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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Steroids vs. Natural post

So how much difference does adding 600 mg of testosterone, under a doctor's supervision, make to a trainee?

Over at A Workout Routine, there is a look at a study that compared no exercise vs. exercise, steroids + no exercise and steroids + exercise.

Steroids vs Natural: The Muscle Building Effects Of Steroid Use

Long story short: even with no exercise, additional testosterone can add muscle. With it, it no comparison with natural trainees.

This harkens back to the advice I started out with, by Stuart McRobert, who repeatedly made the point that non-steroid using trainees were ill-served by the advice of steroid-using routines. This article and the review it cites make a similar case. It's long but interesting.

Very Short Version: If you aren't taking steroids, get your training advice from someone who isn't, or trains people successfully who don't.


  1. So, where do you stand, Peter pro or con anabolic steroids?

    1. I don't use them, or have any interest in using them.

  2. Fascinating.

    One thing though is that I think people assume that non-steroid users need tons of downtime for recovery, and I don't think that necessarily follows.

    1. How much recovery you need, natural or not, isn't always clear. It does seem clear that for a given amount of exercise, the anabolic steroid users will get better results and recover more quickly. That doesn't necessarily mean natural trainees need a long recovery. But it does seem to mean overall the steroid users will be able to train longer, harder, with less breaks - if only because of the increased muscle gain.


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