It’s really important that you are in the right physical and mental place to start your first cycle of SARMs. If you’re not, then you’re wasting your money, and you could be putting your health at risk if you are not going into your first cycle of SARMs understanding how they work, and what you can achieve.
So what we’re going to do here is talk you through the key things you should be thinking about before you consider using SARMs for the first time. There’s just no point in bothering with a SARMs cycle unless you already have the following basics in place:
- You should have been working out for a considerable time
- Your natural gains should have to slow down or have plateaued
- Diet and understanding of what is required should be clear
- Workout routines should be ready to be moved up a gear
- Your mind must be in a healthy state so you are doing this for the right reasons
Therefore, when those things are in place, then you’re ready to consider your first SARMs cycle. So let’s take a look at the 6 main things you’ll have to be aware of to make sure your first cycle of SARMs goes well, and answer some questions a lot of people ask.
Sort Out Your Psychology
I saw a guy on Reddit once who posted a massive piece about his first SARMs cycle. It was really involved, he really hammered himself for 12 weeks and suffered significant testosterone breakdown because of it.
His reason was that he had been bullied a few years back, and although he worked out with the gym, he never felt he was big enough to defend himself. That’s not a reason to start using SARMs.
If you have emotional reasons for wanting to start using SARMs, you should check in with yourself to make sure you’re not damaging your self-esteem further. You should be in a healthy state of mind, and doing it for the right reasons. Not to get a girl back, to look more threatening, things like that, it should be purely to look the best you can and be proud of your peak fitness.
Set Realistic Goals: What Do You Expect To Achieve?
Look, when you are considering your first SARMs cycle you’re going to be full of hope and excitement. But you mustn’t just think you’re going to pack on 20 lbs of lean muscle, cut all your fat, and look like you’ve been pumping iron to 10 years straight.
Your first SARMs cycle should be conservative, sensible. That means small doses, especially if you are stacking, and it means monitoring yourself carefully.
If your first cycle is Ostarine dosed at 20 mg then you should strip fat. If it’s RAD-140 dosed at 20 mg then you should put on muscle. You get the idea. But you must be realistic in your expectations about the outcome of your first cycle, which is more about testing the water than being the finished product at the end of it.
Diet, Exercise & Sleep Are More Important Than SARMs
You mustn’t fall into the trap of believing the misconception that all you have to do is take a course of SARMs and the muscles will ripple, while the fat disappears. The key to any SARMs cycle is to make sure your diet is spot on, your exercise regime is regular and develops, and that you are sleeping eight hours a night.
It also means having a healthy lifestyle. If you are hammering it down the pub every night, eating pizza, and not working out at the gym regularly, then you won’t make the gains you could.
So the golden message you have to understand is that a good diet, rich in protein, working out several times a week with a progressive development plan, and living a healthy lifestyle, will all contribute to your first SARMs cycle producing the most pronounced results.
Decide Which SARMs & Strategy Will Work Best
There’s no point in just diving into a SARMs cycle without really looking into it in much detail. You can read about idiots like that all over Reddit. You need to decide on your strategy. And for your first cycle, preferably just concentrate on one thing. Usually, it will be stripping fat, and it will usually be Ostarine.
But if you want to recomp with your first cycle, then you should be looking to stack a couple of SARMs to achieve that. Your strategy should be clear, as should the dosage, cycle length, and gap after your cycle. Unless your strategy and goals are clear, you’ll always fail.
Are You Prepared For The Side Effects?
You might not get side effects. If you are dosing 10 mg of Ostarine, SR-9009, or Cardarine then you probably won’t get any at all. But if you’re stacking any SARMs, or you are dosing Testolone or another bulking SARM, then you should be crystal clear on possible side-effects.
That means knowing what the side-effects could be, watching out for them, and being prepared to deal with them. You might have to cut your cycle short if they get too severe, and your post cycle recovery needs to be planned.
That means thinking about a PCT supplement. If you think you’ll need one, or even if you don’t, it’s handy to have one around just in case your testosterone levels start to drop dramatically. Planning in advance will stop a lot of problems developing too far.
Record Your Progress & Celebrate Success
And finally, apart from enjoying your exercise routine, watching the development, and understanding what SARMs can do, and what they can’t, it’s important to record your progress and celebrate your successes.
Make sure you take before and after photos. If you’re doing an initial eight week cycle, take one at the start, and then one at the end of each week. That will give you something to look at, to compare as you develop.
Make sure you also plan to celebrate your success at the end of your cycle. Even if it hasn’t gone as well as you thought, your first SARMs cycle, and a step up in gear you’re taking to get the body you want, is worth shouting about.