How to recognize someone using anabolic steroids

I think these are steroid usersWe’re all curious about that guy at the gym who’s super ripped and muscular, the powerlifter benchpressing 450+, the bodybuilder claiming to be ”natural” or your baseball teammate who all of a sudden hits 500-feet bombs like it’s nothing.

Well my friend, there’s a decent chance these guys are on steroids. It’s not that we’re trying to find excuses as to why these guys are ahead of us. These days anyone with a pulse can get access to anabolic steroids and tons of people are using them. I’m not just babbling stuff I head in the media here.. I play a lot of competitive sports, go to the gym, got some friends.. and let me tell you steroids use is rampant.

You don’t have to be a Ronnie Coleman or Jay Cutler to use steroids. Hell I’ve seen occasional 150-pound gym goers try a cycle or two, and I’ve seen people use them thinking they’d hit more homeruns in their coed league softball! It’s not always easy to discern what is legit and what is not, but it’s doable.


 

My position on steroid use

A nice stack of steroid bottles and pillsOk before we start I’d like to clarify my position on steroid use. Everyone likes to bash on steroid users like they’re the devil or something. I don’t.

People can do what they want with their bodies and what they shoot themselves with in the butt is none of my business. If you want better results faster and are taking steroids for the sole purpose of looking better that’s fine with me. I wouldn’t do it but you do what you want.

Steroids can be used relatively safely if you know what you’re doing and are under the supervision of a doctor. Add a good diet plus healthy lifestyle habits and you should be good to go. But don’t come cry to me if you F-word’ed it up and ruined your health because I won’t have sympathy for you my friend. You get the benefits but you must accept the risks also.

***Where I think it’s not ok to use roids : Look, using roids to gain a competitive advantage in a sport where the substance is prohibited is just plain wrong. If your competitors are drinking protein shakes while you’re on the vitamin S, then it’s just not fair. That’s cheating, and I hope you die in a fire.

That being said I have competed in the past against steroid + other drug users fully knowing they were using them and I didn’t cry about it. Unless it’s powerlifting or bodybuilding there’s always something you can do to beat them anyway so no worries.

So here we go :

How to recognize a roid user

 

1) The famous ”big gut” or distended stomach

Here are some examples of bodybuilders with big bellies :

markus ruhl showing a big belly

Bodybuilder Markus Ruhl with a big belly

bodybuilder with distended stomach

Bodybuilder with protruded stomach


 

Another IFBB pro with gh gut

A BB’er with the so-called ”GH Gut”

ronnie coleman with a big gut on stage

What looks like Ronnie Coleman on stage with a big gut

Random muscular guy with big belly

What causes the big guts seen in the above pictures is not necessarily caused by anabolic steroid use. These pro bodybuilders take a LOT of difference supplements, including insulin and human growth hormone (HGH), which are most likely to have caused the so-called ”GH Gut”.

One thing you can be sure of : if someone uses HGH and/or insulin, you can be pretty sure that person is also on steroids and who knows what else.

2) Disproportionate development of upper body muscles

v-shape caused by anabolic steroids usageA steroid user’s upper body muscles (traps, shoulders, neck, pecs, back and especially lats) are often disproportionally big compared to his lower body counterparts. This is due to the fact that upper body muscles have more androgen receptors than other muscles and respond better to resistance training. This is why new steroid users see their shoulder, traps and back explode very fast in the first few steroid cycles. Of course, leg and torso muscles grow as well but never as fast. This is what causes the ”V-shape” in roid users who normally wouldn’t have the genetics to produce a wide shoulder/thin waist body.

 

 

gym goer with small legs and big upper bodyThe shoulder-to-waist ratio is a good indicator of steroid use but is definitely not a sure giveaway, because :

  1. Some of us are born with incredibly good genetics
  2. Some of us only train upper body and never do legs

 

3) Gynecomastia or Bitch Tits

Here’s a couple pictures of bodybuilders with gynecomastia or the slang version ”gyno”

Random gym user with mild case of gynecomastia

 Random gym goer with a mild case of gynecomastia

bodybuilder with serious case of gyno

 Bodybuilder with serious gyno

Rather small but ripped guy with bitch tits

 Rather small but ripped guy with fat accumulation around the nipples

before and after gynecomastia surgery

Bodybuilding with beginning signs of gynecomastia

What looks like the growth of female breasts in the above picture is due to the exogenous testosterone (from anabolic steroids) entering the body and converting to estrogen, estradiol through a process called aromatization, thanks to the enzyme aromatase.

***For those who don’t know the basics, testosterone is the predominant hormone that give men their sexual characteristics, while women get their from estrogen (and progesterone). Both sexes have these 2 hormones running through their veins but in different concentrations. Men have on average 20 times higher testosterone levels than women, while women have 5 times more estrogen than men.

ronnie coleman with gynecomastia due to roids

The process of aromatization happens to all of us at difference intensity thoughout our lives so this is all fine and good; men do need the estrogen hormone for normal functioning. What happens with the introduction of exogenous testosterone in our bodies, is that aromatization continues to do it’s job. A portion of the enormous amount of testosterone entering the body gets converted to estrogen and one can end up with considerable levels of estrogen in his body. This is then what causes development of breasts or ”bitch tits”.

Ronnie has it pretty bad in this picture ;-(

4) Skin problems caused by steroid use

Steroid use can cause skin problems such as :

  • Acne
  • Stretch marks

 

Acne :

dennis wolf bodybuilder with back acne

 Dennis Wolf with some damage on his back

 Levels of hormones such as testosterone play a significant role in sebaceous glands and potentially can cause acne outbursts, especially on the back. Although many professional pretend to have it all figured out, acne is now well understood yet but it is well accepted that testosterone plays a role.

