I got sent this little package by email today and I thought I must share it. Nothing like revelling in the glory of the mighty maroons. They will have to update the video though when the Maroons smash the blues this year
That was the title of a recent press release that came across my desk the other day. It certainly raises a lot of questions with some staggering figures – 300% increase of FOUND steroid imports, 40% of respondents considering steroid use, and steroid related arrest up 200%. I decided to go the source and was kind enough for Mr Blank (not his real name) from gear-oz.com to give some of his insider thoughts on the increase in steroid use amongst young men.
There is a lot of media given to the impact of impossible beauty ideals that society has placed on young women, yet there is not a lot of talk about the impact it is having on young males. While more women are driven into eating disorders, young men are turning to something else. Steroids have in general become three times as more prevalent in young males over the last decade and many studies show no signs of its use decreasing.
What has lead to the increase in steroid use? On one hand, its availability.
The availability and diversity of steroids has increased as well. Through both pills and injectable solutions, professional athletes and non athletes, are able to obtain many different types of steroids for their body building and fat loss regimens. The internet has become one of the leading sources for young men to discover, investigate, and obtain steroids. The somewhat gray area in regards to the laws surrounding their use and distribution in some areas have made it even more available through the right channels. However, in places such as the United States, it is highly illegal to use and distribute any amount of steroids unless it is being done through a fully licensed doctor. Despite the fact of its legal status as being banned, there are over 6 million steroid users in the United States alone, and many more worldwide. With distributors using different wording to sell them in all territories.
The bigger factor is the impact media has had on user’s self esteem.
Through volunteer studies conducted by many different organizations around the world, the increase use of steroids has had a significant impact with males between their late teens and mid thirties. There are others much younger and older, but the majority seems to hit these younger male groups. At needle exchange programs, the percentage of users who report using steroids has also been at an increase, so the issue is not just through steroid supplements, but through injectable forms as well. Contrary to preconceived notions that began in the 70s and 80s, the majority of users are not athletes or full time body builders. These men are wanting to either change how they look, or wanting to improve their muscle tone for job performance. In jobs such as acting as a bouncer at a night club, the pressure to be strong and look intimidating is high enough to drive more to use steroids. A lot of the users polled regarding their usage, are also no even heavily into body building or athletics, but marketing. The pressure to match up with the media’s increasingly muscular body type is forcing men to seek desperate measures. It is not enough for them to be healthy and trim, they have to be as cut as the models and movie stars.
What has fostered the use of steroids among young men?
Despite the increasing number of countries enacting bans and raising penalties on those caught with and distributing, even just a single dose to a friend, steroid use continues to climb. One aspect that has fostered the use of steroids, despite the potential fines and jail time, is the fact that there is no regular testing or screening for gym users. The busts focus on catching the person holding the substance, which has just forced it to move even more underground, but has not hampered its popularity at all. Emerging independent studies are also being used to convince more men that it can be used safely, but there is not uniformity in how the information is conveyed given the taboo and illegal nature in many regions.
So with the new year upon us it is time to have a look ahead to what the great state of Queensland has to offer us sports fanatics (besides re-claiming the State of Origin shield):
Jan 4-11: Brisbane International (Tennis)
Jan 10: Magic Millions (Horse Racing)
Jan 10-22: AFC Asian Asian Cup (Football)
Feb 7-8: Bundaberg Cup (Touch Football)
Feb 12-15: RACV Ladies Masters (Golf)
Feb 21: ICC Cricket World Cup (Cricket)
Feb 27-Mar 11: Quiksilver and Roxy Pro (Surfing)
Apr 11-12: Gold Coast Triathlon (Triathlon)
Jun 13-25: Australian Open (Lawn Bowls)
Jun 27 – Jul 3: Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride (Cycling)
Jul 17-19: Bowen Superboats (Power Boats)
Jul 18: Rugby Championship (Rugby Union)
Well perhaps I didn’t cover the whole year but this list is a round-up of what has been confirmed so far. By no means is it an exhaustive list I have just picked a few of my favorite events and am excited for a bigger and better 2015.
Due to family Circumstances I have left the blog to rot a little bit over the past year. I am looking forward to getting back into it and making it bigger and better in 2015. Hope to see you back here then.
Can Lifting Weights Help Me?
Many people think weight lifting is for people that want to be Mr. or Mrs. Universe. They believe it is only for people that want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger and leave it at that. In reality, weight lifting has many benefits for everyone. You can do it without bulking up and be healthier in just a few minutes a day.
What Does It Do?
