Some lifters downplay the role of muscle drugs so much that ignorant people start wondering if a baby Aspirin is not as effective as steroids. Many delusional permabulkers believe that 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.
Pancakes, XXL 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 means that if your best squat is 400lbs/180kg, your squat on a decent anabolic cocktail would be about 440lbs/200kg. As it often happens with permabulking logic, this idea is complete nonsense.
Here’s how things happen in the real world.
What is a world class raw (no cranes used) powerlifting squat?
Around 3 times your bodyweight.
A lifter who is 200lbs/90kg would be considered a powerlifting squat monster when he has a 600lbs/272kg 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 540lbs/245kg without the help of drugs.
However, there is a big difference between a 200lbs lifter on steroids and a 200lbs lifter built with mom’s cake. The first version has a higher concentration of muscle mass – much higher. The second version is nothing but a collector of lard. As anyone can see, muscle mass is more important for strength than fat.
Here’s the most likely scenario. Mr. Mom’s Cake will not reach a 540lbs squat because he doesn’t have the muscle mass or strength to lift this weight. The only way to make this goal a reality would be to get even fatter – 300lbs/136kg sounds about right. However, when Mr. Mom’s Coke weighs 300lbs, a 540lbs squat is no longer world class. It 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 pro powerlifting.
Baby, you better believe it – steroids give you a double boost. First, they manufacture a ton of muscle mass for you. Second, they give you strength. Thanks to steroids the midget bodybuilders and powerlifters who would weigh about 135lbs/61kg without the drugs can now be over 200lbs/90kg of muscle. They are ripped and shredded. Bitches with fake tits want them.
A powerlifter who is 5’6”/168cm tall would have a hard time breaking 150lbs/68kg without transforming into a notoriously big fatso. I will assume that at 150lbs our guy is not ripped, but not an advanced lard transporter either. He will have to squat at least 450lbs/205kg to win an elite powerlifting dick measuring contest.
I spent 2 years in a powerlifting gym when I first started training. Most powerlifters there were doping H-A-R-D with both – steroids and their mom’s spaghetti. I didn’t see a single natural squat 450lbs, let alone someone who only weighs 150lbs. 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 coming up with ways to kill me.
On the planet where I live (the Earth), an average guy who is 150lbs would probably never squat 400lbs naturally in his lifetime. But even if he does, the raw record is much higher – over 550lbs. There is about 25% difference between 400lbs and 550lbs. Sorry. It ain’t happening even if you add olive oil to those pancakes.
People will continue to treat steroids like baby milk, but that won’t change reality. Muscle cocktails are the backbone of muscle&strength sports.
If you take growth hormone and steroids away, you will see bodybuilders like Ronnie Coleman shrunk down to 180lbs/81kg. The same will happen to the lifting records. Hundreds of pounds will disappear into the nothingness.
P.S. The post revealing the natty potential has been updated.