You won’t notice much acne on pro bodybuilders, especially on stage. They do use a lot of fake tan to cover their skin for that might explain. I’ve also heard the used accutane to permanently stop acne outbursts. There’s even people theorizing that bodybuilders remain healthy because they have very good livers cleaning all the shit they take.. but that’s totally broscience here :P

Stretch marks

 

Stretch marks are not a direct side effect of roid use. During the first few steroid cycles and user goes through, diet and sleep staying in check, he will experience very quick muscle growth. The skin may not adapt quickly enough to this change therefore causing permanent stretch marks. Normally they appear in the upper lats (on the sides), on the sides of the pectorals and sometimes on biceps. Probably better to have stretch marks from muscle than from fat but anyways.

Examples of battle scars :

stretch marks on the side of the pecs

Stretch marks on the side of the pectorals and shoulders

stretch marks due to steroid use

On the shoulder this time

5) Sudden increase in muscle mass after years of stagnation

recognized massive gains due to steroidsIf you’ve been going to the same gym for while you get used to the same guys hitting the same machines everyday without making any gains besides their initial gains when they started training. Then all of a sudden they lose all their fat and gain 25 pounds of muscle in 3 months. On top of that they can train for two hours without getting tired or falling victim to overtraining.

Don’t get me wrong here massive change is doable, but on a very long period of time. That’s just no way such transformation could occur in course of a couple months without the use of a little something called vitamin S.

Summary :

Five good ways to recognize a steroid user :

  1. Big guts or distended stomach;
  2. Preferential development of the upper body muscles, especially lats;
  3. Gynecomastia or bitch tits;
  4. Stretch marks and/or acne;
  5. Unreasonably fast body transformation.


Ok that being said, before we get ahead of ourselves and start calling everything that moves a steroid user, let’s keep in mind that we can never be 100% sure who’s on roids and who’s not. Some are gifted with phenomenal genetics. Others have stellar work ethic, good training programs, perfect diet, good lifestyle and sleep habits. Some have 10-15 years of training experience under their.

Fitting only one of the criteria above might be proof of anabolic steroid usage, but when you have three or four then you can make a case. The goal of identifying roid users is not to call them on shit, but it’s to prevent yourself from getting ripped off by training programs promising stellar results when your know the results were attained with illegal substances.

Update. : Somewhat related, here’s a great video I just found on how to spot fake natural bodybuilders. Very interesting

Comments

  1. says

    1. Alfaxalone2. Alfadolone3. 5a-dihydrodeoxycorticosterone4. 3-keto-Minaxolone (does this exist? Minaxolone has a 3-hydroxy)5. Ganaxolone6. 17-phenylandrostenolLooks like #3 is the odd man out. All the others have some seditaon related effects. Thanks for the challenge, it was fun to use my brain on a random Thursday evening…

  2. George Ashkar says

    Acne and stretchmarks not a sign of steroids. I’m a natural and I got those. Also disproportionate body parts is a matter of what u train more often, not steroid use either.

    • says

      You are right George you can’t be 100% sure someone is on steroids because he has stretch marks, but it’s a combination of many signs together. Even then you can never be 100% sure

      • Tyrone says

        I don’t agree with this article gh gut would be the only tell acne is normal for me as I have a Beckers nervous and un proportioned body I. E big upper body is simply not training rite agree with I’m a dude gets big it a month and the gh gut and gyno others are normal regardless it depends on genetics and even not cleaning properly will cause acne

          • says

            I have stretch marks starting from my bicep and ending near my chest.
            Though tactically I have been training for nearly two years with a fixed program and diet no supplements.. complete natural, just good honest food, But then again you did say we cant be truly certain.
            AND so to speak precisely my gains in this span have been somewhat very hard, but satisfying in terms of strength endurance Etc.. and some people fall victim from peers to take “Rocket Fuel” because of the unsatisfied progress they are making. My point is that being a natural bodybuilder weightlifter Etc.. is hard and making progress takes a lot of TIME and NOTHING happens over night.
            Regards Phantom

          • joe says

            You sound guilty, your alittle over protective and quick tempered for some reasonable signs to spot a steroid use, besides, quick tempered is also another sign, lol

        • william says

          In number 4, it said another side effect of steroids is scratch marks. I have those around the same areas, but i never use steroids. Can anyone help me!?!

      • Jim says

        “Even then you can never be 100% sure” — you act as if you’re trying to spot vampires or aliens. Worry about YOUR body and mind your own f*cking business!

        • J says

          Yes mind your own business to a certain degree. Isnt that the point to get other peoples attention with freakish body? Maybe it’s jealously or concern towards thse individuals. as society we should help or advices the young to not harm themselves or influence others in a negatively. In the end it’s illegal and harmful. Be a good example and don’t do drugs in the gym.

