I want to talk to you today about Ostarine before and after results. There’s a lot of awful advice out there about using SARMs generally, and Ostarine is no exception.
I really have an issue with those before and after photos and reviews, where you are told you can get incredible results from Ostarine with little effort after one cycle. I’m here to tell you that that’s absolute rubbish.
But what I will tell you is how you can get results from Ostarine. I’ll tell you exactly what Ostarine will results look like after your first cycle if you work hard, and how to achieve them.
Plus, I’ll give you practical advice on dosage, cycle length, stacking Ostarine, using it off-cycle, and side effects to watch out for.
Plus, I’m going to give you advice on buying Ostarine, because is becoming more difficult to get your hands on high-quality SARMs right now, and I want to make sure you don’t get caught out.
What Exactly Is Ostarine?
Ostarine, also known as Enobosarm, and by the alphanumeric MK-2866, is an experimental/research chemical that was developed in the early 2000s.
Developed by a company called GTx, who also later developed Andarine, its primary purpose was to try and be better than testosterone supplements for helping people with bone issues like osteoporosis, and muscle wasting conditions.
The idea is that it would help to encourage denser bone growth, protect, harder, and even grown lean muscle mass, and increase energy output.
Ostarine did get to phase II human trials for an investigation into use for several conditions, including people with lung cancer and urinary incontinence.
However, nowhere did it get pass this second stage trial, no conclusions were reached, and it’s never been put to market for any purpose, let alone bodybuilding.
The Benefits Of Using Ostarine Mk-2866
But what we do know from those human trials, preclinical trials, and general research, is that Ostarine does exactly what is claimed:
- It is mildly androgenic and is a partial agonist of the androgen receptors, primarily in bone and muscle tissue. Therefore, it can mimic testosterone, and helps to maintain muscle mass and increase bone strength.
- Ostarine can also change the way the body utilizes glucose. It changes the signal so that your body burns more fat earlier, especially when you are in a calorie deficit. That way, you are burning fat far more quickly than you would naturally.
- Ostarine has also been shown to increase strength and endurance. Only mildly, but the androgenic effects, and the extra energy output has definitely been shown to mildly increase athletic performance levels.
Put all that together, and you can see exactly why Ostarine is listed with other SARMs as a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
What Are The Realistic Ostarine Results You Can Expect From Your First Cycle?
Let’s get realistic here, Ostarine is mild compared to most SARMs. On top of that, all SARMs take hard work and time to work properly.
Those people out there claiming you can get results within a few weeks with SARMs are lying to you to sell you something.
After a couple of cycles of SARMs, backed up by incredibly hard work, pushing your personal bests, and eating incredibly clean, you can make significant progress.
Turning to Ostarine specifically, let’s say that you are new to SARMs and you’re going to try a cycle of Ostarine on its own.
Let’s say you’re going to dose it and 30 mg per day, for a total of 10 weeks. You’ll go to the gym three or four times per week, do at least 90 minutes and really push yourself. You’ll do a couple of cardio sessions on top of that, and your diet will be superb.
Here’s what you can expect realistically from your first Ostarine cycle:
- A significant loss in body fat (as much as 10 pounds)
- Toning of existing muscle tone
- Protection and muscle even with calorie deficit
- An increase in physical energy
- More determination
At the end of the cycle, you will have cut significantly more fat than you can naturally. You’ll feel stronger, with better vascularity.
In terms of your muscles, even in a calorie deficit, you’ll protect your existing gains. If you’re not in a calorie deficit, then you will definitely slightly increase your muscle mass. Your muscles will also be harder and more defined, basically, slightly “drier”.
How To Dose & Cycle It
The results you get using Ostarine will be partly down to the effort you put in, the diet you have, but also the dose you take.
When it comes to dosing Ostarine, we are looking at three ranges: low, mid, and high.
A low range dose of Ostarine is up to 15 mg per day. The mid-range dose of Ostarine is up to 30 mg per day, and a high-range dose of Ostarine is up to 50 mg per day. I wouldn’t go above 50 mg.
If you’re new to SARMs, start with 15 mg per day is my advice, and if you’re experienced, go for 30 mg or more.
