This article models the relative strength advantage you’d expect from steroid usage. Does theory match experimental and observational evidence?
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A couple recent studies have shown that HMB – a legal supplement – works better than moderate-dose steroids. Is it the next wonder-supplement or just hype?
It’s impossible to know exactly how much muscle someone can build drug-free, so we approached this problem probabilistically, using published data and a fair amount of math to see how much extra muscle steroids help you build, and to estimate the probability that someone is drug-free based on their degree of muscularity.
What you’re getting yourself into: ~5,600 words, 18-37 minute read time Key Points: Many people think steroids make a massive (several-fold) difference in terms of competitiveness in strength sports. They are wrong. Other people (somehow) think that steroids don’t make much of a difference. They are also wrong. Steroids DO help people gain muscle mass […]
What you’re getting yourself into: -3,200 words. 8-12 minute read time. If you’re in a hurry, you can skip to the last section for the takeaways, but they may not make as much sense unless you actually read this one all the way through. Key points: 1) Your beliefs influence your physiology directly, and the […]
Steroids are a very taboo subject in our culture. They are Schedule III controlled substances in the U.S., meaning they are illegal to own without a prescription and illegal to distribute unless you are an MD. Furthermore, they are banned in almost all athletic competitions (with the exceptions being some untested strength sports). This is […]
A MUCH more thorough treatment of this subject can be found here: The Science of Steroids Steroids. Just start talking about ‘roids and most people get antsy. They have an air of danger and mystique around them. Obviously steroids have substantial physiological effects – that’s not debateable at all. However, you can’t chalk all the […]