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When to Start Using Steroids – Part 2

by Ed Barillas, Staff Writer

Read Part 1 here.

When contemplating using steroids, one should really ask themselves, “what can I do until my body reaches the proper age to do steroids, without doing them?” If you are at the tender age of 14 or 16 this is when your hormones area going bananas. Your body is going hard in creating its own hormones and does so without you doing anything at all. First off start with a good supplement, diet and exercise plan.  In looking at your workouts focus on the most basic compound movements such as, barbell curls, squats, bench press and so on. If you work out 4 days per week with at least 8 hours of sleep you will be off to a good start. If you add on the protein that you consume you will most certainly see some good results after a while. Make sure to take a good protein shakes with whey isolate, creatine and lots of multi vitamins.when to use steroids

Make sure to add almost any good protein to your shakes, 2 per day is good and 3 solid meals will top you off with lots of good healthy snacks along the day such as peanuts, fruits etc.   Stay off the soft drinks, energy drinks anything that says Diet on it, even if its diet water, don’t drink it. The more natural you go the better the results will be as well as your quality of life. Remember that all that goes into your mouth should be to help you gain strength, speed, muscle and recover without any negative side effects.

By the time you reach 16-18 you should have had most of your growth and you should be able to make a few adjustments now. Your workouts can be a little more specialized as you start off with new exercises and you can add more to your diet and nutritional plan such as glutamine before bedtime and perhaps some ZMA supplements.

Then when you reach the age of 18-21 you will be just about done growing and this is the time that you should hit some more protein. Try to hit your body weight in grams in protein from various sources. You should also be working out constantly and know what your body can and cannot do.   Now this is the time to start using steroids and if used correctly you will give you long and lasting results. Be sure to read up on the orals as many think that it should be used as late as possible since they are harmful to the body. Read up and be prepared on the side effects of steroids as some AAS will make your sex drive almost null and void and your sperm count will be low as well.

Make sure to ask around in our steroid forums any question that you may have and to read the stickies in them, as they are full of wisdom and knowledge. Look at what it takes to use steroids correctly. Workouts properly, eat properly and rest properly and all will be well. Good luck!

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When To Start Using Steroids – Part 1

by Ed Barillas, Staff Writer

When should I start? How old should I be to start? Should I start with steroids? These are all common questions that ramble around the head of a younger person when they begin to entertain the notion of bodybuilding. The main issue is that many do not understand the idea of the hard work, strict regime and lifestyle change that is involved with those who seriously get into the sport of bodybuilding because, after all, it is a sport like any other and requires skill and patience to learn. We here at Steroidology want you to reach your goals without making the common mistakes made by many of using steroids at too young of an age. I have seen it over and over again in our forums where many young males ask never ending questions about how and when to start their first cycle. Once our moderators find out the age of such younger men, some as young as 14, they are guided with a firm but wise hand and told to wait until their bodies stop developing before they begin.when to start steroids

So with this in mind, at what age should a person begin using steroids? The first things that one must know is that a males hormone levels are on a contact rise from the age of 12 to about 26 as 26 is the usually age when a person’s testosterone levels begin to decline until they are all but gone around the age of 40.   Keep in mind as we all went through it, males that is, that when puberty hits at the usual age of 12 there is a large flux in hormonal patterns in the body, which are the cause of body hair growth, a deepening in the voice, growth in height, and of course pimples. The hormone levels increase so much that they have been equaled to a mild steroid cycle.   So it would be counter productive to add something to the mix such as AAS since when it is added to the body the body sees this extra level through a feedback loop in the body known as the Hypothalamus. Once the hypothalamus recognizes an increase in hormones the body will shut down its own production of hormones until these levels decrease. Estrogen and cortisone are 2 hormones in the human body bodybuilders do not need any more of. Keep in mind that the more AAS your body had the more your body will try to lower those levels and when this occurs you will get all the side effects that are typically associated with AAS use such as hair loss, gyno, high blood pressure, kidney, liver damage, and the list goes on.

You should really reach your normal full growth before starting with steroids. To figure out your genetic potential first look at your:

  1. Age
  2. Weight
  3. Height
  4. Build

You should also look at other members of your family. So if each male in your family is around 5 7’’ and weighs from 150 to 170 pounds and have lost all their hair at the age of 25 then it would be wise to think that you will also end up like that by the time you hit 25 and stop growing. If you work out and eat properly for around 4 years you would be able to add on 15 pounds or more of muscle tissue and this is what your genetic potential would be. So if you begin to start using steroids at that point say, 165 to 185 pounds you will be able to add another 20 pounds more or less, and if you had started using steroids when you were 125 pounds and gained 25 pounds by using steroids you would still be short of what you could of gained naturally and thus it becomes harder to try to gain 30 to 40 pounds. This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on your body to work harder and can even lower your life expectancy.

