When reading strength-training literature, I often come across anecdotes about those blessed few ‘gifted with great genetics.’ Anyone with an interest in lifting is familiar with the notion that there are guys out there who with minimal training seem born to throw around an insane amount of weight or has a genetic predisposition to have a great [insert body part/muscle group]. And for the vast majority of “mere mortals” (a term I also often see in strength-training literature), we naturally feel envious towards those blessed with great genetics.
This thought led me to wonder if there really is anything wrong with recreational steroid use. Obviously, in the world of professional sports, the need to keep competition regulated and fair is paramount to maintaining the integrity of our beloved sports. Rules are rules. Period. You break the rules on the professional level, then you deserved to be scorned and made an outcast within that sport-society.
But if you’re a regular guy like me with modest genetics who simply wants to be as physically strong as he possibly can be and wants to look his best naked, is there anything wrong with a little artificial anabolic advantage? Of course, there is always a right way and a wrong way of doing something, and anyone wanting to use steroids should put in the necessary prerequisite research before subjecting their bodies to a variety of chemical substances.
My personal belief is that anyone willing to make the financial investment to buy and use steroids will without a doubt make the most out of every workout with intense dedication. Steroid use is not like the scenario from the animated series of Batman where the villain Bane cranks a little knob on his ‘Venom’-muscle enhancer module and becomes super-pumped. If you’re using, you’re most likely also working your ass off, and you deserve what gains you make. On the flipside, if you use steroids irresponsibly and ignorantly, you have no one to blame but yourself.
To wrap this up, if the stigma were lifted from steroid use, we could openly research its positive effects and find ways for it to improve the quality of human life - not unlike your common over-the-counter medicines. Considering all the media coverage regarding rising American obesity rates going on today, research on steroids seems like it would be a reversal on this troubling trend.
Please share your thoughts on this.