Ostarine’s popularity has really upped in the past few years as more and more users have started to look towards SARMS instead of AAS for their bodybuilding goals.
The lopsided argument that there’s not enough data to gauge the long term effects of these compounds on the body doesn’t seem to hold water anymore.
We see a shit storm about to erupt in the comments section. So we’ll leave the AAS vs. SARMS debate for that.
Coming back to MK-2866, it isn’t too difficult to see the rising fascination with the compound.
Insane strength gains, massive pumps, more vascularity and an overall feeling of Euphoria that extends to a few weeks after you end the cycle.
Those results are achievable even at low doses mind you.
But there’s still a lot of confusion about using Ostarine correctly to achieve the best results.
Here’s the lowdown on this fantastic compound.
A brief history of Ostarine
Ostarine or Enobosarm is an investigational drug currently in Phase II of clinical trials for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women.
It was originally created as a potential therapeutic aid for the prevention of muscle wasting and osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
While it was created by Merck & Company, it was GTX who acquired the rights and have been at the forefront in research and development. At one point, GTX had announced that it had spent $35 million in developing Ostarine. And they show no signs of stopping research any time soon.
That tells us two things.
- The compound has tremendous potential
- Expect a massive surge in prices once this baby hits the chart
Little is known about Ostarine’s entry into the world of bodybuilding and athletics. But it definitely was doing the rounds in underground labs since the late 1990s.
But like most other SARMS, the results that one can expect with Ostarine are often mixed up with what you can get with LGD-4033.
That’s either due to BS that people read on forums or due to junk SARM sellers mixing up stuff.
The results that you can get with Ostarine
Ostarine works most effectively in a cutting or a body recomposition cycle when stacked with other drugs.
It is not a bulking compound and will lead to very mild muscle gains at best.
Anyone who quotes that they gained 15-18 lbs. of muscle using Ostarine is either talking through their ass or was peddled Dianabol labelled as Osta.
Having said that, Ostarine is a very easy compound to run. And if you do a standalone dose, then you can get some great results on a cut.
Lean Muscle Gains:
Athletes on aggressive cuts (calorie deficit more than 500) have reported how their muscle appear fuller during an Ostarine cycle. That’s because it is a very effective compound to prevent muscle loss. Even if you are following a high cardio routine, you can retain all your hard earned muscle with MK-2866. This makes it a great compound to add to your routine a couple of weeks after you come off a steroid cycle.
What we love about the compound is that it kicks in by day two of the cycle. You will feel supercharged and discover that the weights feel a lot lighter. You can lift heavier weights and bang out more reps. With a strong diet and supplementation routine, that alone can give you some neat gains. Think of it like a weaker version of Trenbolone.
The Euphoric feeling with Ostarine seems individual specific. But if you do experience it, then it’s amazing while it lasts. It’s a little difficult to explain but everything seems better while you are on the compound. Workouts seam easier and more pleasant, your mood is great all day. This usually starts to taper off by week three of the cycle though.
Libido: You will be horny as a rabbit for the entire duration of the cycle. This effect is equally prominent in both men and women.
Pumps: All-day lasting pumps! Who doesn’t like that. Add some vascularity to it, especially in your arms.
What are the side effects of Ostarine?
As much as we’d like to say and you’d like to hear that the compound is side effect free, that’s sadly not the case.
Ostarine does cause side effects even at low doses. But the sides are too mild in comparison with what an AAS cycle would do to your body.
A sensible supplementation routine during and off cycle should be enough to negate some of the side effects.
As far as we are aware, this study is the first clinical trial to examine safety and efficacy of a selective androgen receptor modulator for cancer-induced muscle wasting. Enobosarm was generally well tolerated, with the occurrence of serious adverse events and overall pattern of adverse events being much the same among placebo and treatment groups.Lancet Oncol. 2013 Apr; 14(4): 335–345.
- Cholesterol: Expect your HDL levels to fall and your LDL to go over baseline by the time you are done with the cycle. If you have poor cholesterol levels to begin with then you shouldn’t even touch PEDs with a barge pole. If you are healthy enough to use PEDs, then these levels should return to normal within a few weeks of stopping the drug.
- Suppression: There are mixed reports about testosterone suppression with Ostarine. But any compound that binds to androgen receptors is bound to cause some amount of suppression. With MK2866, some users experience mild testicle shrinking. But it returns to normalcy without a PCT.
- Headaches: Once again, this seems to be related to junk SARMS more than anything else. Some people get extreme headaches by the end of their cycles. But it tapers off as you go off the drug.
Dosage and stacks
Men can start with 20mg per day for an 8-week cycle for cutting as well as body recomposition.
Some people even recommend starting with just 10mg/day to see how your body reacts to the compound.
This also minimizes the risk that comes with using junk SARMS to an extent. You can stop using it altogether if you sense something is amiss.
Women get good results with 10mg/day for 8-weeks.
For a cut, you can stack it with Cardarine. Works very well.
For bulking, go with LGD.
Never use a stack unless you have used SARMS before.
To sum it up
Ostarine is a great compound that could someday replace the big pharma bottles on your medicine shelf.
For now, it is a very effective performance enhancement drug provided you don’t have wrong expectations from it.
And yes, we couldn’t emphasize more on buying SARMS from a legit source. The last you want to do is end up using oral steroids labelled as SARMS and end up with severe hepatotoxicity.