Just the other day, reality TV star Spencer Matthews was kicked out of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here when he admitted to using anabolic steroids to bulk up for a celebrity boxing match.
But he’s certainly not the only “celebrity” who has enjoyed the benefits of a little pharmaceutical assistance.
“[PED use is happening in] more than just sports,” says former head of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), Victor Conte, who spent time in jail for supplying athletes with steroids.
“In mainstream movies and action hero type stuff, it’s rampant. I’ll see photos of these guys. You can tell in a heartbeat if they’re using. Guys just don’t all of a sudden put on 25 pounds of muscle in two months for a movie role.”
When results are everything and big money is on the line, chances are that drugs won’t be too far behind.
To give you an idea what a big difference anabolics can make, I want to give you some numbers from a study that looked at the impact of testosterone injections (600 milligrams of testosterone enanthate every week) on muscle growth in a group of men aged 19 to 40.
The men who combined testosterone injections with strength training gained 13 pounds of muscle in 10 weeks. This compares to a gain of just over 4 pounds in the placebo-plus-exercise group. Subjects who took testosterone and did no exercise gained around 7 pounds of muscle.
In other words, the men who lifted weights and took testosterone gained three times more muscle than the guys who lifted weights.
And the guys using testosterone and doing NOTHING gained 60% more muscle than the guys who trained with weights.
It was a similar story in terms of strength.
Subjects who were injected with testosterone and did nothing gained just as much strength as those who were going to the gym.
Think about that for a second.
The guys who were on gear and did nothing got better results than the men lifting weights three times a week.
Keep in mind that 600 milligrams of testosterone a week isn’t a particularly large dose relative to what some guys are using.
If you have someone that has all the diet and supplement boxes ticked, training hard 4-5 times a week and taking 2 or 3 different anabolic drugs at the same time (which is not unusual), then he’s going to see dramatic gains in a very short period of time.
In this short clip from the documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster, top fitness model Christian Boeving (you might have seen him in some of the old MuscleTech adverts) discusses his use of anabolic steroids.
Christian was later fired by MuscleTech because of a standard clause in all MuscleTech contracts that prohibits the discussion of anabolic steroids.
According to an article in the New York Times, Christian didn’t think his comments would cause that much trouble, mainly because he thought it was “pretty apparent that the top people in the industry use steroids to look like we do.”
If you want to use drugs, that’s up to you. It’s your body and your choice.
There are plenty of “do gooders” running around wringing their hands and pointing their fingers, telling you how to live your life. I have no interest in becoming one of them.
But I do think it’s important to know that there are people out there who are using drugs and then pretending that their gains were all down to “whey, creatine and a bit of Tribulus.”
If you try to duplicate their results without the same level of chemical enhancement, there’s a good chance you’re going to end up frustrated at the large gap between your expectations and what you actually see in the mirror.
If something looks a little too good to be true, it probably is.
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ABOUT CHRISTIAN FINNChristian Finn holds a master's degree with distinction in exercise science, is a former personal trainer and has been featured on BBC TV and radio, as well as in Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Fit Pro, Zest, and Perfect Body magazine.