Finding out how little many steroid users and sellers genuinely know disturbs me every time. Although I will discuss the usage, legal status, abuse, use in sports, training drug-free, how steroids are dealt with, etc. in greater detail in later posts, here is some fundamental information regarding steroids, you can find more here.
There are three types of steroids that are widely known: androgens, estrogens, and cortisones. Androgens are the primary male and female hormones (often used as an anti-inflammatory drug). In men, testosterone is the most common androgen. Because it affects our metabolism (the body’s workings) to increase muscle mass, strength, recovery, & regulates less accumulation of body fat, increased testosterone is seen as advantageous for athletic performance. As a result, men often exhibit more strength, muscle mass, and a lower body fat percentage than women, however I know many women who would contest our ability to recover more quickly:-).
The fact that testosterone was mentioned above gets me to the reason why the majority of us—certainly those who read articles written by a gym-biased author like me—will link the term “steroid” with anabolic steroids. The main purpose of anabolic steroids (a subtype of androgens) is to act as a synthetic version of testosterone, albeit one with typically lesser androgen characteristics. Incorporating all of the “positive” qualities that testosterone offers—muscle growth and recovery—while downplaying the negative qualities—oily skin, acne, baldness, body hair, etc. This is not to imply that those who use anabolic steroids won’t face androgenic side-effects; after all, their testosterone levels will still rise, and taking higher doses increases the danger.
The low profile prevalence of steroid use has distorted facts about muscle growth more than anything else. What else might account for the profusion of bad, even pointless, natural trainer training methods that have come to dominate the bodybuilding sector? What defines an efficient natural muscle-gaining practice is in constant conflict with reality. That conflict is most likely caused by the stark, yet sometimes ignored, contrast between the physiology of a steroid user and a non-user.
The long-standing confusion in the bodybuilding community, which frequently led to recommendations and counsel that were almost comically incongruent, can only be explained by this disparity.
The following is a list of odd observations I’ve made over the years that I believe can be connected, either directly or indirectly, to some of those false information:
I went to a bodybuilding seminar presented by one of the top Mr. Olympia competitors in 1988. The professional bodybuilder responded when a spectator inquired about a specific workout regimen that it would be useless for adding muscle mass. Within a month, I saw the then-Mr. Olympia recommending that precise workout/recovery regimen in a bodybuilding magazine.
The same Mr. Olympia hosted a morning exercise television program for mainstream fitness in the 1990s. I overheard him discussing the dangers of “anabolics” with Geraldo Riviera during an episode (code-word for steroids). He appeared to be attempting to discourage kids from using them. However, he acknowledged using them frequently in other media (of course he used them; he was a pro bodybuilder).
That Mr. Olympia candidate revealed to the audience at the aforementioned seminar in 1988 that he was able to add “ten solid pounds of muscle per year” when he first started bodybuilding. He continued by saying that, at this point in his career, he was fortunate to gain “two pounds of muscle a year.” These statements were from a top professional bodybuilder who acknowledged using steroids frequently. On the other hand, we are given promises of acquiring “twenty pounds of muscle in twelve weeks” by regular people on the internet. (I wonder why I don’t see any images to support these assertions.)
The author of a bodybuilding book from the late 1980s asserted that performing “super squats” and consuming large amounts of milk would allow you to acquire 30 pounds of muscle in six weeks. The title of that book ought to have been “How to turn into an overtrained gasbag in a month and a half.”
A well-known professional bodybuilder once claimed that he did not believe in overtraining but rather in “undereating and undersleeping.” So, even though our bodies are made to burn and replenish a certain amount of energy each day, compensating for excessive muscle breakdown by simply eating more than we can eat and sleeping until we’re drooling on our pillows is sufficient? Very deceptive statement.
A bodybuilding instructor promoted an exceptionally high calorie diet for increasing muscle in the early 1990s. I believe he was the one to start the myth that there is no such thing as overtraining, only undereating and undersleeping. Anyway, he’d sell MCT oil to everyone to make sure we could all consume the requisite 10,000 calories per day. Simply sprinkle some on your meals to add an incredible 120 calories per tablespoon and enter a “anabolic condition.” The amusing part was that he suggested engaging in aerobic exercise daily to burn extra calories. Let’s see, I’ll probably spend money on extra calories in an effort to try to burn them off every day before I transform into Jabba the Hut. That makes a lot of sense, I agree. Nevertheless, articles about this man appeared in periodicals as though he were a genius.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stated in a previous interview that anabolic steroids only offered bodybuilders like him a 5% advantage over what they would achieve without them. Did he think the readers would accept that? Why would somebody jeopardize their health for such an insignificant benefit? If that were the case, couldn’t he come up with a less damaging approach to make up that minuscule 5%?
When andro supplements were popular, a bodybuilder who worked at a supplement store tried to convince me to buy some. He claimed that utilizing it helped him gain five pounds of muscle in just three weeks. I instantly questioned why he wasn’t continuing the cycle so that he could gain countless pounds for the year because I knew he wanted to get very huge. “I’m not impressed,” I replied. “I can acquire or lose five pounds of water weight in a single day.” He completed a steroid cycle in a short period of time. I questioned what had become of his faith in Andro.
a professional, steroid-built bodybuilder who moonlights as a personal fitness trainer at my club. I saw him work out two people’s legs at once, leaving those unhappy clients stumbling for the door like he’d transformed their underwear into wet noodles. On a leg press machine, he had forced them to do set after set of forced reps. He had a self-indulgent smug smile as they were shaking their heads in bewilderment. He probably should have reminded them that they would need to travel covertly to Mexico in order to recuperate from such a “exercise.”
Some of these, but not the last one, are somewhat humorous. I’ve witnessed far too many individuals spend their hard-earned money on natural bodybuilding coaching from people who don’t naturally build their own bodies. A lot of the time, that money is being paid to someone who probably knows less about your body than you do in order to stroke their own ego. In the situation I just described, he most likely doesn’t know enough about bodybuilding to understand that the trite maxim “the harder you exercise, the more you gain” frequently results in time squandered and disappointment.
My recommendation for natural bodybuilders is to look for unconventional ways to add muscle. The exercises that are frequently recommended in popular bodybuilding and fitness publications are typically not the best for gaining lean muscle over the long run.