As the resident “bro” of the site, it should be noted that I do not share the same zeal for training as my contemporaries. I write on history, gaming, and whatever strikes my fancy but I leave the record making to my betters in that regard. While I am not nearly as sad as the fat man wearing the extra small Under Armor T-shirt napping on the leg press machine, I simply have not gone at my physical training nearly as hard after my back surgery a few years ago. Do not mistake this as an intro into a sad tale of life setbacks and all that other emotional bullshit that every lifter seems to want to put into their writings these days; I just found shooting pistols for sport and fucking big booty broads more interesting and time consuming than being a gym bum for a year. Of course, comfort takes the bite out of any animal after a while and it makes me moody and frustrated so strength training had to be thrown back into the mix. Coincidentally, Chaos and Pain decided to come out with a SARMS product line. So, in the down time between my next history article, I decided to layout my experience with their SARMS, specifically GW-1516 and LGD-4033. Do note that while I write for this site, my review of products is not influenced by my association. I call it like I see it and if I feel a product isn’t anything special, I express that opinion. Fortunately for you, Jamie and Wayne appreciate my candid, occasionally tactless, nature. So let’s get to it.
As I’m in the middle of moving, my scale has been packed away along with much of my other equipment. Seeing that my first dose started on 25 June 2015 and I didn’t do a weight check then, I will be using photos and “feel” to document any body composition changes. Frankly, that’s probably for the best as seeing fluff come off in photos is much better than reading some guy’s random scale number. My lifts, on the other hand, are easier to document as I’ve essentially been cruising on easy mode in the gym for the most part of the year; I’ve not done a squat or bench over 315 or a deadlift over 365 in months. Yea, I quit life, bro, at least in the gym. My starting numbers for the prime lifts were:
“Pains” that I’m having prior to beginning the cycle are a soreness to the bottom of my right patella and a tightness in the right side of my back. They do not prevent my training but they are to be noted. I did not opt to undertake a strict cutting diet due to knowing that I’m just not going to be able to stick to one without having access to most of my funds (moving). However, when I do eat, I try to make protien my priority and carbs minimal until the weekend; basically, a lazy apex predator diet.
The First Seven
From 25 June to 28 June, I freeballed in the gym just to get a non-maximal baseline number on my lifts and get my head back into training. Unlike the no name SARM logs I came across on online forums proclaiming instant strength gains and extra cock vascularity within a day of taking LGD, I didn’t notice a damn thing in terms of strength nor did I expect to. What was noticeable was an increase in workout endurance around day 2 or 3. In weeks prior, my best workouts were usually only performed when under the influence of a pre workout (shift work makes for bad sleeping). As the week moved on, I found myself requiring less caffeine and hitting my training harder. GW has the “exercise in a bottle” tagline and I feel that may be the case. My alertness and overall willingness to keep going in the gym increased. Training on days where I slept well and took Ferox and AMP would lead to 2+ hour sessions that should have ended at 45 mins but I was just having fun. My appetite started to increase over the week. I’m not sure if I can attribute this to the SARMS or just the increased activity but who cares?! Ribs and tits; I eats it; roll it!
Week 2: That Giggity Feel
2 Jul 2015 (8th day)
This was the first day that the strength gain became noticeable but the standout was the endurance by far. Training for the day:
Hammer MTS v-squat: 90*10/10/10, 130*6, 190*6, 230*4, 290*3, 330*3, 390*2/3/3/1/1/3/3
Hamstring Curls 6*15-65 lbs, 85 lbs*8/8/8, 95 lbs*6/
Overhead press: 95*warmup:
BTN: 135*5, 185*3, 205*2
Front: 135*5, 185*4, 205*2, 225*1/1/1
Hammer MTS shoulder press: 6*12 60 lbs. /80/100/120*3*amap
I did not intend to train this much but when on a roll, roll it. I passed out after eating 3 lbs of beef ribs.
3 July 2015 (9th) (Work day)
Training had to be condensed into a 30 minute work break with little warmup and that probably was not the best thing for some nagging joints. However, I can’t complain after leaving the weight room with a shoulder and arm pump that made getting my shirt off a pain in the ass. I completed these exercises in a circuit with about 1 min rest intervals (90 secs tops).
Lat Pulldown: 6xamap 105
BTN Press: up to 225x3x1 Klokov 135x8x5
Flat Bench Machine Press: 355x5x5-6
*I average 5 km of walking just doing my regular job and that’s on a light day. While I don’t factor that into the gym work, I feel it should be noted.
