What is the point of steroids? And what type of people take steroids?
By Neil Munn
I’ve been training for 45 years now, so with my experience and knowledge, I think I have earned my right to have a say on this subject. There is a side of me that can understand steroid use with men (and women) that compete at the highest level. We all know it goes on but that doesn’t mean I agree with it. I appreciate it because, having boxed at a high level, I understand the pressures of staying there, and we will do whatever we have to do to compete, But as for the other 90% of people that take steroids because they think it makes them look better (really?), I find it really hard to get my head around that.
The main reasons for avoiding steroids are the dangers and complications it can cause within your body. They can cause serious heart problems and male users can end up not being able to get an erection, and much worse as well – if that’s possible! Bugger that.
Also, basically, if you’re using steroids you’re cheating! I could never trust anyone that took steroids because, deep down, I would always know that they were cheats. Down in their soul they know they are cheats too, and they only hang around with other cheats so they can carry on blowing smoke up each others backsides comparing the size of their arms, but what can they do with them? Nothing! I have trained hard all my life and I know that they couldn’t handle training in my gym – the main reason being they have weak minds and all weak minded people either give up or look to cheat and we don’t do cheating in my gym.
As for the fellas that compete I fully understand what it’s all about but, for the blokes that walk around with their chests puffed out, when they can’t do fifty press ups or run a couple of miles, I think it’s a load of bollocks. Deep down, they know it’s a load of crap, that’s why they find it hard to look proper athletes in the eye.
Having said that, they find it hard to look anybody in the eye in case they ask them the question they all hate, “do you use steroids?” and they won’t tell you the truth anyway. I believe that 60% of people that take steroids have either been bullied or they are bullies. the rest are insecure weak minded people. I feel a bit sorry for the ones that have been bullied but they must understand that steroid use isn’t the answer. As for the bullies, they need a session in my gym, and the ones that have been bullied should come here too because it will help them.
For all the people that train hard, eat well, and take a bit of protein, keep doing it – because at the end of the day you will be fitter, stronger, faster, and out-last the steroid users. Your morals and principles will be intact and you can hold your heads high. I can’t think of anything worse than knowing within yourself that you are a cheat and to have to keep cheating. What sort of person does that? A very weak one.
I think more should be done concerning the dealers – and that’s what they are, drug dealers. They are no better than heroin dealers because they ruin peoples’ lives, and they don’t care about the fallout.
I think people would be very surprised how easy it is to get your hands on steroids these days. It’s on everyone’s doorstep, and the dealers seem to have a free pass to do what they like, when they like, all without any worry. I think it’s crazy how easy it is for them to make big money from weak people.
For high level competitors who take steroids, the best of luck to you -. To the rest I would say give your head a shake and get in the real world because your world isn’t real, it’s completely fake.
Still interested in fitness, and particularly how the body worked, Neil studied and became a qualified personal trainer and, at the same time, took over Penarth Amateur Boxing Club (Penarth ABC), where he has coached and managed for the last 17 years.
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