What are steroids?
Each and every anabolic steroid is a derivative of the male sex hormone, called “Testosterone”.
The history of steroids dates back to the 20th century. However, athletes have always been searching for ways to improve upon their current levels of strength and ultimately, develop and improve their physical capabilities.
The scientific knowledge got so advanced at one point that exogenous substances became something involved in most sports.
At one point, as the knowledge about the body and how to enhance it grew, a new era of competitive sports took place.
Specifically for bodybuilding, that was the late 20th century, when bodybuilders like Dorian Yates and Paul Dilett introduced “The mass monster” look.
How do steroids work?
Anabolic steroids replace the functions of the natural human testosterone, by connecting to androgen receptors.
Any androgen is a natural or synthetic steroid hormone that is involved in the development and maintenance of the male characteristics.
Application of anabolic steroids
Originally, steroids were used in medicine and were not administered to athletes and bodybuilders.
They were mainly used for the following purposes
- As a testosterone replacement therapy during certain diseases or with an anti-aging purpose
- As a preventative measure for loss of muscle and bone mass during chemotherapies, heavy burns or some surgeries.
- Treatments for aids and anemia
Even though that is the case however, steroids are mostly used for performance enhancing purposes in most sports, including bodybuilding.
Why am I reading an article about steroids on broscience.com?
In fact, this is a short article with a short description about steroids, that barely scratches the surface of the topic.
In the near future, we will publish a whole, detailed series of articles, dedicated to anabolic steroids.
Ultimately, our goal for this website, is to educate you on proper training and nutrition, besides delivering the most recent and interesting news from the fitness community.
Is it safe to take steroids?
Well, there are many bodybuilders who have taken steroids for decades and are still healthy and competing.
However, that is not only because of the highly qualified doctors that advised them, but also because their body responds in that way.
Now, while this is not intended to motivate you to enhance, you should know that making your balls stop producing testosterone is never good.
Actually, injecting something to replace the function of ANY system is bad, if you are a natural, healthy male.
If you don’t use it, you lose it- Simple as that.
In most cases, people who take a lot of steroids, end up with a shrinked, unfunctional ballsack.
The natural levels of testosterone rarely get back high naturally and the individuals need to keep relying on steroid injections.
Here is a good example of what can happen in 20 weeks of enhancing.
Michael Westwood is a bodybuilder, famous on the internet for his “Crazy Anabolic transformation”.
Above is a picture of his 5 months progress, cutting for a bodybuilding competition, with the help of steroids.
On his channel, you can see the whole video of his transformation, but for now, let’s find out
What happens when you quit steroids?
Even though the progress is amazing when you enhance, it comes at a price.
Now, as mentioned, each body reacts differently to exogenous testosterone, and there are many little details about what happens during the cycle and when you get off of it.
Watch Michael Westwood speak about his life after steroids in the video below.