When people develop muscle, either for competitive or for personal reasons, they want fast results. The problem is that our bodies have a natural way of adapting, which translates to a fixed rate of muscle growth. You can do CrossFit and all manner of difficult training regimes, but ultimately, you can only gain so much during a certain amount of time.
This is where SARMs and Steroids come into play. Both of them enhance muscle growth and retention, allowing people to gain significantly more muscle over a relatively short about of time. These performance enhancing drugs have such a profound effect that their use is banned in practically any professional or official sports or fitness competitions.
In some places and under certain conditions, these drugs can be illegal and classified as Schedule 3 drugs. Drugs in this category mean they’re illegal to either possess or use them.
Benefits of Steroids
Steroids are a group of substances with the primary goal of making cells build more protein than is naturally possible. Testosterone does the same job and our body meticulously releases this hormone, but only in controlled quantities. Anabolic steroids mimic testosterone’s commands and make cells perform as if they were flooded with testosterone.
- Increased Muscle Size and Strength
Anabolic Steroids such as testosterone enanthate increase both muscle mass and recovery times. This means when you work out, the tiny little tears in your muscles heal faster. Not only do they heal faster, but they gather more proteins to be better than ever.
- Increased Body Size
Steroids also improve bone mass and, to some extent, increase overall body fat. This, in turn, increases body weight and size. Your body adapts your increasing muscle size with a better frame, which is why bodybuilders adore this drug.
- It’s Used in Medicine
Steroids vary among treatments. It’s used as a treatment for specific cancers and corticosteroids are used to alleviate inflammation and suppress allergies. Prednisone is also a kind of steroid that’s used to treat autoimmune diseases like arthritis and lupus.
Risks and Side Effects of Using Steroids
The problem with using steroids is its plethora of side-effects. These side effects even happen if you’re consuming the steroids at the right dosage. The longer you use it, the stronger the effect. The more you use, the faster you get these effects.
- Increased risk of prostate cancer
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Diminished or total shutdown of your testosterone production
- Cholesterol imbalances, leading to coronary heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Risk of liver diseases
- Early baldness
- Behaviour alterations a.k.a. “Roid rage”
These are only the common side effects people get when they use steroids for a long time. Some people may develop these and other symptoms despite not using them for very long. While steroids are effective, they carry more than their fair share of risks.
Benefits of SARMs
SARMs stands for ”Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators.” As the name implies, they are androgens that only affect specific receptors. Steroids are androgens that pretty much attach to anything that can accept them whether they be muscles, bones, liver, arteries, skin, and so on. SARMs, on the other hand, only attach to bone and muscle groups, leaving everything else untouched.
The benefits are as follows:
- Provides the same positive effect as steroids
Some argue that the effect is somewhat less than that of steroids, given the same dosage, but not by much.
- They have dramatically fewer side effects
They still have side effects, especially when abused. Unlike steroids, the effects are far less impactful and reversible. They don’t cause testosterone shut down and don’t increase your risks for heart, liver, prostate and pancreatic diseases.
- All SARMs are Orally Taken
Some steroidal drugs are administered intravenously. This runs the risk of infection by using needles, among other effects. SARMs come in tablet or powder form, making them relatively harmless.
- t’s Legal
SARMs are on sale in the market as an over-the-counter drug. It’s still up for debate whether it’s legal to use in official sports competitions, but some leagues are already banning these product because of their effectiveness. Regardless, if you’re going to compete, it’s best to train and gain the natural way.
Many will still argue that steroids will get you faster results and that may be true. Usage of SARMs however, is much safer. What’s an extra month or two if it means you’ll be adding years to a healthier life?