Performance Enhancing Drugs


Advantages of Steroids and PEDs

The benefits that steroids offer to competitors in the sports world are plentiful.  Bodybuilders and athletes both use anabolic steroids to build muscle mass, reduce fatigue and enhance performance, allowing many to perform tirelessly at the most physically demanding sport.  Not only can these drugs help an athlete become more aggressive on the field, but also run faster and increase their endurance level.  When coupled together in a cycle of doses, steroids make it possible to achieve results that otherwise would have not been possible.  These advantages make steroids the most highly sought after substances in the world of sports and competition. Using PEDs and steroids wouldn't make sense if there weren't any real advantages to taking drugs that could possibly get a player suspended or banned for life from their sport. (GenXXL) Here are a few advantages of taking performance enhancing drugs or steroids: 

  • Increased leanness and muscle definition.
  • Increased muscle mass.
  • General weight gain.
  • Increased strength.
  • Increased effectiveness of training.
  • Improved recovery rate.
  • Euphoria (feelings of positivity and confidence).
  • Increased aggressiveness.
  • Increased sex drive. (GenXXL)

The drive to compete and to win is as old as humankind. Throughout history, athletes have sought foods and potions to transform their bodies into powerful, well tuned machines.  Greek wrestlers ate huge quantities of meat to build muscle, and Norse warriors ate hallucinogenic mushrooms to gear up for battle. The first competitive athletes believed to be charged with doping, which is taking drugs and other nonfood substances to improve performance, were swimmers in Amsterdam in the 1860s. Doping, with anything from strychnine and caffeine to cocaine and heroin, spread to other sports over the next several decades. (A1B2C3)