4th July 2015 (10th day- Work)
*Apparently, Google Docs didn’t save my log entry on the 4th. The gist of the session:
Bench press: up to 315*3*1, 265*6*3
Standing ab curls: 6*10 121 lbs
5th Jul 2015 (11th day)
*I took a break; I ate pork; I got laid; I was content
6th Jul 2015 (12th day)
Front Squat: up to 205*2 + Light Klokov 95* sets of 8-10
Deadlifts: up to 395*1
Farmers’ walk: 5 laps 140lbs
Hammer shoulder press: up to (per side) 90*10/10 115*7/7 140*4/4
Standing calf: 6*amap 105lbs
Incline treadmill: 10min 3/6 mph intervals
*This was one of those days where I had to accept that the body doesn’t always want to do what I want it to do and I just have to find the thing it wants to do. My lower back was stiff and no amount of warmup was loosening it up. However, I still got in a decent amount of work and I’m sure that will lead to better lifts another day. Visually, others are beginning to comment that I am leaning up and I’m starting to notice thickness around my shoulders myself.
7th Jul 2015 (13th day)
Overhead press: 135*6, 155*6, 185*3, 205*2, 225*1, 245*1, 255*5*1, 225*2/2/2
Standing abs strap: 6*8 121
Pec flys: 90*10/8/8/6
*Lower back and knees sore; this was probably the sorest I’ve been. Opted for the overhead work instead of the squat or row and hit some training PRs. I may need to up my food intake as yesterday and today have been tiring sessions. However, that could also be the heat and just the usual highs and lows of training.
Observation: My lifts are improving steadily. However, I feel that I’ve hit the area where I don’t “notice” the effects of the SARMS as dramatically as before. That doesn’t mean they are doing their job; it just means that I’m growing accustomed to them as one would with any substance. My training sessions are still longer than my average ones for the past year.
8th Jul 2015 (14th day-On Shift)
**I probably slept no more than 3 hours after staring at the ceiling and sleep banging the ol’ lady to knock myself out. Why jerk off when you can just roll over, am I right? We’ll see how the day goes and I’ll see if I can get a quickie session in after work. I want to get my 8-9hrs in tonight so I’m not smashed working tomorrow.
9th Jul 2015
Hammer shoulders press: 140lbs*5/5/5/5
Hammer Leg Curls: 100lbs *6/5/5/5/5 75lbs*8/7
Leg Extensions: 50* 5*10
Calf raises(stretch in the bottom): 6*110*amap
Back extension machine: 6*amap 220
*Coming down the stairs this morning and climbing them at work made my right patella act up to a point where I briefly considered pulling out of work and heading to the doctor to hear him tell me nothing of worth and pass me painkillers. After speaking to Jamie about it, it could be my foot position in my squat affecting me. Today’s training was just to get some work in on the area without stressing it too much and also because all the racks were taken so I couldn’t squat anyway; that’s probably for the best. If I’m not called in for overtime tomorrow, I’ll see how it feels in the morning and get some light squats in. As for the heavy, it’s between bench and deadlifts…maybe overhead. I like overhead; I shouldn’t but I do. Fuck it. Let tomorrow decided what tomorrow will be.
Iso-lat incline press: 3*12-15
Hammer pulldowns: 3*12-15
Pendlay rows: 6*3 225
*Despite my knee, I was feeling pretty good. Unfortunately, the gym was packed with every rack taken. I manage to get into the room with the bumper plates and have my workout cut off because they closed the room and put me out…yea, I’m about to cut the funds off to this gym in the coming months. My headphones broke on my last set as well which just killed the whole affair. I could have done some machine work but I just don’t fucking want to do it. I’m off so I’ll bang in the morning.
Bench: 265*3/3/3/3/3/3 275*3/3 285*1
MTS Hammer Shoulder Press:: 80*12 90*3*10
Ab strap: 143lbs 6/6/5/4 110lbs*12
Cable curls: 70**6/6/6/
*I have come off my drug high. What I mean by that is that because I’m on an assistant, I want to go wild every session. My body, on the other hand, has reminded me that I’m not Superman and reining in some enthusiasm is probably the best option for longevity. Today was a “do work” day and it was solid. I have a few ideas on how I want to manage my training in terms of just focusing on the push/pull and trying to pattern it around this gym’s heavy traffic times.
Beach day: hung out with new dog and the ol’ lady for a much needed tan. Farmer’s tan just isn’t sexy.