  3. Jorge says

    Just the “big gut” is really a sign of steroids use, all the other factors that this article claims can happen even without steroids naturally, or am I on roids? LOL

    • Alex says

      Even the big gut can happen naturally, if you put insane amount of food in your stomach(even at relatively low bf).
      I have/had acne, stretch marks, very mild gynocomastia, big gut, and I got “some” muscle in a short period of time(2-3 months), and I’m not on steroids or any substance.
      Go figure,

  4. changedyournamebro says

    this dude… is like reading and in this whole bodybuilding/fitness/powerlift and sports world for like a year and making statements that dont even make sense…
    the gut is a insulin/growth hormone abuse sign, anabolic steroids dont make your internal hormones grow lol.
    point 2 is that the stretch marks are not steroid related either.
    3. disproportions are bullshit too that depends on how the person works out and what kind of sport he does. BUT very broad shoulders, huge traps ARE a sign of a high androgenic activity in the body…

    • Brewer says

      I dont know buddy thats a little harsh, I think hes pretty good about giving the benefit of the doubt here. The guy never makes a definitive statement accusing anyone of steroid use, he just gives some possible signs of such. I think he does a pretty decent job of keeping it unbiased and non-judgemental. We all have respect for each other and whatever a person’s goal is for their health and size is their own business, I have respect for all efforts put forth. But what I dont like and what we are trying to avoid here is the misconceptions from people using steroids and claiming natural. It is good to look for signs of steroid use with a trained eye so that you can plan your workouts accordingly not based on what the big guy in the gym tells you. It almost inevitably boils down to one question body building? or physique training? (again not definitive, just a basic outline for conjecture)

  5. says

    Hey man had to change your name because it was offensive. You made some valid points there but I think you skimmed through the article too quickly. Obviously people can have stretch marks and not be on the juice

  6. paul says

    This article is completely misleading to the public , I hate you for posting this. Everywhere I go people always thinks me and my friends are on steroids but in fact we are not. I been training in weight training for 5 yrs to lose my man boobs, gut and thighs. Iam 6’2ft 280 ilbs of muscle , I was 360ilbs of fat. I desided to weight train to get tone instead of bypass surgery and use what god gave me, my muscles. I look like what your pics look like and the public just hates me for the gens god gave me. People like u and ur hate or jealously towards others because they have something u don’t! I went from a diebetic, high blood presure to narmal, if your not a doctor don’t teach is all I have to say. I will not stop because people hate big men

  7. says

    Paul thanks for sharing your opinion, but many times in this article I mention that you can never tell for sure someone is using steroids, and I also mention some people (although very rare) are born with super good genetics for bodybuilding.

    If I ever saw you in a gym there’s a very good chance I wouldn’t think you are on the juice. You develop an eye for this over time.

  8. Sunkat says

    You know, I’m so sick of everyone cramming this $/it at me. Just an idea …it’s my body, mind your own business ! All this stuff you feel your compelled to inform us with, do you think we don’t know this. Do you think we don’t look this up. Why don’t you focus on your own problems and leave us and your next door neighbors alone because I’m sure your into their business too. That’s that problem with this whole country, it’s too concerned about what everyone else is doing. Is this hurting you at all, us doing this? What of your rights to live does this impact? None.
    NUFF SAID !

      • Jim says

        You still have eat right and train hard while taking steroids. Juicing, then lying on the couch eating Doritos will not produce an Olympian physique. So, did he earn it? YES.

          • Aaron says

            all roids do is allow you to recover faster and more completely from training and injury. therefore, if you want to make more gains than you naturally would, you have to work longer and harder to take advantage of the fact its tougher to overtrain. roid users train harder, longer, and with more intensity than any natural guy. and this is coming from a natural lifter. when im no longer a college athlete, and i stop getting tested, ill probably take them too. seems stupid to me for people to claim a wonder drug that extends the lives and quality of life of the elderly, muscular dystrophy patients, alzheimer victims, diabetics, heart disease patients, arthritics, people with osteoperosis, any injury or tissue damage of any kind, and many more benefits could be deadly to a perfectly healthy person. i dont buy it. its a bunch of media bs. i know plenty of people on steroids, and ive never even seen them catch a cold!

    • Jim says

      Man, you have a serious case of roid rage, like many of the other respondents to this article. Getting huge is a special talent, it’s just spending more than others, to choose to, in the name of vanity.
      A lot of people devote time to actually playing sport or using their brains. I have no qualm with people devoting time to getting large muscles, that’s your choice. However, if you’re responding so badly to discussions about roid users, then you probably have a guilty conscience… If you didn’t, you wouldn’t care less what other people think

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  10. Razor says

    This article, word for word describes me EXCEPT I am not a body builder… I dont even have a toned body. I have a big belly, stretch marks, my legs are skinny but my top is thick, always had man boobs and acne on my back except I AM NOT MUSCULAR.

    So if i get in shape, everyone will think im on roids because of this dumb article made with bro science. Thats the problem, this article is not an original in that it is just another bro-science fool singing the same un qualified song.

    My family, except me, were born with good genetics as they are very muscular but they also share the genetics of the items you wrote like myself. Not one of them uses or eve knows how to use roids! Yet your article describes them. I know more people that dont use roids that look like that then people who use roids and dont look like that.

  11. says

    There’s a difference between steroid induced man boobs and man boobs caused by excessive fat. Based on your comments, I take it that your family constitutes a complete NFL team! I mention multiple times that you can never be 100% sure somebody is on the juice.

    By the way you won’t be seeing a serious scientific research on ”how to identify a steroid user” anytime soon, because it’s an illegal substance.

    • Yosaph says

      Thanks for sharing this article,which touched on the typical signs or roid users. I did not misconstrue it as bias or disrespectful. A person is either guilty or not. You made some valid points,but they are not conclusive,and you also made that clear in your own wording. Roid abuse can cause serious physiological ramifications,to-wit,testicular atrophy,gynecomastia,damaged liver,to name a few. Personally,I have good genes and have never used in my life,but have been accused. I have worked out since the age of 7,have been to prison for a lengthy time period and diligently work out while in there. On an extremely healthy diet,run 4 to 6 miles a day,at least 4 times a week. Weight train upper and lower body alternately.God bless.

    • says

      Serious question from someone who is not involved in this culture at all (I wandered over here looking for information on this Cutler fellow when someone cited him as an example of someone in good health). Do body builders load up on soy protein, and if so, could the estrogen in soy be partly or wholly responsible for gynos?

