Hello fellow T-Nation members! Not really sure into what sub-forum this question really belongs, so let me clarify my question:
I am a lifetime natural, meaning I have never taken any drugs, nor do I intend to. I am simply intrigued by the effects of how steroids/PEDs/needles/pills in any form help lifters take it to the next level.
I didn’t start this thread in order to bash lifters who aren’t natty or to belittle their work in the gym. All I am curious to know is:
- What are the different drugs available today? (the most popular, of course)
- What are their effects? What kinds of gains do people see with them as opposed to without enhancement?
- What are the adverse effects? Short-term and long. (Shrinked testicles? = myth? Blood pressure? Redness of the face? Mood? Sleep?)
- If a natural lifter and an enhanced lifter were starting of as complete clones, and they trained and ate the exact same way. What kinds of better results would the enhanced lifter see through the bodybuilding eye, with the popular steroids (and their recommended dosages) compared to the natural lifter?
I am aware of the fact that factors such as size of doses, age, size, different individuals all react differently. I probably missed some other critical piece of information that changes the nature of this question, but I can edit as we go along. I also probably might have a fundamentally wrong idea of how all of this works, hence why I started this thread in order to educate myself.
This is not for the sake of any homework, or because I wish to buy them myself. I am simply curious as to what different reasons people feel they need them in a scientific point-of-view. Do they promote protein synthesis to a larger degree? Do they make you recover faster? Does putting creatine in your socks promote super levels of testosterone? Does your endocrine system become more efficient? Speeds up fat loss?
Imagine this is a restaurant, and the different drugs make the menu. Now tell me the ingredients and what they do for you.
Yes, yes, a lot of questions. Answer those you know or simply link me the address to other threads/websites you know that answer all of these questions, since I am probably not the first to ask.
Edit: I just saw that we have a “Steroids” sub-forum, my mistake. Mods: you can either move this thread to Steroids section or we can stay here and have a more general discussion and hope someone from the Steroids forum ventures of to this sub-forum. Also I hope none of my questions belong in the “Steroids bloopers” thread