Is That a Man or a Woman: Steroids

Those who know me personally know I love to travel. I will go to any state or country. I have seen and enjoyed participating in cultural activities of the area as well as taste a variety of foods. As a person who loves exercise and as a trainer looking to acquire new skills, I like to attend different gyms while I travel and see how each gym operates. It is much more difficult to obtain passes internationally so most of my experience is within the United States.

I tend to like gyms that look like a gym. I am not looking for bright shiny lights with rows of machines. I prefer seeing athletes work with other athletes and love when I see free weights predominantly used. Maybe its a little more hard and basic but that is my preference. Sure we hear men but I love to hearing women grunt as they press. The gym is not meant to be dainty. There is an unmatched feeling of satisfaction when my shirt is stuck to me from sweat after an intense work out session.

When you walk into a gym you are usually greeted at the counter by a buff body ready to welcome you in. Gym owners aren't stupid. This is purposely done but could that body at the counter be a little too much? I can't help but smile when I think of my visit to a gym in South Florida, which shall remain nameless. I am all for a built body but Wow! As I approached the counter I actually was taken aback. Not because this person's body was so beautiful but because I was horrified.

At first look I was not sure if it was a man or a woman. At second glance I was still unsure. My third glance went to the stretched skin beyond its max due to obvious steroid use. I was able to determine it was a woman as we engaged in a conversation and set up my admittance to the gym. I couldn't help but study her every move. I love seeing a ripped body. I appreciate a gorgeous physique on both men and women but this was what I considered a freak show. Maybe I was wrong, maybe she naturally had a 22 inch neck and arms the size of my thighs. She definitely was not the selling point of the gym for me. Thank goodness, once inside, I had a great workout with an excellent teacher, what a body he had and it was natural. Actually, one of the best work outs I have ever had.

I am not an idiot. I know why people use steroids at the gym. People want to look like a bad ass and don't want to put in the time it takes to make it happen naturally. No respect, sorry. That is my opinion and I stand firm.

Work outs are meant to be both a physical and mental challenge. It is the challenge of pushing your body to its physical limits while gaining mental strength and confidence.  Allow me to use a comparison that came up in a discussion. You are standing in front of a large hill. you climb the hill step by step, digging your feet into the ground for stability, clawing the ground with your hands when  feeling weakest. With each step, you are unsure if you will make it to the top but you push yourself through the physical and mental fatigue.Sweat is dripping into your eyes but you make it to the top. The view is amazing. You breathe it all in, looking down at the hill you squashed. Then you see a helicopter approach and out jumps a man right beside you on top. At first, he seems so big and strong until you realize this second man has cheated himself. He is only an empty shell. He missed the journey up the hill, he missed testing his own boundaries, he missed feeling of pride and self-satisfaction on that last step to the top.

Working out is an individual fight. You against yourself. There is no greater challenge and only a fool would cheat themselves.

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Steroids have their purpose; to reduce inflammation such as for the bronchial tubes for asthmatics and be used to treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjögren's syndrome, or gout. Steroids have also assisted with the treatment for cancer patients and are beneficial for numerous other ailments.

I would love for those who use steroids to clearly explain to me how they are benefiting their own bodies. We go to a gym to enhance who we are by getting in a proper amount of recommended exercise for good health. We lift weight to help keep our bodies functioning at its maximum levels of strength and fitness. Get past having big muscles that instantly popped for a minute and tell me when you decided that you weren't good enough to do it on your own with hard work. I wish I had you before that first injection.

“The minor side effects of steroid use include acne, oily skin, excess hair growth, and deepening of the voice. The major side effects of steroid use include an increased risk of cancer, increased risk of heart and liver disease, jaundice, fluid retention, reduction in HDL-C (“good cholesterol”), high blood pressure, changes in blood coagulation, increased risk of atherosclerosis, swelling of the soft tissues of the extremities (edema), and obstructive sleep apnea.”-Partnership at Help me understand how fast big muscle growth is more important than your overall health. You say you are only taking one cycle and then stopping. Skip the cycle, its not necessary.

What concerns me most is often younger people (late teens to early 20s) look up to those who use steroids thinking they want to look like them. “Adolescents who abuse steroids are at a significant risk of suffering irreversible side effects, including stunted growth, accelerated puberty changes and abnormal sexual development. Adolescent girls in particular may suffer from severe acne, excessive body and facial hair, deepened voice, permanent enlargement of the clitoris, disruption of the menstrual cycle, and permanent infertility.” -Partnership at 

Can anyone give me legitimate reasons (other than a person's own vanity) for taking steroids for working out? I would love to hear your comments.


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