The best thing that steroids can do is help those who use them to recover from their workout much faster than a natural bodybuilder. When natural bodybuilders need at least 48 hours rest before they train again in order to continue increasing their muscle bodymass, steroid users need just a few hours! When most of us should not train more than times per week, and every time we train we should not spend more than 1 hour in the gym, people that use steroids can easily train 6 times per week, splitting their sessions in morning and afternoon training, as well as they are able to spend easily 2 hours in the gym, getting stronger and bigger, week after week.
That's something that would make any natural bodybuilder get overtrained in no time! Consequently, these people are able to train longer and recuperate faster, making it much easier for them to increase their muscle mass as well as their strength.
I would like also to present to you some facts about what else steroid use can produce. The major side effects of anabolic steroid use include liver tumors, jaundice yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids , fluid retention, enlargement of the heart, a precursor to heart failure , high blood pressure, atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, a precursor to coronary heart disease elevated cholesterol levels, heart palpitations, heart attack, and finally steroids can impair the kidneys leading to kidney stones and kidney disease.
The most common side effects are severe acne and trembling. For men: shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts. For women: growth of facial hair, changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle, enlargement of the clitoris, deepened voice. For adolescents: growth halted pre maturely through premature skeletal maturation and accelerated pubertal changes. Finally you should not forget that some physiological effects of steroid use can have profound effects on the mind, causing temporary personality changes in some.
Users may exhibit uncontrolled aggression and violent behavior called "roid rage", in addition to severe mood swings, manic episodes, and depression. The facts and the scientific evidence that we have to support how hazardous the use of anabolic steroids can be for your health is plenty. But I would prefer to present to you 5 of the most profound examples. After searching a lot and spending a lot of time trying to find the 5 best, here they are! My first two facts will be based on the most important muscle in the human body.
The heart! When one uses anabolic steroids, they do because they want their muscles to grow right? Ok, as we said, steroids do make your muscles grow more that's the good part , but they affect ALL the body's muscle growth including the heart of course, and thats the bad part. The heart is a muscle that is also affected by steroids and the health consequences can be very very serious. A group of bodybuilders who used steroids were compared to bodybuilders who had never used steroids.
The men's hearts were examined using echocardiography, a type of sonar picture that allows doctors to see the heart without having to use any invasive procedures. When the steroid users were off the steroids, their heart size decreased, but never fully returned to its normal size! A study published in the journal "Cardiology" ; , offered a unique perspective of the effects of long term anabolic steroid usage and heart function.
The study was unique because it involved fraternal twin bodybuilders, one of whom has used steroids for 15 years, while the other was drug free. Both of these men had trained for over 20 years. They were described in the study as "extremely large with profound muscular hypertrophy". They had won several state and national titles in bodybuilding and powerlifting.
The twins had bodyfat levels below 10 percent, and followed the same diet and training regime on a yearly basis. Hypertrophy refers to an increase in muscle size, due to the enlargement of the size of the cells as a result from strencth training. The primary test to access their cardiac function was echocardiography.
As I previously said, it's a machine that uses reflected ultra sonic waves to show the structure and function of the heart. Both men showed normal blood pressure readings. The drug-free twin showed a testosterone level of 6. The normal range for testosterone is 2. The echocardiography tests showed that both men, with similar genetic backrounds and the same training and diet regimes, showed little difference in gross heart function. The heart stiffness that occurs in steroid-using bodybuilders is thought to be brought on by an increased sensitivity of heart muscle to catacholamines, such as epinephrine, induced by steroids.
And guess what friends, this scenario may have played a role in the sudden deaths due to heart failure that have occured in a small percentage of regular steroid users. Cohen and co-workers at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa, examined the influence of self administered anabolic steroids on lipids in bodybuilders.
Ten men used a steroid drug and eight men served as controls placebo. The two groups were equal in their physical and competitive characteristics. The scientists found that serum lipoprotein L-a a genetic determinant of risk for cardiac disease, was reduced. A study published in the British Medical Journal ; , looked at five cases of steroid using bodybuilders who had showed up at an infertility clinic.
While the men in this study took extensive doses of several anabolic steroids, none of them claimed to know about the fertility reprecussions associated with long term use of the drugs. Incredibly, all of these men, showed ZERO sperm counts! This fact has to do with GH. Shortly before his death, one famous former pro football player a big name in 80's , attributed his brain cancer to a long course of anabolic steroids which he claimed to have used for nearly 26 years.