  12. Butch says

    I get 2, 4 and 5 and I’m completely natural. I have had people accuse me of taking steroids many times and it pissed me off. It gets me to the point where I want to take steroids just so that I can say “Now this is me on steroids fckers!”. Lol. But nah I get a lot of acne outbreaks naturally and I have had many stretch marks as well as abnormally fast muscle gains. I’m a very lean person and when I stop working out I’m capable of drastically going from jacked to skinny as heck. When I start back up again I blow up quick. Another thing I’ve noticed is my pumps are naturally a lot more intense then the average lifter. Like my shoulders blow up like bowling balls and veins and shreds show up all over them along with my arm’s and chest. I’ve had a tone of people accuse me of taking steroids because of these factors. I also had a relative hug me once and say I was jacked and as solid as steal. He said only steroids do that. (He took steroids in the past) But it is to my understanding that muscle is solid… or at least a lot more solid than fat. At the time I was taking creatine and l-arginine with citrilline malate (which is a precursor to arginine) and a lot of BCAA’s.

    I’d say in all reality it is really hard to tell when someone is on steroids these days. All of the side effects you mentioned above can come from a natural person. Or at least natural meaning not on steroids… because now days what exactly is natural? All of the food we have is pumped with hormones and all of the “supplements” are extracts and produced in facility’s. There really is no such thing as natural unless you meet a jacked dude out in the Amazon jungle.

    Btw you failed to mention rapid Hair loss. I know someone who took steroids for 2-3 months and was practically bald by the time he stopped. If you see someone go from skinny with a full head of hair to jacked and bald… well you pretty much know by then he most likely took steroids.

    Of course the only way to truly know if a guy is on steroids. Is if you don’t have to question it in your head. If the dude looks like Jay Cutler, you pretty much know hes on steroids. Unless he is a genetically engineered human being.

    In all reality who really gives a sh!t? The problem is people care too much about what others are doing and not enough about themselves. Everyone has there flaws whether it is cheese burger’s, cigarettes, alchohol, laziness, hard drugs such as coke or heroin, steroids and so on.

    If the dude is responsible and doesn’t do drugs or alchohol. And eat’s healthy then who gives a fck if he does steroids. Either way he’s still busting his ass in the gym to get his gains. Because steroids aren’t a miracle drug.

    People need to stop worrying about what everyone else does. Worry about what your doing!
    Don’t like steroids don’t take them. Don’t like that everyone else is jacked and your not. Get in the gym and bust your @ss. Not getting the gains you expected? Deal with it or try harder, fix your diet and training. Want it bad enough and not getting it, then take some steroids (with the knowledge that they only work in combination with an already impeccable diet and training). Of course all of these factors depend on what you goal is.

    If you want to look like Dwayne Johnson or God forbid Jay Cutler. Don’t expect to get there naturally. If you want to look like the “Wolverine” (Hugh Jackman) then expect 1-2 years of Solid training and dieting naturally. If your goal isn’t to look like Dwayne Johnson or Jay Cutler don’t try and take away there achievement by saying it’s all the steroids. Because most likely even if you took a tone of steroids you wouldnt even look nearly as close to what they look like. That’s years of training, hard work, constant eating and a ton of discipline. The steroids are only an addition to all of the hard work there doing. There are people who took steroids most of there life and don’t even look as big as Dwayne. Some are just barely looking like Hugh Jackman in Wolverine. Steroids don’t mean sh!t without all the above.

    Take care everyone. And props to you if you sat there and read my comment as its longer then I intended :D

    • sup says

      if you are natural, and being as defensive as you are, i’m guessing we’ll actually never know, then you would KNOW that no, even WITH a strict diet, and lots of muscle development, you absolutely CANNOT just “look” like the Rock or Jay Cutler.

      look at how asshurt you’re getting kid. if you’re natural, why in the hell would you care what he has to say…i’d just laugh at it personally lol.

      you on the other hand, sound insecure for some reason. and without pictures, you conveniently left out actual PROOF you have ANY kind of decent physique, all we can assume is you’re either overrating yourself, or just COMPLETELY full of shit.

      as an ex trainer (and mind you I only did it for like 3 years, maybe 4) I can even spot whose fake. There are guys who you’re iffy on, but typically it’s obvious.

      You’re already on, as you claim, a BUNCH of enhancers (legal ones). Creatine gives you a bloated look, Citrulline Malite doesn’t do SHIT, I have some in my house right now. L-Arginine doesn’t do SHIT but give you diarrhea in large doses.

      Basically, given your INSANE narcissism, and defensiveness, and self touting as this freak muscular oddity, I’m guessing one of two things -

      Either you’re insecure and nothing special, but have convinced yourself in your delusional mind that being SOMEWHAT muscular makes you special…

      OR you literally are on steroids.

      I can’t actually tell. I have a bit of a background in psychology, and usually the most fervent deniers are the guilty ones. You’re overzealously defiant in your stance about steroids.

      Surely a “natural” gymrat would have a bit of disdain for cheaters, no? And I already listed at length below why steroids are AWFUL for not just the individual’s body (lesser evil), but for society as a whole. It gives kids bad role models, it gives kids and men as well unattainable results to aspire to, and thus leaves them either insecure/envious, or reaching for a goal that will ultimately leave them frustrated b/c it’s fuckin IMPOSSIBLE in about 99.9999999999% of the population.

      Make that 100% for the likes of Jay Cutler.