**Adjustment: went to gym anyway. Fuck it. Gains.
Strict press(5 chin up between sets) up to 205*1/1/1 185*2/3/2/2/2
Rack pull (just below knee): singles of 365- didn’t track count as they were fast
Hammer leg curl: 50lbs*5*10
Back hypers: 5*amap
15 min Elliptical
**My lower body has been squirrelly most of this cycle and I didn’t really want to come in today. But since I was in the neighborhood for food anyway, I felt I should do something to earn the meal. My pulls feel foreign right now. I’m having to repeat simple shit in my head like keeping my chest up since I haven’t done them in forever. As I won’t be doing much squatting until my knee sorts itself out, I’ll get plenty of practice in the rack and full pulls this week and the following.
Machine decline press: 135 per side 6/7/7/7/7/7
Mach. Shoulder Press: 115 per side 6/6/6/6/6/6
Mach. Rows: 150*6 170*6/6/6/6/6
Klokov: 135*6/6/6/6 185*3/2/3 135*4/4
Deltiod fly: 80*6*10
Standing Calf raise: 140*6*10
**This was just a sexy flexy day; got in and banged around creeping on yoga booties and making weird faces in the mirror; pretty sure people got pregnant.
Squat: worked up to 295*1/1/1/1
Cable row: 121*6*amap
Hamstring curl: 2*15
**ended up lifting near midnight from an already long day. My knee is still sore but not as badly so I have it a little work today. I opened my feet up and widened my stance a bit more and it felt better. However, I won’t know until tomorrow when I wake up and feel if my knee hates me again. Not a great day but got some in.
Klokov 6*8 115
Hammer ISO high row: 100 per side 8/8/9 125*6/6/6
Bench: 315*1, 320*3*1, 285*2/2/2/3
Shoulder Press 90 3*8
Curls 3-5* amap
High Pulls: up to 225*6*2
Curls 3*amap 95
Barbell ab roll: 225*3*amap
**Rush session as I had an appointment to meet but I wanted to get some in before it was too late in the day.
Final week of Training on GW/LGD (Wk 4)
Up to this point, I’ve only logged thoughts on individual sessions. The thought that popped into my head at the end of the session yesterday for this cycle is how much a year off can let things slide away and getting back up the hill to where you were seems harder than it should be. I’m 8 days without a break in training, half my body hurts and I’m plain fucking tired. Outside of major injury, anything that could make the cycle suboptimal has occurred: poor food, poor funds, housing moves, animals waking me at night with their bullshit, etc. Despite all this, I probably wouldn’t be handling the load as I am now without the SARMS. I’ve not needed much in preworkout (thankfully, since I’ve not the cash); while my big lift numbers aren’t blowing my mind, the amount of work I get into many of my sessions has been fairly high. Strength gain has been a more incremental gain instead of a dramatic one; now that I have a good feel on how these compounds work on me, a change in thought process is warranted. I was expecting massive jumps in numbers so I intended to jump after singles from the start. Clearly, my knee and back weren’t having that shit. So, if you haven’t noticed in the last 3-4 sessions, I’ve altered my approach for the final week and the PCT. On the days that I work 12hr shifts, I’ve not the time to get any real work in or to even warm up for it. Those sessions essentially have to be the warm up for the next one or none at all; therefore, most of the bodybuilding work will happen there. On my off days, if I can get in early, the AM will mirror the work day one. The PM will be the barbell work and kept short and to the point. The basic format will be based of the CNP DTO book. I feel that doing things this way will allow me to narrow my focus and get in some needed active and inactive recovery. After all, I’ve still another 5 weeks to go. Anyway, I’m moving this weekend so back to the suck.
Hamstring curls/lat fly 6*amap
Front squat (l) 3*8 95
Back Squat (l) 3*8 155
Push Press: (m) 185*4*6/*2
Pec fly: 100*6*10-12
Cable curl: 60*10/10/8/6
Reverse Hyper: 50*amap to warmup
Ham curl: 60* amap to warmup
Bodyweight ab/ low back work
Hammer Shoulder press: 70*3*8-10; 90*8/8/8 115*6/6/6
Ham curl: 90*6/7/7/8/7
T bar row: 135*6/7/7/ 160*6 190*5/5
Shrugs: up to 545*1/2; 495*2/2/3/3/3/4/3/3/3 315*10/8/6
Curl and press: 95lbs x 3x amap
Elliptical: 10 min moderate resistance
**Lifting has been solid over the past few days. My knee has calmed down a lot and I’m working with my chiro on my back tightness. We’ve finally moved the bulk of things into our new house and while funds will take a few weeks to stabilize again (gotta get lawn care, washer/dryer, yada yada), I’ll be able to focus more on my nutrition and tighten things down for the PCT coming up in a couple of days. With the myriad of factors that made this cycle sub-optimal, I have to say that the SARMS have made a noticable impression in my physical appearance and my training output. They are not a instant “Hulk” compound but the steady gain is there and if you are someone that is planning on staying with the iron for the long term, I feel they are definitely something to consider adding to the cabinet; But we’ll see if my opinion holds up after the PCT.
