Over the last couple of months, I have seen many articles circulating around some of the most popular online bodybuilding publications, most of them revolve around steroid use. In the bodybuilding world, it is no secret that bodybuilders use steroids, and usually, if you see an overly big muscular guy in your gym he has most likely been using steroids.
Some say genetics does not play a role in developing your physique, but it does. How many pro bodybuilders develop their upper body but can’t seem to develop their legs, then you have the guys with huge legs that can never seem to fully develop the upper body. Unfortunately, most of the issues are due to genetics.
In my prime, early 20’s I had 21-inch arms. I had huge triceps, but no matter how much I trained my biceps I struggled to grow them. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a phenomenal physique, yet he did not have huge triceps. They were well developed but not huge, which made his arms look big where his bulging biceps. My point is that genetics plays a big role in how you develop your body, with steroids or not.
Now that we know that genetics play a considerable role in what you can possibly gain by lifting, this does not mean that you can’t develop a huge physique, you may just have to train harder than the other guy.
We all know that anabolic steroids work, there have been many studies done, and even those who don’t work out will gain muscle simply by taking anabolic steroids, which is kind of pointless. Anabolic steroids can definitely help pack on an incredible amount of muscle in a short period of time, steroids like Dbol and testosterone can help increase muscle and strength, and without a doubt, you will grow, the question is what is your reason for taking them.
If you are doing it just to get big, that is kind of senseless, reason being is that once you quit taking them you are going to shrink back down, which kills a lot of guys psychologically which is one of the reasons many will not stop taking them.
Side-effects of Anabolic Steroids
Many bodybuilders will tell you there are little or no side effects to anabolic steroids, this kind of like a nuclear engineer saying there is not a risk to working in a nuclear facility, and sure many bodybuilders and nuclear engineers live a long life. Yet there are many that die at a young age.
The side effects from anabolic steroids can be mild to severe and even cause death, let us take a look at some of the side effects of steroids.
Mild side effects of anabolic steroids
- Severe acne and oily skin
- Hair loss
- Low sperm count
- Irritability, aggression and depression
- Increase in cholesterol levels
- Shrinking testicles
- Excess facial or body hair, deeper voice in women
Severe side effects of anabolic steroids
- Stunted growth in teens
- Kidney disease or failure
- Risk of heart attacks blood clots and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Liver disease including cysts and tumors
- Menstrual irregularities in women
The last side effect (death) is real. If you don’t believe me, there is an interesting article on Big Dead Bodybuilders and those who have succumbed from steroid use. If you really want to take steroids and get bigger, that’s fine. There is actually a term for this called Bigorexia or Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder (MDD) but it is getting massively worth the risk.
I guess if I was a professional bodybuilder I would probably do what it takes to compete, but most of us are not in that league, however, we can transform our body, it will just take longer but imagine the rewards knowing you did it without harmful steroids.
Eating right and taking the right supplements can help.
You don’t necessarily have to take anabolic steroids to get big, I have seen many young men build incredible physiques by eating plenty of the right foods and taking the right supplements.
If you incorporate a lot of high quality foods, grains and vegetables in your diet you will gain muscle. If you would like to accelerate the process there are supplements also called legal steroids which can help you increase muscle, and they can be stacked and cycled just like anabolic steroids helping you bulk up and increase strength.
Lifting heavy will make your muscles grow.
That’s right, Ronnie Coleman was a beast. Not only he was strong, he always lifted heavy weights. The more weight you push around, the more you will shock your muscles into growing. It just takes consistency and time.
Should you take steroids? this is a decision and choice everyone has to make for themselves, if you are not going to compete why bother, if it is a great physique you are looking you can achieve it by eating right, training hard, and being consistent.