Understanding Steroids

Staying Strong in Body and Mind: Understanding Steroids

We take a look at understanding anabolic steroids, their origins, bodybuilding steroids and how bets to put a steroid cycle together, with low side effects and maximum gains!

 Staying Competitive in the Steroid Market: What Benefits Do they Have For You?

Since their introduction and application to organized, competitive sports in the 1950 Olympic Games for strength and speed events, anabolic steroids have grown in popularity. While first used to increase speed sports such as sprinting, it was quickly discovered that steroid use not only transformed the body’s physical appearance and increased overall performance, they also created increased strength for weight lifting exercises. Today, anabolic steroids are primarily considered bodybuilding steroids, as they are the most widely used for strength enhancement for amateur as well as professional bodybuilders. While there are other performance enhancing products on the market, nothing gives quicker more noticeable results for bodybuilders than those of an anabolic nature.

Immediate Gratification vs. Long-Term Steady Results

While anabolic steroids give an immediate effect in terms of how the physique appears (specifically important in competitive bodybuilding when competitors approach the stage.) they do virtually nothing for hand and eye coordination, form, or other important factors needed to provide overall health benefits when applying them to exercises. Furthermore, those who choose to apply anabolic steroid use to such endurance performing sports that require rigid form and hand/eye coordination such as golf, hockey and baseball, while their speed may increase, without good form and coordination, the effect may be counterproductive. Therefore, most anabolic steroid use today is reserved solely for bodybuilding for the purpose of aesthetics and strength performance because for sports outside of the gym their use drastically diminishes. Users of anabolic steroids like the appearance, increased adrenaline and endorphin rush achieved by these muscle enhancers.

steroids1Safety First and Foremost

However, as with all drugs, first and foremost, it is important to know what exactly it is you’re putting into your body. Safety and health concerns should always come first. What good is a short term goal if down the road it is going to be counterproductive and potentially dangerous to your body. While there are literally hundreds of websites one can shop to purchase these types of items, don’t believe everything you read. Check with a reliable source such as a medical professional with a background in exercise physiology and kinesiology before beginning any steroid program, especially if you have a pre-existing condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or heart-related issues. Understand the basics first. There are many different types of steroids, many of which have no use for muscle growth, strength, or body improvement/enhancement. Some steroids are even designed specifically for the breakdown of muscle tissue. The damages could be detrimental. Remember, knowledge is power, and strengthening your mind with this information (both positive and negative) should override the strength in the gym before beginning any steroid plan or program.

The Backstory on Steroids

So, what is the back story on steroids? For starters, they come in many shapes and sizes and serve a multitude of purposes. Steroids, in essence, are basically organic compounds that have a chronological configuration of four six-carbon rings and one five carbon ring. This configuration are what create the effect on the body, however, again, not all steroids are anabolic steroids or have beneficial bodybuilding results. Cholesterol and Vitamin D, for example, are considered steroids, as is estrogen, however they are not anabolic steroids. (as mentioned before, anabolic steroids are those specifically used for the benefit of bodybuilding exercises)

What are Bodybuilding and Anabolic Steroids?

Therefore, what exactly are bodybuilding and anabolic steroids? They are derived from the male hormone testosterone, which is known as an androgen and considered natural steroid, which plays a significant part in muscle strength and size. Testosterone acts as the voice, or sends a message throughout the body increase muscle growth and strength. Anabolic steroids are most commonly placed in the anabolic or androgenic (AAS) steroid category and is how they are commonly referred.

Strength is Not Necessarily Always in Numbers: Know Your Info.

Modifications of testosterone anabolic have increased, with hundreds available on the market, however only approximately a dozen are well known and used specifically for bodybuilding purposes. The primary reason for this is that the other anabolic steroids testes, were deemed too weak for use, and in some cases, could cause detrimental and damaging results. It is best to use one that has been tested with successful proven results, and that requires research, otherwise, it won’t be of use to you and could actually produce negative results and long-term health issues.

Dosage is as Important as Choosing the Correct Steroid

So, once you find which anabolic steroid works for you, how often do you use it and how much do you use? Keep in mind, next to finding the right steroid for you, this is the next most important factor regarding using anabolic steroids. As with anything, overdosing can lead to disastrous results. Steroids can be both ingested orally as well as in injectable form. Depending on which form you use, and whether the testosterone is suspended in a water base or other form, usage could be several times a day to just once per day. Again, caution is key, so make sure follow dosage directions specifically to avoid negative results.

Not a “One Size Fits All” Solution

The type of anabolic steroid you use depends on the type of goal and result you want, and every body is different. Dianabol for example, which is ingested orally, has a long-term proven success rate for bulking and muscle mass gain. However, one of the side effects of Dianabol is water retention. Two injectable compound examples, Nandrolone and Trenbolone, tends to have more cycle lengths than Dianabol, so it’s really based on what your individual goals are and how close you are to competition day, and the look you’re trying to achieve.

Know and Understand the Risks and Side Effects of Steroid Use

It is important to know the risks and side effects associated with and resulting from bodybuilding steroids. Not all anabolic steroids carry the same risks. Some, as mentioned above, promote water retention, others leave users with dry mouth or increased or decreased sex drive. The bottom, line, however, is whenever you use a steroid for mass muscle or weight gain, it is a shock to the body. These factors should always be considered and come before beginning any steroid program.