      Yes Cutler works hard…duh? Take the steroids away and see what he’d look like. He’d be about 75 lbs lighter, less ripped, noticeably uneven and WAY less developed in his weak points (every athlete has “weak” points usually, even the best), and probably would see his BF % double. Maybe triple. Eating as much as that idiot does, the body can’t process all the calories and regardless of the diet, fatty tissue deposits show up moreso without the cheatin ass drugs.

      Bottom line – if you’re natural, why are you so clearly pro-steroids? lol it literally makes no sense…post pics of yourself. verify it. let’s see just how “gifted” you are.

      My guess is you’re probably nothing special….no offense kiddo…

      • Normal says

        That’s one of the dumbest and most presumptuous response I have ever read. How could any intelligent person make that many assumptions about comments made on a topic like this. So dumb.

    • ben says

      But steroids and the like ARE a wonder drug for burning fat and building muscle!

      You basically go through a second, third, fourth juvenile growth process whereby you lose body fat and build muscle.

      These processes stop once juvenile growth stops around your early twenties.

      Aren’t you aware that you can gain POUNDS of muscle by taking steroid and not even working out!? You need to research these facts.

      You know what 5lbs of fat loss and 5lbs of muscle gain in your arms, upper back and shoulders looks like? It looks like freakin’ Hugh Jackman after 3 months NOT 2 years of “clean diet blah blah blah”.

      To gain muscle naturally you need to eat like a horse and get fat. Then you spend six months dieting to look good for about a month before you deflate from lack of calories.

      That is the true cycle and fate of every natural – the ebb and flow between being big and fat and being big for a little while. No one wants to believe it, but ask yourself this: why does hugh Jackman never look like he does in the movie when you see a picture of him in the street 6 months after he finishes the film? Because muscle is fleeting…

  13. says

    Some of these commenters obviously haven’t read the disclaimer.
    Yup like me, natural, I am plagued with acne. Have been there since I hit puberty. perhaps I have too much natural tests and my lats is my strong point.
    Just want to make things clear though – power is possible even without roids like the 400lbs bench.
    If you trained you CNS good and have a great p.lifting program you can make it in the power part. The physique is the hard part, since our bodies will naturally avoid getting too big unless you have ZERO MYOSTATIN level like the twin German babies years ago.
    I say one can realistically achieve a Zane-like physique without roids, maybe even bigger

    • sup says

      lmfao uh no kid. just no.

      you absolutely CANNOT “achieve” any FAKE bodybuilders physique naturally. human beings look a certain way, develop a certain way. our bodies can only get to a certain threshold without breaking down, or needing drugs to cheat.

      it’s really as simple as that. it’s not fuckin rocket science, and the way you talk, I doubt you’re natural, but if you are, you’re in denial about what’s achievable.

      Steve Reeves’ look? Yes that’s possibly achievable if you work hard and eat right.

      Frank Zane? LOL no. A quick search online will show you he used Dbol and other crap like T3. Not to name drop drugs like that since I never used nor cared to read up on that stuff, but he even admitted it himself.. Just b/c he wasn’t huge doesn’t mean he didn’t use drugs to achieve that shredded look.

      I mean……you do realize to get that ridiculous shredded look you need unnatural muscle enhancement…right?

      God a sucker born everyday…

  14. trisha says

    My friends x husbend does steroids he has a very bad temper has the belly your talking about losses his hear if your one of the people that does do it plz. Dont just think.of your self but think about the people around you that loves you an cares for you an stop doing it not only are you hurting your body but your hurting the people around you.god made u the way he wanted.you to b not the way the drug.wanted.you.to b.all.i am.saying is.think.about it

  15. sup says

    bro, two things:

    1. steroids is bad, despite your iffyness on it, not b/c it’s immoral, but b/c it’s a bad example to kids and to guys in general b/c it creates a sense of low self esteem if you believe “enhanced”/fake/impossible results are actually possible.

    it’s an epidemic in the US…..everyone thinks theyre not big enough, not “ripped’ enough, not good looking enough, or w/e the hell that means nowadays. people should just be happy with who they are, and if they want to attain a certain look, or a certain threshold in athletics, that’s fine I guess.

    but these narcissistic juiceheads (and im an ex trainer, I’ve met a few lol), are TERRIBLE examples for guys in general. they set an impossible bar too high.

    2. unlike weed, steroids are illegal for a reason. they FUCK your body up in the long run.

    why can’t guys just be freakin natural. jesus Christ. I mean are their penises that small that they need to attain an unnatural look that not only leaves kids and guys jealous/envious, but also screws their lives and kidneys up 10 years later?

    I honestly don’t get it. I mean I REALLY don’t get it. And it’s EASY to spot fakes man. Guys who are natural, even at a “low” body fat %, still have that subcutaneous tissue under the skin that’s noticeable, meaning basically they’re not shredded….natural guys will always have some visible fatty tissue under the skin regardless of how lean you try and stay at. juiceheads on the other hand do not. the muscle becomes SO developed that it literally is pushing against the skin. it’s pathetic really.

    my opinion is this – if you’re on shit, BE HONEST. if someone asks, tell them you do gear. or fuck off, and drop the habit and be a regular person.

    if you’re SO insecure that you need to do drugs to get an unnatural look, and yet don’t have the balls to admit it, even in private, then you’re a pussy with a false tough exterior and a pussy interior, with a weak-minded mentality that can’t come to terms with WHY you’re even cheating in the first place.

    IF I ever did steroids, and someone asked, I’d tell them in private, yes I admit, I do it for this reason….know why? b/c i’m not an asshole. if i thought i could “get in trouble”….then I’d atleast say “I can’t tell you I do, but I can’t tell you I don’t”. Easy as that.

  16. Jim says

    What is the point of this post?

