Bodybuilding, as the name suggests refers to the building of body. It is not as simple as the definition if the competition view point is considered. While in competition, bodybuilding refers to the size, symmetry and development of muscle. This clarifies why steroids are so commonly attached to bodybuilding. Since no strength exhibit is needed, steroids that enhance muscle development and masculine properties are commonly used in bodybuilding.
Anabolic-Androgenic steroids are synthetic forms of the male hormone testosterone. Anabolic refers to their tissue building properties including speedy growth of muscle, bone and red blood cells, while Androgenic describes the masculinising effects it gives to the body. Today, most of the sports involve the intake of steroids by the competitors but bodybuilding is the most commonly attached with the steroids. The point where bodybuilding has reached today, it is very difficult to attain that kind of physique through weight training and nutrition intake by masses. Hence, steroids are used to enhance quick muscle recovery and increase in protein synthesis. They are known to bring an improvement to the mood, lower down stress levels and increase stamina which helps bodybuilders in being able to rest for lesser time and train more.
Eugen Sandow is known as the father of modern bodybuilding. With his Greek God like physique, he gained fame all over the world and even used his good physique for the means of earning money by capitalising it. Even in those days it was not possible for everyone to own a body close to Sandow’s. Although steroids were not available back then, bodybuilders were known to use other methods that would increase their testosterone levels.
By 1940’s synthetic testosterone was readily available and by 1950 they were introduced as dianabol. Till 1960’s, steroids were easily available to the athletes and they were legal. In 1980’s the use of steroids started being noticed by the government and the law tightened its grip around the steroid use. This brought about the downfall of bodybuilding and built such a negative image in everyone’s mind about bodybuilding that it is imagined only associated with the use of steroids.
Today, legal steroids have been introduced in bodybuilding. They are said to be produced by natural ingredients and have positive effects on bodybuilding. They increase stamina and enable the bodybuilders to work out for more time. Since, these steroids are legal and possess anabolic qualities, they are gaining popularity.