When you read or hear about the "anabolic steroids" 99% times you will associate it with elite sportsman or athletes, some drug scandals and cheating on rules and regulations. But you may be surprised to hear that recent report results show that majority of (anabolic) steroid users are not athletes. These people do not go for world titles or Olympic gold medals. They don't even compete in organized competition.
This scientific survey is published in a leading sports science journal and it gives out quite interesting data. To make long story short, typical anabolic steroid user is around 30 years old, well-educated, and earning an above-average income in a white-collar occupation. In conclusion the report came to even more details.
It is shown that majority of non-medical anabolic steroid users are just normal people that want to build muscle, get lean and improve their overall bodily attractiveness. There are few other important but not high ranked factors like increased confidence, improved mood and attraction of opposite sex. The authors suggest that steroid users don't fall into the same category as abusers of illicit drugs - steroid users are "kind of different".
According to the report, most steroid users follow detailed planed drug timing in conjunction with a healthy diet, ancillary drugs and exercise. These people are focused and they learn how to strategically plan everything in order to "maximize benefits and minimize harm" This behavior is opposite to the spontaneous approach seen in abusers of psychotropic illicit drugs.
I agree that you will hardly see Steroid weight lifter behaving like typical junky , acid head or say it as you want (In the same time, the lifestyle of your typical aspiring IFBB Pro comes pretty darn close!).
During last 10 years I had all kind of bodybuilders coming and going thought my Gym. I have personally couched many weight lifters and some people just used Steroids without telling me. Off course it came out sooner or later.
But what I saw in all steroid users is great fear of the consequences. Stress of "being sharp" in order to avoid various negative reactions is just very hard to live with, for most people. Just for a moment, let's just give the researchers the benefit of doubt that they managed to flesh out such a substantial number of highly-organized, health-conscious bodybuilders amongst the zoo of people that regularly frequent the gym.
After reading the conclusions of this report you'd almost be forgiven for thinking that taking the juice to get big was a benign and almost virtuous endeavor.
From my stand point as a professional I can have different opinion but from human point of view I can not be pro nor anti anabolic steroids - I just believe that any person should be allowed to put anything they want into their body so long as it doesn't harm anyone else. Everyone should use their free will as free individual make own choices but also face the reactions of that choices.
Still I don't believe that anabolic steroid use (by healthy people) is a "cool" thing to do. It's not even an "OK" thing to do. Here is why: Using steroids will not take your life away that is a fact. It can happen that you don't even fall sick. Simply you should know that relying on the juice to build your muscle is not such bliss as the stupid writers in the body building mags try to make you believe.
There are more details to be explained on this subject. But I concluded that majority of people choose their ways without much analyzing. I just feel sorry that so many people risk harming their health with steroids. Tragic fact is with just 10-20% more effort and time people do get same results without any steroids and crap. I addition to this their results are everlasting and healthy muscle mass growth.
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