When someone thinks of steroids and steroid use, the thoughts are often negative. Many people who are interested in building their body and possibly competing in bodybuilding competitions may become confused. However, while many professional athletes are banned from using steroids, bodybuilding is one exception to the rule. Of course, only legal steroids should be used. The difference between bodybuilders who use steroids and those who do not can be dramatic. A study of Olympic bodybuilders in 1984 showed that nearly seventy percent had used steroids at some point. On top of that, these athletes felt that steroid use improved their mental attitude and nearly eighty-five percent felt that steroids were the fastest way to gain strength and mass. For the newcomer, there are several things that you should know about steroid use and building muscle in general.
a. Most professional bodybuilders use steroids. Depending upon genetic predisposition, it can be difficult or impossible to achieve the desired muscle mass without use of steroids. Supplements, such as vitamins and protein, can help build mass but often do not perform the same way nor as dramatically as steroids.
b. You still have to watch what you eat. Not all foods are created equal, even if you are burning large amounts of calories each day. Eating large amounts of fatty foods usually results in fat gain. Even a diet largely composed of low-fat foods can cause fat gains, if caloric intake exceeds energy expenditures.
c. It is possible to over train. Muscles need time to heal. Working out every day could result in smaller gains or even loss of muscle. Also, muscle does not and never will turn into fat. Failure to train at the same rate as before could result in muscle reduction, but a cell composed of muscle cannot turn into a cell composed of fat, no more than muscle cells could turn into liver or pancreas cells. It is just not a biologically sound concept.
d. You do not need fancy equipment to build muscle. The use of free weights and multiple-joint exercises such as deadlifts and squats will bulk you up just as well as a fancy, expensive machine.
e. Lastly, men and women do not need to train differently. If both have the same desired outcome, then the same exercises will suffice. Bodybuilders of either sex may decide to work on different areas of the body, depending upon their goals, but there is no difference in the training needs of men and women. Steroids can affect men and women differently. Before beginning your bodybuilding journey, including steroid use, it is important that you speak with a health professional for best results.