For example, anabolic steroids such as Testosterone have a tendency to promote water retention through their ability to be aromatized into Estrogen via the aromatase enzyme. While such an effect might not be a concern for a strength athlete or a powerlifter (such an effect might even be beneficial or desired in such sports), this is not a desired effect for athletes involved in sports that involve speed and swiftness, such as sprinting. Instead, a sprinter, for example, would more likely opt for an anabolic steroid such as Stanozolol ( Winstrol ) or Oxandrolone ( Anavar ), which are two anabolic steroids unable to convert into Estrogen and therefore the issue of water retention, and therefore the issue of added weight that would slow the athlete down is avoided. Many athletes may also elect to ‘stack’ anabolic steroids in a given cycle (stacking refers to the practice of combining more than one anabolic steroid in a cycle). In the case of cycle stacks, an individual might be able to increase the synergy and synergistic effects between the anabolic steroids to create a highly anabolic environment or to create a stack that might assist the user in favoring certain particular athletic or physique goals. These are some of the major reasons as to why the development of different types of steroids has been done.
When I was into body building but constrained by being an obvious "hard gainer" I tried lots of training and nutrition ideas, the one diet that seemed to pay off was what one guy described to me as the "all red meat" diet. No you don't only eat red meat, but you try to consciously consume as much as you can. Steak for breakfast with eggs, hamburger for lunch, even eat a big steak right before you go to bed as as long as it's not too many calories for your body to use soon it won't convert to fat.
You also have to break out if the mold of thinking whatever the big guy in the gym does will help me. Find a guy who looked like you a few months ago and is now noticeably bigger.
In those days I trained at Gold's Gym in San Diego right next to Achim Albricht, Sonny Schmidt, Big Jim Quinn and Milos Sarcev. It was quite obvious these guys were both genetic freaks and on steroids, I remember one of the more candid trainers speaking about them and Dorian Yates in particular, saying Dorian could push a broom all day and not look much different than he did then.
What they were doing and eating had little relevance toward most of the rest of us. The biggest scam was Weider magazine's constant use of endorsements by pros for advertisers selling protein powder and the like, one month Milos appeared in an ad proudly showing him holding this outrageously expensive, horrible tasting powdered cardboard and dirt mixture (tastes that way at least) and he laughed at the fat check he was paid and word around the gym was he had used it just once after they comped him some as part of the contract and he spit it out after tasting it.
The ad made it sound like all his muscle came from using that product.
I did find the Arnold Schwarzeneggar encyclopedia of bodybuilding to be a reliable and helpful reference. Weider's rags are best used for puppy training, fully useless and most of the "expert" famous columnists are egotistical dopes arguing their way is best, silly for the above explained reasons.
(I was once confident I would be into bodybuilding until death. That ended one day when I was doing incline press on a smith rack, felt strong that day, threw an extra ten on each side going for six. On the third rep I turned my head left to look at the mirror and check my form and heard a pop, lucky the smith rack caught the bar for me. I don't know what I injured but it was moderately painful, and I could never pick up a 45 plate without almost dropping it from the pain. Kept trying to go back and train for two years but it persisted. Today 15 years later I have severe scoliosis, possibly related?)
As a non-aromatizing androgen, dihydrotestosterone is extremely potent. Aromatization refers to the conversion of testosterone or anabolic steroids into estrogen. High estrogenic activity causes bloating, acne, water retention and oily skin. As dihydrotestosterone does not aromatize even at high dosages, users do not face the aforementioned side-effects. Lack of water retention also has a hardening effect on muscle tissue, in bodybuilders. Being a powerful androgen, dihydrotestosterone is also responsible for a shift in the estrogen-testosterone ratio in the body. Due to its predominant androgenic component, the steroid has a stimulating effect on the adreno-pituitary functions, and causes neurological excitation in the ‘sexual orientation areas of the brain’. This in turn, spikes sex drive in males.