OK so I am currently 17 years old, and no, before I get major abuse, I am not really considering AAS usage, just need some concise advice.
Since I was 12 I have been messing around with weights and for the last 3 years or so I have been lifting seriously with a main goal of achieving a huge strength and power for my size, and I mainly concentrate on a powerlifting style.
I have recently won several competitions, and easily with PBs of: -Bench 120kg @ 68kg
-Squat 165kg @ 68kg
-Deadlift 215kg @ 68kg
I have a slightly weird build - my arms are quite long compared to my torso and legs and reach to my knees when I leave them at my sides and I’m told this is why my deadlift is so heavy. My coach has now been telling me that I could be very very very good on a high level, but to do that I have to use AAS and that other people my age already are, and that it has to be now otherwise they will be too far ahead of me.
So I decided to research AAS and it has become quite clear to me that the risk of permanent damage to the endocrine system is high at my age, not to mention all the psychological effects. I am not hugely concerned about the aspect of stunted growth as I am already taller than my father (who is 5"6) and mother (5"4), yes my family are midgets, and honestly, from a powerlifting perspective getting taller may be detrimental to my progress.
So I said this to my coach and he assures me that with proper guidance from him and proper PCT, AIs, etc that I will be fine and will regain my natural test production, however I have begun to suspect he may not have my health at the top of his priority list. I do want to succeed and improve, however at 17 I do not think it’s worth completely messing up my hormones over.
So my question is, in your opinion, is it possible to use AAS in a sensible dosage at my age with minimal lasting effect on the endocrine system? I understand advice to the contrary is normally given to people of my age asking this question, but as far as I understand the long term effects are usually caused by use of more suppressive AAS or by lack of PCT, etc.
And I do understand you may tell me to go away simply because of my lack of posts but this is not a troll or anything of the sort, I’m just finding it hard to make such a decision and am in dire need of advice from people with experience of these things.