Hammer Shoulder 45*3*20 70*2*10
Angled leg press: 45s (7plates per side) 6*6
Rack pull: up to 405*1/1/1 365*3/3/3
Cable row: 187*6*8
Standing ab: 110*10+; 121*10+; 143*3*6
Cable curl: 3*12
Cardio: 25 mins
Back raises: sets of 15-20
Bench: up to 315*3*1 225*3*6
Btn press: up to 245*1, Klokov 155*3/3/3
Good morning: 115*6/6
Flys, curls, calves, misc work
Ham curls/lat pulldown: amap until warmup
Pendlay row: 135*4*5, 185*2*3, 205*3, 225*3/4/5/4/ 245*2/3/2
High pull (clean grip): 135*5/3 185*3, 225*2/3, 245*1, 265*2, 275*1/1
Bottom squat Klokovs: sets of 5 up to 95*6/6, 115*2/3, 135*1/2/3/1, 3 standing
Cable row: 209*6*6
Standing ab: 121*6*amap
Back Extensions: 10/12, 10lbs *10/10/12
**Trained someone…light day just doing what the individual was doing.
Bench: up to 275*3, 285*3/3/3/4
Machine shoulder press: 90*2*10, 100*10, 120*10/10/10/10
Back Extensions: 6*15
Back Ext: 3*10
Close grip bench: 225*5*5
Back Squat: 315*4; Jump Squat: 115*8/5/5/5/
RDL: up to 335*3*2, 365*4*1
Klokov: up to 155*3/3/3/3
Back Extension: 3*10
Good morning: 95*3*6
Strict press: 95*3*6, 135*3, 155*3, 185*2, 205*1,
Push press: 225*8*2
Snatch high pull 135*3*5, 185*3/3, 205*2, 225*2/2, 135*3*5
Dips 6*amap (12)
Calves 6*amap (22)
Elliptical 10 mins
Power clean + strict press (1+2) up to 185*3sets
Push press from rack + pause jerk (1+1) up to 235*3 sets
Pause Front squat (3-5secs)+front squat 135, 185, 225, 245, 265, 275, 275, 245, 245, 245
Jump squat: 95* 10,5,6,5,5,5,5,
Back Extension: 3*12
**I am currently into the first few days of the Cannibal Alpha; my lifts are still improving and many of my aches have chilled the hell out. This training cycle has really felt like rebuilding a house that has fallen into disrepair. That had a humbling effect to it once I realized it; After a few days and watching a Vice doc on Wim Hof, I found some relief in it as well. I understood that I shouldn’t be rushing anything. I’m not in competition with anyone and there’s no reason to push certain movements to the point I injure myself and be setback for weeks. Once the “pressure” that was in my head was let go, I started to just have fun lifting and mixing things up. The last week is an example of that as I’ve added movements I haven’t done in years. I haven’t done a clean or high pull since my back surgery and Front squats haven’t been higher than 185 tops so getting them in the other day was pleasure. I’m debating getting up in the morning and adding in bagwork for cardio. The bag will wear you the hell out quickly and it’s more entertaining than just using an elliptical. However, I live 35-40mins from the gym so pulling double days are dependant on gas and me getting my ass up on my off days (sleep is good…and stuff). I’m going to pick up some knee sleeves as soon as some funds come in; the move has been brutal and to be honest, I’m not really happy with the new spot but the papers are signed so I just have to bear it for the year. I have 6mb internet at my new place…yea, it’s that bad. First world problems but fuck you, I live in the first world and run content in the first world so it’s a damn problem haha. Twitch is likely out and Youtube is going to be a chore. But this does leave time in my schedule for training so spending the year seeing what this body can do isn’t time wasted; there may even be more benefits to it than the obvious.
Klokov’s: up to 185*1, 165*2/2/2/2/1/1
Shrugs: up to 405*5/4/4/4/4/3
Standing ab: 110*4×14
Off (Forgot gear and had to get home to let dog out)
Back ext: 30lbs *3*10
Back squat: up to 335*1, 295*2/2/2
Snatch Grip Romanian DL: sets of 2 up to: 315*2/2/1/2/2/2/2
Snatch high pull: 135*2*5, 185*3*5
Klokov: 135*2*5, btn pp 185*3-4 amap till burnt out
Leg curl: 50*3*10-12 (hams were eaten up on the Romanians lol)
Back Ext: 4*10-15
Reverse Bench: sets of 5 to 245, 265, 275*1/1/2/3/2, 225
Incline Bench: sets of 6 to 205, 225*3, 245*1 (not a max; just bored of benching now)
Hammer Row (plate loaded) 135*6*amap
Standing ab 143*2*6, 121*2*8, 110*2*9
Dips(bw) 56 reps total (cramping in mid right side lol)
