I was asked the other day why I don’t take steroids. After all, I am in the muscle and strength business so wouldn’t it make sense to be at least a little tempted to juice up once in a while?
Well, I don’t have a single good reason to avoid taking steroids; I have 5 and here they are.
#1 I don’t know what I’m doing
I don’t know much about the steroid game but, from what I’ve heard, it’s a very complicated endeavor. There are a lot of different drugs out there each with its own massive list of things you need to know regarding how to take it, side effects and how to cycle it.
In addition, there’s stacking various drugs together to get different effects. Some might be better if you’re a body builder, others if you’re a powerlifter and others still if you’re a track star. I once talked to a guy who said that learning to take steroids properly was more intensive than eating healthy and working out!
I have a lot of other things I would rather spend thousands of dollars on. Trips around the world, educational seminars, a new mountain bike and a new car are just a few that come to mind.
I’m sure the cost of a steroid cycle can vary greatly, but never the less I’m sure it isn’t cheap. If I can do it on the cheap there’s always the chance it won’t work as well or carry more negative side effects.
#3 Possible repercussions
I know there’s a lot of debate over whether or not steroids produce negative consequences. Some say they are safe and all great. Other’s claim you’re gambling with your very manhood. Paul Wade makes a classic case against steroid use in C-Mass.
As usual, I’m sure the doomsday and utopian perspectives are worst/best case scenarios that may or may not happen. Nevertheless, I’m not willing to risk it. It’s not like I would be taking steroids to achieve an Olympic dream or prolong an athletic career where I’m making millions of dollars every year. I just don’t have that much to gain to justify even a slight risk.
#4 It would produce a false positive
I got into calisthenics several years ago with the single mission to figure out how to best build muscle and strength with bodyweight exercise. If I take steroids and they work, how will I know if what I’m doing in my training is really any effective?
I don’t lift weights for the same reason. It’s not that I have anything against lifting weights, it’s just that if I’m hoisting iron how will I know how effective my bodyweight training is? Getting jacked-as-hell would make me look good for Youtube and Instagram but how much of that image is the result of my pull up skills and how much is from sticking a needle in my butt?
#5 It would make me a fraud
I have absolutely no problem at all with anyone taking steroids. Sports stars, body builders, even guys past their prime who use “hormone replacement therapy” are all good in my book……..as long as they are honest about it.
I have a massive issue with guys who are on juice and then deny it and claim their results are from the diet/ workout/ program/ advice they are selling. To me, that’s just straight up fraud. It’s selling a product or service implying a certain result when that result show is mostly from a different product or service.
Those are the big reasons plus there’s the fact that I’m not doing everything I can with diet and exercise to build muscle. It would be one thing if I was at the limit of my genetic potential but I know I’m nowhere near that. So why expose myself to the risk, cost, and falsehood to make gains I can still make without it?