For many people, anabolic steroids or simply anabolic steroids are something mythical, some kind of advantage and at the same time a weak spot for bodybuilders. But as often happens, human imagination is at odds with reality.
What are anabolics
Anabolic drugs are substances whose action is aimed at enhancing anabolic processes in the body. That is, these substances accelerate the formation and renewal of the structural parts of cells, tissues and muscle structures.
Anabolic substances are divided into steroid and non-steroidal. Most non-steroidal drugs are freely sold in a pharmacy and often do not have a pronounced effect on the body. Such substances include potassium orotate and ordinary riboxin.
Anabolic steroids or anabolics are pharmacological drugs that mimic the effects of the male sex hormone - testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. Anabolic steroids accelerate the synthesis of protein inside the cells, which leads to severe hypertrophy of muscle tissue.
The action of anabolic steroids is conditionally divided into two directions: anabolic activity and androgenic activity. The word "anabolic" comes from the Greek "anabolein", which translates as "build up", the word "androgenic" comes from the words "andros" and "genein", which translates as "make a man".
Anabolic activity is the ability of anabolic steroids and other substances to enhance protein synthesis and hypertrophy of muscle tissue.
Androgenic activity is the ability of steroid hormones to cause masculinization and virilization. Many side effects of steroids are associated with an androgenic activity, such as acne seborrhea, body hair growth, hair loss on the head, prostate hypertrophy, testicular atrophy, and many others. It is worth noting that in addition to this, androgens increase libido, cause mental activation and a sense of dominance (steroid rage).
How do anabolics work and what is their effect
The intracellular receptor binds a steroid molecule, the resulting complex is transported to the cell nucleus, attached to nuclear DNA, which activates the synthesis of messenger RNA and starts protein synthesis in ribosmosis.
The effects of anabolic steroids fall into two main categories: anabolic and androgenic. Anabolic effects:
• Significant increase in muscle mass (5-10 kg per month)
• The increase in power indicators
• Increased stamina and performance
• An increase in the number of red blood cells
• Bone strengthening
• Fat reduction
• Prostate hypertrophy
• Testicular atrophy
• Hair loss on the head, and activation of growth on the face and body From which it is clear that only anabolic effects are pursued in bodybuilding. Currently, steroids are being developed that have a pronounced anabolic effect and low androgenic. An indicator that reflects this ratio is called the anabolic index. At the moment, almost all anabolic steroids have pronounced androgenic effects.
Why use anabolics
It's no secret that high-performance sports are inextricably linked with the use of sports pharmacology. There is a huge list of various drugs that make an athlete stronger, faster, more resilient and help him cope with progressive physical activity and recover quickly. It is not necessary to equate all sports pharmacology with doping. There is a list of prohibited drugs as well as permitted ones.
But if we talk about bodybuilding, then the main quality that an athlete strives for is hypertrophy of muscle fibres. Therefore, bodybuilders have to use anabolics. 100% of all professional bodybuilders take steroids, and even athletes performing in categories that do not require great hypertrophy, for example, men's physique. And on an amateur level, the situation is the same. Yes, at the amateur level, there is a chance to successfully perform at the men's physique, but for this, you need to have unique genetics and great experience in training.
In female bodybuilding, steroids are also used everywhere. Even in the category of fitness bikini, which does not imply large muscle volumes, some girls prepare with farm support. Anabolics in the life of a performing athlete is justified. They help to achieve the goal - to win competitions and win titles. But anabolics are common among ordinary visitors to the gym. 90-95% of all cases of steroid use occur in men, and, as the study showed, the main motivation is to obtain a competitive advantage in the person of sexual partners, as well as increase their social status, influence and self-affirmation.
If you plan to compete or quickly make your body beautiful, then with a probability of 99% you will have to deal with anabolic steroids. But before that, it is necessary to develop training experience and achieve its genetic maximum. And take drugs only under the supervision of a specialist and with regular testing. It is also important to remember that anabolics alone will not build a champion form. Without hard training and a strict diet, the effect of taking drugs will only be negative.
If you don’t plan to speak and think about taking anabolic steroids just “to pump up”, then we strongly recommend abandoning this idea. The risk of undermining health can be justified when a sports career and titles are at stake. It makes sense if you just want to have a muscular and sculpted body. Anabolics are not the prerogative of performing athletes.
It is worth noting the fact that the press often exaggerates the harm of anabolic steroids. Most often in the media, you can hear that anabolic steroids are 100% likely to lead to sexual dysfunction, dementia, infertility and death. In actuality, it's a little bit different. In 80-95%, taking anabolic steroids does not cause side effects, provided that the athlete’s health is constantly monitored and the recommended dosages are observed. And the side effects that occur are most often reversible.
The picture of complications is largely determined by the pharmacological profile of the drug, some are safer, others less. To minimize the risk, strict adherence to the administration regime and the supervision of a medical specialist is required.
Anabolics help build professional athletes a phenomenal form and go beyond the boundaries of genetic limitations.