Anabolic steroids are a topic often discussed within and outside of the bodybuilding community. They create a very negative impression with many people. I would like to offer my opinion on this somewhat controversial topic.
In the bodybuilding community a battle rages between the natural (“natty”) bodybuilders and the enhanced (“gear head”) bodybuilders. It is so intense that many gear heads claim to be natty when, in fact, they are using anabolic steroids (“gear”) on a regular basis. My feelings on this are my own and should not be attributed to anyone else.
Gear is part of the sport of bodybuilding, like it or not. I believe that anyone who wants to compete at a high level must use gear to do so. It simply levels the playing field a great deal. I am one who even thinks that sports that currently ban steroid use (ie. Major League Baseball) should just allow them. What will happen is that the entire playing field will be leveled and eventually nobody will need to use gear at all.
There are many myths about gear that drive me crazy. One of those is that gear causes rage. I am sorry, but there is no proof of this. It is my own opinion that anyone on gear who is raging has that in his personality before using the gear. It is also said that gear is addictive and will lead to other drug use. This is patently false. People routinely cycle on and off gear all the time.
I believe that the use of gear is a personal choice. If you want to get big and you have no problem taking any of the risks associated with gear, go for it! Bodybuilding is a sport wherein you truly compete against your personal best and if you can improve that using gear then go for it. It is your life and your decision to make. Please note that I am in no way suggesting that everyone reading this article go out and get on gear. All I am saying is that if you are so inclined you shouldn't be embarrassed by it.
If you happen to decide to use gear be sure to read all about what you plan to take before you start. Learn about how to keep things sterile so you don't get a horrible infection. Learn all about the side effects of gear. Get involved by reading discussion boards on the topic (Google this one). Ask questions of people who have experience. They will be invaluable to you as you move forward.
Your foremost concern should be your own health. If you feel completely different while on gear you might need to reevaluate that situation. Whatever you do, don't pretend to be natural when you're not. That just encourages people to go out and try to replicate your workouts when they really can't do so without the gear.
Be responsible. Dispose of your needles and syringes the proper way. Never just throw them in the trash. If you are going to take this path, make sure you don't hurt anyone else along the way.
Gear can definitely improve your gains and give you strength you never thought possible. It can take your training to all new heights. However, it should not be entered into lightly. Think it over and make an informed decision. You won't be sorry if you do so.