Calf: 120*amap 6 sets
Jacobs ladder: 10 mins
**Jacobs ladder sucks ass…but it’s brutal so gotta do it!
Ham curl: 25*2*15, 50*2*10, 75*2*10
Back ext (bw) 3*15
Machine Fly: 100*20, 130*15, 160*10, 200*3*8
Mil press: up to 185*1, push press: 225*2/2/1/2/1/1/2/1/1/1
Shrugs: up to 445*3*2/2/3 (not feeling the shrug today) 315*7/7
Klokov: 115*7/7/7 135*4*4
**I really wasn’t feeling training yesterday. I was tired and I’m surprised I did anything worth a damn. At the moment, I’m going off 4 hours or less sleep and I’m kinda passing out at the keyboard. I’ll admit it…I miss the GW, haha. Feel free to donate to the preworkout fund because work day lifting is a sleepy affair once more. I think I’m just going to do arms today. It’s early in the morning so I may change my mind later but judging how I feel at the moment, today may just be bi and tri. Fuck it; not mad at bigger wings to fly into the Danger Zone! Ha! I’m thinking deadlifts this weekend. It’s been a while.
Leg Curls: 50*2*15, 60*10, 85*3*6
Klokov 95, 135
Back ext: 3*10
Deadlift: (2 pull to knees+1 full pull) 135, 185, 225,275
(Full pull) 315, 365, 405*2*1, 415*2*1
Snatch Rdl: up to 275*5*3
Fly: 110*20, 160*5*10-15
**Good day and I can’t complain about progress.
Leg Curl: 50*2*10, 60*2*10
Kloks: 115lbs, 135lbs
**Didn’t log the weight/reps as this is a complete tossed together Monday worknight session. The real work is together; this is just greasing the wheel
Also, running after being on your feet all day fucking blows; I’m not doing that again!
Good morning: 4*10
Push press: 195 6*3
Snatch Rdl: up to 365*1/1
High pull: 155*4*5
Shoulder press: up to 150*6
**think I was in the sun way too long today; I felt terrible, sweating like a dog and just worn out. That’s what I get for forgetting my Nuuns.
**Deads: 415… up 50 pounds in under a month and a half!
Squat: 335 Front: 275… up 20 pounds
Bench: 320… up 15 pounds
I haven’t been actively testing maxes. I typically just go in and pull to a training max for the day. These numbers are an improvement over what I started with for sure.
Front Squat: up to 295/ 235*2/2/2/2
Press: up to 235/225*3*1-2 195*2*3
T-bar row: 3 45lbs plates for 6×8
**this is the last time I do Mr. Hyde. I don’t get energy from it. I just get a lot of sweating and a headache. I need my Ferox back.. Fucking hell…
14 Aug 2015
So it’s been seven weeks and overall, my strength has improved. I’ve not surpassed my best since the surgery nor am I on par with my former numbers. But I’m not eating, sleeping or training like I did back then either so that’s a given. But every session is an improvement and those numbers aren’t that far off anymore. Looking at the record, I’ve noticed I’m taking more off days now than I was during the sarm cycle. Some of that is just life getting in the way but a few of those are “I just don’t fucking want to.” You have less of those days when you’re on cycle for sure and there may have been more if I wasn’t on Alpha; who knows, right?
I don’t expect a drastic change in a week on my training PR numbers so there’s no need to hold off on my opinion of the sarms/alpha. I like them. I didn’t notice any physical side; depending on the lift, my poundage rose from 20lbs to 50lbs from previous standings. DId I shatter world records or even my own? No. The increase in strength was not dramatic and I’d gone pretty far into the sedentary lifestyle that it’s gonna take time to be decent again, especially with a sore knee and angry back. But I don’t have a problem with that. I’m moving weight I haven’t moved in a long time and I’m enjoying it, mostly. As I didn’t change my diet or much of anything before taking the sarms, I highly doubt my experience was placebo. I love the GW most of all. The energy from that was probably the most valuable to me and of the three, that will become a mainstay. I plan on doing a triple stack next time with strict diet and sleep times as the hustle from the house move has finally started to settle (and money is showing back up in my bank account). Everything about this trial run was sub-optimal but the product itself did not disappoint and I look forward to using them again. I hope my experience is helpful to you. Check them out. They are worth the look.