Are You Ready For Steroids? Probably Not!
Most People Start Using Steroids Far Too Early
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Steroid use has never been more widespread. At present, it is estimated that about 1 in 10 gym-goers in the UK are currently using steroids. In the US, the figure is thought to be even higher (but legality prevents many people admitting to it).
Despite being at all time highs, the number of guys regularly using steroids grows every single year. This trend doesn’t look like it is going to stop any time soon. This year in the UK, steroid use is thought to have increased by as much as 400%.
There are many reasons why this could be the case. We’re not going to be talking about that in this article though.
We’re going to be talking about a more worrying trend.
That is that, as it stands today, guys are turning to steroids sooner and sooner into their training career.
It is now not uncommon to come across a guy who has only been training for 1-2 years who is considering a steroid cycle.
It is also not that uncommon to find guys who are about 21 years old who decide they need to start using gear to make real gains.
More and more ‘regular people’ are also starting to use anabolic androgenic steroids.
By ‘regular people’, we mean non-competitive athletes. People who aren’t aspiring professional bodybuilders, boxers, or physique models. They are just regular guys who want to get bigger and stronger but who, for whatever reason, decide that steroids are a good idea for them.
Obviously, with more people ‘jumping on’ at an earlier age and for fewer compelling reasons, it is time to take a long, hard look at what you need to do before even considering steroids.
What really constitutes using steroids “too early”?
What milestones does someone need to reach before they can even legitimately think about using gear?
What level does someone need to be at for them to even really benefit from using steroids?
Here are 3 big questions that people need to ask themselves before they have any business messing with pharmaceutical-grade anabolics:
How Long Have You Been Training?
The most shocking thing about the proliferation of steroid use is the fact that many users seem to have only been training for a few years before they start using.
This survey taken of the powerlifting subreddit turned up some fascinating results. One thing that really strikes me is the fact that there are a number of guys under the age of 20 who have only been training for 1-2 years and who are using steroids.
There are quite a few guys between the ages of 19 and 23 who have been training for less than 5 years who are using gear.
This is a simple fact: after just 2 years of training, you have not reached your potential for natural growth.
You just haven’t.
Even if your training regime and diet are both absolutely optimal, you will not get anywhere near your natural potential in just 5 years.
The age consideration is important too.
Before 25, your test levels are through the roof. Using steroids before the age of 25 is therefore kind of unnecessary. Your testosterone levels are more than high enough to support continuous and noticeable growth at age 19. Some guys will have natural test levels at age 20 as guys who are 35 undergoing a generous hormone replacement therapy protocol.
Sure, some guys get impatient. That’s understandable.
The way they look at it, why spend 5 years getting your bench up to 315 pounds when you can use steroids and get there in 12 months?
But the reality is that they won’t see those results unless they have already learned how to train properly.
They won’t see those increases unless they know how to diet properly.
Without lots of training experience and without a proper base to build on, you will get much less out of steroids than someone with an extra few years of training and dieting in front of them.
Most importantly, their gains will disappear once they come off cycle. This makes it more likely that you will feel the need to do another cycle, and then another, and then another.
The lesson here is: explore what you can do naturally before turning to steroids for a quick fix.
Have You Tried To Raise Your Testosterone Naturally?
There are plenty of ways to naturally maximize testosterone production.
Unfortunately, few people explore these methods before jumping on the AAS bandwagon.
That’s simply because people believe that these methods require more effort for lower returns.
But that isn’t the case. Steroids aren’t a magic wand. You can’t just jab your arm with a needle and turn into Kai Greene.
Nor are they always that effective, especially if you haven’t yet built a good base of muscle mass and training knowledge first.
Exploring ways of naturally maximizing free serum testosterone is a good way to achieve some of the same benefits as steroid use without exposing yourself to the risks.
So, what are these methods?
Well, one popular and simple method is to use targeted supplementation.
This can literally be as straightforward as upping your intake of Vitamin D, Zinc, or magnesium.
These nutrients are vital for maximal testosterone production; if you are deficient in any one of them, your body simply won’t be able to produce enough testosterone.
If you’re deficient in all of them, then your output will be way below potential.
Another approach is to adopt a dedicated testosterone booster. These supplements have been specifically designed to deliver a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts known to stimulate your own natural testosterone production.
While they were known to be less than effective in the early days of the industry, today there are some very good products on the market. Many provide an extensive range of ingredients all backed by science; gone are the days of being charged $40 for a zinc capsule!
This is a much safer option than injecting exogenous hormones, and it should be at least seriously considered before you turn to AAS.
Are You Aware of the Risks?
I don’t care how much you think you’ve researched this.
I don’t care who says “use is not abuse”.
I don’t care if Dorian Yates (all respect to him) says that steroids aren’t any more inherently dangerous than painkillers.
Steroids pose inherent risks that cannot simply be avoided by “moderate use”.
You are injecting synthetic, exogenous male sex hormones into your blood.
You are injecting amounts that your body has probably never handled before.
These hormones have a profound and lasting effect on your physiology.
There is simply no other way to say this; steroids are dangerous.
If used correctly, they will fundamentally change your body.
If used incorrectly, they can kill you.
The risks of steroid use are varied and range from the immediate to the very long-term.
Here is a by no means exhaustive list of some of the very real side effects known to result from steroid use:
- Body hair growth
- Head hair loss
- Male breast tissue growth
- Testicle shrinking
- High blood pressure
- Massively high cholesterol levels
- Stiffening of the arteries
- Loss of libido
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Pancreatic disease
- Brain damage (trenbolone in particular may damage brain cells)
That’s Quite a List, Right?
None of these risks can be dismissed as scare mongering.
All of these things have been observed as resulting from steroid use.
Obviously, the more serious risks tend to come from long-term or heavy steroid use (and will most likely come from long-term AND heavy steroid use).
But it is not impossible for you to damage your heart, kidneys and liver in a lasting way by using steroids for just a short time.
It is certainly possible to experience things like loss of libido, severe acne, high blood pressure and infertility from relatively moderate steroid use.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol are no joke; not in the short term or the long term. Combined, they provide the perfect conditions for heart attacks and stroke.
If you’ve have answered yes to all of these questions and you are still considering using AAS, then please talk to a qualified health professional about your intentions.
Do not go into something like AAS use without talking to a doctor, without considering the ramifications from a law enforcement perspective, and without considering the impact it might have on your friends and family should the worst happen. That is by no means a judgement; it is an honest request for you to be safe.