Remember that steroids do not in any way make up for a proper workout, diet program. There are many people out there who begin to use AAS and then start to slack as in their ill formed opinion that AAS is supposed to do all the work. But its actually the exact opposite as when you start to do AAS this is when your regime should be more strict and all the rules should be swiftly observed. So for those of you who are 18 or so, relax, don’t rush things, your body will still be there in 3 or 5 more years and then it will be in prime shape to take AAS and give you the best results.

Always keep in mind that no matter how much AAS you do it will mean nothing without a proper diet and workout routine and rest. Don’t forget that for every inch gained of muscle you must continue to work at keeping that inch and gaining more and more until you achieve your over goals.

Read Part 2 here.

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Steroid Use a Danger For “Too Skinny” Teens

Teen boys who see themselves as “too skinny” are more likely to be depressed, be bullied and take up using steroids than boys who view themselves as average or overweight says psychologists who just released their findings from a pair of studies on the issue of body image.

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Skinny teen boys are more likely to be depressed than overweight boys according to a pair of studies by the APA.

The studies, which were published in the American Psychological Association journal Psychology of Men & Masculinity, followed 2,139 boys who were all around 16 years old in 1996 for 13 years. The sample was also representative of the racial makeup of that time period as well. The participants were asked questions about their body image and their feeling towards it and issues with it. The researchers found that boys desired a muscular physique and can become depressed if their bodies don’t look that way.

“We found that some of these boys who feel they are unable to achieve that often unattainable image are suffering and may be taking drastic measures,” said Aaron Blashill, PhD, staff psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, who led both studies.

Steroid use among the group in one study coincided with the number of boys who reported that they were very underweight. Boys who reported they were underweight also reported being bullied more which also predicted a higher chance of steroid use.

For councilors working with teenage boys who are bullied and who see themselves as too skinny, Blashill recommends them to be mindful of possible steroid use even though preventing steroid use directly is difficult.

“Unfortunately, there is little evidence-based research on effective therapies for steroid use among adolescent boys,” he said. “However, cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven to be effective for body image concerns and could be helpful for boys considering using or already using steroids.”

 

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Study Finds Teen Steroid Use On the Rise

A recent study by the University of Minnesota found that steroid use and muscle supplement use among teenagers is going up. The study, which surveyed 2,700 students in the Minneapolis School District found that 5.9 percent of boys and 4.6 percent of girls had used steroids.

“In some of the more harmful behaviors, like steroid use, we had about 4, 5, 6 percent of young people saying they’re involved in this,” said Marla Eisenberg, a University of Minnesota researcher in an interview with CBS Minnesota. The study showed that steroid use was spread across athletes, non-athletes and teens of all different races. “Asian American youth had higher rates of steroid use in particular”

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steroid use on the rise among teens.

The survey’s questionnaire asked students about their views on increasing their muscle size and how or if they had tried to achieve a buffer look. Besides steroid use, the survey discovered that 34 percent of boys and 21 percent of girls used protein shakes to build muscle and that teens commonly ate and exercised for the sole purpose of building muscle. Eisenburg readily blamed media stereotypes for the reason teens turn to steroids and supplements for muscle growth. “We’re seeing a lot more athletes, and celebrities, and male models that have bigger and much more tone and buff looking figures. We’re seeing them everywhere.”

Steroid use is both dangerous and unnecessary for teens. It can lead to severe emotional problems, aggravated acne, permanent gynocomastia and even impotence and skeletal development issues. Teenagers are already pumped with testosterone naturally during puberty and it is important for the body to develop its natural way of keeping its anabolic and androgenic balance of testosterone and estrogen. Adding testosterone, or even protein peptides, to a growing body can have severe effects and there are very few doctors who have the knowledge of treating the damage that can be done.

It is unclear why the researchers chose to include protein shakes in their study. Whey protein is just a concentrated form of dairy that delivers high doses of branch chain amino acids that feed the muscles after workouts and encourage them to grow. There is really nothing unnatural about whey protein. The researchers may have only wanted to gauge the attitudes of students on taking supplements that make you stronger – if a student sees protein shakes as a shortcut to a better body, they may eventually see steroids the same way.

If the study of students in an state like Minnesota found rising steroid use, imagine what a study of border states where steroids are easier to find on the black market like California, Arizona, Texas, etc. would find. It is obvious that better education about muscle science is becoming more necessary as teen desires for a buff body type become more pronounced, while at the same time steroids become more available.