For cycle length, I’d make your first Ostarine cycle, if it’s on its own, around 12 weeks. I wouldn’t push it further than that because you’re not going to be sure how your body will react. If you are stacking Ostarine, especially if you are a beginner, you will be using a lower dose over a shorter cycle duration if you are sensible.
Do You Need PCT With Ostarine?
Ostarine is very mild, many people claim it’s not androgenic at all. They will also claim you don’t need a PCT supplement when using it. Neither of those things is true.
It is true that Ostarine is very mildly androgenic. It does bind the androgen receptors, and it does mimic testosterone, but in a very mild way that doesn’t usually affect your natural testosterone production.
At higher doses, above 30 mg, can suppress testosterone production. Therefore, you could need a PCT supplement if you’re taking high doses of Ostarine, especially during longer cycles.
If you are taking 50 mg per day for any more than eight weeks, I’m telling you, you will notice some testosterone suppression.
Should you need it, then at lower doses you can get away with a natural testosterone boosting supplement, something like Rebirth PCT.
However, at higher doses, you’re going to have to use Nolvadex. Because you shouldn’t be experiencing that much drop though, you’re probably going to be able to cope with a couple of weeks Nolvadex 25 mg, and then another couple of weeks at 10 mg to bounce your testosterone levels back up to their natural levels.
At lower doses though, 15 mg or less, you shouldn’t ever experience testosterone suppression. That’s why some people use it off cycle, and even during PCT.
Advice On Stacking Ostarine
On its own, Ostarine is a mild way of getting more out of your bodybuilding then you can naturally. However, you’ll get a lot more benefit from using Ostarine if you include it in a cutting stack.
A simple cutting stack will deliver cumulative benefits far above what you can achieve by using one chemical on its own.
This is a great cutting stack that’s mild and suitable for anyone:
- 15 mg Ostarine per day
- 5 mg Cardarine per day
- 10 mg Stenabolic per day
- No PCT supplement needed
- Recommended cycle length is 10 weeks
What you’ll get from that stack over the 10 weeks is the Ostarine protecting your gains, telling the body to cut fat, and delivering you an energy boost.
On top of that, the Cardarine and Stenabolic (SR-9009) both tell the body to increase its energy output levels. They will deliver significant increases in your ability to not only work out harder and longer but also to recover more quickly.
Put together, you’ll protect your gains in a slight calorie deficit, and increase your endurance and burn more calories.
If you’re looking for something a little more potent, simply up the Ostarine dosage by 10 mg per day. I’d only recommend that if you are experienced though. At that level, it still shouldn’t be suppressive, but you might want to have Nolvadex to hand just in case you do hit problems.
Another thing you can do is stack Ostarine with Andarine or even Ligandrol. Very similar in structure, they all have the same effects, but are progressively more pronounced.
Pairing those up at moderate doses, with one of the energizing non-androgenic SARMs like Cardarine or Stenabolic, will see you tone up dramatically, and cut fat.
Using Ostarine Off Cycle
Because Ostarine is mild, at lower doses it’s not going to affect your levels of testosterone. Therefore, it is possible to use Ostarine off cycle.
What we mean by off-cycle is using it between SARMs cycles, or even anabolic steroid cycles.
Some people on steroids even run Ostarine on cycle because it helps to protect the gains and cut fat without adding to the androgen load. I wouldn’t recommend that though, just as I wouldn’t recommend illegal anabolic steroids for health reasons.
But with the SARMs cycle complete, you may want to continue cutting fat and maintain your gains, especially if you are cutting. If you’ve cut aggressively, you may need a PCT supplement, but once all levels rise, there’s nothing to stop you from using a low dose of Ostarine to continue the work before you start your next full cycle
But to give you a classic example, look back at the stack I told you about a moment ago. It uses Ostarine and 2 non-androgenic SARMs (Cardarine and Stenabolic). There’s literally no reason why you can’t continue using Ostarine at the end of that cycle at a lower dose. You could do 20 mg on cycle, and then 10 mg off-cycle, for example.