But in other statements, this unfortunate pro footballer, suggested that his more recent use of human growth hormone was the thing that really kindled his fatal brain T-cell lymphoma. More recently, one very famous bodybuilder I won't say his name but I bet most of you will understand immediately to whom I am refering , said that according to his doctors who treated him for leukemia, it was not his use of anabolic steroids that caused the disease, but rather the growth hormone injections he has also taken!
This is a great point. I began a few months ago by changing my eating habits; then got back into running. Seeing guys walking around have a huge amount of bulk is sometimes discouraging; but instead of measuring myself against that, I just want to focus on being fit with a decent amount of strength and solid core.
My goal is to be in the best shape of my life according to my personal potential. Hi great reading your clearly written articles on training methods and routine. Apart from looking over the fence at the easy road to get fast muscle gains is there a natural approach to getting my level of testosterone up which would help me make better natural muscle growth gains.
Thanks for your time reading this. Unfortunately, the answer here is pretty much a big no. To all… listen to this man! The sport needs more like him. As men age into their middle forties, the gradual natural decline in testosterone production due to aging commonly arrives at a point which significantly impacts muscle size.
Frankly, the only known solution for restoring T levels to normal, natural levels is prescription Testosterone Replacement Therapy. TRT for that purpose is similar to prescription glasses for restoring eyesight diminished by aging. But i heard that if they started to have good nutrition again and started to work out that it was easier for them to get results and faster? Not sure if this is just BS or if there is some truth behind it.
He also told me he is no longer using roids anymore but his doc did give him androgel and he said he has seen gains with it as well. I dont buy this but i guess anything is possible. Anyone regaining lost muscle will be able to do it much faster than they originally built it in the first place. I applaud you for putting out such realistic information! I am coming back from that now……. I have a manual labor job so joint recuperation and overall recovery time for me can be tough.
I trained naturally for many years. I started out at lb. I exercise for 1 hour Monday through Saturday. About varying exercises daily with Sundays off. Erectile dysfunction is almost gone and only returns when I take too much of a certain medication or if I had too much to drink. I like your articles. Keep up the good work.
As a year-old guy, I advocate Testosterone Replacement Therapy for guys past age I see TRT as equivalent to being prescribed, say, eyeglasses to compensate for age-reduced vision. This means any number higher than is supraphysiological — that is, unnaturally high.
It is rare to hear the science put so plainly. Thanks for a well-organized and punchy articleI. I was surprised to hear that steroid users can nearly double their already huge sedentary gains with a proper workout. That sets up some unhealthy expectations in the general pop for sure. Now I am wonder, are there are any good markers for a drug-free trainee to predict his or her realistic potential for muscle gains e. Does anyone here know of a few?
As for your question, have you read this one yet? Now it all makes sense… I was starting to wonder how come guys in my gym train using bodybuilding split routines with high reps and light weight and still be ripped and huge. I assume, this falls under the category of group 2. Their routine is like doing nothing at all but their gains are superior to a natural lifter anyways.
Also, the ridiculous stress it must take to have to continuously use the stuff must be nauseating. The joys of not living in america. Aw, so cute. I can assure you that my penis and balls are at a very good size even after my two cycles. Nice try though. Nor do I have body dysmorphia. As a university student pursuing a degree in chem engineering, I can use myself as an example. You will not see many of the effects until you are in your 40s.
You should seriously reconsider taking steroids and any other performance enhancing drugs. Why take the risk? For what? To look good in the mirror for yourself? Thanks for the article man. I agree with everything. I see it all the time. Mr Juice will talk about his workout and his diet but will fail to mention that he juices. The clueless Newbie will train with mr Juice but he will not see the same results, not even close.
Most newbies are completely clueless. Wow I am really fascinated about the proven study results. Especially considering the group on the juice and not training still gained more than a natural trainer. Seems like most young guys like me just want to find the fast, easy results without doing things the hard earned way. Really good info, awesome stuff. So much deceptive info and advice coming from individuals who lie about steroid use. Not all guys are properly informed about which steroids to take and how to effectively take them.
Meaning, some can take steroids yet get inferior results. If you gain 10 pounds of muscle a year naturally,you just have to look at a 10pound beef steak and you will actually realise its a lot of meat. Stay natural. Good article. What im curious is more how much muscle you lose after a cycle with proper post cycle drugs.
Great post and site — very informative and non-judgemental; just giving the facts straight. I have one question — can steroids actually give gains more than is naturally-genetically possible? For example if you can only put on 25lbs of muscle in yoour adult life, can steroids make you go beyond that level?
Seems like too small a study to me to be an end all be all. I mean 43 guys seems like there could be a lot of variables to accout for the gains such as more in the steriod non workout guys having labor jobs or the natural workout guys being hard gainers. Ive only been lifting for a year and have made good gains about 20 pounds of lean muscle on a so so deit and drinking too much alcohol, but I know I have good genetics my dad and his brothers are all bigger guys.
