In this quick guide you’re going to learn everything you need to know about using Cardarine.
I’m going to answer all the main questions around using this SARM, including explaining to you why it’s not actually a SARM at all.
I’ll talk you through Cardarine dosage and half life. I’ll tell you about Cardarine PCT requirements, and if they exist.
We will also talk about the effects and benefits of Cardarine, side effects and warnings, what it’s good for and bad for, along with places you can still buy pure Cardarine from online.
The History Of Cardarine
Let’s start the story by telling you how Cardarine came to exist.
Cardarine, also known as GW-501516 and Endurobol, was first synthesized in 1992, and was developed as a potential treatment for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.
However, in 2007, trial stopped as cancer cells were found to have developed in lab rats as part of the trial. I’ll talk to you a lot more about that later, because since then, bizarrely, quite the opposite effect has been found instead.
However, as part of that research in the early 2000s, it was noted that the lab rats in the trials benefited from significant uplifts in strength and cardiovascular endurance.
More than that, a significant reduction in body fat was noted due to this increased activity, and PPAR delta activation was noted to have increased mitochondrial biogenesis in muscle tissue (meaning it could actually strengthen and change the composition and muscle tissue).
So it’s little wonder that since the mid-2000’s, Cardarine has been increasingly bought on the grey market and used for physical endurance purposes.
Banned by all major sporting bodies, it’s known informally as “energy in a bottle”, because of the dramatic increases in energy and endurance it brings, with several people across major sports banned for using over the years.
Although that’s not great news from a sporting point of view, to me, it’s just great evidence that Cardarine does what is claimed.
The Effects And Benefits Cardarine Can Bring To Your Workout Routine
I want to talk to you specifically now about the exact benefits that Cardarine can bring to your bodybuilding.
These are the main effects that Cardarine brings, and that I experienced noticeably when I first used it:
- A significant and almost immediate uplifting energy availability. I certainly felt within a couple of hours of taking Cardarine I had more energy. Within a couple of weeks, it was significant and allowed me to make dramatic progress.
- My endurance skyrocketed as well. Whereas I used to tie after an hour at the gym, even using sporting supplements and creatine, this stuff was incredible. I could still push myself harder and complete each routine without any wet reps after more than 30 minutes longer than usual.
- Recovery times lessened. I just felt more energized, and I didn’t feel so sore. That’s an incredible benefit, especially as you get older.
- I lost weight and body fat. Because of how Cardarine burns fat when it would usually burn glucose, I was not only burning more fat, I was putting less on. On a calorie-controlled bodybuilders diet, I lost one hell of a lot of fat.
How Does Cardarine Work?
Cardarine works in the body as a PPAR Delta agonist. It activates PPARD, leading to an up-regulation in the expression of proteins linked to energy expenditure. In addition, studies have found that fatty acid metabolism was increased in muscle tissue.
Also, it’s been noted in several studies that this activation increases mitochondrial biogenesis in muscle tissue. That means it can literally remodel muscles. Not dramatically, but enough to be noted.
So Cardarine is often also describes an exercise mimetic, because it mimics an effect in the body that occurs with exercise, where fast twitch muscle fiber is slowly converted to stronger and denser slow twitch muscle fiber.
All that together, and what you’ve got is something which gives you more energy availability, users fat as an energy source where the body would often use glucose, and that can help to increase your muscle recovery times and development.
Is Cardarine PCT Necessary?
SARMs require a PCT supplement (usually Nolvadex or Clomid), to help address the fact that because they mimic the action of testosterone in the body, the body starts to shut down its own production thinking it has too much.
But Cardarine isn’t androgenic, it doesn’t work in the body by fooling into thinking that it has high levels of testosterone, targeting androgen receptors in muscle and bone telling them to grow.
Therefore, Cardarine does not require a PCT supplement because it does not deplete testosterone production.
Cardarine Half Life & Dosage Range
The half life of Cardarine is pretty short, it seems to be a day or less. Some people actually dose it twice per day to get ongoing effects.
Personally, I’ve always used it as a single dosage. I’ll take it once per day, usually two or three hours before I hit the gym to work out.
However, there’s nothing to stop you splitting your daily dose in half, and taking half in the morning, and half probably around mid-afternoon.
Even at a moderate dosage, Cardarine is quite potent. Certainly, 10 mg seems to be a ceiling that is used anecdotally in the bodybuilding world.
Low doses seem to be as little as 2 mg. Therefore, I’d suggest your dosage range should be between 2 mg and 10 mg, with 5 mg being the sort of dose you should be mostly going for.
Just remember that if you are stacking Cardarine that you should keep the doses lower. That’s because you will probably be using other SARMs which up your strength and energy output, and you don’t want to put too much strain on your cardiovascular system, or your muscle and ligaments.
How To Cycle & Stack Cardarine
Learning how to cycle SARMs is half the battle. Some people cycle them for too short a length of time and don’t get the maximum effects, while others go the other way and cycle them for so long that they can have detrimental effects on testosterone production and potentially pushing themselves too fast so that muscle and bone tissue struggles to cope.
