Have you noticed the growing trend over the last few years to defend steroid use?
While taking roids is someone’s private business and nothing to do with me, what I DON’T like is steroid-users trying to say, “They don’t make much difference; we’re bigger because we train better”. Cut the crap!
They make a HUGE difference in terms of muscle growth.
Want me to prove it?
Check out the following study, “Testosterone-induced increase in muscle size in healthy young men is associated with muscle fiber hypertrophy” Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2002 Jul;283(1):E154-64.
They wanted to find out if testosterone-induced muscle increase was due to fiber hypertrophy i.e. were the muscle fibers actually getting thicker just like natural growth?
The conclusion was that they were (unsurprisingly). Results were also dose-dependent i.e. the more you took, the bigger the gains. The largest dose administered was 600mg, which saw significant increases in cross-sectional area of type 2 muscle fibers. Bear in mind that this sort of dose is low compared to what a lot of today’s bodybuilders use in conjunction with other steroids at the same time.
This study was over 20 weeks and the participants DIDN’T EVEN TRAIN!
The modern day YouTube commenter loves to state how steroids only work if your training and diet are good. Nonsense. You can gain muscle at an accelerated rate with some terribly inefficient programs if you’re on gear.
But it is true that even more gains are to be had by training on steroids, than with steroids alone.
It’s not unusual for new steroid users to gain 20-30lbs of muscle in a couple of months. Do you realize how much bigger you would look with an additional 20 or 30 pounds of muscle your frame!?
If you want a study to show the difference between training and non-training with steroid-use, have a look at “The effects of supraphysiologic doses of testosterone on muscle size and strength in normal men. N Engl J Med. 1996 Jul 4;335(1):1-7“.
This showed an average LEAN mass increase of 6.1kg or 13.5lbs in only 10 weeks!
Let me stress again, if you want to take steroids, it’s none of my business. Just don’t try to say that they don’t make a lot of difference, or that most of your success is due to training and eating correctly when it clearly isn’t.
The other issue I have is with bodybuilders or fitness models who claim NOT to use them at all. It gives people a false idea of what is possible for them, and how fast they can get there. I think it’s shameful to appear on the cover of magazines, or promote useless supplements while falsely claiming that you’re all-natural.
However, if you:
(1) Admit it
(2) Admit that it’s making a big difference to your results
…then I have no beef with you. It’s your body and you can do whatever you want with it.
Just train, say your prayers, and eat your vitamins? I don’t think so…
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