And then there are drugs

All professional bodybuilders (and most athletes) use drugs. Anyone who says differently is lying or trying to sell you something. Again, this isn't a grouse or whine, but rather a statement of fact. When you introduce the myriad anabolic drugs into the equation, it becomes possible to not only side-step but almost ignore "normal" human physiology. Couple better than average genetics with enough drugs and you get professional bodybuilders. You are not one of them, you will not be one of them. No amount of wishful thinking can change that. Even if you had access to all of their drugs, there's no guarantee you'd get as big; it's likely that one of the genetic advantages that professional bodybuilders have is a high sensitivity to the drugs that they do take.

Anyone who tells you that the various bodybuilding drugs (anabolic steroids, insulin, clenbuterol, etc.) don't work, or aren't necessary to reach a monstrous level of development, is bullshitting you. Usually they have an all-natural supplement or steroid replacement to sell you in the first place (I just have a book). I'd be lying if I told you that anything you'll read in this book could take you to the development level of even the worst pro. It can't. Without both their genetics and their drugs, it simply can't be done. At best proper/meticulous/crafty nutrition and training will let your maximize your own potential and move beyond ordinary. To go above your genetic potential requires drugs. The sooner you come to terms with this, the better off you'll be.

The fact is that drugs, even the relatively simple testosterone, can take you to a level of development otherwise unachievable by any natural training, diet and supplement methods. At even moderate doses, testosterone allows you to sidestep your normal physiology and reach a higher level. It raises the "setpoint" of how much muscle you can carry; it reduces your fat mass at the same time. Once you introduce all the other drugs endemic to pro-bodybuilding, you get a physiology that is unattainable in non-drug using individuals.

Still not convinced? A single example should help to make my point. In natural (read: non drug using) individuals who have dieted down to extremely low bodyfat levels, say 5%, you see a common hormonal pattern. Testosterone levels are typically bottomed out (some studies even find castrate levels, which is why a lot of natural contest bodybuilders can't get their dick hard, not that they have a sex drive in the first place), thyroid levels are bottomed out, IGF-1 levels are bottomed out, sympathetic nervous system output is way down meaning decreased caloric and fat burning, appetite is through the roof, cortisol is through the roof, on and on it goes. This makes good evolutionary sense: at 5% bodyfat, you are starving to death. Your body is turning off every system (metabolic, reproductive, immune, etc.) that it can to keep you alive until you get some food.

Contrast that to a dieting professional bodybuilder. With the choice of the right drugs, he can eliminate pretty much all of the above problems. Anabolic steroids replace natural testosterone, synthetic thyroid replaces what the body is no longer making, injectable insulin, GH, and IGF-1 fix the insulin, GH and IGF-1 problem, clenbuterol replaces sympathetic nervous system output, appetite suppressants can deal with appetite and anti-cortisol drugs deal with the cortisol problem. That's only a partial drug list, by the way.

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