions.