Performance Enhancing Drugs in Bodybuilding
Bodybuilding PEDs, the pros and cons concerning the use of performance enhancing drugs in bodybuilding.
The idea of sport and competition is as old as our species, whether we chased each other to be the first one to kill dinner for the tribe a million years ago, or competing on a sports field, success has always come to the faster and the stronger of the species.
Ergogenic aids in order to get quicker and stronger could actually be anything from a cup of coffee to anabolic steroids or diuretics. Since the 1950's science has invented many new ways of improving speed and strength using chemicals. Highly sophisticated and often a complex synergism of substances creates drugs like Clenbuterol which dramatically speeds up your fat burning capacity.
In fact, the new and advanced chemical approaches many athletes today take when preparing for competition, it could be said sport has become chemical warfare, a battle fought just as hard in the lab as on the playing field. But even the new advanced testing techniques used by the World Anti-Doping Code (WADA) cannot keep up with designer drugs, faking substances and urine swopping.
You're either a performance-enhancing drug type of bodybuilder or you're not, you cannot sit on the fence in this issue. The bodybuilders who use steroids tell the "natural" they are selling them-self short on the possible progress they could make. Even if a bodybuilder goes on one cycle and then stops, studies show he/she will return because it worked.
Most "natural" bodybuilders think all drug users are cheats and their gains are synthetic. But in the steroid camp they say that there is no such thing as "Natural Bodybuilding". They say that competitive bodybuilding is an extreme sport it, requires extreme measures.
But making a decision whether you are pro performance enhancers or against them gets complicated when a "natural" bodybuilder takes mega-doses of herbs or vitamins and creatine. It gets more complicated when bodybuilders call themselves "Drug-free." Some of these drug free bodybuilders have been caught using over the counter ephedrine, technically, they are not drug-free.
Every natural bodybuilder will have their own reasons not using any performance-enhancing drugs. Whatever the reason they refuse to get caught up in the fine balancing act between physiology and pharmaceuticals, the most common reasons are:
They're dangerous for health reasons.
Buying steroids relying on the packaging is a waste of money.
Against drug use for religious and/or moral reasons.