Recently I’ve seen a large trend in gyms across the country. Young men taking prohormones and steroids.
The most problematic are prohormones.
Prohormones were essentially legal steroids before The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 went through Congress and was signed by President Obama on Dec 18, 2014.
Prohormones are oral designer steroids that passed through legal loopholes so they could be sold.
People who made them would change a part of the steroid’s composition to make sure it wasn’t on the banned list of substances. So people ended up taking these oral steroids that have never been tested before.
Prohormones are still legal in some countries, but even though they are banned in the United States people are still buying them.
Prohormones have a lot of Negatives and very little Positives.
Yes you will gain muscle and size, but as soon as you get off of your cycle all of your progress will go away.
I’ve had a few friends who took PHs, and our conversations all went something like this:
Me: “How much size did you gain from them?”
Friend: “I gained 30lbs in 4 weeks, and my strength went up like crazy”
Me: “Wow, did you keep any of your progress”
Friend: “No I lost it most of it, and my strength went down too”
So let me get this straight, you took a toxic oral steroid for 4 weeks and a few weeks after your cycle you have lost all of your progress?
What is the point of that?
Many prohormones are toxic on the liver and can cause some serious damage. There have been plenty of guys sent to the hospital for liver failure after long term use of PHs. Additionally, you get all the side effects from steroids but you can’t take them as long. PH cycles are usually 4-6 weeks while steroid cycles usually last 10-18 weeks.
On top of that, you have a risk of developing gynecomastia (breast tissue), and permanently screwing up your natural testosterone levels. I’ll talk more about your natural test levels below when I discuss actual steroids.
What’s the point of being big for a month if you lose it all? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Can Teens take Steroids?
When I was 17 years old, I actually considered taking steroids.
I wanted to take them so I could get huge and muscular. I also wanted to be a better football player.
On top of that I wanted to impress girls and get laid. So I went on the internet and did some research. I went on a steroid forum and asked them what they thought, “Could a 17 y/o take steroids?”
The responses I got were: “Absolutely not, thats stupid and you’re way too young,” and “You could permanently fuck up your natural testosterone levels for life and you’re too young to handle that responsibility.” and “Sure, if you want more acne than you could imagine, small testicles, and being stuck on TRT for life, then go for it.”
I’m glad I got that advice because I chose not to go the route of anabolic steroids.
It’s understandable that an athlete might consider juicing to get an advantage, but the problem was I didn’t even like playing football that much. It wasn’t as important to me as getting girls. On top of that, I was a little overweight and had only been lifting a year and half.
Taking steroids to impress women is absolutely pathetic. People who follow that path are very insecure and don’t realize that being really muscular isn’t that important for getting laid. I’m not surprised though that a lot of teens would consider this, usually getting laid/girls are the only thing on their minds.
The biggest problem is that teenagers don’t have endocrine systems that are fully developed. It is different for everyone but the consensus is that your endocrine/hormonal systems won’t be fully developed until you’re somewhere between 21-25 years old.
An important quotation from a steroid forum, ‘‘There is a risk of permanently damaging your HPTA if you take steroids too young and you could end up with symptoms of low testosterone, you’ll be on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT or TRT) for life. Symptoms could be Limp dick, low libido, depression, low energy, low endurance, erection problems and many more but…….are these the types of symptoms you want to have in your 20’s?”
Imagine taking a steroid cycle at 18 years old thinking none of these things could possibly happen to you, then you get a girlfriend and attempt to have sex but your dick won’t work.
She’s staring at some muscular guy with a limp dick thinking she’s the problem, when it’s your fucked up hormones that caused it.
The second biggest issue is that a lot of teens go into their first steroid cycle so excited that they don’t properly plan it. They forget to research the compound they’re using and later find out they need to take other drugs. They end up with gyno and hair loss simply because they are too ignorant to plan ahead.
Making the decision to take steroids is very serious. This is because you will most likely have to take them for the rest of your life to feel normal again.
And it happens because your natural testosterone after your cycle can be lower than a 70 y/o woman’s. The only option is to go to a TRT doctor and get a prescription. If you’re thinking about hopping on, remember that it is most likely a lifelong commitment.
I’m glad I chose not to take steroids, I don’t know where I’d be right now in my life if I did. I’m guessing I’d probably be so obsessed with my physique and training that it would consume my whole life.
I have to mention…
I am not advocating steroid use for anyone, but if you are a responsible adult it is your decision to make.
If you’re over 25 years old and you’re considering it, you should really think long and hard about the path you’re about to take.
Personally, I don’t plan on using testosterone until my natural levels decline in my 40’s or 50s. That is the age most men go to TRT clinics to get a prescription.
90% of the time, teenagers have the highest testosterone levels they’ll have for their whole lives. So why waste these years taking steroids when you can build a great natural physique in the process? Down the road, you’ll be glad you didn’t go down this path.
I’m definitely not against steroid use and personally don’t think they should be illegal. But young guys definitely don’t need to take them.
If you plan on being a Professional Bodybuilder or Powerlifter, then you probably know by now those guys are juicing.
If that is truly your dream I can’t stop you. Just remember to do your research and stick to your goals.