They are increasingly common in gyms around the world, and there is no point in beating around this particular bush; their effects are potent and extremely noticeable.
Who do virtually all bodybuilders of all experience levels, admire?
The pros. The huge guys (and gals) at the top of the sport. The real muscular freaks who continuously push the boundaries of what the human body is capable.
While steroids are a taboo subject among the bodybuilding elite, many athletes have admitted to using anabolic steroids, over the decades.
So, is it realistic to think you can get nearly as big as they are, without using steroids?
Probably not. But, you can pile on some serious bulk without resorting to drugs. How?
A lot of hard work and 100% dedication to every aspect of the cause, that’s how. That’s not to say those who take steroids don’t put in a lot of hard work. Steroids aren’t magic potions, they won’t make you huge overnight, and they certainly won’t make you huge without lifting, eating and resting like a beast. What they do is set up an anabolic environment within the body, where all of the chemical and physiological systems are primed and ready to masculinize, to build muscle. However, it’s not new to hear steroids are also extremely bad for you.
Countless users around the globe are convinced they’re doing it right, their regime is under control, and they are doing no harm to their bodies. The harsh truth is they are. After many years of use, especially at high doses, steroids ravage the body, leaving major organs with irreparable damage, and blood chemistry that is a one way trip to heart attack county.
So, how do you set up this anabolic environment naturally?
Read on and find out.
There’s your mantra. Total commitment!
But first, a note on genetics.
Your genetics are a major overriding factor in determining what your body is capable of doing. There are a lucky few who are born with genes supporting muscle growth. You know the ones. They only have to look at a dumbbell rack, and they’re bursting out of their shirts.
Most of us don’t have this. Everyone can gain muscle to a certain degree, but everyone has their limits. Not everyone can get monstrously big. Learn to accept your natural limits, work with them, and adapt your training and goals to suit.
Creatine is a supplement that should be used by all bodybuilders and strength trainers. Creatine helps refuel your muscles as you lift, so you can lift an extra rep or two. These are the reps that count. Sheer Strength Labs Creatine Monohydrate is a 100% pure top-quality supplement that helps you burst through those strength and training plateaus.
The more intensely you train, the more your body produces and pumps its own anabolic hormones. Intensity doesn’t mean jerking around huge weights you can barely lift. Intensity means you work hard, limit breaks between sets, give it all you’ve got, use good form, and keep the pressure on the working muscles.
The best exercises for sending your natural anabolic hormones, such as testosterone and growth hormone, through the roof, are the big, compound movements. The ones employing the largest amount of muscle fibers, and involving big weights. This means plenty of squatting, deadlifting, bench presses, shoulder presses, pull ups, etc. These exercises should form the core of your workouts. Always mix up your routines, keep shocking your body into new growth. Train chest with shoulders one month… chest with lats the next… throw in some heavy decline bench presses to shock your pecs… superset biceps and triceps.
Keep training sessions short; never more than one hour. After this your body begins to struggle for energy, catabolism (tissue breakdown) kicks in, and muscle fibers begin to be consumed for energy. Ideally aim for workouts no more than 45 minutes, but if that hour ticks around, get out of there. If you minimize resting between sets (ideally 30-45 seconds, maybe more for big compound lifts) and keep intensity high, you should never cross that one-hour barrier.
Take Sheer Strength Labs BCAA’s before, during, and after your workouts. BCAA’s are essential for preventing the breakdown of hard-earned muscle fibers during intense workouts. As your body searches for more energy, it will happily digest amino acids from your muscle tissue. Flooding your system with BCAA’s will stop that by giving your body all the fuel it needs.
To get big, you need to eat smart and eat loads. Small to medium meals are the best way to keep your body fueled with everything it needs to grow, keep your metabolism high, and avoid laying down excess body fat. Aim for at least six meals per day. Always keep a stock of highly nutritious snacks with you, as well as a stocked protein shaker for emergencies.
Aim for 1-1.5g of good quality protein per pound of lean body weight spread evenly throughout the day. Limit sugars, sticking instead to complex carbs. Have most of your carbs earlier in the day, and taper them off towards night time. Avoid processed foods and junk foods.
Don’t be afraid of ‘good’ fats. Oily fish like mackerel and salmon are packed with super healthy, muscle building and joint-protecting fats. Nuts are another great source. A good amount of fat in the diet has actually been shown to increase natural testosterone levels. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Just a 2% drop in hydration affects your body function drastically.
In this modern and technologically advanced world, we are discovering more and more about the human body. Research into how our bodies work, how nutrients are absorbed, and how we can tweak our anabolic environment is being furthered every day. One vitally important tool for weight trainers has arisen from this vast research is sports supplements. Take advantage of these developments to maximize your training.
The most used anabolic steroids in the world are derivatives of testosterone, the primary male anabolic hormone. Everybody has testosterone naturally coursing through their veins, whether they are male or female. Aside from gender, the amount each person produces is largely defined by genetics, but there are ways you can increase your natural steroid levels.
As previously mentioned, your diet and training methods can increase testosterone, but perhaps the most potent way to boost your natural anabolics is to take a testosterone booster. Sheer Strength Sheer Alpha Testosterone Booster (pictured) is packed full of potent, organic ingredients boosting your natural test levels, with no harmful side effects.
You will not be at risk of permanent organ damage, heart disease, or other cardiovascular issues, as you would be using anabolic steroids. These ingredients stimulate your body to produce more testosterone via a variety of mechanisms. The advantages of increased testosterone levels include increased strength and muscle mass, elevated fat burning, and better sleep. Which brings us nicely to the next point…
You probably don’t need to be told you grow when you rest. You need to get in and out of the gym as fast as possible, refuel, and rest to keep growth at optimum levels. Make sure you get at least 8 hours of good sleep every night, preferably more. Take in some good quality, slow release protein before you hit the sack, to keep your blood saturated with building blocks as you doze.
Undisturbed sleep boosts anabolic hormone levels. Avoid hitting the snooze button each morning as stress hormones are spiked when you wake, leading to a catabolic start to the day. When the alarm goes off, get up! It has also been shown taking a nap during the day boosts natural steroids and gains. However, there is a science to napping, to avoid waking up groggy. Try to nap with your head slightly more elevated than normal, this prevents you from falling too deep into sleep. Keep naps under 30 minutes, or over 90. Anywhere between these times leaves you disoriented and woozy.
Take regular time away from the gym. This may sound like hell, but your body needs total rest from time to time to avoid overtraining. If you train as intensely as you should, these breaks become vital. Take a week off every three or four months and hit the gym running, with renewed vigor afterward.
As you employ all of the tips above, your natural steroid levels will go through the roof and kickstart some serious gains. Look after your body. All too many people are looking back with regret at the naive damage they caused themselves. Don’t be one of them!
Jonathan Warren is a national level physique competitor and personal trainer with multiple certifications including NASM, NCCPT, and IKFF. His specializations include mobility training and corrective exercise as well as contest preparation.
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