Are steroids always bad? I do not think so. After all, 'Steroid' is a medical term.
There could be many reasons when steroid usage is justified. For example, when prescribed by a doctor for certain conditions like TRT, HIV, burns etc.
Another being their usage by pro-bodybuilders and athletes who are competing nationally or internationally and their livelihood depends on their physique.
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However, there are a few reasons for which the usage of steroids is completely not required. If you are using or planning to use steroids for any of these reasons, it is literally very stupid indeed:1. To Become A Trainer:
Being a trainer myself, who has been lifting naturally since 2010, I`ve met tens of trainers at different gyms. Initially, I used to get shocked learning about their steroid usage without even having a training base.
Most of the time they are caught in this delusion that they need to look like a bodybuilder to be a trainer, which is not true at all.
This makes them take anabolic steroids to get quick results. The same results which they could`ve gotten easily by training for a few more months with apt diet and training and that too without the side-effect of steroids.
To become a trainer you need to have few years of lifting experience under your belt and some education.
Having a decent healthy-looking physique is a plus point to motivate your clients but going for anabolics, thinking you need to look like a bodybuilder/physique model is completely uncalled for.
Remember, your knowledge helps your clients get results, not your monstrously big physique.2. To Impress The Opposite Sex:
In today`s world of social media and tinder where shirtless pics get more likes, the sole aim of some youngsters for going to the gym is to get shredded/abs, post pics on social and get laid. This involves the usage of steroids and other drugs like clen and what not. The more desperate the guy is, the quicker he will get into shortcuts.
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Every second guy who is a gym-goer and is on Instagram has abs, but do they have girlfriends? Ask them and you will know.
You may impress some juvenile teenage girls with your shredded physique but getting into a real relationship requires way more than just physique.
It's you as a complete person that impresses the opposite sex, not your 3 hours everyday gym session.3. On Trainers' Recommendations:
If your trainer tries to brainwash you by saying “Every guy with a good physique is probably on steroids and you should take as well if you want those results”. He's either bullshitting you or probably has no idea himself.
There are people with great physiques mostly due to two reasons- Great genes or years of training experience or a combination of both of these.
These people with years of training experience will look better any day than your average guy/trainer who took steroids after just 6 months of training.
Pro coaches make their pro-athletes use steroids for competition prep, that`s another story. But as an average gym-going guy who just wants to look good in clothes or naked, steroids are a big no due to their side-effects.4. To Compete In Local Bodybuilding Competition:
I don`t want to sound like I'm discouraging you to participate in local competitions but participating in such shows by using/abusing steroids is not worth it at all.
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Youngsters, usually with not much experience, try to compete in such shows and in order to win or secure good positions, go for steroids hoping to get massive or get a next-level shredded physique.
Let me tell you, even after taking steroids they don`t get the desired results because steroids are not magic.
They don`t have much training experience under their belt and have no idea about dieting and want steroids to do all the magic for them.
Steroid usage could be justified in case you were preparing for a national or pro event after few years of dedicated training. But shutting your natural testosterone production for an event which gives you a tub of protein powder or gainer isn`t very smart.
That`s all folks! Hope this helped. Share it if you can with a friend who goes to the gym and is in dire need of your help.