FOR MOST PEOPLE! READ BEFORE YOU FLAME!
I wholeheartedly believe that anabolic steroids have a place in society. I feel that the decision to use is a personal one, and should be made if a trainee has exhausted all other resources to optimize their results. Barring medical issues (HIV, Cancer, etc.), I feel that steroids should be a last resort.
If you’ve been training diligently for many years, eating clean, getting enough protein, staying on a good supplment regimen, and training intelligently, and you’re stuck at a very high level, fine. Maybe steroids are right for you. My contention here is that many people run too quickly to juice to help their progress, as if they can’t grow or whatever without it. It’s as if some people feel that everybody else who’s “on” has an unfair advantage over them. Personally, I think this is downright silly.
It reminds me of a friend of mine who was 500 lbs, claims to have “tried everything” to lose weight, but “nothing worked”, so he got gastric bypass surgery and got down to 300. Diets didn’t work for him, so he allowed a doctor to cut 90% of his stomach out. Not even once did this guy consider working with a knowledgable trainer to help him put his body into a fat burning, anabolic state. This was the one thing he didn’t try, and it almost certainly would have done the job, accompanied with a nutritional overhaul and some psychological help (put down the drumstick!).
The whole point of this very long post is whether an advanced trainee, advanced being a relative term, has really tried “everything possible” to get bigger, leaner, stronger, etc., if they haven’t worked closely with a trainer. I am a personal trainer, and I don’t mean me. If you want strength, work with a strength coach, if you want to be lean, work with Dr. Berardi. Take the money you would spend on drugs, and put it toward consultations with a coach that can use their experience to push you past whatever plateau you’ve hit at your current level of knowledge and experience. Otherwise your no better than an 18 year old kid who tries 'roids without first trying a protein supplement.