The most iconic abuser of anabolic steroids is likely former actor and current (deserved or undeserved) running joke of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger won the prestigious Mr. Olympia bodybuilding every year from 1974 to 1980, preparing him well for his prestigious acting career. Ahhnold now fights against their usage in competitive bodybuilding, but does not regret having used them in the past.
“I believe that he already maxed out his genetic potential and then used steroids for the extra bonus,” states film study Junior Chris Crandall, who is also an aspiring actor and model. Crandall is also a member of both the cycling and Tae Kwon Do club teams at MSU. “I believe Arnold is an excellent example of ethical use of steroids.”
Major League Baseball’s Jose Canseco released the book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits and How Baseball Got Big in May of this year that tells how he and five other former Texas Rangers players were using steroids in the 1990s. Many sports fanatics are already critical of steroids use after Roger Maris’ 1961 record of making 61 home runs in one season was broken by Mark McGwire in 1998 with 70 home runs. Just three years later, Barry Bonds broke all of those records in 2001 with 73 home runs. Other players such as Brady Anderson, Ken Caminiti, Jason Giambi and Rafael Palmeiro have all been labeled as known steroid users, and Bonds, Sosa, McGwire and Ivan Rodriguez have all been suspected of abusing the drug.
“It’s just a bad situation overall. Not only did they jeopardize the integrity of the game by using steroids, they forever marred their legacies,” says junior biochemistry major and lifelong baseball fan John Krcatovich. “Most of the alleged and known steroid users had already established very productive careers, and now fans will be left wondering how much of their success can be attributed to performance-enhancing drugs. Their accomplishments and records are forever tainted, and they gave a black eye to Major League Baseball. I feel sorry for those players that they could show such poor judgment.”
If the professionals use them, what’s going to stop Spartans athletes from shooting up? Well, in spite of the lack of media attention on colligate drug usage (unless you are former-ambiguous-substance-abuser Jeff Smoker), the National Colligate Athletic Association (NCAA) is supposed to keep tabs on all Michigan State athletes. According to bylaw 31.2.3.2 of the NCAA rules and regulations, any student under a second offense will lose all regular and post-season eligibility for all sports. That does not tend to sit well in the stomachs of the scouts who are looking at athletes for professional league drafts.
Not to mention that the side effects read worse than prescription drug commercials. Liver tumors, cancer, jaundice, fluid retention, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, kidney tumors, severe acne, trembling, aggressive tendencies, psychiatric instability, insomnia, male-pattern baldness, decreased sperm count or infertility in males, shrinking of testicles, gynecomastia (male breasts), enlargement of the clitoris, prostate cancer, etc. Schwarzenegger has been suffering heart problems due to his bicuspid aortic valve (most people have a tricuspid) not being able to handle the effects of the steroids combined with his aging. Knowing all of that, many people still use the drug.
Although the mentioned list of steroid effects is lengthy, about 40-precent of 17-year olds in 2002 (according to NIDA) believed that there was relatively no risk in using such anabolic or androgenic steroids. The subject is not covered in many middle or high school health education classes, so the students never find out. As college students just a few years older, many are now suffering from lower metabolisms (which result in changes in body weight). Steroids are often considered as an option to lose weight and tone or gain muscle (even though muscles weigh more then fat) without considering the risks.
It remains easy, however, to build yourself up using steroids. Through processes called “cycling” and “stacking,” athletes and others beef themselves up with excessive dosages. Cycling is the process of taking steroids for a period of time, stopping for a while, starting back up and continuing shifting back and forth. Stacking is the use of several different types or brands of steroids at once to maximize the desired result while minimizing the negative side effects that are always attached. For anyone already under a training regimen, this would not be much harder to add into the rotation.
But just because Ahhnold does it, doesn’t mean that you should.

2 thoughts on “Steroids: The Juice Isn’t Worth the Squeeze”

  1. I don’t mind triceps having their own day, you could also build in some shoulder work at the same time. You need to allow more time for rest, rather than just Sunday, your muscles grow during recovery. Also, doing fewer than 8 reps with heavier weights is pretty great for mass-building.

  2. Awesome Post! I just got involved in this and I am attempting to learn as much as I can. Do You know of any of places I can get more information on this? I also like your theme too.

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