Anabolic steroids have been a part of bodybuilding since the very beginning. Testosterone was already available in the 1930s. Bodybuilding is a sport/activity/beauty contest entirely depending on steroids.
A common trend among bodybuilders is to downsize the importance of anabolic steroids. They want the general public to believe that drugs are only a small part of professional bodybuilding – “just the finishing touch”.
This is not true, for one incredibly simple reason – most bodybuilders look terrible after they stop using steroids.
There are many examples of bodybuilders who have lost all their muscle mass after discontinuing the gear. Kevin Levrone, Mustafa Mohammad and Tom Prince come to mind. Their “detransformations” make the effectiveness of steroids apparent, to say the least.
Anabolic steroids are very effective for building muscle mass because they increase one’s testosterone levels significantly. It’s not uncommon for modern IFBB bodybuilders to use more than 2-3 grams of testosterone to maintain their physiques. This is hundreds of times more than the natural testosterone produced by the average man.
A quick look at the female bodybuilders who look like transsexuals reveals that steroids can turn almost anybody into a muscle monster. Most women who compete in bodybuilding are far bigger than the average natural male. If steroids were “just the finishing touch”, why are they turning women into men? Labeling something that powerful as “just the finishing touch” is a false and misleading behavior.
Bodybuilders will forever downplay the role of anabolic steroids to make you believe that you can have their physiques naturally if you take the right supplements.
Don’t expect a bodybuilder to come out and publicly state that steroids are the only reason for the existence of his extra muscle mass. This wouldn’t be politically correct, and he or she may lose sponsors.
Today we have “natural” bodybuilders who are as heavy as the bodybuilders from the 1970s when steroids were legal. How do you think that happened? By accident? Or maybe thanks to the broscience nutritional and training tips on YouTube? How about neither?
I am sorry, but steroids are not just the ”finishing” touch. They are the ultimate touch that allows bodybuilders to reach far beyond the natural potential of the human body. The needle has been the engine of bodybuilding since the early days.