One question I get asked consistently is the question of using anabolic steroids. Let’s face the truth here; anabolic steroids do work and in fact they work quite well. Otherwise famous bodybuilders such as Ronnie Coleman, Lou Ferrigno and the extremely famous Arnold Schwarzennegar would not have been able to get so huge and muscular. To put in laymen’s terms, steroids are a shortcut to getting the ripped body you’ve always dreamed of. Instead of it taking years to achieve a fantastic physique naturally, with the use of anabolic steroids it can take a couple of months or even just a few short weeks. Typically, bodybuilding is referred to as a marathon. With the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs however, you can quickly turn that marathon into a downhill sprint. For some, that downhill sprint can turn into the fastest sprint they’ve ever ran in their life.
It sounds like a piece of cake. If I just take some steroids, I’ll get huge. At least that’s what everybody thinks. But this decieved peception isn’t always the reality.
Yes, steroids are a MUCH faster approach to building muscle. They will improve your recovery time in between workouts, make you much stronger at a much faster rate, improve your endurance, allow you to work out longer, increase muscle size at a rapid rate and overall improve your athletic performance. That is, if you are hitting the gym hard, watching your nutrition closely and getting the right amount of rest each night.
Many people who take steroids have not taken the first step to master any one of the things listed above. They might hit the gym, but not watch their nutrition or get enough rest. And of course, there’s always the guys who sit on the couch all day long while drinking nothing but protein shakes and injecting themselves with steroids, while not even working out! Then they expect to get huge. Of course, nothing happens because you can’t gain muscle without lifting weights and hitting the gym hard at least 3-5 days per week.
What I’m trying to get at is this – If you can’t even master the basics of training, nutrition and rest, then you have absolutely no business in the anabolic steroids world. You are only wasting your time and money by investing in doing so. First, get your *hit in order and then consider using them.
Another thing I would like to talk about is the age group for using steroids as well as the training experience.
First off, if you are under the age of 21 then you should not even be considering the use of anabolic steroids. It can have some serious repercussions on your health which might not necessarily affect you now, but later on in life. Some of these inlcude:
- Reduced sperm count.
- Shrunken testicles.
- Make you infertile – Unable to bear children.
- Enlarged breasts (gynecomastia).
- Bone growth to stop before it is complete in a teen. The teen may not reach his or her full adult height.
- A heart attack or stroke, even in a very young person.
- High blood pressure.
- Higher levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
- Liver disease and possibly liver cancer. The chance of these problems is higher when steroids are taken as a pill (when older).
- Oily skin and acne.
- Male-pattern hair loss (when older).
- Skin infections that can become severe if the drug was tainted with bacteria.
- Irritability, rage, uncontrolled high energy (mania), or false beliefs (delusions).
- Shut down testosterone levels
Secondly, you should not be considering the use of steroids until you have been training for at least 5 years or have hit your genetic potential, whichever comes first. Again, you need to make sure you are over the age of 21. NO EXCEPTIONS. If your using them before you have hit this time period of training, you are wasting your time , health and money.
Steroids are like a shortcut. Although they have the potential to work fantasticly, they can have some serious repercussions if used by the wrong people and especially by the wrong age group of people. Steroids are generally a safe drug (in fact they are safer then taking a multivitamin), but that doesn’t neglet the fact that they can cause some serious side effects and become extremely dangerous if used incorrectly, which is why there are general guidelines for who should be taking them. After all, you can’t build rome in one day, so focus on building a solid natural frame first and then consider using the use of performance enhancing drugs. And make sure you are old enough!