Steroids. Who is Using them? More people than you think!

Testosterone. Growth Hormone. Insulin. Insulin Like Growth Factor. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG). Thyroid Hormone, Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB). Clenbuterol. Aldactone, Lasix (diuretics).

This is just a short list of the drugs that characterize the bodybuilding and fitness industry, as well as professional athletes and celebrities.

More people are using these drugs than you think

People at the very top of their professions use drugs just like the people who are at the entry level looking to get their foot in the door. From MVP baseball players like Alex Rodriguez, to 5 time olympic gold medalist Marion Jones, to iconic Hollywood celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, all have admitted using some sort of drug. (makes you wonder if anyone at the top can do it without some ‘help’)

Without a doubt, more people use them than you think. It becomes obvious on top level bodybuilders – but it’s not so obvious when a pro athlete uses something for recovery, or when a celebrity uses something to redefine their look for an upcoming role.

The legal status of these drugs does not deter any of these people from using them for their obvious performance enhancing and physique enhancing benefits.

They simply do what it takes to achieve the level of condition/performance that their given industry requires. It’s not a moral decision, it’s not a decision about integrity. It’s about staying competitive in their chosen fields.

In today’s podcast, I talk to our industry insider about the world of performance and physique enhancing drugs. We’ll get the lay of the land as it is today and discuss just how pervasive drug use is in each of these industries.


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Black and Grey Market Drugs

The market for supplements and drugs isn’t as black and white as you might think. There is also a significant ‘grey’


At some point these items weren’t on the black market.

market of items that are not yet categorized as legal or illegal. In many cases a new and controversial supplement may technically be part of the grey market until it gains a working legal definition.

If you’ve been actively taking or trying supplements for the past 10 years you may very well have taken something that used to be part of the legitimate market and now exists on the grey market or even the black market now.

Many items go through a life cycle from the legitimate market to the grey market and end up in the black market.

The markets themselves are determined by political ideology and pressure and have little to do with the quality or inherent or perceived danger of the items in question.

We’ll look into the history of the black market for performance enhancing drugs and examine how a drug or supplement can start out as a legitimate market item and end up on the black market.

When you look at it from this standpoint you have to consider that being on an illegal drug is more a matter of a moment in time and a geographical location vs doing something that is universally right or wrong as the media would portray it.


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Can Glycogen Loading and Eccentric reps Replace Steroids?

Lately we’ve been getting a few more pointed questions and discussions about advanced nutrition and exercise techniques. Two that have come up are:

1) What is the optimal level of glycogen for muscle growth

2) How do eccentrics affect muscle growth

Glycogen is the storage form of glucose and your muscles can store more glycogen after exhaustive exercise. In fact some muscles can store up to 3 times as much glycogen if an exhaustive exercise session is done followed by a surplus of glucose rich liquid is consumed.

This however is typically only done for endurance athletes competing in multiple events over multiple days. The research isn’t so clear on muscle growth and in fact it seems that glycogen levels don’t really have much to do with muscle growth.

If your goal is fat loss, then may notice that your muscles feel a bit less ‘full’. This isn’t anything to be concerned with as it’s normal to feel a bit weaker and a bit ‘flatter’ while you’re reducing calories in an effort to reduce bodyfat.

This is a transient state that will return to normal when you go back to eating maintenance calories.

Eccentric exercise is another issue that comes up with regard to muscle building. Every time you lift a weight you will be doing at least some eccentric work, but some believe that there is merit to focusing on the exact timing of eccentrics.

There is some merit to do focused eccentrics, however there isn’t much evidence to support overly deliberate eccentrics as a mainstay to a muscle building routine.

In both cases it seems that fancy lifting techniques are hypothesized and maybe even romanticized to be able to produce steroid like gains without using steroids.

The truth is the 2 main things that will produce the most muscle gains from a natural body are:

1) Consistency

2) Maximum Effort

Once you have these two factors mastered you can start experimenting with other concepts and theories to accelerate your gains.

In todays audio lesson we’ll go into detail about glycogen, eccentrics and muscle gaining and what the real drivers of muscle gaining are and how our focus and goals can end up in the wrong place.


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Steroids The True Stars of Bodybuilding and Fitness

The true stars of bodybuilding, pro and amateur sports and fitness competitions aren’t the people, it’s the drugs. Many top athletes, bodybuilders, fitness models and even celebrities are on some combination of various physique enhancing drugs.

The following list is just an example of some of the drugs a typical bodybuilder might use to build muscle or reduce bodyfat.

Oil based testosterone injectable

Water based testosterone injectable

Testosterone derivative tablets (dianabol, anadrol, anavar etc)

Injectable testosterone derivatives (deca durabolin, winstrol, primobolan)

Growth Hormone injection

Insulin injection

IGF-1 injection (insulin like growth factor)

Oral clenbuterol tabs/liquid

T3 (thyroid hormone)

HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin)

Diuretics (oral and injectable)

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but rather the most commonly used and popular ones.

Bodybuilders are the extreme and set the stage for what the upper limit of use and abuse is. From there fitness/figure models, pro athletes and celebrities who use drugs will be using some lesser combination of the same drugs that bodybuilders use. This is the trickle down effect from the extreme.

In todays podcast we discuss how pervasive drug use is in bodybuilding circles and how it’s obscures our perception f what we think it an attainable ideal body shape, size and proportion.


P.S. For a good example of a steroid free bodybuilder vs a known steroid user check out this link: EUGEN SANDOW