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Introduction:

Putting on muscle is already a tough task for many.  It’s sometimes hard to follow a very consistent diet and programming the perfect routine for muscle growth.  Let alone your body recovering properly between each training session.  So much is involved when seriously trying to gain some mass but even having everything perfected can lead to plateauing.  This is when you’d ideally want to start looking at supplements to help aid the muscle building process.

Two types of muscle builders have been discussed for years of being the perfect legal supplements for improving muscle gains, getting a leaner physique, increasing strength and recovery.  They are known for providing significant results in a short period of time.  The safe alternatives to venturing out into illegal substances that can really screw up your body function and hormones (steroids).  These two types of popular muscle builders are known as SARMs and prohormones.  But which one is worth your money and which will yield the better results?

What are Prohormones?

Prohormones are chemicals that act as a precursor of a particular hormone.  Meaning when that chemical is consumed, it will be converted into the hormone through the utilization of specific enzymes that it’s a precursor of in our bodies.  Using prohormones in the purpose of bodybuilding, prohormones are designed to be converted into anabolic hormones.  These are a much safer alternative because the prohormones on the market today are not damaging on the body like prohormones of the past.

Common Types of Prohormones:

  • Androsta-1-ene-3b-ol,17-one – this compound is known as 1-Andro and one of the most popular on the market
  • 2,17a-dimethyl-5a-androsta-1-en-17b-ol-3-one – This prohormone is methystenbolone and is very androgenic
  • 2a, 3a epithio-17a-methyl-5a-androstan-17b-ol – known as Epistane and is one of the safest on the market that delivers quality results

Benefits:

Different types of prohormones will mimic that of testosterone, trenbolone, nandrolone decanoate, and other popular illegal steroids and have similar results as they do convert to those drugs.  Depending on the conversion, you can experience several benefits:

  • Lean mass gain
  • Reduction in body fat
  • Increase in strength and recovery
  • Improved sleep
  • Better pumps and nutrient partitioning
  • Increased aggression in the gym
  • Increased appetite
  • Increase calories for greater muscle gains with little fat gain
  • Not as harmful as anabolic steroids

Side Effects:

It’s important that a PCT supplement is used after a prohormone cycle because some prohormones will cause a suppression of natural testosterone levels.  Low testosterone paired with higher estrogen can have some undesirable effects and the PCT helps elevate your natural levels back to normal and suppress estrogen.

Prohormones can be stacked for even better results but the more you stack, the more side effects you may experience.

  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Acne
  • Water retention (dependent on the type you take and quality of your diet)
  • Reduction in sex drive
  • Mood swings
  • Development of gynecomastia (proper PCT should combat this)

Are Prohormones legal?

Yes prohormones are legal however not all prohormone compounds are legal.  Many different types of prohormones are available on the market and most sold by general retails are the legal versions.  In 2014, a lot of the top popular prohormones were banned by the FDA, causing most companies selling prohormones to alter formulations to meet legal standards.  It’s highly likely if you purchase a prohormone from a reputable retailer, you are purchasing a legal prohormone.

Popular and effective Prohormones:

What are SARMs?

SARM stands for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator and is a type of drug similar to anabolic steroids.  Your body carefully regulates androgen production and these SARMs are signalers that send powerful messages to muscle cells which in turn can grow rapidly, cause your body to shed more body fat, or even elevate growth hormones.  SARMs are said to be especially helpful for cutting body fat because they don’t increase water retention and are great at retaining muscle.  However, SARMs are not as potent muscle builders as prohormones.

Similar to steroids and prohormones, there are several different types of SARMs that produce different effects.  The names have different characters and numbers in them because they have not been approved for medical use, so pharmaceutical marketers haven’t bothered naming them.

Common Types of SARMs:

  • MK-677
  • LGD-4033 – Ligandrol
  • MK-2866 – Ostarine
  • GSX-007 – Andarine
  • GW-501516 – Cardaine

Benefits:

  • Lean mass gain
  • Reduction in body fat
  • Increase in strength and recovery
  • Does not suppress natural testosterone levels
  • Doesn’t aromatize to estrogen
  • Not as harmful as anabolic steroids

Side Effects:

Nonsteroidal SARMs have been around for only a couple of decades and human research is lacking on showing any long-term health defects.  The only correct answer currently is that we don’t know enough which can warrant concern.

Similar to prohormones, SARMs can be stacked.  The more you stack, the higher the risk of side effects will be.

  • Testicular atrophy (shrinking)
  • Acne
  • Cysts
  • Oily hair and skin
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Increased “bad” cholesterol levels
  • Lowered sperm count

Are SARMs legal?

SARMs are legal to purchase but this is only because they are being sold as “experimental chemicals” that aren’t meant for human consumption.  SARMs aren’t permitted in most sports and the World Anti-Doping Agency has already banned them.  It’s likely only a matter of time until SARMs are banned altogether.  For those reasons, you will not find many supplement companies or supplement retailers selling SARMs.  It’s a grey area.

So which should I take?

