Anabolic Steroids have been around for decades, the first Steroid ever produced was Testosterone which was synthesized from Cholesterol. In 1954 at the world weightlifting championships in Vienna, a physician named John Ziegler was appointed as the team doctor, that year they dominated the competition, smashing records and winning gold medals, it was said that the athletes had been using Testosterone and this is how they managed to dominate the competition. Steroids are now used by athletes and bodybuilders all over the world to increase their muscle mass and athletic performance. For this reason Steroids are banned in professional sports as it gives the athletes that are using them an unfair advantage.
Steroids work in a number of different ways to increase performance of the human body. Such as increasing protein synthesis, increasing hormone levels and increasing red blood cell count. These 3 effects have a huge effect on muscle growth in the human body.
There are many different types of Steroids available today, both in tablet form as well as in injectable form.
Popular oral Steroids are:
There are many other oral Steroids available but the ones listed above are by far the most popular. People prefer using oral Steroids as most users don’t like to inject and using orals makes it a much easier task, however oral Steroids do have a downside, they can be extremely hard on the liver and can cause liver damage if used for extended periods of time, generally you don’t want to use oral Steroids for longer than 4 to 6 weeks at a time and always use a liver aid such as Milk Thistle to help protect the liver.
Steroids are usually used along with other different Steroids, this is called stacking. Generally all Steroid stacks consist of Testosterone which is an injectable and an oral such as Dianabol if you are bulking or Winstrol if you are trying to cut.
Bulking refers to trying to build as much mass as possible, usually when someone bulks they consume high amounts of calories and thus they usually put on a few pounds of fat during their bulking phase.
Cutting refers to trying to lean out and get ripped while maintaining the muscle mass that was built during the bulking phase. Usually bodybuilders will bulk up and when they have reached their desired size they will start a cutting phase.
The main reason that Steroids are illegal is due to the dangers they impose on the human body, all Steroids can be dangerous, some more than others. Dosage also plays a big factor in side effects, a lot of users can avoid side effects by using low dosages.
Common side effects include:
- Water Retention
- High blood pressure
- Roid rage
- Gynecomastia “bitch tits”
- Liver damage
- Kidney Damage
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low libido
- Low sperm count
- And more
High Androgenic Steroids such as Testosterone, Anadrol and Dianabol give more side effects than lower Androgenic Steroids such as Anavar and Winstrol.
Steroids are usually obtained through “dealers” at the gym but as of lately more and more people are using the internet to buy Steroids as its safer and anonymous, most people don’t like others knowing that they are using Steroids or about to use Steroids. There are many scam sites on the internet pretending to sell Steroids, often when people buy Steroids from these sites, once they have paid they never hear back from them again. Ways to avoid this is to never pay with Money Transfers such as Money Gram, try only to buy online with credit card, that way if you are scammed you can do a charge back and get your money back. Also make sure the Steroids you are buying are of high quality, always try to get pharmaceutical grade Steroids, these days there are a lot of underground labs making Steroids that aren’t very sterile and can lead to serious infections.