This is a topic that has been tormenting me since the beginning of time when all that sh*t with dinosaurs was going on. You really can’t get away from the people who take steroids and proclaim themselves as God on a daily basis in the gym. The biggest problem with all of this is that 90% of the time (made up this percentage to emphasize my point but it’s probably a good estimate), the people who are taking steroids and dispensing advice to the beginners and the naive, hopeful competitors are about as bright as that slow kid who couldn’t read very well in our class in school.
I want to say that I actually don’t have a problem with somebody who wants to take steroids. It’s their choice. It doesn’t effect me and if they want to play Russian Roulette with their health, it’s their decision. However, I do have a bone to pick with the absolute brain dead guys in the gym and even a lot of the ‘elite’ athletes on social media who take anabolics and then start dispensing terrible advice to other people. This piece is for all of you morons.
Now a lot of the counter arguments I’ll hear from people like this are things like “so what? just look at me” or “you still have to put in that ‘grind’ with steroids bro”. Finally for those people still in denial “I’m not on steroids bro, I swear”. Really? You’re about as knowledgeable as a plank of wood but have managed to gain 40lbs of lean body mass through doing “back attacks” and ascending to the 33rd level illuminati of clean eating? *By the way, I keep saying bro because these people seem to all love this word for no apparent reason.
To put this entire argument into context I just want to reference a study done on steroids (specifically testosterone) that sort of puts these people in their place. In 1996, a study entitled “The effects of supraphysiologic doses of testosterone on muscle size and strength in normal men” was done and the results were pretty clear. To sum it up, there were four groups in the study. One group were the control group (took a placebo), another group trained naturally and dieted, another took testosterone and didn’t even train and the last group took testosterone and trained. The results after the 10 week study concluded showed the following results:
-> Placebo Group: No Change in lean body mass or strength.
-> Natural athletes: +4.4lbs in lean body mass with a 20% increase in squat, 11% increase in bench press.
-> Testosterone (WITH NO TRAINING): +6.6lbs in lean body mass with 20% increase in squat and 10% in bench press.
-> Testosterone (with training): +13lbs in lean body mass with 38% increase in squat and 22% in bench press.
Now, I think it’s pretty safe to say these results are pretty clear. The people who took testosterone and DIDN’T EVEN TRAIN got far better results in terms of lean body mass gains than the natural athletes training and dieting to their best efforts nearly every day. Now, this leaves me with a couple of conclusions: 1) Anabolic steroids are extremely effective and 2) People taking these synthetic hormones can achieve results despite poor knowledge, poor training practices and poor dieting practices.
As the title states, it really can be a vicious cycle. People who have just began training and dieting naturally turn towards these people taking anabolic steroids because they “look” like they know what they are talking about. They receive absolutely horrendous advice (for the most part) and start out with the same poor training and dieting practices. Naturally, when these methods fail them down the line they, in turn, look towards steroids to compensate for their own lack of knowledge.
It can be pretty frustrating (to say the least) that these people are usually the ones who get the most attention and praise in the fitness and/or bodybuilding world. They look the best so let’s give them most credit. They actually don’t know anything about dieting or training (the things they spend their lives at) but end up with the best results because of the hormones they inject into their bodies so they are put on pedestals while their word is taken as scripture. I want to say to the people I see on a regular basis taking steroids and walking around as if they’re Jesus Christ himself: It really is an embarrassment if you’re no better or at a similar standard to some of the natural athletes around in terms of bodybuilding or powerlifting. Please stop giving out advice, you really really really really do not have the first idea what you’re talking about.
Just a note: If you are considering taking anabolics, you should really have spent a considerable amount of time training, dieting and expanding your knowledge as a natural athlete to actually figure out what you’re doing (and I’m talking at least 4-5 years). This way, maybe you can actually tweak your training and/or diet to make continued progress in the future instead of upping your dosage of steroids when you stall, all the while putting your health further and further at risk.
Think that should be enough ranting for one day anyway. I’m pretty satisfied that I’ve portrayed my level of hatred for a select group pretty well here so I’m going to call it a wrap. Thank you and goodnight folks.