I recently asked Paul Carter if he’d be willing to jump on Skype and record a discussion on the topic of anabolic steroids with me. We ended up talking for nearly 2 hours. The information contained within won’t be anything ground-breaking for serious lifters who have been around the block. However, for those who are ignorant and naive on the topic of steroids, you’ll definitely learn a thing or two.
Paul and I are not experts on the topic of anabolic steroids; we’re not medical doctors/endocrinologists and we aren’t involved in research on anabolic steroids, so take our advice with a grain of salt. Personally, I would like to see more discussion on anabolic steroids emerge over time in our field as it tends to be a taboo in strength & conditioning media. Here’s the video (my apologies, I don’t have an MP3 file for you):
Here are the various questions we tackled:
- What are the ethical issues involving anabolic steroids?
- What are the different types of anabolic steroids?
- What are the effects of testosterone/anabolic steroids?
- What other drugs are typically used in powerlifting/bodybuilding?
- What are some limitations of the literature involving anabolic steroids?
- What are some of the biggest misconceptions out there involving anabolic steroid usage?
- What are some of the more extreme anecdotes that we’ve witnessed in terms of great responders and poor responders?
- Why are there non-responders – what’s happening?
- What are typical ranges of testosterone levels for natural men?
- What are typical dosages for men taking TRT?
- What are typical dosages taken by average powerlifters and bodybuilders?
- What are extreme dosages taken by elite powerlifters and bodybuilders?
- What are some of the more well-known side-effects of anabolic steroids for men?
- What are some of the lesser-known side-effects of anabolic steroids for men?
- What are some of the side-effects of anabolic steroids for women?
- Would the same powerlifters and bodybuilders be dominating their sports if anabolic steroids didn’t exist?
- Would sports performance be highly influenced if anabolic steroids didn’t exist?
- Do anabolic steroid users need to train differently than natural lifters?
- What is some advice for those considering taking anabolic steroids?
- Where can people find out information about anabolic steroids?