Lots of replies and lots of food for thought. I appreciate the honesty and frankness of those not afraid to use colourful language (Goldberg ,chrismcl) . I also appreciate the thoughts of those who stepped over to my side to try and see how I might be feeling and why I posted the “dilemma” in the first place (Mike Mahler). Quantumbutterfly and bald_scholar , you both hit the nail right on the head in understanding my thoughts. I should have got you guys to write the original post.
To answer some of the questions out there I should give a brief synopsis of where I am coming from. I am a personal trainer, having been training since with weights since I was 17 - I’m now 27 - and deciding to make a living from it a year ago. Business is good, and I have always made a point of promoting and being proud of the fact I have managed to get where I am (physique wise) without using steroids. My promotional t-shirts, literature, and even my e-mail signature all carry my logo and slogan - “Building muscle. Burning fat. Steroid free”. Yes, maybe a bit corny, but it is concise enough to get across to my clients exactly what I stand for when it comes to training.
I am Pakistani in ethnic background, and the gym I train at has a large number of Indian/Pakistani/Iranian (Middle Eastern as you would say in the US) second and third generation Brits. As a result of developing my physique to where it currently is I get a lot of young guys looking to me for advice, particularly as I also write fitness articles for a magazine over here. Whenever I am asked for advice by these aspiring young bodybuilders at the gym, I always feel I need to consider what the long term effects are of recommending something to them - I remember how much of a large influence role models had on me at 18-21. I have always promoted good training and eating and told them to stay away from the steroids as one can build a good quality physique without them. Inevitably I always get the question “So have you ever taken steroids?” I can always answer
“No. I have a good diet, lots of minerals and vitamins, and I train like a Trojan”.
This is why I have the dilemma with the Mag10 and why it was valuable for me to get other viewpoints. My goal since I was 21 was to get to 196lbs (14st in the UK) with a maintainable 6% bodyfat and all the proportions and strength a good bodybuilder/athlete should have. No matter what I have done the last two-three years, although my composition and shape has changed for the better, I have been stuck at a certain point. So I am sure a lot of you out there will relate when I say what the MAG10 product represents as potentially being able to do for me:
“An extra 10lbs in such a short period of time? What, really? Without steroids?”
So there you have it. My goals are massively valuable to me, and I want to reach them. Maybe these supplements are the extra help I have been needing. But to answer your question Charles Staley, I am looking at the bigger picture of how it will affect the role model I play to my clients and peers and my own feeling of self accomplishment. I should add that government “recommendations” never have any real bearing on anything I do as I am aware they can be some of the most uninformed, immoral, unethical and irresponsible people in the world.
Many of you have said “do what you want”. Believe me I always do, but I have to be satisfied that I won’t think back and regret anything. This forum may be a way of helping me to figure out whether I will or not.
Oh, and I realise some of you may curious as to how my physique does actually look currently. The link is:
Thanks again people, and I look forward to any further comments.