Follow Up to Yesterday’s Post (Steroids: Is it Really That Easy?)
by: Kevin Larrabee, CSCS
Thanks for all of the comments everyone. I think I will explain myself a bit more.
First off, people who do use performance enhancing drugs like steroids are not bad people because of it. I am looking at it in the world of the gym, period. Not about what kind of person they are in the real world. To me, it is still taking the easy road in the weight room. Yes, users may still put the time into the gym. But their programming could look like a first grader’s math quiz and they would still get results that others couldn’t without the drugs.
Look at it this way. You are a Major League Baseball Player that first sees Mark McGwire break the home run record. A few years later Barry Bonds destroys McGwire’s record. In the meantime you are hitting 8-10 home runs a year and barely holding a starting position. How would you feel if other players that were making tens of millions of dollars more than you are getting an advantage by juicing? I look at it the same way in the gym, although I am obviously reacting more than most would. That being said, I can see how others don’t see where I am coming from, and I totally understand.
Can one use steroids safely? Yes, I didn’t say you couldn’t. Many of the people in the Bigger, Stronger, Faster documentary used steroids most of their lives and have been perfectly healthy.
Again, I don’t think using makes you a bad person, or that I am a better person for not using the stuff.
Lastly, steroid use is illegal in the United States. Do I think it should be put along the lines of heroin and cocaine? No. But is it still illegal.
Thanks for listening everyone, and please know that I do value your opinion, and that I am not saying I am “right” about this. It is just my opinion.