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My experience with Cardarine by AG Girl

What is Cardarine?

Cardarine, which is also known as GW-501516, is a modulator of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPAR) that was originally developed in the 1990’s as a drug candidate for treating metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. PPAR modulators are in a completely different category than steroids or SARMS - they are non-hormonal, not catabolic, and stimulant free. This is why cardarine is used by bodybuilders and athletes to increase endurance, increase fat loss and enhance the effects of other performance enhancing drugs (PED's). It has also been shown to improve cholesterol levels by decreasing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol. Just like SARMS, cardarine is legally sold as a research chemical liquid that has a thick and chunky texture.

gw-501516 cardarine chemicalstructure

Fig 1. Cardarine (gw-501516) Chemical Structure

Cardarine and females

Cardarine is an excellent choice for females because it is non hormonal. As a result, there are no risks of developing emasculating side effects or menstrual cycle irregularities. Besides, the versatility of cardarine makes it a great supplement to use whether your goals are to build muscle, loose fat, or both.

Ag-girl’s experiences with cardarine

I notice increases in endurance, fat loss and recovery the very first day of taking cardarine, but it takes about 2 weeks for me to notice the full effects. I notice that cardio becomes much less of an effort, and that I have more drive in the gym. Cardio can almost seem impossible after a grueling workout, but that is no longer the case when I am using cardarine.

A lot of females think that "fat burning" and stimulants go hand and hand. This is completely untrue. The beauty of cardarine is that it allows females to burn fat without any of the side effects that you would get with stimulant use. Stimulants can actually be counterproductive to a female’s fat loss and muscle building goals because they raise cortisol levels and can lead to adrenal fatigue. I personally do not use any stimulants, but if a female wants to continue using her stimulant based fat burner or pre-workout supplements, she can safely stack cardarine with it.

What I like about cardarine is that it is a much safer option than prescription fat burners like Clenbuterol and T-3, which can cause extensive side effects and even possible long term issues. What I dislike the most about prescription fat burners is that they are catabolic and promote muscle wasting. When cutting, I do not want to risk losing any hard earned muscle. Cardarine is not catabolic, so I am able to hold onto my muscle (and even continue to build more) while cutting body fat.

I like to split my daily cardarine dosage into an AM and PM dosage because of the compound’s 20-hour half-life. I take my first dosage with breakfast and my second dosage around 5PM before my workout. Cardarine will not affect sleep in anyway, so there is no need to worry about dosing it close to bed time.

Ag-girl on what stacks well with cardarine

I have used cardarine by itself and stacked with other compounds, and I came to the conclusion that if a female does not want to add muscle mass, she should use cardarine by itself. A female looking to build muscle should use cardarine with a SARM like S4 or LGD.

It should be noted that although cardarine is not illegal, it is a banned substance in many sports organizations. If you are a tested athlete, you should contact your sport’s governing body and ask if cardarine is on the banned substance list.

Ag-girl’s recommended cardarine cycle layout

Weeks 1-12

  • Cardarine (GW-501516) @ 20 milligrams (mg) ED
  • N2slin @ 2 caps 30 mins prior to meals
  • Optional: LGD @ 10mgs ED OR S4 @ 50mgs ED

N2slin complements a cardarine cycle nicely. It is a nutrient partitioner and non-stimulant fat burner. N2slin helps shuttle the food you eat into muscle cells and away from fat cells, and it will enhance the results of a cardarine cycle.

I also recommend females include a multi-vitamin, fish oil, evening primrose oil and B-100 vitamin into their daily supplement regiment.

Cardarine is non hormonal, so there is no need for a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) after a standalone cardarine cycle.

Stacking cardarine with PED’s

Cardarine is a great addition to any steroid cycle, where it will help maximize fat loss and reduce some of the side effects associated with PED usage. For instance, it is common to feel tired, lethargic and sluggish when using liver toxic oral steroids, and cardarine helps offset that.

Purchasing Cardarine

Cardarine is a controlled substance, which makes it illegal without a prescription. Luckily, there is a legal loophole - cardarine can be purchased as a research chemical liquid without a prescription. However, the consequent problem is that the FDA does not regulate the research chemical market, so the quality of the cardarine will depend on the source you purchase it from. Unfortunately, there is a lot of fake and under dosed cardarine being sold. Hence, it is always recommended to do extensive research prior to ordering from any source and stick with reputable sources that have lots of positive customer reviews.



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