Both Prohormones and SARMs have numerous positives and negatives that come with them.  Based off of ease of access, muscle building potential, recoverability, and price, prohormones are the best of the two options when wanting to take that next step in improving your gains.  Prohormones have been around longer and have been more widely used with big-time supplement companies producing them and more research into user’s health after use.  SARMs just don’t have the research backing to feel they are safe to use.

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What is 1-Andro?

This article is primarily about the supplement 1-Andro which is a DHEA metabolite and is legal in the US under DASCA (Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act). The DHEA metabolite 1-Andro undergoes a two-step conversion to the hormone 1-Testosterone. This two-step conversion is what makes it a legal compound.

1-Androsterone is an androgenic sex hormone and is a metabolite of testosterone.  It’s a non-methylated anabolic compound whose primary metabolite is 1-Androstendione (1-AD) in the body.  1-Andro is the nomenclature for 1-androstene 3b-ol, 12-one.  It is also known as Androsterone. The assumption is that 1-Andro converts to testosterone, which is wrong.  1-Andro converts to 1-testosterone which can boost testosterone levels without the conversion to estrogen.  Some of the 1-Andro benefits are actually anti-estrogenic which means it’s a very good compound for adding lean muscle mass or aiding in fat loss.

What are the benefits of 1-Andro?

Due to the boost of 1-testosterone, your body will be able to add lean muscle mass.  If the goal is to add mass, a calorie surplus is usually required.  But even in a calorie deficit when cutting, this compound can help your body build muscle.  Due to the anti-estrogenic effects, your body shouldn’t hold extra water, no bloating, and won’t be like many prohormones of the past which caused a large amount of water weight gain.

The androgenic effects are very potent, meaning you will see gains on this compound.  The more in touch the user is with diet and training, the greater the change they should notice.  1-Andro is an excellent compound to either use alone or stack with other anabolic compounds for making even greater progress.

So in short……

  • Increases Lean Muscle Mass
  • Increases Strength
  • Increases Recovery
  • Doesn’t convert to estrogen
  • No Bloating
  • Has a recomposition effect to it (building muscle in a calorie deficit, burning fat while building muscle)

Is 1-Andro Legal?

Sounds like some very good benefits, right?  You must be wondering if 1-Andro is a legal supplement.  In 2014 is when the big prohormone ban came about and 1-Andro is one of the ingredients not on the list and is the most effective prohormone ingredient left on the market. See the first paragraph in this blog for more info.

Any side effects?

Due to being non-methylated and no estrogenic related increases, the side effects are very minimal if the user experiences any.  Non-liver toxic.  Gyno cannot occur without the estrogen increase.  Males who are prone to baldness should avoid this compound as mild hair loss may occur.

Lethargy is the most common side effect but not something all users experience.  Users may also experience a decrease in libido while on cycle.  Other temporary health issues are an increase in blood pressure and possible anxiety.  Not all users experience these side effects and some can go multiple cycles without having any negative effects. One way to combat these side effects is to stack it with a compound containing Epiandrosterone (Such as Sparta Epimax) as this converts to the male sex hormone DHT.

So in short…..

  • Lethargy
  • Decreased libido
  • Anxiety
  • Hair loss to those genetically prone
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Painful pumps (supplement with taurine to help)

Running a Cycle

1-Andro cycles can run anywhere from 4-8 weeks.  Stretching longer may hinder results and increase the number of side effects.  Results can usually be seen fast in the first couple weeks.  Fuller looking muscles, strength levels increasing, more muscle definition, and increased aggression.

Cycle support alongside a 1-Andro supplement is highly necessary with any anabolic hormone.  Running at the recommended dosage or higher is always best being safe and protect your body.  After all, we all got into fitness with the idea of a healthy body.  A cycle support supplement would be highly recommended as they will help the body process and deliver all these ingredients while maintaining strong organ and body health.

Post cycle therapy (PCT) will be needed to restore your natural testosterone production. During your cycle, your natural production of Testosterone will slow due to supplementation of 1-Andro. PCT will be required to raise those levels, and also to lower levels of Estrogen and Cortisol. These hormones are catabolic (breaks down muscle) in nature, and failing to suppress them may lead to a severe loss of muscle mass.

Most brands that sell a 1-Andro supplement also sell cycle support and PCT supplements.  You can stick to all one brand or buy from a couple different brands.

What are the most realistic gains I can expect from a cycle?

5-10lbs of lean muscle mass with a decrease in 1-4% body fat is very possible while on a 4-6 week cycle.  The longer and higher the dosage, the more significate those numbers can change.  Results will vary based on the individual’s diet, training, genetics, supplements, and goals.

Price Point?

1-Andro products will be priced rather high.  Don’t be surprised if you’re spending $60-80 for a 1-Andro supplement or up to $100 if you’re buying a supplement with a blend of 1-Andro and other compounds.  Remember, this is the strongest remaining prohormone ingredient on the market for adding clean muscle mass and enhancing fat loss.

Popular 1-Andro Supplements:

Popular PCT Supplements:

PSA: you can also supplement your gains during post cycle by taking a natural anabolic such as Black Lion Research Follidrone.