I’m betting that there’s at least one dude in your gym that makes you go “this dude ain’t natural, he HAS to be juicier than a watermelon”. Be it his size, his strength or ripped-nes( I just made that up, yes) there’s always that one dude that just seems off.
In honor of all juice heads that are probably in the gym right now, we will be taking a look at telltale symptoms of an avid steroid user.
1. Fast Transformation
So, you know a guy that’s been skinny for years and all of a sudden he’s gained what looks like 50 lbs of solid ripped muscle in a time frame of a couple of months. No matter what the dude says to you, don’t believe his lies.
If you are a wonder of nature and your body has an incredible reaction to lifting weights, you still can’t go from zero to Captain America hero in a time frame of a few months. An average entry-level lifter can gain up to 2-3 lbs of pure muscle. It is possible to get more, but without the dreaded “vitamin S” nothing spectacular will happen overnight.
Big dude, wears a wife beater, strong as The Hulk himself. You take a closer look and see the acne. Acne is usually a good sign that a guy is taking something other than creatine to achieve his monstrous physique. The thing is that the anabolics stimulate, among other things, the sebaceous glands.
Those glands increase something called “sebum” and “sebum” is a wax-like substance that clogs the pores in larger quantities. Of course, it is also possible that the dude just has horrible skin and/or hygiene.
3. Huge and Ripped AND Strong
It is entirely possible to be all three of those. It requires discipline and really hard work but it is possible. However…. most of the times, guys tend to use a shortcut just so they can get the cake and eat it too.
Size requires a alot of calories and a very likely some fat. Just look at the strongest guys on the planet; Brian Shaw, Thor “The Mountain” Bjornsson they are all big and bulky dudes with a lot of fat on their bodies.
Getting ripped requires caloric deficit and strength training goes to the back burner. So when you get a guy like Larry Wheels (who openly talks about steroid consumption) who does 1000lbs deadlifts while preparing for a bodybuilding show you know something is fishy.
4. Stretch Marks
Stretch marks appear when you suddenly gain a lot of mass and your skin can’t catch up with it and breaks.
So you see it on overweight people, pregnant women and bodybuilders. Remember how at the #1 I said guys that get 50 lbs of rock-hard muscle seemingly overnight? They tend to have those stretch marks.
5. Man Boobs
Gyno, bitch tits, man tits..you know what I’m talking about, you’ve heard of it. It is something very closely associated with steroid users.
Here’s the deal; we as guys have both testosterone and estrogen hormones in our bodies. That’s just how mother nature created us. Luckily for us, we tend to have up to 20 times more test hormones in our bodies than estrogen.
However, when you start playing mad (bro)scientists and suddenly you go from Dr. Jekyl to Mr. Hyde, weird things tend to happen to your body. Such as that extra testosterone you shoot up your ass gets turned into estrogen by your body and BAM-you are a “girls gone wild” contestant.
6. PS1 Graphics Character Jawline
At a certain age, your body stops growing. If you end up being 5’5” with a huge nose, though luck because those are hands you were dealt with.
When you use steroids your body, once again, starts receiving this loud messages of “GROW”. So, the guys that really overdo it tend to have thicker bones, maybe even a longer face a bit and of course the jawline even The Crimson Chin would envy.