The most obvious benefit of weight training is for better and stronger muscles, but let’s look a little deeper into that. Did you know that increased muscle mass actually burns more calories? The more muscles you have, the more energy it will take thus, burning more of your caloric intake. The development of muscle also add to a stronger and better developed bone structure. You will look and feel healthier by reducing your overall fat content. It can also help prevent future illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The more muscle groups you can use, the better.
You will have more energy and the ability to lift more and do more with strong bones and muscles. As we age, this can become even more important.
The Three Components of Weight Training
There are three basic components you need to be aware of when starting a weight training program. The first is frequency. You need to establish a schedule that you can feasibly do in your busy life. This varies from person to person and may increase or decrease as you go along. A trainer can give you good advice. Intensity is also important. This is establishing the safest and maximum amount of weight you can lift. Finally, there is repetition. Obviously the more you can do, the more effect you will feel. You can work with your trainer to develop a good plan as to how many times you should lift specific weight before resting.
Just Can’t Find the Time?
Aside from injuries that can limit your running activity, there are a lot of other reasons, you just can’t find the time to run. On major holidays, it can often be a little awkward to be entertaining family and then get up and head out for a run, leaving your family behind. Work is another barrier that can sometimes ruin your running plans. How many nights have you worked late because of a meeting or covering for someone else? This is something every runner goes through, but there are ways to keep up with your fitness that don’t have to include running. Below are some examples you can try. If your inability to run is because of an injury, make sure you talk to your doctor or physical therapist to make sure these are okay and won’t advance your injury.
Working Out in a Gym
There are many alternative exercises that a person can partake in inside a gym that don’t require running. Stationary Bikes can give you a great cardio and are available in a gym or even in your home. For those of you that don’t have time for the drive to the gym, a home model may be best for you. Many gyms also offer less time consuming aerobic workouts. Remember, running requires the use of your legs and a good cardio workout. You can find any number of exercise routines in a gym that can work these areas.
Outdoor Training Activities
If you like the fresh air, road cycling is one of the best ways to replace running. If you are more adventurous, try off road cycling. Taking on numerous inclines or even just changing gears can give your legs and heart the workout they need. Trying these alternatives can and will help you maintain your fitness level without the running.
Anabolic steroids are drugs that resemble androgenic hormones like testosterone, or
derivations thereof. The defining characteristic, structurally, of all steroids is their
four-ring structure. Your body produces various steroids from Cholesterol (yes, the
icky stuff doctors tell you to avoid), which undergoes modifications and can
eventually become testosterone (if you’re lucky). This chapter will help you
understand what they do in your body, how they exert their effects, and how they
Synthetic anabolic steroids are based on the principal male hormone testosterone,
modified in one of three ways:
a. Alkylation of the 17-carbon (makes them survive oral ingestion)
b. Esterification of the 17-OH group (alters active life and half life)
c. Modification of the steroid nucleus (changes their properties)
Pretty simple huh? But despite the number of synthetic AAS that have been
developed by these little modifications here and there, their modes of action are still
As you know, male hormones, primarily testosterone, are responsible for the
developmental changes that occur in boys during puberty and later in adolescence.
Male hormones have both androgenic and anabolic effects. Androgenic effects are
changes in primary and secondary sexual characteristics, like enlargement of the
penis and testes, voice changes, hair growth on the face, increased nervous system
efficiency, and increased aggressiveness. The anabolic effects of androgens (again,
like testosterone) include increasing and limiting muscle protein synthesis by
increasing transport of amino acid across cell membranes. It is also an anti-catabolic
and inhibits cortisol by competing for receptor sites, as well as reducing cortisol
secretion and the signals, which precede cortisol secretion. In addition to these
anabolic effects, Testosterone increases the secretion of the other anabolic hormones
in the “super family”, such as growth hormone and Insulin-Like Growth Factors from
the liver, and finally, it produces an enhanced rate of erythropoietin synthesis. All of
these effects are, of course beneficial to athletes, and explain how steroids exert
their performance enhancing effects.
These effects are mediated, at least partially by stimulation of receptor molecules in
muscle cells (which we generally call androgen receptors), which activate specific
genes to produce proteins. Binding affinity to the androgen receptor has been used
to explain the differences in potencies and effects of the natural and synthetic
androgens we talk about, but that isn’t the full story. There are, of course, other
effects that steroids exert, and we call those “non-receptor-mediated” effects. These
are effects that happen indirectly, and not as a result of androgen receptor
stimulation. Stimulation of the androgen receptor produces both anabolic and anticatabolic effects, such as the retention of more nitrogen and the reduction of cortisol,
respectively. Remember, Cortisol causes muscle breakdown.
