Journalist undergoes 16 week Anabolic Steroid Program, amazing transformationLog in or Sign up. Aug 24, Messages: BeHappyJun 7, Incredible transformation, absolutely horrific side effects though. He loved his new body - but not the hideous side-effects.
Log in or Sign up. Aug 24, Messages: BeHappy , Jun 7, Incredible transformation, absolutely horrific side effects though. He loved his new body - but not the hideous side-effects. In this graphic account of being a 'roider', he recounts his hellish journey The needle is 21 gauge, 1. Forty of them arrived in a package from Greece.
Ever received a package from overseas? You get that puff of air when you rip it open - air that's travelled thousands of miles. Foreign, like stepping into a stranger's house. But it's a needle. I had put them out on my work desk a few days ago - an unignorable fact. Graham Davidson and Ailen Lujo The needle is 21 gauge, 1. Article continues Buck up, laddie. Fortune favours the brave. What's inside looks like oily urine. It was going into my backside; plenty of meat there.
But the sciatic nerve radiates from my hips; plus, if I hit a vein I could go into cardiac collapse. I tucked a bag of frozen corn beneath my underwear to numb the injection site.
The hash marks on the syringe were smudged away by my sweaty hands. That couldn't be a sign of quality medical equipment, could it? I pictured the landlord stumbling upon my body, rotten and bloated. The needle slid in so easily I wasn't aware it'd broken the skin. I aspirated and injected into the deep tissue. When I pulled it out a pressurised stream of blood spurted halfway across the room. A while ago I wrote a novel. A lot of first-time novelists don't stray far from home: This holds true for me: That's not quite true: But his deep-seated fears, his inborn weaknesses - those things we share intimately.
My character goes down dark roads. For the sake of the book, I thought I'd travel those roads with him. He begins to work out obsessively. I began to work out obsessively. He joins a boxing club. I joined a boxing club. The thing is, I've never done drugs, so I lacked the ability to spot the dealer in a room. Such was my quandary when it came to steroids.
I'd heard your local gym was a good place, but I didn't have a clue how to go about that. So I typed 'steroids' into Google, which promptly introduced me to an internet scam.
I bought a bottle of what I thought was a steroid called Dianabol. But what I received was Dianobol, which, for all I know, were rat turds pressed into pill form. I won't go into detail about how I came to possess real steroids - or 'gear', as we 'roiders call them. The whole thing makes me look as stupid as I was. Suffice to say, the process involved an encrypted email account, a money order wired to Tel Aviv, and weeks of apprehension had I been ripped off?
Would agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration break down my door? He watched in horror as his athletes were decimated by a legion of hulking Soviet he-men who, he later found out, received testosterone injections as part of their training regime.
Ziegler teamed up with a pharmaceutical firm to create the synthetic testosterone Methandrostenolone, better known by its trade name, Dianabol. The biological function of anabolic tissue building steroids like Dianabol is to stimulate protein synthesis - that is, to heal muscles more quickly and effectively. New muscle is gained by tearing the long, tube-like fibres that run the length of our muscle; protein molecules attach to the broken chains, creating new muscle.
While on steroids, your muscle fibres become greedy, seeking out every stray protein molecule. At first nobody was willing to credit Ziegler's creation for the amazing gains glimpsed in the first test subjects.
Nobody - not least the weightlifters themselves - could get their heads around the idea that a tiny pink pill could be responsible for their newfound strength: These lifters had been taking vitamins for years; they knew the value of pills was minimal. The only thing that convinced them was when Ziegler cut off the supply: As the Sixties progressed and the results became known, steroids made their way from the hardcore weightlifting gyms of North America into mainstream society, trickling down into baseball clubhouses, Olympic training facilities, and health clubs.
Though Dianabol is still perhaps the most popular, today's users can choose from over 40 steroids in the form of pills, patches, creams, and injectable compounds from A Anavar to W Winstrol. Illegal unless prescribed, it is still estimated that one in every people in North America have experimented with steroids at some point in their lives. I had a misconception that being 'on steroids' involved the ingestion or injection of a single substance, but that was quickly dispelled.
Many steroids on their own are either singular of purpose or not terribly effective. This is where 'stacking' comes in: This stack is injection-intensive: Testosterone and Equipoise twice weekly, Winstrol daily.
Eleven injections a week. But that's only steroids - you need other drugs to stave off the potential side-effects, which include: Hair loss, gyno and testicular atrophy should be considered absolute rather than potential hazards: My own steroid cycle went as follows: Dianabol 10mg tabs, 3 per day for the first 4 weeks ; Testosterone Cypionate mg per week, 10 weeks ; Equipoise mg per week, 10 weeks ; Nolvadex anti-oestrogen drug; 1 to 4 pills daily, depending on week ; Proviron male menopause drug, 25mg daily ; HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, which is derived from the urine of pregnant women; used during Post Cycle Therapy to restore natural testosterone levels - iu twice weekly, administered with an insulin needle.
Believe it or not, it's a fairly mild cycle. Including diuretics and cutting and hardening agents, professional bodybuilders may have substances floating around their system at any given time. Like alcohol or drugs, a body's tolerance builds up over time; top pros need to inject 2,mg of Testosterone or more, weekly, to receive any effect.
Three days into the cycle, my nipples began to itch: Dump enough testosterone into your body and your system counters by upping its oestrogen output, which leads to a build-up of breast tissue.
After long-term use, it can get so bad that some users require surgical breast reductions. I woke up on the morning of day four and nearly had a heart attack at the sight of myself in the mirror. My nipples were the size of milk bottle tops, stretched smooth as the skin of a balloon. The skin had formed into swollen pouches that looked like the rubberised nipples on a baby's bottle.
I appeared to have breasts. Or was I just chubby and still out of shape? I gave them a jiggle. I couldn't tell if it was fluid build-up or actual flesh.
Could a person grow new flesh overnight? I gobbled twice my daily allotment of anti-oestrogen medication. A week's worth of double Nolvadex doses got the gyno under control.
But by then my hair had started falling out. I have a scalp of unruly, bushman-like red hair. While I've never been keen on the colour and its tendency to coil into ringlets when grown out, there has always been plenty of it. Then one morning I was showering, I looked down at my shampoo-foamed hands, and saw dozens of red strands between my fingers. Soon they were everywhere: I became hyper-aware of the way wind felt through my hair: And not just my head: Not a single follicle seemed firmly moored to my skin.
Then, one sleepless night the steroids also triggered insomnia my testicles shrunk. Testicular atrophy is the most well-known side-effect of steroid abuse. It's an inherent irony: Female users suffer the opposite reaction: Basically, you pump so much testosterone into your system that you rob your gonads of purpose, they lie dormant for the duration of your steroid cycle.
And while I knew this would happen, the physical sensation was beyond horrible. It happened that fast - like a door slammed shut.