Steroids for Runners, Good or Bad?
Like It Or Not People Use Steroids
Is that good or bad?
Like anything, moderation is the key. We all need testosterone, both males and females.
As we age our bodies produces less and less testosterone, due to a variety of reasons.
At the end of the article I have shared a couple of videos that explain what I think we all should know!
What Do Steroids Do?
Most people I know think that by just taking steroids alone will make you big and strong!
Not true. You have to put in the work.
All steroids do is allow your body to recover faster, which in turn allows you to train more.
Can Runners Benefit From Taking Steroids?
In fact for those who compete in ultra running. It may be safer to use steroids than not!
I know there will be a bit of a backlash to that statement, share your thoughts Here. Use Steroids in the subject space.
Remember all steroids do is allow your body to recover faster.
To keep it as simple as possible. There are two types of runners short and long.
- Short – sprinters etc.
- Long – Marathoners etc.
Both runners will train differently.
- Sprinters need a strong powerful body capable of explosive actions quickly. Weight is not their first concern.
- For marathon runner, weight is a major concern. A lean body with a big cardiovascular system is best.
And therefore the amount and type of steroids they require will differ.
Steroids for Runners
Not all steroids are the same. They come with different side effects. For example:
Ben Johnson and Stanozolol
Ben Johnson was stripped of his Olympic medal because of doping with Stanozolol. But why was Stanozolol Ben’s choice of steroid?
It would be safe to assume, it was because Stanozolol has the following side effects:
- Zero water retention, which equals a lean body,
- Improvement of the body’s production of red blood cells. Which equals more oxygen and improves overall endurance,
- Stanozolol can be taken in orally and as an injection. By taking Stanozolol orally there would be no injection marks.
What Steroid Is Best For Running?
Get your testosterone level tested before embarking on a steroid cycle.
Which steroid is the best, this is an open debate. But I truly believe in keeping things simple.
My suggestion is Sustanon 250 , 300 or 400. Depending on your current level and the reason for taking steroids in the first place.
Normal level for men – 300 to 1100 ng/dL.
500 to 800 ng/dL is the consensus for a healthy range. Younger men can and often are above 1000 ng/dL normally without steroids.
Get tested and get your current level. And discuss with your health professional how much and how often to take it.
Same goes for the ladies. Normal level for women – 15 to 70 ng/dL.
Within 30 to 50 ng/dL is the consensus to avoid unhealthy side effects.
Why Sustanon and not Stanozolol? Stanozolol is a very short lasting steroid. The recommend dose is daily or every two days minimum. For people with busy lifestyle’s, or who travel a lot. The daily or every second day cycle of Stanozolol can become a burden.
Sustanon is one of the easier steroids to use:
- It has both fast and slow acting testosterone’s.
- It can be injected up to 14 days apart. But the average is between 5 and 10 days.
- And its the most prescribed steroid for testosterone replacement therapy, TRT.
Important Note: Please seek professional advice before embarking on a steroid cycle. It might not be the most comfortable of subjects to talk to your doctor about. But it’s an important one. As a runner being in good shape all year round is what we do. Please do not put that at risk.
We Are Getting Weaker
Our Testosterone Levels Are Declining
The testosterone level of a 60 year old man in 1989 was higher that of a 60 year old in 1995. Going deeper I found that, the average decline is 1.6% per year.
Wow! On average our bodies are producing 1.6% less testosterone every year.
Why? The exact reason for the decline is still being debated.
But there are some common factors among the research so far.
- Over eating,
- Increased use of tight fitting underwear,
- Inactivity or decrease in activity,
- Increase in average room temperature at home and work,
- And a decrease in smoking.
Yes smoking increases your testosterone levels. But the other side effects far out weigh that benefit.
How To Increase Your Testosterone Levels Without Steroids
- Go to bed and get some quality sleep.
- Tip, make the room as dark as possible. Remove all noise from the room. That will let your brain relax completely. (White noise keeps your brain on alert mode).
- Get some sun or take Vitamin D.
- Taking 3000iu of Vit D3 per day for 12 months will increase your testosterone level by 25%, on average.
- Lift weights.
- Working out the large muscles groups increases the production of testosterone.
- High levels of cortisol can reduce testosterone levels, rapidly. Meditation reduces stress and helps you cope with future stress causing situations.
Why We Need Testosterone.
Please take the time to watch the below videos. Because the information they contain is priceless!
What do steroids really do?