Disclaimer: This article is not to encourage steroid-use, but to try and understand why people use them.
With bodybuilding becoming increasingly mainstream, steroids are (unsurprisingly) becoming rifer than ever.
You no longer have to be a professional athlete or bodybuilder to take steroids, with every-day people using them more than ever before in a bid to get ripped.
In some circles, if you want to get jacked, the mantra is “Eat clen, tren hard, anavar give up”.
Clen referring to the PED – clenbuterol.
Tren – the steroid, trenbolone.
Anavar – being the popular cutting steroid.
Although it’s perfectly possible to get into great shape without steroids, men and women today want fast results.
Why Do Men Take Steroids?
- Muscle Growth
- Fat Loss
- Strength Gains
The most common reason for taking steroids is to build muscle…and a lot of it. Bulking steroids, such as dianabol, anadrol, testosterone and deca durabolin are often used to pack on significant amounts of muscle size.
The best muscle games will often come during a user’s first cycle, when their body is new to exogenous testosterone.
Not only will a user gain muscle, but also plenty of water, especially when taking compounds that aromatize (convert into estrogen).
Another reason why men take steroids is to burn fat, in a bid to get lean. Some guys don’t want to have muscles resembling a silverback gorilla, but plenty do want aesthetic six pack abs. Cutting steroids like anavar, winstrol and clenbuterol (a PED) are best for burning fat.
These compounds also have diuretic effects helping men to lose water weight, as well as burn fat. This helps to increase muscle definition.
Many bodybuilders are worried about losing muscle whilst dieting, and thus cycle steroids with anabolic properties, such as anavar/winstrol, to reduce the chances of them losing their hard-earned muscle.
Some men aren’t just interested in looking like a beast, but also lifting like one. Whilst some are gazing at their own reflection in the mirror, others are focused on setting new PR’s.
The best AAS for strength or predominantly bulking compounds like dianabol, anadrol, deca and testosterone. All of these steroids help you build muscle, which will increase your strength even further.
Are Steroids Worth It?
There’s no question you’ll feel like Superman on steroids, but how you feel off them is quite the opposite.
Your testosterone levels will crash, you may lose muscle, your energy levels go down the drain and your morale is low. It’s because of these reasons that steroids are so addictive, and easy to abuse, as many users don’t want to take adequate time off them (in between cycles).
Not only will you feel bad post-cycle but this can last several months until your hormonal function comes back to normal.
Also, steroids are potentially dangerous. If you take high doses, your blood pressure is almost certainly going to go through the roof and your liver is going to take a battering. If you’re genetically susceptible to heart disease, liver failure, anxiety or depression – you should stay away from these drugs.
Are steroids really worth it?
If you’re an IFBB Pro bodybuilder and you’ve won 5 Sandow trophies as a result of taking steroids – and you’re luckily in fairly good health…sure, you might say steroids were worth it. However, this doesn’t describe the average steroid-user.
The average user takes steroids for vanity purposes aka to look good. The effects of steroids are generally temporary and can cause a sharp decline in health, so it’s likely a significant portion of users wish they didn’t touch the gear. Also some AAS (like anavar) cost hundreds of dollars for each cycle, so if you’re not in a very good financial situation, such high-priced compounds aren’t worth it.