Like every ordinary gym-goer willing to look good without impacting health harmfully we don't promote steroids. The only purpose we dived into this theme is to sort things out and to discover the "dark side" of bodybuilding.
Unfortunately, today steroids pervade both sides of fitness: competitive sport and gym environment. The main reason novices use one drug after another is the goal to find the only magic combination of size and strength.
While there is a common opinion that steroids aren't created equal in this article, we trusted expert Anthony Roberts, who has written extensively about the subject over the years for Muscle Evolution.
Dianabol (Dbol or Methandrostenolone)
The first drug Roberts names is Dianabol. As he reports, it was more or less the second Anabolic Steroid ever produced. The first was Testosterone, which was created in the early 1900s and experimented with by the Nazi’s during World War II in an attempt to produce a better soldier.
The next stage came after John Ziegler, who was a doctor working with the US weightlifting team. He began a cooperative project with Ciba to develop an equaliser for the US athletes.
Called Dbol by athletes, this anabolic roid can be usually seen in pill form, though it can be found as an injectable. It is a 17aa steroid, which means it has been altered at the 17th carbon position to survive its first pass through your liver to make it into your bloodstream. It raises your blood pressure and is hepatotoxic (liver toxic).
Dbol has been and will continue to be, one of the most popular oral steroids for gaining mass and strength. The inclusion of Dianabol at any point in a cycle would contribute to gains, but this stuff is most regularly used for the following reasons:
- At the start of a cycle to kickstart gains
- As a bridge between cycles to maintain gains
According to Anthony Roberts, Test Suspension is considered one of the most powerful of the testosterones due to the fact that it has no attached ester.
Testosterone is a highly anabolic and androgenic hormone – it has an anabolic (muscle-building) rating of 100. This makes it a good drug to use among professionals as far as they are in pursuit of more size and strength.
The user should expect to see rapid muscle growth, water retention and, possibly, extra fat deposits.
The rise of aggression is also guaranteed.
Another trait of Tren is its ability to improve food efficiency and mineral absorption. The food eaten is better utilised for building lean muscle. Vitamins and minerals absorption also sky-high, which keeps athletes healthier during a cycle.
Like almost all steroids, Tren's effects are dose-dependent with higher dosages having the greatest impact on body composition and strength.
Mental changes are notorious for the use of Tren as androgens increase the chemicals in the brain that promote aggressive behaviour, which could be beneficial for some athletes who want to improve their speed and power.
Also, this drug is a poor choice for athletes who rely on cardiovascular fitness to play a sport. Tren, anecdotally at least, reduces your ability to sustain high levels of endurance.