If you want to learn the facts about steroids–how they work, how effective they are, what kinds of side effects they cause, and more–listen to this podcast.

Some people say steroids are safe and awesome. Others say they cause permanent damage to your body and can even be deadly.

Many drug users swear they’re not addicted and can quit at any point. Others admit that life is just better on steroids and don’t plan on giving them up.

Many recreational bodybuilders often claim that steroids don’t make as big of a difference as everyone thinks. A quick look at professional fitness competitors suggests otherwise.

My point is there’s a lot of mystery surrounding steroid use and even more confusion. Like most things health and fitness, opinions are all over the place.

I assume you’re interested in listening to this podcast because you want to know things like how steroids work, how effective they are, their side effects, and how to know if someone is likely natural or “enhanced.”

Well, in this podcast we’re going to take an in-depth look at steroid use and touch on all of those points and more.

Before we start, I’d like to make my position on steroids clear:

I’m mostly (but not completely) anti-steroid, I’ve never used them and never will, and I think most people don’t need steroids to achieve their goals.

Keep that in mind as you listen to the first half of this podcast, which may give you a bit of a chub for doing at least a cycle or two of steroids. Get through the rest of the podcast before you run off to the juicehead in your local gym.

So, let’s start at the logical beginning: what are steroids, exactly?

Would you rather read about the side effects of steroids? Then check out this article!

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