I've always thought of steroid-users as cheaters.
Powerlifitng champion Mike Tuchscherer told me something in Italy that just confirmed that those guys are indeed cheaters.
Here's what this is all about: Mike looked at the kind of training program that were popular amongst guys who compete in drug-tested powerlifters federations.
And he then compared that to the training program of guys from whom it was well-known they were on steroids all year-through.
The guys in drug-tested feds trained MORE frequently and with MORE volume (more sets and reps) than the guy on steroids.
We were sitting at terrace in Italy when Mike shared that with me. I was sipping on my green tea and said: "well I always thought
steroid-users were cheaters, but that just confirms it now".
And it does makes sense: we got to train MORE frequently and HARDER in order to make up for the crap they inject in their butt.
Well at least my balls aren't shrinking!
Meanwhile I'm getting this kind of questions in my mailbox:
"Mehdi, how come some guys in the gym aren't doing any Squats but still seem to get big and ripped?"
He means those guys walking all macho in the gym.
You might have noticed them, the captain upper-bodies with their imaginary lat syndrome.
They're almost always training the exact opposite way that I'm recommending - no Squats, if they do it quarters, high reps until failure, mostly benching and curls, you name it...
...but they're still getting ripped.
And here's why: because the steroids they put in their butt are doing MOST of the work.
Which is my problem with them.
They aren't honest.
They walk big in the gym but don't have the balls to admit that they are actually using steroids.
Big man on the outside, little insecure man on the inside.
Cheating. Hiding. Lying.
And it pisses me off - because every new guy in the gym, it could be you, sees these steroid-drenched jerks doing all that bodybuilding crap and *thinks* that's the correct way to train.
After all, they're "big".
And that's why thousands of new guys, hoping to get in the best shape of their life, end up emulating these clowns.
Unfortunately, you're never going to get the same results training like them. Because they're using steroids while you're not.
That's why, in order to get results, you got to stop paying attention to what all those steroid-drenched jerks are doing.
You got to pay attention to what regular guys, with average genetics, and who train naturally like you are doing.
a) gain little to no results
b) get frustrated and lose motivation
And then it's back to being fat, weak and out of shape.