How much do steroids help powerlifting?

For example, research published in the journal Sports Medicine found that steroids can increase an athlete's strength by 5 to 20 percent. Gaynor said that most weightlifters think that PEDs give them a 7 to 12 percent increase in strength. This is a great dialogue, and both sides of the argument deserve attention. Chris is right; despite the large variation that exists, the averages (averages) will increase dramatically (as shown in studies).

So yes, steroids increase strength, potency and hypertrophy, that can't be argued. Otherwise, all these lifters wouldn't take them away. And, unlike the most popular sports, such as Major League Baseball, which promote elaborate drug testing protocols and highlight the supposed “natural” performances of seemingly “drug-free” athletes, no world record for weightlifting can fall without the help of steroids. As in the higher ranks of professional bodybuilding, great weightlifters must use steroids or they can't maximize their potential.

Like you, I have much more respect for those who talk openly about steroid use, but I have nothing but contempt for those who try to hide it. It's possible to gain a substantial amount of muscle when you start using steroids, even several years of muscle. While lifters who use steroids should be sympathetic to natural lifters, natural lifters should also be sympathetic to lifters who use steroids. If you look at the data from these five sources (the best I could find), the overall average advantage offered by steroids is 6.73%.

Another key limitation was that all drug-free subjects were weightlifters, and the subjects taking steroids were a mix of weightlifters, bodybuilders and strong men, so evaluating strength using the squat, bench press and deadlift favored drug-free lifters (and I probably hint that the specificity of training) matters more than drugs). When I asked him if he used steroids (he already knew the answer to the question), instead of answering me, the anabolic steroid that a weightlifter was using answered with the previous question. I wasn't an advocate for steroids then and I'm not an advocate for steroids now, but I do use steroids. That sudden change in luck isn't the direct result of exceptional power lifts or steroid use, but it's certainly related.

For this reason, often the routines adopted by women who use steroids tend not to be progressive enough for women who lift objects naturally. It seems to me that steroids are increasingly becoming the accepted norm from the start. Inside the gym's storage room, you'll also find boxes and boxes of anabolic steroids of all varieties. First, as with natural lifting, there is a great deal of inter-individual variation in the response to steroids.

Matthew M. Cress
Matthew M. Cress

Fitness Trainer. Lab technician. General food junkie. Supplement researcher.