Health & Medical Fitness & bodybuilding

Are Steroids The Only Path To Massive Muscle Gain?

Steroids have been a part of western culture for many years, evolving from a ritual that was once confined to sports and professional bodybuilding to a regular high school recreational activity used to improve speed, strength, and muscle size beyond natural limits. As with any drug that fosters external change, since the enhancements are visually apparent, those using steroids or growth hormone are easily convinced that they are in fact healthier than before, yet temporary positive appearance improvements are not always synonymous with what occurs on a cellular level.

In addition to sports enthusiasts who wish to enhance performance, many underweight bodybuilders are interested in the fastest way to enhance muscle gain, and when they see professional bodybuilders using huge quantities of drugs to produce 100 or more pounds of additional lean body size, they feel as if this must be the path to produce what they perceive as success. Yet, what many fail to consider is that bodybuilding, a lifestyle that has constantly associated itself with healthy living, is actually transformed into a risky, potentially life ending path when steroids or growth hormone become valid options.

There are two distinct groups that seem to have mistaken notions of what can and cannot be produced naturally; one extreme believes that the massively muscled bodies of professional bodybuilding stars on the cover of muscle magazines can be produced without steroid use, or with some legal supplement that substitutes for drugs, when this is a completely false notion. To those who follow the bodybuilding industry closely, professional bodybuilders are known for their widespread, rather stunning level of drug abuse, and they would carry substantially less muscle mass if they were training without steroids, even when using all available legal supplements. Another vast misconception claims the opposite, which is that no bodybuilder can gain significant muscle mass without steroid use, which is just as misleading. Although the muscle size of professional steroid using bodybuilders cannot be achieved without embracing the same life endangering drug habits, stunning improvements in muscle size and density are possible without ever touching steroids or any other performance enhancing substance.

Both groups need to become realistic, but in different ways; those who feel professional bodybuilding results can be achieved without steroids must comprehend that this is not so, and change their aspirations to match what is both healthy and possible, but they will also find solace in learning the second lesson for the opposing group, which is that by eating and training using specific techniques, dramatic muscle gain is possible, and a dramatic transformation can occur without using steroids. The reason many are searching for solutions is that the physical fitness industry is plagued with falsehoods and misconceptions, therefore steroids seemingly become the only apparent solution to significant physical appearance change, when in fact, most add very small amounts of muscle not due to lack of drugs, but as a direct consequence of poor diet and training routines. When the variables that control muscle size (the workout and eating techniques) are rectified, progress should be gratifying and considered impressive for any reasonable individual, and the risks of steroid use are avoided in the process.

I started my weight training career at a weight of 130 pounds, and considering my height was above average (6'2"), my thin body was the catalyst behind my own weight lifting career. Thankfully, by the grace of God I never used steroids, growth hormone, or any other such drug, despite having the same desire to build muscle as any other bodybuilder, yet knew that doing so within a natural framework was the only safe and therefore legitimate option. I then perfected my weight lifting and eating plan through years of trial and error, gaining over 60 pounds of muscle mass; many who are confused about how to achieve muscle building results accuse me of relying on steroids, but I can highlight my own results as proof to justify that building massive muscles is possible naturally, with no chemical crutch. I also realize that by using steroids, I could gain at least 50 pounds of additional muscle mass, but does this frustrate me? No, not in the least, as I feel that preserving my health and well being by remaining natural is far more important than any level of new muscle gain, and I hope every man and woman reading this article adjusts their bodybuilding ethics so they can also feel the same.

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