However, if you know you are suffering from testosterone drop, then for crying out loud do not use any SARMs until you have recovered the testosterone levels sufficiently, especially not Ostarine which is slightly higher doses could be impacting your testosterone levels as well.
Ostarine Vs Ligandrol
Ostarine is very similar to Andarine. They have similar chemical structures, similar benefits, and they are made by the same company. The only difference is that Andarine is more potent, and helps to create significantly harder and leaner muscle tone than Ostarine.
Ligandrol is also similar in structure and effects, but it’s more potent than both of those SARMs I’ve just mentioned.
Ligandrol will help to cut fat, build energy levels, and protect your muscles. However, even at moderate doses of around 15 mg, you will start to not only harden your muscle but also develop it. A high dose of around 25 mg can actually be used to bulk up.
So at low doses, Ligandrol can be used in a similar fashion to Ostarine, although you must be aware it’s more androgenic and will deplete your testosterone. The higher the dose is, the more that it departs from Ostarine and becomes significantly more aggressive, including the ability to bulk and harden.
Does Ostarine Have Any Side Effects?
Ostarine is mild. At moderate doses, you are not going to get any side effects at all, and every study was done on humans has shown it to be well tolerated.
However, at high doses, Ostarine does have the side effect of being mildly suppressive to natural testosterone production.
Let me explain exactly why SARMs do this. Because they mimic testosterone in interaction with the androgen receptors, the body is fooled into increasing its response to this increased messaging.
However, the problem is that the body’s response after a few weeks is to think that it’s flooded with testosterone and to then start cutting down its production to get back to where it thinks it should be. Therefore, what you’re actually getting is lower levels of actual testosterone.
Now, Ostarine doesn’t do that a lot, but at higher doses, it does mildly. Especially if you have low testosterone levels anyway, you should definitely be using PCT when you’re finished with Ostarine.
Can You Trust Ostarine Before And After Photos?
Before I conclude this review and tell you where you can buy Ostarine at a great price, I want to just discuss with use Ostarine before and after photos. This actually applies to all SARMs. You can’t tell anything from before and after photos. You don’t know if they are relevant, edited, or even of the person who is claiming is in them.
You don’t know if that’s the results after one cycle of SARMs, or after 10 years of use. You don’t know if they have previously used steroids, or how often they work out. You don’t know how many calories they consume, or how hard they work out.
Think of it this way. If you are thinking of buying a car, you wouldn’t leap in and buy it just by looking at a picture of it looking fantastic. You could look at the mileage after purchase and find that it’s an absolute dog.
That’s the same with claims about before and after results from Ostarine and other SARMs. My advice is always the same. Do your research, understand how they work, and where the benefits lay.
Then, look at creating a stack, a good diet, and a good exercise routine. Then see it through for the duration of the cycle, and assess how well it works for you. Then adjust, and go again.
Ignore the noise, and focus on your own performance and results.
Advice On Buying Ostarine
I want to finish here by giving you some quick advice on buying Ostarine. Let me tell you, that’s not such a simple task as you would think.
If you’re new to SARMs, you might think it’s just a case of ordering from anywhere. Unfortunately, it’s a minefield. One study a few years back found that more than 50% of the SARMs for sale online that they tested (more than 20 different shops) were not exactly what was advertised at all.
What you’re looking for when you buy Ostarine is a clear guarantee of the quality and purity of what you are buying.
So you are looking for companies who have every batch of SARMs they buy in independently batch tested by a third-party lab. Those batch purity reports are then published on the product page.
For me, I’ve actually only found three places selling SARMs in the USA right now that truly achieve those promises on purity:
- Science.bio are all round the best SARMs seller. However, it’s important to note that they are winding down the selling of SARMs due to the ban on SARMs from China. So if you’re looking to buy from them, get your stock now. Ostarine costs $59.99 for a 900 mg total dose liquid dropper bottle.
- Swiss Chems sell high-quality SARMs capsules. At the moment, you can buy 60 capsules of Ostarine, each dosing 25 mg, for $69.95.
- The third place you can buy high-quality Ostarine from is Chemyo. They sell large 50 mL dropper bottles of Ostarine for $59.99. For that money, you will get a total dose of 1250 mg.