The Stigma Surrounding Steroids
The stigma associated with steroids has largely remained negative since their arrival decades ago. Still, it seems to have become less taboo culturally since doctors began prescribing patients exogenous testosterone in the form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to counter the decrease in natural testosterone production as we age. Exogenous testosterone and other anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) were initially developed for legitimate medical use to treat numerous muscle-wasting medical conditions and diseases. However, in addition to their obvious performance-enhancing usage in sports, they now aid in anti-aging and longevity.
Trying Steroids For The First Time
Besides their medical use, for decades, steroids have primarily remained popular underground among athletes in organized sports and recreational users looking to get bigger and stronger. They remain a taboo topic of conversation that few people understand and know very little about. Recreational underground lab use still dominates the market. However, most of this demographic are uneducated yet use these compounds knowing nothing other than what the big guy in the gym who sold them the cycle has told them, which typically is misinformation.
My first experience with administering testosterone was a horrible one. It was before the internet was available to provide me with the needed information. My lack of knowledge of administering the compound safely and correctly resulted in me almost going to the hospital. Shortly after the injection, my entire leg became swollen, painful and throbbing like it was infected. After asking around, I was informed of my mistakes and never made them again. The pain subsided within a few days, and even that traumatic experience was not enough to deter me from continuing my
journey into the realms of steroid use.
Fast forward nearly two decades later, fueled by an insatiable desire for knowledge, my pharmacology knowledge and first-hand experience have grown exponentially. I’ve tried nearly every PED compound known to man. Over the last decade, I’ve read numerous medical studies and taken several courses pertaining to biology, biomechanics, kinesiology, sports nutrition, strength training, bodybuilding and drug pharmacology. I’ve practiced and competed in almost every fitness niche and now coach people from all niches online and selectively in person.
Steroids Pros vs. Cons
As we age, our natural levels of both testosterone and growth hormone decrease, leading to many adverse side effects that directly correlate to ageing and eventual death. By supplementing the body with exogenous hormones, one can negate the effects of natural ageing and increase your hormone levels to supra physiological levels. Some individuals choose to live with elevated hormone levels as they find that the benefits outweigh the risks.
The Side Effects
While some adverse side effects come with exogenous testosterone and other hormone use, most users overlook them, becoming elated by the feeling of being superhuman, and having a hard time cycling off the drugs. It’s evident that having higher levels of anabolic hormones like testosterone in the body has been proven to enhance one’s quality of life significantly, hence the recent popularity of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for men and women. What used to be an underground drug primarily has now become very profitable for Big Pharma. Still, the underground lab scene continues to thrive with users who chose to take their health into their own hands. Unfortunately, this scene is plagued by nefarious characters who sell compounds that aren’t appropriately manufactured in sterile labs by experts. Many labs put out bogus products that aren’t what compound they say they are or are underdosed. Unfortunately, this unregulated market allows poor-quality drugs to be sold to naive consumers.
As both time and technology evolve, new compounds (such as SARMs) are developed and brought into the market. However, a select few “old school” drugs have been around for decades that have been approved for human use (in some countries). Most of the anabolic androgenic steroid compounds sold today have never been approved for human use, yet some people just don’t care when it comes to getting their desired results. Some of the most prevalent compounds commonly used today have only been approved for animal use, while some have even been classified as not safe for human use. Yet, they continue to be passed around within the underground scene for those willing to risk the adverse side effects.
How to Use Steroids Safely
The problem isn’t with steroids themselves. The problem is us. People are hopelessly searching for the easiest solution to all their tasks, problems and ailments. No one wants to hear that it takes hard work to correct, maintain, and improve your health, fitness and body. People assume steroids are a “magic pill” that athletes use, manifesting their dream body with nothing more than swallowing a pill or doing a shot.
Truth be told is that all steroids do is allow you to recover more efficiently from training. This will enable you to train harder for more extended periods and take less time off to recover properly. Your body naturally heals and rebuilds itself slightly bigger and stronger daily to better its chance of doing what you do daily. If you work out, eat, supplement, and recover adequately, your body will heal and grow bigger and more quickly if you take steroids. If you lay on the couch watching TV and eating junk food all day, you will get lazier and fatter, even while on steroids. Steroids refer to a group of compounds that all share one characteristic: they are known as performance-enhancing drugs that can help enhance athletic performance and quality of life. They aren’t just for athletes, those with medical conditions, and bodybuilders—they are a possible modality for anyone looking to enhance their quality of life.