Some gym goers take SARMs with a goal of increasing their T levels.
But can you take SARMs in natural bodybuilding competitions, and are they classed as natty?
Are SARMs Natty?
SARMs are not natty since they’re not allowed to be taken in natural bodybuilding competitions and are banned by WADA and NCAA.
In this post, we will define what natty means, whether SARMs are steroids, whether SARMs are banned, and much more.
What Does Natty Mean?
‘Natty’ is a slang term used by bodybuilders to describe something/someone as natural.
But depending on which bodybuilder you speak to, natty can mean different things.
Some people think that no supplements are considered natty.
But to me, this makes no sense.
Well, many supplements like amino acids and caffeine are natural found in food and drink.
So you can’t really call something unnatty if it’s part of what humans consume on a daily basis.
On the other hand, most people agree that to be natty, you don’t take any banned PEDs (Performance-Enhancing Drugs).
I.e., your physique is achieved solely by diet, resistance training and supplements that are approved by the world anti-doping agency.
Are SARMs Steroids?
When discussing steroids in the weightlifting community, people are usually referring to anabolic steroids, like Deca, Dianabol and Anadrol.
These are synthetic versions of male testosterone, which help increase size and strength.
SARMs are synthetic drugs which are designed to have similar effects to anabolic steroids.
While SARMs aren’t actually steroids, they work very similar in the body.
Are SARMs Drugs?
Well, it depends on how you define the word drug.
According to Dictionary.com:
A drug is a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.
So by their definition, you could argue that testosterone boosters are a drug since they enhance physical well-being.
Whereas Yourdictionary.com define a drug as:
A chemical substance, such as a narcotic or hallucinogen, that affects the central nervous system, causing changes in behaviour and often addiction.
By this definition, testosterone boosters aren’t a drug as they don’t affect the central nervous system.
Are SARMs Banned Substances?
SARMs are banned by the 3 large sport’s governing bodies – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), or the NCAA.
7 Natty Supplements
So, you’ve decided that you don’t want to take SARMs because you want to stay natty.
Well, here’s 7 different supplements you can choose to increase your gains while staying natty!
Creatine is excellent for skinny guys as it can help you gain weight fast.
Creatine is considered natural as it’s not prohibited by the large governing bodies.
Pre workout is usually taken just before you hit the gym for an extra energy boost.
But some people take pre workout in the morning to wake up!
Pre workout isn’t a steroid and you can take it in natural bodybuilding competitions.
Many people take mass gainer when they’re looking to bulk up.
You are natural if you take mass gainer as it’s made from ingredients which aren’t banned.
Another popular supplement taken by gym goers is BCAAs.
BCAAs are considered natural as they’re the 3 essential amino acids – leucine, isoleucine and valine.
Ah yes, one of my favorite supplements – whey protein!
Whey protein powder is natural since it’s derived from cheese production and it’s allowed to be taken in natural bodybuilding comps.
Fat burners are very overrated in my eyes!
That being said, you’re still natty if you take fat burners as they’re made from natural ingredients, like coffee extract and l-carnosine.
Another overrated supplement – testosterone boosters.
Test boosters are natty as they’re not banned by WADA or the NCAA.
Wrapping up, SARMs are not natty as they’re not allowed in natural bodybuilding competitions, and they’re banned by the 3 large sport’s governing bodies.
They’re synthetic compounds that work very similar to anabolic steroids.
Well, that’s all for today folks!
Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this article.
I really hope I’ve answered your query as clearly as possible, but if you have any additional questions regarding SARMs use, I’ll get back to you in the comments below.
I’ve been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I’ve gained 30 pounds of muscle, written hundreds of articles, and reviewed dozens of fitness supplements. As for my educational background, I’m a currently studying for my Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.