    Each of the five “signs of steroid use” can be present without the use of steroids — acne, stretchmarks, etc. When you’re challenged, you quickly defend your weak statements by saying it “may” be a sign of steroid use and then you chastise the commenter for “not reading” your drivel correctly.

    So if each of your five signs are actually “possible” signs, why not change the title to “Possible Signs of Steroid Use”? Or better yet, why not keep your inadequacy and jealousy of bodybuilders physiques to yourself and not write this post?

    Why? Because punks like you HAVE NEVER and WILL NEVER achieve any muscular development close to that of dedicated natural bodybuilders, so you try to indict everyone bigger than you as a steroid user. Even with steroids, someone like you could never build an impressive physique because you’re too concerned with trashing others to make yourself feel bigger.

    Where’s a full body photo of you, pwnfitness? Allow your readers to critique your body. Post a current photo of yourself and I’ll send you one of myself to post. Or remain consistent as a b*tch and not post this comment at all.

    • says

      sure these signs can be present without steroid use. If ALL five signs are present on an individual he may not be on steroids but more often than not he will be. On the same token some guys are on the juice and have terrible bodies..so you never know.

      Why do you want to criticize my body? If you’re on gear and have a great physique then props to you. And if you’re natural it’s all good too. You do what you want to do man, as long as you’re not taking stuff and competing in sports. That’s not cool

  17. Dan says

    interesting. I know a lot of roid users, you’re right its everywhere.

    Everyone who flamed this guy for his blog post is being irrational, and obviously didnt read anything. And you’re excessive anger about it screams roids to me lol

    I do have to say, training over 2 hours and not getting tired is easily possible without roids. I dont take them and my workouts are always at least 2 hours, 5 days a week. At one point I was pulling five hour workouts. But its something you have to work up to.

    I did want to inquire about the protrudent belly. I sometimes feel like my stomach sticks out further than it should. Is this also a trait of a diabetic? because Ive been thinking recently I may be. I urinate very frequently, to the point most of my friends identify this characteristic of mine. Ive been meaning to ask the doctor but havent yet.

    • says

      thanks Dan, I also think excess reaction towards this post hides some background of steroid use. As for your question I unfortunately don’t know ;(. But it’s an interesting one and I’m gonna do some research when I have time

  18. Tony1 says

    ‘But belly’ is due to GH (growth hormone) which isn’t a steriod. Ache doesn’t effect every user in fact it’s not that common. The pictures you’ve used are of guy who are massively into GH. Not all steriod users look like that and probably will never.
    I’ve used steroids for about a year and gained about 3 stone and that’s with a lot of hard work, people that slate it don’t really know to much about it ( like yourself) it’s no superman drug.
    It’s good for boosting confidence and well being. More people die from alcohol, car crashes and obesity then steroids, I don’t drink or eat crapy foods so I might have less chance of dying?!
    As long as the gear is good, you research what your doing and know what you’re doing its fine. Do you know anyone that’s died of steroids? I don’t but I know people who have died in car accidents, alcohol though!

    • says

      I agree, I’ve never been on gear and don’t plan to take anything in the future, but if you gave me a choice between eating a lot of junk food and drinking a lot of alcohol for the rest of my life and taking roids, I would take the roids all day.

  19. Anon says

    Estrogen, when prescribed normally, can induce female-like breast growth in men. Estrogen does this all the time; during puberty, some male teenagers will have small, temporary breast growth simply because of the hormone surges of MALE puberty.
    Some men even lactate!

    And some men are just fat and have “manbewbs”.

    So one must not rush to judge every manbewb as being caused by steroids.

  20. Mario says

    everyone uses steroids and other chemical enhancements in competetions like Mr O… if you took steroids away all at once the champion would remain the champion. they would just be alot smaller and less dry…ive taken steroids before and regret doing it to be honest… the temptation is always there though. i had no acne as a teenager. my skin was flawless. now im trying to get rid of scars. think about it before you take them…i can notice a difference when i train. but im lifting just about the same weight. a little less. we can all look good without using steroids. theres more to life than getting huge. please reply to this if you want. i would like to hear any views from you people. thanks train hard or go home haha thanks mario

  21. says

    This article is really interesting. Didn’t know that steroids would cause the breasts to develop like that and also that GH could cause the big belly. Personally, I like that you present the steroid users as vampires to be spotted. This is because I think many steroids are illegal and the users have no respect for the law. Also, if someone is using steroids, they are probably awfully vain, and so it would be best to know who they are so that you don’t waste time talking to them.

  22. ukguest says

    Why is there so much attention given to spotting a steroid user? To me they are causing know harm to anybody else. For those people who say why dont they just be honest about their use. Its because of the stigma and jealousy attached to steroid use.

    Let me explain if you come out an admit to steroid use the average gyn goer will think that your going to die within 10years and that the body you have built was soley down to steroids. They will think you cheated and have gained an unfair advantage. The jealousy comes because many of these steroid users have better bodies than the average gym goer and usually get more attention, so instead of thinking to yourself, i happy with my body and the decisions i have taken to build this body, we get envious of those who have a better body.

    Now let me give you a comparison. Every weekend you see both male and females abusing a drug(alcohol) this makes them feel better and it also boost their confidence which they often utilize to communicate with opposite sex. Most people dont look at them and say look at them using drugs a performance aid, no most people encourage this and it is seen as a badge of honour to consume excessive amounts of alcohol and try and chat up as many women as possible. You dont think to yourself, if he was sober he wouldnt have the courage to go and talk to that sexy girl.

    My backgrounf is 22 years natural and i have just started my 1st cycle, many people will say why now? Well age wukk catch up with us all and now i have researched AAS i do believe you can recieve the benefits with minimal harm if you use them sensibly and take the right precationary measures. I must agmit tho i do feel a bit ashamed with myself but i suppose that will pass.

