The text that is about to follow has not been written by a delusional permabulker. Sorry.
Some lifters downplay the role of muscle drugs so much that ignorant people start wondering whether a baby Aspirin could produce steroids like results. As you may be able to guess, most of the time those lifters are nothing but delusional permabulkers who believe they can break the powerlifting records naturally as long as they eat ”enough calories to recover and grow”.
Simply put, those barbell nerds are trying to out-eat the effect of steroids.
Guess what the results are? Pancakes, XXXL clothes and ”My gut is not too big, right?” looks in the mirror.
Recently, I received an article explaining that the difference between drug free and steroid lifters is only about 10%. This technically means that if you train for 10 years and your best squat is 400 lbs / 180 kg, your squat on a decent anabolic cocktail would be 440 lbs / 200 kg. As it often happens with permabulking logic, this idea is complete nonsense.
Here’s how it happens in the real world, permabulkers and FAKE NATTIES! Take notes and write it down in your journal.
What is a world class raw (no cranes used) powerlifting squat?
At least 3-3.5 times your bodyweight.
A lifter who is 200 lbs / 90 kg would be considered a world class powerlifting squat monster when he has a 600 lbs / 272 kg squat or more.
If we apply the logic, or should I say wishful thinking, that steroids give you only 10% on top of your squat, this means that the same guy should be able to squat 540 lbs / 245 without the help of drugs. This is still an impressive squat, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.
There is a big difference between a 200 lbs lifter on steroids and a 200 lbs lifter built with mom’s cake. The first version has higher concentration of muscle mass – much higher. The second version is nothing but a lard collector. As anyone can see, muscle mass is more important for strength than fat.
Here’s how it will most likely happen in the real world: Mr. Mom’s Cake will not be able to reach a 540 lbs squat because he doesn’t have the muscle mass or strength to lift this weight. The only way for that to happen would be to get even fatter – 300 lbs / 136 kg sounds about right. However, when Mr. Mom’s Coke is 250 – 300 lbs, a 540 lbs squat is no longer world class. It’s about 2 times his bodyweight, which is pretty good and even amazing in this world of potatoes, but it’s not going to win you anything. Moreover you will not be considered strong in the world of powerlifting.
Baby, you better believe it – steroids give you a double boost. First, they manufacture a ton of mass for you. Second, they give you strength. Thanks to steroids the midget bodybuilders and powerlifters who would weigh about 135 lbs / 61 kg without drugs, can now be over 200 lbs / 90 kg without being fat. They are ripped and shredded. Bitches with fake tits want them.
Example: Imagine you have a powerlifter who is 5’6” / 168cm tall. This guy would have hard time breaking 150 lbs /68kg without being a notoriously big fatso. I will assume that at 150 lbs our guy is not ripped, but not an advanced lard transporter either. He will have to squat at least 450 lbs / 205kg to win a nice place in elite powerlifting dick measuring contests. I don’t know where you have been in the past, but I spent about 2 years in a powerlifting gym when I first started training. Sorry, bad news! Most powerlifters there were doping H-A-R-D with both – steroids and their mom’s spaghetti. I didn’t see a single natural there squatting 450 lbs, let alone someone who only weighs150 lbs. Nevertheless, I have to assume that I was in the wrong gym and somewhere this natural monster exists. After all, I want people to sleep well tonight instead of finding ways to kill me.
It’s now time to analyze what happens when the same lifter is on drugs. First, he has more muscle which increases his strength potential tremendously. Instead of being a 150 lbs boy who is not so fat, he is 150 lbs muscle master with 18 inch shredded arms.
At the end, it’s like comparing a sack of potatoes that weighs 150 lbs to a sack of stainless steel that weighs about as much. The scale may report identical weight, but there’s a difference – one is strong, the other one is a potato.
This hold true for all weight classes.
On the planet where I live (the Earth), an average guy who is 150 lbs, would have hard time squatting 400 lbs naturally in his lifetime. Furthermore, the raw record is about much higher – over 550 lbs. There is about 25% difference between 400 lbs and 550 lbs. Sorry. It ain’t happening even if you add olive oil to those pancakes.
People will keep on treating steroids like baby milk, but that want change reality. Muscle cocktails will forever exercise tremendous influence on muscle&strength sports.
Take growth hormone and steroids away and watch bodybuilders like Ronnie Coleman shrunk down to 180 lbs / 81 kg. The same will happen with the so-called lifting records. Hundreds of pounds will be be lost into the nothingness.