Anabolic steroids and their effect in bodybuilding
Today, let’s talk about the pluses of androgenic anabolic steroids. For what actually they are used in sports and in bodybuilding in particular. Many go into biochemistry and physiology, we will not, but walk through the “surface”.
Steroids are substances of animal or, more rarely, of plant origin, possessing high biological activity. For example, cortico anabolic steroids relieve inflammation and if not for them, you would writhe in pain. We will not be equal to AAS all that bears this name, but we agree that steroids are those drugs that are used in bodybuilding.
So, I want to start with the main advantage, for which we all gathered, this is the restoration of the body of post heavy physical loads, or rather its acceleration. With the natural level of hormones, the process of recovery of the body after a heavy load will take an average of 48 hours (rarely 36, often 72). Alas, this is a fact, but that the muscles are growing it takes both time and a significant supply of energy. Since aas recovery is much faster.
Very useful here is the story of Arthur Jones with his experiment on Casey Vayatorom. The essence of the experiment is training on the Nautilus simulator (the invention of Arthur Jones) to failure in a day. And it turned out that in almost a month (28 days), Vaiator scored 28 kilograms of muscle. It’s about a kilo a day! In addition, eight kilograms of fat have gone. Undoubtedly this result is unrealistic without the use of anabolic androgenic steroids.
Effects of anabolic steroids
Take for example methandrostenolone. So, penetrating into the cell nucleus, it has the following effects on the body:
1. Activates the genetic apparatus of the cell, which leads to an increase in the synthesis of DNA, RNA and structural proteins, the activation of tissue respiration chain enzymes (a set of enzymatic processes that involve oxygen in the cells of organs and tissues, resulting in the degradation products of carbohydrates, fats and proteins oxidized to carbon dioxide and water – in simple terms, the process of energy release from the cell is accelerated.
2. It leads to an increase in tissue respiration (the amount of involved substances and energy release), oxidative phosphorylation, ATP synthesis (adenosine triphosphate is the cause of your life, the synonym of energy in your cells) and the accumulation of macroerges (molecules that can accumulate this energy and give you a friend) inside the cage.
3. Stimulates anabolic and suppresses catabolic processes (see more in the article about metabolism), caused by glucocorticoids (by the way, also anabolic steroids from the adrenal cortex, they control the carbohydrate metabolism, and they are anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antiallergic, anti-steroids. catabolism).
4. It leads to an increase in muscle mass, a decrease in fat deposits and a negative nitrogen balance. Hematopoietic action is associated with an increase in the synthesis of erythropoietin (by the way, it is also a hormone and is used as a dope, it increases hemoglobin, and hence oxygen transfer.) More oxygen – more oxidation, more energy). Erythropoietin causes increased bone marrow consumption of iron, copper, vitamin B12 and folate, which leads to a decrease in levels of iron, copper and vitamin B12 in blood plasma, as well as a decrease in levels of transport proteins – ferritin and transkobalamin.
In this case, do not forget that even low androgenic activity can contribute to the development of secondary sexual characteristics in the male type (mustache, beard, hair on the chest), which is undesirable for women. Read more about negative side effects in this article.
The positive effects of anabolic steroids
You get the following positive effects:
1. Anabolic steroids significantly increase the regeneration of muscle tissue after exercise, regardless of whether you are observing a diet or not. Of course, in the latter case the effect will be, but not as great as with the correct diet, the amount of protein carbohydrates and fats, and also their ratio.
2. Reduces fat deposits. It can even be said that the AAS as a whole “burns” stale salsa, but from some preparations it is not very noticeable due to the water retention in the body, so competently approach the choice.
3. Anabolic steroids increase strength, muscle density increases. The mass of this can remain the same (the body composition is naturally not), as everything happens read above.
4. Strengthening the bones, but here is the reverse side of the coin – the closing of the growth of bones. For information – fractures grow faster.
A side effect is osteoporosis, but it appears from estrogens and progesterone, which in turn causes an increase in certain drugs, but about them later.
5. Pump. Increased blood volume in the body, and therefore the muscles on the “hot” will look at you differently, much more.
6. Plus, who noticed a lot of people – the attraction (I think without commenting and everything is clear). You just blow the roof! Undoubtedly, the opposite sex at the subconscious level feels testosterone. Because blood means more and pampus is not only in the muscles, the increase in stiffness and size in men themselves understand where;) Yes, this fact is quite pleasant.
7. “Steroid rage,” and if without jokes aggression. It usually appears from highly androgenic drugs (example: trenbolone). Why plus? If you are a guy with a head you will not be hurt by extra energy.
Although you will not rush to people, just be prepared – if in the usual situation you do not pay attention to taunts in your address, then on steroids you can break the ribs to your opponent.
8. Self-confidence. You see your increase, like yourself in the mirror, accordingly, you feel more confident, because you all get it, and you go to your goal. Yes, here rather aas is not directly affected, but indirect.
As you can see, steroids have very useful and interesting effects. And if you decide to reach great heights in bodybuilding, then without aas it will be almost impossible.
Steroids are like a catalyst in chemistry (much like) – speed up the process of achieving results. But if you stop studying, then two or three months and you look the same as before the course.
We remind you that the use of anabolic steroids seriously affects the human body, and if you are not going to associate your life with professional sports, then think carefully about whether they need you.