    • says

      I totally agree with everything you said, if taken at reasonable dosages,with good training, diet and sleep steroids are probably safer than smoking or chronic binge drinking.

      • JO says

        especially if you have LT, which we will eventually suffer from. There’s nothing wrong with using steroids in moderation and under supervision.

  23. ukguest says

    Also ask yourself what is cheating? Is it gaining an unfair advantage over somebody else? well what about the rich guy who can afford any supplement and has the access to the best nutrition or the poor guy who has to eat what he can afford and cant afford supplements. Isnt the rich guy getting an unfair advantage? If you have access to the best schools and private tutors are you cheating? If Creatine results wees similar to steroids would you be cheating if you consumed creatine?

    I can tell you when i was younger i never had a coach to teach ne javelin, just my school tutor and i was competing against athletes with coaches. Anybody who knows about Javelin will know what a good coach would have made to my performance, didnt those athletes have an unfair advantage?

    Why dont the government ban dangerous sports and past times, they ban drugs that they deem dangerous. I would hazard a guess is that most people who partake in these dangerous sports and past times are the wealthy and the middle/upper class.

  24. Eddie says

    I overcame obesity through weightlifting and powerlifting training regimes. Obesity left me with pretty bad bitch tits and stretch marks around my abdomen, lats, shoulders and pecs.
    I have a propensity towards getting ingrown hairs and because of the obesity, I have a residual hanging gut.

    It’d be cool if you specified that these things can be the result of something other than steroid use.

  25. WeAllMakeMistakes says

    Unless you’re getting paid to take roids it’s not a good idea. You will recede, say goodbye to that perfect hairline. When you get off it doesn’t matter how amazing your pct is you will lose your gains, damage your endocrine system and get bitch tits. It’s not 100% going to happen but more than likely it will. Even with hcg, nolva, arimidex, chlomid and litro.

    These guys in the gym taking roids just to look better or lift more are retards. I was one of them. everything I gained is gone. I’m 6’1 190 lbs down from 235. Sure I miss the power and size, but it isn’t worth the risk you take. Jay cutler is gonna die before 55 guaranteed, so is ronnie. Arnold already had one heart surgery. I’m sure his heart grew like the grinch’s heart on christmas in whoville while taking all that shit.

    Don’t do roids! Look up ways to naturally boost your t. Stay away from unregulated health products. protein is made by evil companies looking for there share of a very lucrative market. Eat a fricken egg.

  26. Bret says

    This article is not accurate.

    I have never taken steroids in my life. I just lift, and I lift heavy. I have a somewhat “extended” stomach, and I have gotten a few stretch marks in my armpits from my muscles growing too fast.

    Bad article.

  27. private says

    I know one way to tell from when I’m on is the water retention I suddenly start holding, my shoulders just start to pop out and people start asking if I’m leaving the gym after my warmup because I have a constant pump and look like I’ve just completed a full workout, once you’ve done roids a few times you can pick out the guys who are on quite easily, especially the guys on their first cycle who may not use an AI and balloon right on up

  28. Jeroen says

    I have 1 ‘bitch tit’ but never used any steroids in my life. I do work out 3x a week and eat healthy. Don’t smoke, don’t drink. I searched the internet for reasons why i have this, but they point to steroids and an unhealthy lifestyle… I’m also more a thin guy and not a fat guy… Also i had stretch marks the first time i worked out when i was about 15. Almost every week i had some stretch marks especially on my biceps, but they went away.

  29. Toni says

    Interesting points. I totally agree. Distended belly especially is definitely the sign of steroid use. Also, regarding stretch marks, you know unnaturally fast muscle growth can cause those. He does not state that they necessarily are a sign of steroid use. Anyway, good points overall. One or two, or combination of several can tell you when one is on steroids. Personally I am pro nature. This steroid crap is risky, unnatural and it exists because there is money to made by a giant industry selling people a beautiful dream of quick results with much likely devastating side effects. Never f**k with mother nature. Interesting article though.

  30. Phil says

    What a total waste of time. This article seems to be written by a 5th grader. I understand you are explaining a combination of signs of steroid use. Your point was? You say you are not biased. Id be willing to bet you are one of the watchers that frequents a lot of gyms. Your fed up not making gains and secretly watch others and make assumptions they use anabolic steroids and g.h. So you decide to write about it? You did not even point out the real indicators a person is using. Sip on some more creatine and enjoy cross fit

    Cheers

  31. Vera says

    Wow, so many people clearly did not read the article. Everyone complaining does not understand that the writer says over and over, “but this does not necessarily mean that person is on steroids.” Here I thought I could learn something from reading the comments…all I learned was that the majority of people should retake 5th grade reading comprehension.

  32. caro little says

    who gives a damn ! You CAN have too much muscle….go into any average gym and about 50% of the men there are, for my taste absolutely disgusting… the look like steers or pit-bulls… and have no necks, and inevitably neglect leg development….so I can only conclude you do it to make yourselves repulsive to women… who wants a masculinist narcissist who spends most of the day groaning while he watches himself in the mirror…who wants a man who can’t spell, and is over compensating for everything, I can never understand why you do it.

    • JJ says

      wow you are ignorant… you think people who do steroids can’t spell?? so you are assuming that ALL people on steroids are uneducated… it sounds like you are just either a skinny douche.. or a fat lazy bastard and just hate people who go to the gym and work hard. some women like muscular men.. some don’t… some men like to be muscular.. some don’t.. why are you so mad about about someone who wants to better themselves?