First, 20lbs of muscle for a beginner in their first year of lifting is good, semi-normal progress, especially for someone who has good genetics. Every year after this will be significantly less. Fourth, who cares if people see this study and think your natural progress came with the help of drugs? Consider it a compliment.
In , another study evidenced that anabolic steroids cause hypertrophy muscle growth in rabbits which were kept immobilized — the rabbits treated with steroids were severely restricted from moving yet added substantial mass and strength anyway:. Dry weights and casted contractile forces of the extensor digitorum longus muscle unit at 4 weeks and all measures at 8 weeks were greater in the treated rabbits than in controls.
These results are contrary to previously accepted views that anabolic-androgenic steroid use leads to muscle hypertrophy only in conjunction with strength training. I laughed for a solid 5 minutes and got an ab workout along with amazing information. Thank you for putting all this knowledge online and making sure that absolutely random people all around the world achieve their goals and work towards greatness Did I make you shed a tear?
My friend has been using roids for around a year. He told me about the problems he faced when he took the injections in the first month. He got tiny pimples at his back. He was started having mood swings. He told his trainer about his experience his trainer reduced the dosage of roids from the next month. Until now, he is now in very good shape also a very functioning body. But after researching on the Internet about steroids usage effects, I better not use it.
Because I also have blood pressure disease. Still, even though steroids is off the charts I prefer to go natural all the way. For me, to build 10 or more lbs. And yes, Dan Duchaine was right.. Hi, Thanks for the great article! Can you also please post an article about steroid side effects? I mean most of the pro-sportsmen in any sport use juice, Olympic athletes juice and so did armstrong.
Surely, There must be something more to steroids than all this negativity surrounding it? Very good read and interesting study. Does frequency even matter as much in this case? No doubt whatsoever about that. Once the drugs are there, the specifics of training become a minor detail. I am not an expert on this subject. Do you know if the control group ate in a caloric surplus? In general, did they all have a caloric surplus? Do you have a link to the study.
Yup, the link was in the article. I have read so many forums recently and this one was brilliant!!!! Hitting the head again the wall for 45mins really did make me laugh out loud!! Using the data from the study, the training-only group gained four pounds of lean mass while the training-plus-steroids group gained thirteen pounds of lean mass. Tha means that an average of NINE pounds of the thirteen pounds of the training-plus-steroids group were due to the drugs.
Casting for that movie began about June, Filming was essentially completed by mid-May Would you have one from someone reliable to share? I have no real parameter…. Even if I provided one random example, that person has different genetics than you… thus potentially creating the same problem.
Those were the guys then with the best genetics for developing muscle. Could you possibly send a link to the source of your information. Would like to see more confines of the research. It was linked inside the article. This was a double-blind, randomized study…. The participants were healthy men, 18—35 yr of age, with prior weight-lifting experience and normal testosterone levels….
The participants were asked not to undertake strength training or moderate-to-heavy endurance exercise during the study. These instructions were reinforced every 4 wk. So, the , and mg doses were higher than the standard TRT does. Meaning, a guy sitting on his ass for 20 weeks but taking a single injection of mg of testosterone could increase his lean mass by about 17 pounds. If you have a question or comment about this article, or just want to give me your feedback on it, feel free to contact me directly by using the contact form here.
The Study This 10 week study took a group of 43 men of normal body weight between the ages of 19 and 40 who all had some degree of weight training experience. These men were then split up into 4 different groups: Group 1 did NOT do any form of exercise, and did NOT receive any form of steroids or drugs. Natural guys doing no weight training. Group 2 did NOT do any form of exercise, but they received weekly injections of mg of testosterone enanthate.
Drug users doing no weight training. Natural guys doing weight training. Group 4 DID exercise, and they also received weekly injections of mg of testosterone enanthate. Drug users doing weight training. The Results So… guess what happened? Group 1 no exercise, natural experienced no significant changes. No surprise there. Group 2 no exercise, drug use was able to build about 7 pounds of muscle. The group receiving testosterone injections and NOT working out at all gained 7 pounds of muscle.
Group 3 exercise, natural was able to build about 4 pounds of muscle. Group 4 exercise, drug use was able to build about 13 pounds of muscle. Even in the absence of ANY training, hard work or effort at all, steroids still work a shitload better. The answer is actually yes. To my knowledge, no studies have tracked changes to ball size. And they call themselves scientists. Glad to hear it. Keep up the good work and best of luck.
Ha, thanks for the compliments man. Thanks, glad you liked it. Dude, this article is pure gold!
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