Anabolic SteroidsMaybe you have exhausted all other avenues. You have your nutrition perfect, consistently consuming a surplus amount of clean calories over your maintenance. You have tried multiple training routines, alternating frequency and volume, reps, super sets, giant sets, HIT, DC and other hybrid training methods. You get the standard 8 or so hours every night, you don’t drink, don’t miss a meal and take the common muscle building supplements, such as whey, creatine and a good multi-vitamin. You’re stuck at a plateau and want to put more pounds on your bench press, or add some more mass to your frame. So what do you do? Well, there are some drugs that can help you… Anabolic Steroids.
Anabolic steroids first came to the scene during the 1950’s when the U.S.S.R or Soviet Union destroyed the US Olympic team. It was later discovered the highly effective oral steroid Dianabol was created and used during this period. A lot has been learnt since those days and new methods of administration have come out. Anabolic steroids can be administered via intramuscular injection, subcutaneous injection, ingested orally, rubbed into the skin in a gel or cream, inserted in a pellet or external patch. When an anabolic steroid is injected it enters the bloodstream immediately, so it is less toxic than ingesting oral tablets or capsules which have to undergo hepatic metabolism through the liver. This causes stress to the liver and can become problematic when combined with alcohol or when large doses are used. Liver detoxifiers can be taken to lessen this impact, such as Liv 52 and/or MilkThistle.
The majority of anabolic steroids have been designed and studied to treat various diseases, mainly muscle wasting diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and other diseases where the subject is losing or may lose a considerable amount of weight. There is not a lot of data on anabolic steroids given to trained or untrained subjects, but some does exist. Anabolic steroids have been proven to increase a number of different growth factors which has led them to become known as performance enhancing drugs (PED’s). Because these positive effects offer a distinct advantage over competitors that do not use these drugs, they have become banned by almost all the relevant bodies and associations that regulate major sports.
In 1990 anabolic steroids became illegal in the United States and were to become obtainable only under doctor’s prescription. This has not been the case worldwide where it is still possible to obtain anabolic steroids over the counter in some countries, such as Thailand, Iran, Turkey and Egypt. It is, though, mostly illegal to sell anabolic steroids freely without a license and many countries turn a blind eye. Anabolic steroids are often seen as a toxic drugs or medication, when in reality, a lot less deaths occur due to steroid related illnesses, compared to traffic accidents, cigarette smoking and other more lethal drugs, such as class A drugs.
It thus seems strange that anabolic steroids seem to have such a bad name. Why? Simply because of the media. The media has decided to tarnish anabolic steroids as evil compounds causing murders, cancers and heart attacks, when the reality is that no serious crimes or cancers have been linked directly to anabolic steroid use. Bodybuilders use them, athletes, powerlifters and ordinary gym goers with no lasting ill effects and their use is increasing every day. There are no dead bodies mounting, steroid users are not killing each other because of “roid rage”, losing their jobs and getting cancer, yet the media seems to have an attraction to labelling anabolic steroids extremely nasty drugs. What they forget is that in slightly smaller doses, these compounds are given to very vulnerable fragile people with muscle wasting diseases.
One thing to note is that anabolic steroids can be toxic. No one is disputing that. If you decide to abuse steroids, then you may experience temporary and permanent side effects. I hope now you have more of an understanding on what anabolic steroids are and where they came from. Please also seek a physician’s guidance when using these compounds.