Post Cycle Therapy
Post Cycle Therapy is probably the most discussed issue among bodybuilders. Today there are a lot of PCT plans, but all of them share common features. In most cases they differ only in doses of the same substances.
On the one hand, this similarity has simple explanation – these substances do the job, and they proved to be effective for decades. However, science never stays on one and the same place, and it is way ahead from the level it was decades ago.
Therefore, this article will be about something special – SARMs and their role in PCT.
What is SARMs?
This abbreviation stands for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators. Thus SARMs are a group of molecules which can selectively bind to androgen receptors and initiate specific reactions. However, they do not belong to steroids and do not produce steroid specific side effects, which is very important.
The major tasks of PCT:
- To restart the hypothalamic pituitary testicular axis.
- To slow down the catabolic reactions.
- To minimize the rollback phenomenon.
- To reduce fat deposition while following high calorie diet
- To normalize your endocrine system
Now we will talk about each task separately.
Restarting of the hypothalamic pituitary testicular axis
In order to achieve this goal, you should take substances, which belong to the group of Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SARMs). They are Clomid, Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) and Toremifene. The first two are the most popular among athletes.
The usual dosage of Tamoxifen 20 mg per day throughout PCT. The use of Clomid is a little bit more complex:
- 1st week of PCT 100 mg daily.
- During 2nd and 3rd week 50 mg daily
- 4th week – 25 mg daily
Suppression of catabolic reactions
The major problem at the end of a cycle is low levels of such hormones as testosterone and insulin-like growth factor, meanwhile the level of cortisol is significantly higher than it should be. All these factors lead to high catabolism.
And now it is a high time to talk about SARMs and PCT. In order to achieve this goal one should find a substance that has anti-catabolic activity and, atthe same time, does not suppress hypothalamic pituitary testicular axis. Ostarine is the perfect candidate for these goals.
By taking 25 mg of Ostarine daily (for a month) you are sure to protect your muscles from destruction. This SARM efficiently increases the concentration of IGF-1, normalizes the balance of nitrogen and suppresses the activity of cortisol. It may also create a powerful pump effect during workouts and improve your erection.
Reduction of fat deposition
Some athletes think that it is impossible to fight fat and to avoid catabolism at the same time. So it was until Cardarine appeared on the market. This is a great tool for fat burning without destruction of muscle tissues.
This representative of SARMs can speed up the reorganization of energetic processes in a cell. It forces musclesto actively use glycogen. As a result, they burn all carbohydrates, which prevents their conversion into fat.
At the same time Cardarine activates lipolysis, thus turning fatty acids into a source of energy. Besides, scientists regard Cardarine as a possible treatment of diabetes. To get the effect you should take 25 mg of Cardarine daily. By using this drug you will normalize the balance of lipoproteins and improve your health.
Normalization of the endocrine system
The other problem of most AAS cycles is high levels of estradiol, which lead to such unpleasant side-effectas gynecomastia. If you don’t take preventive measures it may become irreversible, and the only way to fix it is surgery.
In this case we recommend using Aromasin after your cycle. This SARM can increase the level of insulin-like growth factor and simultaneously suppress the process of aromatization.It can accelerate the production of endogenous testosterone, which is perfect for PCT.
Take 12.5 mg of Aromasin daily for one month. Additionally we also advise you to take 50 mg Andarine daily at the final stage of your cycle. This drug increases the concentration of growth hormone and IGF-1, besides it restores the nitrogen balance. Thus you can start PCT before the end of your steroid cycle.
SARMs became popular among athletes due to their efficiency and safety.