Which SARM Is Better For Research?: LGD 4033 (ligandrol) vs. Ostarine (Mk-2866)


SARMs are selective androgren receptor modulators. They selectively bind to the androgen receptor and stimulate anabolic activity. 

SARMs' selectivity in their binding process allow for researchers to enjoy s lot of the benefits of anabolics without the typical side effects of designer steroids or AAS. 

Hence, SARMs are a great choice for those who are new to anabolics. Or just looking for anabolic substances that are not as harsh on the body. Or you could just want to try something new

However, if you are reading this post you probably already know all the selling points to SARM research and looking to gather more information before giving it a go.

I am sure you have also heard of Ligandrol (LGD 4033) and Ostarine (MK 2866). So LGD and Mk-2866 are the two most popular SARMs on the market right now.

Ostarine being slightly more popular than ligandrol. I believe this is because ostarine hit the market first.

Regardless, new researchers of SARMs always ask me...

Meathead: "Ray, should I research LGD or ostarine?"

My answer: "Well, it depends on a couple things in particular. Most importantly, what you want out of your research cycle."

Meathead: "What do mean Ray? Aren't they very similar similar?"

Yes and No. Let me breakdown the differences for you guys between the two for you guys so you can make an informed decision. 

Origins And Commonalities

Let's start with what these compounds have in common and then we can breakdown the differences.

Sound good?

​Great. Let's get into it. 

First of all, as you might already know, both of these products are SARMs. They were both first created and manufactured by pharmaceutical companies as a alternative to androgen (hormone) replacement therapy.  

People who have diseases, sicknesses, and conditions (cancer, osteoporosis, old age, post surgery, etc.) that cause muscle wasting need hormone replacement therapy. 

Basically, large pharma companies want to find a solution that was not as rough on the body as traditional steroids. Hence, the move to create SARMs. 

Granted, this is all be done to make more effective prescription drugs with less or no side effects.

More importantly, for large pharmaceutical companies to make more money and diversify the amount of choices available for patients that need hormone replacement therapy

Nothing wrong with that as long as they are creating quality and safe products (not always the case). Thier efforts seem to be effective and working. 

In turn, this is how LGD and ostarine were both derived. They are non steroidal compounds and shown to have very little side effects on the body.  

They both seem to only bind to androgen receptors in the muscle and bone. Not in your prostate, heart, or other sex organs like androgenic and designer steroids do.

Hence what makes them very effective and have very little (in most cases no) side effects. 

They were created as prescription drugs but the average experienced meathead (like you and me) just wants to use them to get jacked, strong as fuck, ripped, or all of the above.

In clinical trials, both compounds show to have anabolic effects in doses. Therefore, we infer they are great for a wide variety of fitness goals. Of which I will explain below in more detail. 

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Benefits And Popular Research Purposes Of LGD 4033

Ligandrol is a very potent mass builder and probably the best mass building SARM available at the moment. 

It contains a 10:1 anabolic to androgen ratio. Regular testosterone is 1:1. That is pretty telling of how powerful it can be. 

It can produce steroid like gains without any of the side effects. I experienced no ailments during my research cycle. 

You will have some natural testosterone suppression but a full PCT over 4-5 weeks should get you back in business very quickly. 

Ideal Researchers Of Ligandrol

The ideal researcher is someone who has a couple cycles of anabolics under their belt. Ideally, the researcher is more experienced when it comes to SARMs. 

They have already been lifting for a couple years and hit their genetic peak and want to pack on some more size in an 8-12 week time frame. 

Researchers will not mind a little more natural testosterone suppression than what you get get with Ostarine or Andarine. 

This is definitely not for first time anabolic or SARM users. LGD 4033 is too potent a mass builder for time users. You would honestly be better off and would see just as good of results with Ostarine. 

Nonetheless, ligandrol is a very potent mass builder than ideal for researchers who want to add appreciable strength and size over a bulking cycle without having to worry about some of horrible side effects of AAS or designer steroids. . 

Benefits And Popular Research Purposes Of Ostarine

Ostarine can be used for a wide variety of fitness goals. It can better your physique, as well as boost athletic performance. 

However, ostarine really shines during your cutting phases. It's anabolic nature will offset any catabolism that might occur due the body's low caloric deficit. 

Ostarine will help you maintain your muscle mass and strength. Basically, the only thing that melts off your body is fat. No muscle. 

Ostarine provides similar bodily effects to anabolic steroids while giving the researcher very few (if any at all) side effects. 