    • Swoleo says

      Completely ignorant statement. While I agree on you having an opinion on what looks “good” or “bad”. Saying that all muscular men are “can’t spell” is stupid, and through a screen I can smell your insecurity. Please educate yourself and if you really are that insecure about your average physique don’t show it!! Proves that you are a immature bitch

  33. James says

    This is ignorant. Other than GH gut, you named all the signs of someone that lifts weights. A raise in Testosterone is a key reason why people get man tits and acne. Testosterone is raised by lifting weights. Crazy. This is a guy with small man complex who doesn’t have what it takes to workout hard, so he just sits back and blames people of using roids.

  34. Elliot Tabi says

    hmmn so that is why i have this superficial acne and my face just dropped like having an atrophy it is the cream i never knew. A friend told me to buy it he said it will cure my pimples oh GOD the name of the cream is epiderm can u please check it for me cause im sure it is the cause i have no knowledge about such creams thank You

  35. says

    Steroid give u way more size than power. Super buffed guys in the gym struggling with the weights average natural do for reps. Sorry. That’s cheese. More lean body mass than height in cm. And lean? Cheese too.

  36. cw says

    Small guys have to compensate for their lack of height.
    Pure and simple.They will use ANYTHING to do so,legal or illegal drugs,they would eat dog sh** all day if it helped them get bigger.
    Drug addicts will ALWAYS defend drug use.

  37. Lol says

    That’s a lot of BS in there.. I have been training for 3 years.. natural.
    I have stretch marks (always have even when I was growing up as a kid, seems that some people tend to have them quite easily)..
    I have had a little bit of acne on shoulders/back (well it stopped, but I guess training raises Free Testosterone levels too)

    And genetically not gifted with the lower body parts especially calves.. According to the article, I am a steroid user lol.. Good thing my max benchpress is stuck at 225.. lol

  38. Starsky says

    Wow, a lot of ignorant comments. I have used steroids in the past & I am open with people who can handle that….w/ very ignorant people, I just don’t discuss it. Anything…..can be abused, you can do far more damage to your body with food….then steroids.

    First, a lot of the ignorant/jealous ones assume they are a magic pill….that f they took them would make up for their poor work ethic or bad genetics. They weren’t for me. I took Dianabol(Methandrostenalone)& gained about 6-7lbs….maybe 4 of which I kept. The first 60 lbs of muscle were from eating protein(I hardly ate before) & lifting heavy objects repeatedly.

    Second, some people are stupid. Sometimes stupid people use steroids…& they give it a bad name. It’s like implicating anyone who owns a weapon & uses it responsibly, with some psychotic Muslim/sociopath.

    Knee jerk solution, guns are bad & let’s not let private citizens own them. Just because there are stupid or crazy people who abuse things, doesn’t mean freedom must be curtailed to protect stupid people fom themselves.

  39. ToolManSam says

    This article is retarded and written in complete haste. You can claim you say your statements are not definitive as you DO state in each example but you title it “how to tell if someone is using” followed by definitive headings for each “tell tale sign”

    COMPLETELY misleading and at best an opinion based observation made on your part

    How to spot a steroid user:

    They get HUGE retardedly quick. Fact; you can only build so much muscle in a given period of time

    Even here you have to be careful in your evaluation. ANYONE can bulk and get bigger quickly, it’s wether the gainz are pure muscle combined with fat loss

    It is impossible for anyone to build 30-40lbs of muscle with fat loss in a year. That is a tell tale sign if steroid use

  40. andrew says

    im a natural bodybuilder. been training hard 5 days a week for over 5 years. tried steroids and didnt like them due to anxiety. im 5ft 6in and 208 pounds. i wont get any bigger but im happy with that!!

  41. karl says

    Seriously its obvious if you want to know its called water weight! Fluid around the face if you know how to spot it! Why does there face look alot fatter than there bodyframe! Thats how I know if someone on dbol or doing a stupid cycle witnout correct precautions

  42. Joe Wilder says

    Great article. Many of the posters here are incorrect in stating that taking steroids only affects the individual user. Many of the long-term side effects of steroid usage don’t show until 10 or 20 years later sometimes. Also, when the steroid user becomes older and the cancers and other issues set in, all of us have to pay for the healthcare. This means that we ALL pay higher taxes to support individuals with poor health. Also, by taking steroids, there is always a demand for the illegal distribution of the drugs which again, we ALL pay for by paying more taxes towards enforcement of the policing.

  43. Get over it says

    I totally agree with Vera and the few other people that have actually taken the time to READ the FULL article THOROUGHLY! The writer, in my OPINION has given some very clear and eye opening advice. You people on here coming down on this article are only making yourselves appear to have used or are using steroids. The article states repeatedly that “you can do what you want, it’s your body”, and that “you still can’t be 100% sure.” What the article does bring to light are signs you can look for in coming to a conclusion whether or not steroids are being used. It’s even stated that even then it’s hard to tell.
    I’ve been involved in health, fitness, sports, and nutrition for years. I’m here to tell you this article is a good sound article full of good advice. YES, people that all of a SUDDEN explode in terms of muscle gains and seemingly supernatural development and definition in a matter of a few months ARE using something other than protein powders, pre, and post workout supplements. COME ON….it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. This is a good article. Truth hurts sometimes, doesn’t it?

    • says

      the only way is the hard way, been in the gym all my life, at 55 im still doing it and the only sign is quick gain, my experience is that you dont get proper gain and your body dont get that muscle recognition which natural builders get, and your strength is not real like mine, never used them and im glad i did not, got a build now which even the users are green for, from top to bottom, most users get fixated with the bit the girls can see, till summer comes and they still have tracky bottoms on to hide the sparrows legs

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