Steroids have been popular for many years, evolving from a habit that was once confined to sports and professional bodybuilding to a common high school recreational activity used to enhance speed, strength, and muscle size beyond natural levels. As with any drug that offers external results, since the enhancements are visibly apparent, those using steroids or growth hormone are easily convinced that they are healthier than before, yet temporary positive appearance improvements are not always synonymous with what occurs on a cellular level.
In addition to sports enthusiasts who wish to enhance performance, many thin bodybuilders are in search of the quickest method to enhance muscle gain, and when they see professional bodybuilders using large quantities of illegal drugs to produce 100+ pounds of additional lean body size, they feel as if this must be the path to achieve what they define as success. Yet, what many forget is that bodybuilding, a lifestyle that has constantly associated itself with healthy living, becomes a risky, potentially life threatening path when steroids or growth hormone become acceptable options.
There are two distinct groups that seem to have misconceptions of what can and cannot be achieved naturally; one extreme believes that the hugely muscled bodies of professional bodybuilding stars on the cover of magazines can be produced without steroid use, or with some legal supplement that works no different than drugs, when in fact this is a completely false notion. To those who follow the bodybuilding industry closely, professional bodybuilders are known for their rampant, rather stunning level of drug abuse, and they would carry significantly less muscle mass if they were training without steroids, even when using every legally available supplement. The other common misconception asserts the opposite, which is that no bodybuilder can gain significant muscle mass without steroid use, which is just as misleading. Although the massive muscles of professional steroid using bodybuilders cannot be replicated without embracing the same risky drugs, extremely impressive improvements in muscle mass and density are possible without ever touching steroids or any other performance enhancing substance.