You do not have to deal with the hair loss, prostate enlagrement, heart hypertrophy, zits on your back, bitch tits, mood swings, blood pressure rising, liver toxicity, natural testosterone suppression, etc.

Do not believe everything I just said. Check out my cutting transformation. I researched ostarine for 9 weeks and melted away almost 20 lbs in pure fat in that time frame. 

In about eight and a half weeks, I went from 225 to 206. That is over two pounds a week in just fat. 

Look at the pictures in my fall cutting procedure and week 1 of my cut vs week 9. I am much leaner by week 9. No Doubt. 

Ostarine helped me maximize the amount of fat I lost and keep my muscle on. It was also the first SARM I researched. 

I highly recommend ostarine for first anabolic and/or SARM researchers or guys who are trying to cut. You will see great results. 

You will need to do a full post cycle therapy at the completion of your research cycle. I suggest on cycle therapy as well. 

Although ostarine is only a little suppressive, you need to take precaution when done ingesting any type of androgenic compound. 

Do not leave it up to chance and hope your body just recovers. You never know. Take precaution. Be safe and do it right. 

Ideal Researchers Of Ostarine

Researching of ostarine should be geared more toward first time users of SARMs or anabolic compounds. 

As mentioned earlier, ostarine can be used for cutting, recomposition, or bulking. You will see results with all three fitness goals. 

However, in my opinion, ostarine shines the most when cutting. It allows you to maintain your muscle mass and strength in the gym, as I explained earlier.

If cutting is your goal or you are first time anabolics or SARMs user than Ostarine is for you. 

Which SARM Should You Research?

The biggest mistake one can make is lumping together SARMs as the same.

The "Oh dude. Some SARMs are just stronger than others." approach.

That idea is extremely flawed when it comes to SARMs and anabolics in general. 

SARMs are very different in the androgen receptors they select and the way they bind to the androgen receptor. 

That method is so complex and has millions of different variations.

Now delving into that science is way beyond the scope of this article. But hopefully, you understand why you need to research LGD and ostarine on their own separately.  

All SARMs are very different in operation. So you need to know how each one affects your body. 

Which SARM you will research will depend on your fitness goals.

If you are trying to put on lean muscle or do a recomposition than LGD 4033 is definitely the way to go.

This is due to the potency Ligandrol and its testosterone to androgen ratio. This allows you to put on solid muscle mass over 8-12 weeks. 

Ostarine is the better option for cutting. It is a little less potent than Ligandrol.

Ostarine is a little less potent and just prevents catabolism when your body is at an extreme caloric deficit. This is makes it more ideal for cutting than LGD. 

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There you have it. That is my breakdown of how LGD 4033 and ostarine stack up against each other. 

Which SARM you use will depend on your fitness and athletic goals. What are you trying to get out of your exercise program? That should answer your question. 

Both SARMs boost athletic performance and improve overall well being. Your libido will increase using both SARMs as well.

Ligandrol is more powerful and potent of the two but each SARM deserves its own research because they do not operate the same way. 

LGD 4033 is much better for bulking and recomposition than ostarine due to its potency and strength. It will work very well for experienced researchers.

Ostarine is more ideal for cutting and losing fat while maintaing strength and size. Because of it's lower potency, ostarine is a good choice for newbies to research for this fitness goal. 

Determine what you want out of your research and that will determine which product you order. 

I think you guys have a good idea of where to go from here. 

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  • Dr. Nick

    For research purposes only what would be the ideal pct and or ai during an ostarine or ligandrol cycle?

    • What’s Up Nick?

      I address this is PCT article ( http://successrebellion.com/post-cycle-therapy-overview/) which I link here.

      I would highly suggest getting blood work done to get a specific idea of where you hormonal levels are and your organ health. A doctor will tell you specific dosages to take.

      But that is not always on option. So here is a pretty safe guide to use. I highly suggest reading my article linked above where I go into specifics. Anyway, here you go.

      But it is pretty simple. For shorter research cycle of 4-6 weeks. You should be okay with 75 mg of arimistane per day for 4-5 weeks. Along with supplements for heart and other organ health.

      For longer cycles (8-12 weeks, maybe even longer). You would want to add in Novladex and/or Clomid along with stuff I mentioned above.

      Week 1-2: 40 mg – Nolva, 60 mg – Clomid, 75 mg Arimistane
      Week 3-4: 20 mg – Nolva, 30 mg – Clomid, 75 mg Arimistane

      Begin your PCT directly (24 hours) after your research cycle.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions.