So the Arnold is going on this weekend, which means right now the square foot to testosterone ratio is higher in Columbus, Ohio than every other place in the world combined.
Obviously because steroids are evil and are the main cause of rape, bestiality, murder, divorce, and shrink your dick (this one still makes me laugh), then the crime rate in Columbus should soar during these weekends. Men with big muscles and tiny dongs are out everywhere, killing, robbing, murdering, and filing divorce papers.
Oh wait, that doesn't happen.
In all seriousness, if steroids were the devil the media made them out to be, wouldn't you see mass riots in Columbus every year when the Arnold rolled around? I think that'd be pretty cool actually. Thousands of muscle heads piled into the street, rioting for no other reason than that their tren and anadrol doses were just way too high. You thought Canadians could turn over cars during riots? Shit, they'd have nothing on the Arnold weekend!
I see so many ignorant and laughable comments related to steroids and I touched on many in my darksiding series, however I still see some comments related to them, that are flat out WRONG. And some of these come from the users themselves. The funny thing about these particular comments is that the guys who say them, I don't think realize, contradict each other.
The first one is "you can't just take a cycle and set world records."
This is very true. Lots of guys use gear/gas/androgenic/anabolics and never win anything in bodybuilding or powerlifting or strongman, or never do anything at a championship level. There are many reasons for this.
Some guys never learn how to eat and train properly. I personally don't give a shit what anyone tells you, your training and eating will always be the two biggest factors in achieving success. I say this because, I know lots of guys on big cycles who haven't gotten any better in a long time. Mainly because their training methods suck, and/or they eat like shit. Drugs can overcome shitty eating and training but only to a point. Everything has its limits and drugs are no exception.
The other thing is, not everyone responds to these drugs the same way. I know guys that are on very little shit. I mean VERY little, that are insanely strong. They don't need a whole lot to benefit. I know other guys who are on buttloads, that barely look like their lift and are at laughable strength levels outside of their powrlifting gear. There are too many variables here to lay down absolutes.
So let's get this one out of the way. Just because dude X takes steroids and is big, strong, and jacked doesn't mean you are going to take them and find your way into his territory.
However, the flip side of this, that pisses me off to no end, is when dude X says dumb shit like "if you took steroids away, all the same guys would be at the top."
The only guy that ever actually proved this, that I know of, was the great powerlifter John Kuc. Who was a beast as a juiced 245'er, then came back later as a natty 275 guy, and well, was still strong as fuck. But, that's John Kuc, and you're not John Kuc.
I think I hate this particular bullshit saying more because I personally think the guys on the sauce love a feeling of entitlement. "I'd still be strong without it!"
Ok fine, but a world champion or competing at an elite level? You don't know, because you haven't done it. I will adopt the Missouri "show me" state motto, and tell you, if that's true, then show me.
In fact I will say that you wouldn't. Because drugs change so many things from one guy to the next, that I believe some guys that are at elite levels, might not have continued training at all as a natty.
I know some guys that have big mouths about how strong they are, but I can tell from their videos when their dose is at its highest. They get stronger (or injured...again) in the gym, but then of course know fuck all about training and constantly show up and underachieve at every meet. When I see a guy struggling to do 5 reps at a certain weight, then adds 20 pounds two weeks later for 8 reps, I know that it's not because his training program is so dreamy. Please.
So when they post up a vid or the message board mental masturbation crew ruminates about these guys, someone eventually "takes the piss" and talks about how he's on the gas. Someone else shows up to say "you think you can just take something and do that? well it still takes hard wok and blah blah blah."
Steroids did in fact, contribute HIGHLY to why that guy is able to do what he can do. It's a huge part of it.
Let me add to that. These same guys that are such hard workers, and worked so hard that they started pumping gas at insane rates in their early 20's, rather than developed everything they could naturally. I think we can save the "hard worker" label here because let me tell you, as a guy that was natty for 20+ years, I know more about struggling to gain a few pounds on a lift far more than guys who decided to darkside their shit early.
I don't know if they are hard workers, and neither do you, because drugs also make you more aggressive and motivate you to train at much harder levels. It's not hard to work hard while you're on higher doses. Anyone that has run shit will tell you this. Throw in a gram of test a week with some dbol at 50mg a day, and tell me if your training doesn't sky rocket and tell me if you don't feel pretty fucking excited about training. Take that shit away after a few months, and let's see if you're still working as hard.
While it's true that no matter how many drugs you take, you won't become Lance Armstrong or Ed Coan or any other athlete that used PED's that competed at the highest levels. On the flip side, part of those guys championship recipe, was in fact drugs. So they aren't who they are, without drugs either. This is not a slight, it's just the truth. You wouldn't be who they are on drugs more than likely, unless you are as genetically gifted in just as many ways. Yet, they aren't the champions they are without drugs either.
If steroids work, and someone uses them in order to attain the level of athletic achievement they do/did, then drugs were a part of it. You can't have your cake and eat it too. Some guys respond really well to drugs, so the real "genetic freak" part you hear about in bodybuilding and strength sports, is really a guys ability to respond to drugs, or deals with the side effects of them better than the other guy. And yes, he's born with that ability, so that's the "genetic freak" part you hear about.
Dorian Yates doesn't win Mr. O's without drugs. He will be the first to tell you that. Lance Armstrong doesn't win all those Tour De Frances without drugs. Stan Efferding isn't squatting 900+ and benching 600+ without drugs. It's a part of the package. It isn't a slam on someone, because as I noted, not everyone that takes drugs will be able to do those things. However without drugs, the before mentioned guys aren't doing that shit either. And until guys actually go clean and show they can repeat their feats without drugs, the mantra that all the same guys would be at the top is hogwash as well. To my knowledge, that's never been proven, nor do I think it can be, across the board.
So while it's true that you can't just take some drugs and become a world champion, the world champions who used drugs to get there, aren't world champs without them either. This is neither good nor bad, it's just how it is.