When Bodybuilding and Steroids Go Wrong

The Steroid User Next Door

At some point, you’ve probably read or heard about A-Rod, or Alex Rodriguez admitting to steroid use.  The story can be summed up as… “On Monday in an ESPN interview, Rodriguez copped to using steroids while with the Texas Rangers. He said the pressure to prove he was worth the Texas-sized $252 million contract forced him to use steroids.”

But it’s not a shocker to see professional athletes using steroids.  Is it?  If it’s so illegal why hasn’t Mr. Olympia been shut down?  Nobody is shocked at those shows.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Here, from the business records of a Florida wellness center that was closed after a 2007 law enforcement raid, are the faces of the nation’s infatuation with performance-enhancing drugs – people who sought to buy steroids, human growth hormone and other powerful prescription drugs over the Internet to address deeply felt problems and concerns.

You have to read this story at least for some of the reasons why the normal, non-professional would consider taking steroids.

The steroid user next door – who bought and why

What about your kids?  What about you?  Your wife?  Husband?  Maybe you serve in the military and need a boost?  The sex life isn’t what it used to be?  You’ve been involved in an accident and if only you could get your hands on some HGH or Steroids, you could get back to your former self.

“A soldier from Iowa wrote: “I want to build muscle pretty quick but do it in a healthy way. I am 19 years old and I have tried all kind of things ever since I have been here in Iraq.”

Your 19.  You probably don’t know who Vince Gironda is… you don’t eat enough and you don’t get top quality nutrition while serving.  I guarantee you at 19 years of age, you haven’t tried jack!

Without getting into the arguments for or against it, I simply found this story to be interesting to see who else is looking for the magic promised by performance enhancing drugs.  While sports stars get all the attention, they are not the only people involved in this or wanting the benefits promised by the right dose.  Who knows… maybe the woman next door who is overweight and tried every diet is seeking the promise made.  Or the 14 year old kid who’s pressured to gain weight and strength fast for next season.

The steroid user next door – who bought and why

No matter what your overall opinions are on this issue, you have to admit, Americans are a drug culture.  We solve our issues with a pill.

I’m not sure of the solution.  Maybe you have some ideas.  I’d love to hear them.

To Your Health,

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”

P.S. - This is only meant to bring light to some other reasons why people may take steroids.  This isn’t meant as my rant against them.  I don’t know anything about them.  I simply thought the reasons why non-professionals might take them were different from what I read and hear in the news.

Categories: Rants

  • http://www.hardgainer-transformation.com Brian

    Hey Marc,

    This is my first post but I've been a long time fan. Great post I just though I'd take some time to spew out my opinion on steroids.

    I've always been torn on how I feel about steroid use. My stance on whether I'd ever use them has been the same. I have no interest in using ANY supplement/drug that does not have significant research done on it. On top of that the risk vs the reward is not great enough for me to even consider.

    But how I feel about other people using them is slightly different.

    In general, when I use a supplement I based its effectiveness on studies. Due to the question of ethics there are no long term studies on the effect of steroids on the human body. Yes we do know of the side’s effects and the effects of when the steroids are abused but there is no clear cut evidence. From my own research for every 1 person who's reported horrible side effects there are 3 or 4 who have no problem with it. This is where my dilemma begins.

    Year after year Alcohol is marked as the leading drug killer in North America. If we are so concerned about the dangers of steroids we should also be concerned with alcohol and other drugs that have not received the same attention. We should ban it from stores. Steroids are less glamorous and the media has spewed out a lot of bad information. So the general public outlook is a lot worst.

    I'm starting to ramble so this is where I'll stop… I think steroid use in sport should be banned because it’s a rule but we should stop head hunting players who used it in the past it was a rule. If someone wants to use steroids recreationally I honestly don't have a problem with it.

    I’m Canadian but I agree with your above statement with (North) Americans solving problems with a pill. This is something that isn’t going to end.


    Ps. Sorry for the rambling. Next time I’ll collect my thoughts.

  • http://www.nobullbodybuilding.com Marc David


    Great reply! You listed your thoughts and I didn't find it to be a ramble. I felt the article pointed out some other uses and reasons why people might take them beyond the obvious bodybuilding aspect.

    I found the 14 year old who needed to be 170 lbs really fast for the 19 year old who “tried everything” to be sadder cases. The bodybuilder who's experienced with years under the belt is not even in the same boat as some 14 year old that is confused and immediately heads down the path without even being old enough to consider the ramifications.

    When it comes to steroids… it's always pro sports or bodybuilders.

    But there's many others who are taking or would take them for many other reasons than to get huge or be at the top of their game.

    It's a different perspective. One I found interesting as I didn't think about it because it wasn't in my field of vision.

  • http://www.hardgainer-transformation.com Brian


    Keep up the good work Marc

  • Roger

    I won't argue about steroid use misleading some of our youngsters into abuse. I don't think it's about steroids, it's actually about how we use them. Some people actually need steroids for their health, has anybody mentioned about that?
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  • suchi887

    steroids are used by atheletes for performance enchancer but in the long run,they ruins the body with lots of side effects.So beware to use them wisely.

  • StereoID

    I usually buy anabolic steroids, but then again, after I bought my first steroids, I went to my doctor and asked for advice on how to use such medical products. The doctor asked me if I'm sure about it and I go on a regular basis for him to screen my results just in case something goes wrong.

  • imihaiu

    Personally, I would never use this stuff, but I don't want to judge someone who wants to buy legal steroids but I will say to them that the side effects I've seen can be really awful. A close one had to take a legal steroid called Cortizon and it's something that is contained by many drugs, and now he has developed the Aura Migraine among other things. So I agree that we should think more about our drug system.

  • http://steroids-effects.com/articles/examples-steroids-effects steroids effects

    I think players should never use the steroids as it is totally injustice with there profession as well as with the other players.. There are so many side effects which arises in the later on stage.. Natural way is always best according to me to increase the fitness..