As a result of the high concentration of androgens receptors in the trapezius muscles and the shoulder girdle, the two areas just blow up to enormous proportions when people start taking anabolic steroids. Large traps coupled with 3D deltoids are a sure sign of steroid usage. In the photo below, you see the transformation of Ty Ogedegbe who is a very gifted bodybuilder.
Pay special attention to the progress made in the trap region. It’s absolutely insane and screams “anabolic steroids”. This is not a surprise, however, since Ty Ogedegbe is 5’8” and 195 lbs. A quick check reveals that he is one inch shorter and 10lbs heavier than former Mr. Olympia Frank Zane (5’9”@185lbs).
So, how is it possible for a natural bodybuilder to become bigger than a former IFBB pro competitor who has also used anabolic steroids?
You already know the answer to this question.
Traps and Roids – The Scientific Connection
Below is a study that has examined the relation between the androgens receptors located in the traps and the intake of anabolic steroids.
Link to original study:
The expression of androgen receptors in human neck and limb muscles: effects of training and self-administration of androgenic-anabolic steroids.
Goal: To examine whether long-term strength training and self-administration of androgenic-anabolic steroids are accompanied by changes in androgen receptors content in the trapezius muscle and the vastus lateralis.
Participants were divided into three groups:
1. Powerlifters who don’t use anabolic steroids.
2. Powerlifters who use anabolic steroids.
3. Untrained people.
The concentration of androgen receptors was the highest in the traps of powerlifters using anabolic steroids. According to the study, the content of androgen receptors differs greatly between the human neck/traps and the limb muscles.