This is a review a little late-coming but I wanted to gauge some things post-run so I decided waiting a couple weeks wouldn't hurt. I want to thank TheNeck and Blackstone Labs for being gracious enough to extend two bottles of this to me for a serious run. I had a blast with this product!
The profile per Blackstone Labs (per capsule)
Ostarine – 12mg
Ostarine is a SARM (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator) developed for the prevention and treatment of muscle wasting. SARMS work by binding to the androgen receptor and demonstrate osteo (bone) and myo (muscular) anabolic activity. Binding and activation of the androgen receptor alters the expression of genes and increases protein synthesis which builds muscle. SARMS like ostarine cause muscle growth in the same manner as steroids, however unlike testosterone and other anabolics, SARMS do not aromatize or produce the growth effect on prostate and other secondary sexual organs.
Advantages of Ostarine
It is non methylated so it is non-toxic to the liver or blood pressure
Great sense of well-being
Need for a long time period off between cycles
Has little impact on cholesterol values.
Great for strength
Great for lean mass gains
Great for body recomposition
Effective for endurance (aerobic or anaerobic)
Your half-life only requires to a once a day dose
Androst 3, 5 dien-7, 17-dione – 37.5mg
This is one of, if not the most naturally powerful aromatase and cortisol inhibitors currently available on the open market. Androst 3, 5 dien, 17-dione is not a prohormone, nor will it shut down your natural testosterone production. In fact, as it binds to your androgen receptors and lowers your estrogen and cortisol levels, your testosterone will increase naturally, thus helping to improve what experts consider to be optimal T:E and T:C ratios.
Tribulus Terresteris – 250mg
Tribulus terrestris is a natural testosterone booster used for centuries in ancient Greece, India and Africa to support fertility and rejuvenate the body. Scientific studies have indicated that, although Tribulus contains no hormones, it helps to support healthy hormone production and male reproductive health. Instead of being a testosterone precursor, it leads to the production of the luteinizing hormone (LH). When LH levels are increased, the natural production of testosterone is also increased.
Saw Palmetto – 160mg
Men all over the world have been reaping the benefits of saw palmetto making it one of the leading herbs for men's health. It works by serving to support prostate function and urinary health by helping to prevent the conversion of testosterone to DHT. It also contains fatty acids which help to lower cholesterol, sterols that may help stimulate the immune system, and flavonoids that contain anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
There are only a handful of Ostarine supplements out there with one of the very first being IronMagLabs Osta RX. These profiles differ slightly with IML's containing approximately 16% less Ostarine per daily recommended dose (20mg vs 24mg). IML also contains a blend of L-dopa, tribulus, Longjack, horny goat weed all of which is in a blend of less than 700mg.
Contrastly, PCT IV contains 320g of Saw palmetto, 500mg of tribulus, and a full daily dose of 75mg of aromatase inhibitor.
This product was a shining star for me. I cut something like 2.5 inches off my stomach in 2 months...no bull. All while only losing a modest amount of weight and while not only gaining strength but hitting some modest all-time PR's. I will link my log for this to elaborate further. Yes I was maintenance/deficit calories on occasion but either way you look at it gaining strength on a cut or cutting inches while maintaining a decent weight and strength, this product did wonders as a recomp agent.
Not only did I lose inches around my midsection but there was a very apparent leaning and hardening effect over my whole body. Veins started popping some as it was becoming apparent that my overall bodyfat level was getting lower.
I experienced no sides of shutdown whatsoever as I took this as a standalone and not as an actual PCT, maybe slight libido boost, oily skin, but nothing huge. I had a good sense of well-being, and while not hugely noticeably aggressive, I was certainly not afraid of the weights.
Now quickly, this is marketed as a PCT or on cycle product. I personally believe that it is better served as a standalone or on cycle product and not so much as PCT. I have read some literature that Ostarine while not suppressive as say a prohormone, can be SLIGHTLY suppressive and therefore I would think would hinder full and quick recovery if used during PCT. Additionally, I am not a huge fan of AI usage during PCT either (can be compound dependent of course). I would much rather run this as a standalone or on cycle (for added anabolic effects and to prevent sides) and at the very most run as a half dose during the first two weeks of PCT, or more ideally, as a bridge AFTER PCT.
Either way, I am not the end all expert on this product just wanted to throw my opinion out there.
A lot of people would think that 70 bucks for month of this would be a little hard to swallow, but in all reality, you are getting some mild PH-like benefits from this without the need for cycle support or PCT how expensive is this really? As far as comparing to similar products, IML Osta RX is a tad cheaper at lockout, but you get an entire month of an AI with this which is more than worth the extra 10 bucks. Plus if you buy from Blackstone Labs you can always root around for a discount code and make the prices downright comparable.
I have seen one or two other companies with cheaper ostarine versions, but so far I definitely think you are better off paying for assured quality over a shot in the dark from a relatively untested company.
I think I have covered the basics but to summarize, this is a good quality product. Two pills, once a day, easy peasy. I would suggest a 2 bottle run and I promise if you put in the work this product will be well worth it. As far as quality goes, Blackstone Labs has my full support and I wouldn't hesitate to try a product that they carry.