Is It Possible To Build Good Muscle Size Without Steroids
A: So to answer your question,
can you achieve good muscle size without steroids? Absolutely!
To this day I still have to meet someone that has put 110% effort
in the gym, in their diet and supplement regimen and not achieved
a respectable physique. Now, having said that, not all of us can
look like the heroes we admire due to different genetics and muscle
shape, but we can certainly get big and shredded.
While I am not a threat to become a Mr. Olympia contender anytime
soon, my physique was accomplished without the use of steroids.
Granted, I started bodybuilding back when I was 15 years old,
so I used all of my naturally produced steroid hormones that the
body makes during puberty to build most of that mass in conjunction
with very dedicated training and dieting efforts.
Since you are 50 years old, I would suggest that you visit your
doctor, get a physical and also check your hormonal levels. If your
testosterone levels are low, then maybe you can discuss with him
your options to bring them back up to normal high levels in order
for you to be able to make good progress. In this case, typically
your doctor prescribes you low dosages of testosterone along with
an anti-estrogen in order to bring your hormonal levels back up.
In this case, steroids are being used as hormonal replacement therapy
so don't feel like you are cheating. If your testosterone levels
are normal then nothing can stop you from making good gains so training,
diet, supplementation and rest are the only variables that you need
to concern yourself with.
As far as Arnold, Larry, Draper, and Casey, the size of those physiques
was built from tons of hardcore training and massive amounts of
food. As you rightfully said, typically a gallon of milk (at least)
was involved along with tons of eggs and pounds of meat. While I
cannot speak for these champions, from my understanding, back in
the 60's and 70's many competitors would start a low dose cycle
of steroids (they were legal and easily accessible back then) 8-12
weeks prior to a bodybuilding contest in order to be able to train
harder and longer under the strict caloric restriction required
to gain muscle definition. The steroids were basically used to protect
as much muscle as possible from the extreme training and dieting
circumstances. These guys would train for 3 hours in the morning
and 3 hour at night when preparing for a bodybuilding show, if you
can believe that! Today with supplements like Branched Chain Amino
Acids, L-Glutamine, Essential Oils, and Creatine, in conjunction
with better designed training protocols, we can protect muscle mass
quite well during a dieting phase without having to resort to steroids.
We even have over the counter anti-estrogen supplements like 6-OXO
that help men boost their testosterone levels during a dieting phase.
Believe me, steroids are not the magic bullet that many would like
you to believe they are. You will not turn into an Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Dave Draper or any other bodybuilding celebrity just by using them.
I've never seen a great physique being achieved by the simple action
of just plugging a syringe or just taking a bunch of pills. The
right bodybuilding mindset, the training, the diet and the consistency
of following these factors day in and day out for many years is
what will get you the respectable physique that you are looking
Best of luck!
Hugo Rivera CFT, SPN, BSCE. is a lifetime natural bodybuilder, multi
certified personal trainer, industry consultant and fitness expert
who not only knows training and nutrition theory,
but also applies it on a daily basis as evidenced by the fact that
he's always in shape and by his awards and high placings at numerous
national level bodybuilding competitions. He is also an internationally
known best selling fitness author with a very successful franchise
of books called "The Body Sculpting Bibles" which collectively
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