There’s a fitting proverb from the Tao te Ching that applies nicely to all this :
“When you are content to be yourself and do not compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
My decision was precipitated by a bunch of free gear. I’m doing them for me though. My decision NOT to use was based largely on what I thought OTHER people would think. Would they respect my achievements anymore or chalk it all up to steroid use? Ultimately, you have to be your own man though and when I got the opportunity to use, I took it.
I see a lot of juvenile and fallacious logic in your post. That’s not a personal attack btw, but your position is really commonplace and usually defensive. The overwhelming impression I get from your post is that you see our pass time as a contest. I don’t care what other people are doing in the gym. I’m not interested in his abs being sharper than mine or my squat being bigger than his. I want my body to look like I want it to look and perform like I want it to perform. It’s not a competition.
LeBron James will always be my physical superior no matter what drugs I take or training I endure. But, I don’t respect people simply for their natural gifts. If you’re brilliant but waste your talent, then I respect you less than the kid who hit the adderral and hit the books and is now your boss. If you embraced your talent then I still have no problems with that same kid taking every reasonable measure to better himself. If you’re competing with natural athletes in a tested federation and your using then yes, you’re a dickhead. But, if you like training for training’s sake and want to give some juice a ride then welcome to the club; you and me both. Ultimately, it’s you moving the weights and stepping on the scale even if that you used steroids earlier in the year.
Exercise and nutrition are my passion and pass time. I don’t tie my masculinity up with my appearance. I look better but am far less masculine than the half-emaciated, 19 year old Ranger Private patrolling some god-forsaken wasteland looking for bad guys. I’m not half the man of a civil rights activist willing to take a fierce beating at a sit-in. I’m fine with that though, and I respect them for their real masculinity. If you tie your masculinity to the “weights your pumping” than you have bigger problems.
Steroids will allow me to make exceptional progress in a short period of time and I’m looking forward to that experience. Hell, if there were a natural herb that had the same benefits and side effects of roids I’d have been on it a long time ago. I bet you would too.