Sounds great, right? It’s everything we want and more! It’s not all roses, however,
because Anabolic steroid use decreases testosterone secretion. This happens
because your body operates on a negative-feedback-loop in regards to testosterone.
This means we’re going to attempt a balancing act regarding our natural hormones
and the ones we put into our body. If you read this book carefully, you’ll learn how
to use (or simply research) anabolic steroids to produce a heightened state of
athletic ability, strength, speed, and of course, increased muscle mass. Then you’ll
learn how to stop using steroids and not lose everything you’ve gained. Those are,
at least, my humble goals for you.
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There are all kinds of health products and supplements on the market that promise to improve your health in some tremendous way. Some of these promises are misleading, only offering limited results. Others may actually work as advertised but may be fairly expensive. Either way, one thing that has remained constant even before the invention of health and diet products is the fact that water is very good for us.
An Underrated Supplement
Water may be one of the most underrated health supplements in existence. These days, one of the main reasons that people tend to ignore water is that it’s a very basic drink. No flavor, no special marketing (unless you get bottled water), no secret ingredients. Just plain hydration. Honestly, this is the only thing the human body physically needs, but of course we’ve also developed the need to mix things up when it comes to taste, so we’ve put in all kinds of flavorings into water, coming in the form of soda, coffee, and other beverages. The problem with all of these soft drinks is that it’s hard to verify how healthy they are. It’s hard to tell exactly what companies are putting in them. With water, there’s very little guessing.
Besides keeping you hydrated, water also offers a few other benefits. Namely, water can help a great deal when going on a weight less plan. Much of it has to do with the fact that ordinary drinking water does not have any calories, and obviously calories are one of the most important aspects of maintaining a diet. Meanwhile, most other soft drinks can have a significant number of calories, and can often be the cause of unnecessary weight gain. Essentially, you can do your body a favor very easily by drinking more water rather than other types of liquids.
One of the best and most obvious ways to improve your health is to get into an exercise routine. For a lot of the people, this can involve starting up a gym membership and attending regularly, but this may either be out of the budget of a lot of people, or there’s simply not enough time. To remedy this, there are a few good exercises that you can do at home, relieving you of the burden of spending any extra money on improving your fitness.
Running & Jogging
One great exercise that doesn’t involve any extra equipment is the simple act of running or jogging. Obviously you don’t need to run a marathon in order to improve your physical health, but jogging or running for at least a half hour every day can greatly improve your cardiovascular fitness.
Push-ups & Sit-ups
Another great workout is to do the classic sit-ups and push-ups. Push-ups can be a little strenuous if you’re not used to using your arms, but they can still be done using the modified technique (which involves touching your knees to the ground instead of planking). Sit-ups, of course, are a lot easier to do, but can be just as important in improving the state of your body’s core.
A nice workout for your legs would be lunges, which is as simple as bending one leg out in front while stretching the other leg backwards, and then alternating between legs. It’s a very simple maneuver, but can greatly improve the strength of your leg muscles, and can also make other leg-related exercises such as running a little easier to endure. They’re also not too strenuous to do (unless you’re doing a lot of them), especially given that most people’s legs are used a lot more often then their arms. This means that lunges will be one of the easier at-home exercises you can do.
Can It Be Done?
Yes it can! If you are looking for a way to bulk up without the fat, this article is for you. With so many options out there it is important for you to be informed. I hope this article helps.
What Not To Do
Let’s look at what you shouldn’t do first, just in case you are like I was and thought these might be a good idea. For most who are trying to bulk up, they are working out and exercising regularly as well as increasing their caloric intake. But how are you making up for these extra calories? Unfortunately, Pizza and extra cheeseburgers aren’t the best way. You can’t just eat whatever you want. The calories have to come from a good source. One more caveat, weight gain shakes can also be poor choices because they are also made with loads of sugar and low quality protiens.
So What Can I Do?
If you are a die-hard shake fan, you can make your own home made shakes that will give you the extra calories you need to get the results you want. All you need is a few water bottles a blender, some fruit, peanut butter, protein powder and low fat milk. These ingredients. Along with the very few minutes it will take to pull them all together will be all you need. You may not want to combine them all at once, but you can create your own variety of flavors that will make it enjoyable. Just keep in mind that one to three cups of low fat milk is 300 calories, the mixed fruits can be 200 calories, and peanut butter can have 200 calories in just one to two tablespoons. You will also have to add in around 200 more calories for the protein powder. It’s easy to overdo it so just be careful.