For me, the ideal SARMs cycle is 10 weeks. Go slightly shorter for a high dose cycle, slightly longer for a low dose cycle, especially if it’s non-androgenic SARMs.
If you’re going to cycle Cardarine on its own, you could technically do it indefinitely. However, I really wouldn’t recommend that because of the potential risk from cell mutation, and the fact that you just don’t know the long-term effects generally.
I would stick with a 12 week cycle of Cardarine on its own, at a daily dose of 10 mg or less stop but more usually, around 10 weeks at closer to 5 mg.
If you’re going to stack Cardarine, which is a brilliant idea because it’s energy output increases will underpin both cutting and bulking stacks allowing you to increase your muscle more quickly and to cut fat more quickly, then that advice is slightly different.
For 10 week cycle, 5 mg should be a maximum, perhaps even less. That’s because you could be stacking it with other SARMs which can amplify its effects, or that create complimentary ones that could be problematic.
A typical Cardarine stack might look something like this bulking:
- 10 mg RAD-140
- 4 mg LGD-4033
- 4 mg Cardarine
- 10 week cycle
Obviously, how you react will be very personal, and you’ll have to experiment with doses, and stacks.
However, I would always recommend that you try cycle of any chemical on its own. It could be quite a short cycle around six weeks, but it will allow you to focus purely on the results of that chemical, watch out the side effects, and see if it’s going to be beneficial.
Then, once you know the dosage range that works for you, you can lower it slightly and then introduce it into a stack with complimentary SARMs for bulking, cutting, or to simply increase strength and endurance levels.
Cardarine Side Effects & Warnings
Cardarine doesn’t appear to have any short-term side effects. Certainly from my own experience, and my research, I haven’t seen anyone complaining about problems using it.
If you use Cardarine at high doses alongside other SARMs, the energy output and muscle growth can out run your ability to deal with it in terms of muscle and bone development. Therefore, I’d recommend it’s progressive so that you don’t put stresses on the body.
However, the big warning is a discussion around whether Cardarine can cause cancer cell proliferation, especially in the bowel.
In 2007 the trials were stopped and it was jettisoned because a study in rats found that it rapidly caused cancer cells to appear.
However, that study dose daily for over 100 weeks, at doses that were the equivalent of 40 mg per day in a human. That’s four times the recommended human dose at more than 10 times the average cycle length.
More than that, subsequent studies have actually found the opposite. Three studies have found that at normal human dosage ranges of around 10 mg, Cardarine actually works as a tumor inhibitor. In one 2008 study on women with breast cancer, it was found to inhibit cancer cell growth.
So for me, the fact that it could be anti-cancerous, and the fact you would have to take large doses over a ridiculous amount of time, I don’t think, realistically, it’s any worse than something like smoking or regular alcohol drinking in terms of its overall risk profile.
Cardarine Reviews And Can You Trust Them?
Can you trust Cardarine reviews online? Well, rather than talking just about GW-501516 reviews, you could actually extend that to all bodybuilding supplement reviews.
The truth is that those reviews are often subjective or inaccurate. Also, before and after photos are subjective or inaccurate in many cases.
Anyone can make claims, and anyone can tell you that they got the results from the supplement that they are discussing.
The truth is, you don’t know whether they use the supplement, whether it was on its own, over what period, what their baseline was, nothing.
My advice is always to ignore before and after claims, and try the supplement for yourself. Try on its own, work hard, and see what results you obtain.
Reliable SARMs Vendors Who Sell Cardarine
One of the hardest problems with buying SARMs online at the moment is getting your hands on the stuff in the first place.
So finding where to buy Cardarine can be tougher than it has been previously.
The reason for this is a Chinese ban on the manufacture and export of SARMs in late 2020, that is now starting to bite. Where this ends up I don’t know, but availability is poorer than it was six months ago, but partly that could be down to the pandemic.
Science.bio will sell you 600 mg of liquid Cardarine for just $59.99. High in purity, it’s where I mostly get my SARMs from.
Swiss Chems also sell high-quality Cardarine but in capsule format. The $69.99 you can get a total dose of 600 mg, in 60 capsules each dosing 10 mg each.
So there you go, that’s where I buy my Cardarine and other SARMs from. Which format you use is up to you, but if you’re a beginner I’d probably go for capsules first because it’s far easier to get the exact dose, and you don’t have to deal with the taste of the powder or the liquid, nor worry about how to get the exact dose.
Cardarine can be absolutely brilliant for building your strength and endurance, cutting fat, and underpinning both cutting and bulking cycles, certainly it’s the first on the list for me when I’m creating a SARMs stack.
As an alternative, something is very similar to Cardarine is SR-9009 Stenabolic. It has a different mechanism of action, but has the same effects and benefits, so it could be something to look out for and consider as an alternative.