Jan 11th, 2014
Category: Performance Enhancement
Recently I was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald regarding steroids and anger following the unfortunate violence in Sydney lately.
In my younger years I took steroids to bulk up. I was a skinny kid, and I thought I knew everything, when in fact I knew nothing. I knew nothing about what I was using, or the effects on my body. All I knew was I wanted bigger muscles, and didn’t think of the consequences. Steroid use as a means of performance enhancing began to really take off in the 1950s and 60s, largely in thanks to the U.S. and Soviet Union Olympic weight lifting teams.
There are risks in using anabolic steroids in both injectable or tablet form. Most anabolic steroid tablets present definite risks of permanent liver damage and liver cancer. In my case, what I didn’t know what I was I had one underdeveloped kidney. I have since had to have a kidney transplant. Did the steroids cause the one healthy kidney to overload eventually and fail? There is no way of knowing precisely, but I am certain that they had contributed to the problem.
Be it a good or bad thing is largely an individualistic thought and opinions vary greatly.
I am NOT an advocate of steroid use in bodybuilding at all, as all my clients can testify. However, I do acknowledge that I am not going to change the mind of a determined user. What I do advise is that users get medical advice. Know your blood chemistry, monitor them regularly. Learn precisely what you are injecting, if you choose to go that path. Why go on blindly?
It was only after I stopped taking steroids, focussed on a structured training regime coupled with proper nutrition and supplements did I find success onstage. In fact, it was seven years after that I won the World Championship and Australian Championship.
Steroid use will always exist in some form so as long as we reward performance, this is as it should be; the better man wins. Is it fair; well is it fair Tiger Woods can hit the long ball further than you? It may not be fair but so is life. Until we live in a society where performance is deemed evil and modesty and mediocrity are deemed superior, anabolic steroid use will always exist.
I am proud to be a promoter of a drug-tested natural federation in Australia, the ANB. The ANB condemns doping as fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport. Click here to learn more about their policy.
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