How Did I Get So Big?
One of the most common questions I get asked in and outside of the gym is, “how did I get so big, and what is my secret?” I typically inform them that there is no secret. In today’s world of instant gratiﬁcation, we are used to getting everything quicker and more eﬃciently than ever. Unfortunately, not everything in life can be accomplished overnight or instantly with the click of a button.
Consistency is Key
If there were a one-word answer to this question, it would most likely be consistency. You need to work out both intensely and intelligently for years to grow quality muscle tissue. I’ve been training consistently for over 25 years, and my physique has been an evolving work in progress over my decades of training. When I started working out, I was preteen and naturally very skinny.
After a few months of training, I noticed decent initial results, which typically happens for newbies, followed by a plateau as my body decided it had accumulated enough mass at that time. It then took years of consistent heavy lifting, eating correctly, and getting adequate rest and recovery, along with proper supplementation for me to grow to be 200 lbs.
Introducing Anabolics-Androgenic Steroids (AAS)
Eventually, I again plateaued at this weight until I started experimenting with anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) in my early 20s. After training naturally for over a decade, my body did not want to grow any bigger. Introducing anabolics into my life took me from my predetermined genetic capacity to change my body structure and become superhuman. I altered my skeleton’s bone structure over the years to facilitate a signiﬁcant amount of additional existing muscle tissue (hypertrophy) and grow completely new muscle tissue (hyperplasia).
Almost two decades after experimenting with performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), I can say that I’ve tried nearly every single compound on the market and have a thorough understanding of the pharmacology of each compound and how they work within the human body.
Many people still assume that steroids are a magic pill, but this is not true. I’m sure we all know more than one person who uses/abuses steroids who doesn’t even look like they train in the ﬁrst place. Some people take them and don’t train, assuming they will magically grow new muscle and become healthy. Others take them irresponsibly or without knowing how they work, so they don’t get much other than the adverse side effects that potentially come with use.
The medical use of testosterone drugs has been around for decades to help with legitimate medical conditions and diseases that cause muscle wasting (atrophy). Over the last few decades, the medical use of testosterone has also laxed for anti-aging for longevity purposes. Using exogenous testosterone is becoming more and more prevalent and accepted in the mainstream now as doctors prescribe testosterone as hormone replacement therapy (HRT/TRT).
Older men whose test levels naturally decrease alongside aging can now easily get prescribed testosterone to help improve their quality of life. Along with testosterone, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and human growth hormone (HGH) are prescribed in Canada to counter aging and enhance longevity. In some countries like the United States, a long list of other (approved for human use) steroids can additionally be prescribed. Some doctors even prescribe testosterone to teenagers and children who have low testosterone levels, primarily due to living an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle.
For those looking to supplement testosterone into their training protocol, all of the AASs in the world won’t do you any favors unless you follow a complete protocol equally prioritizing proper training, rest, diet/nutrition, and supplementation. And not for a week here, and a week there. You need to be consistent, 3-5 days per week, 12 months of the year, to grow quality, and mature muscle tissue for years and years.
You won’t facilitate muscle tissue growth unless you have enough nitrogen in your body from dietary protein consumption. You need to have a certain amount of macronutrients and calories per day for your body to recover properly and to grow excessive muscle tissue, or you risk losing existing muscle tissue to fuel protein synthesis in the body. Several essential micronutrients are also required in the diet. They are the catalysts for the many chemical reactions in your body that cause hypertrophy and normal physiological functioning of the body.
The Importance Secret of Sleep
Sleep does the body well, and without enough quality sleep, you will not grow or be healthy. Getting a good night’s sleep is paramount to maintaining a healthy body, especially for someone who’s putting their body through the stress of regular training. The amount of sleep required differs for most people; 7-8 hrs is typically what one needs. Getting into REM sleep and having enough sleep cycles per night is more important than the duration of time you spend laying in bed. REM sleep is when your body repairs and grows itself. Not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to your health and especially your gains.
Summing It Up
Training purposefully, supplementing adequately, eating healthy, getting enough recovery and following a sound anabolic androgenic steroid protocol consistently are all factors that are required for you to grow and put on quality muscle in the gym. If you’re consistent with all of these factors for years, you will eventually achieve your desired goals. This is probably not the answer most people would want to hear. There is NO magic pill to get huge and muscular. You need to work hard. You need to follow a sound training program and be sure not to neglect the other areas of the bodybuilding pie. Consistency and hard work will build a physique that is worth being proud of.