Weight lifters seems to have a bit of a bad reputation, they are often mistakenly stereotypes with people who use dangerous drugs as a part of their muscle building routines. While it is quite widely acknowledged that many body builders do use anabolic steroids, the major actually do not. Educated health and fitness fans know the kind of damage these drugs can cause and that they are illegal to use.
Toning up, shaping up and muscle building workouts can easily be achieved without use of dangerous drugs such as anabolic steroids. The point is that you are actually trying to improve the health and fitness of your body, not damage it, and this is exactly what drugs of the nature of steroids do, cause damage!
These drugs actually work in a way that grows muscle tissue, they are known as AAS or androgenic anabolic steroids. Anabolic is referred to muscle growth while androgenic refers to masculine growth, the steroid part comes from the group of drugs that AAS belongs to.
While steroid do have their place in the treatment of certain physical illnesses, they are not recommended for bodybuilding or improving athletic ability and the use of these drugs is banned outright from any kind of competitive sporting events, there is good reason for this. Androgenic anabolic steroids are controlled drugs in the UK, US and Canada as well as many other countries world-wide, this means that they can not be purchased without a prescription and the prescription has to be issued for the therapeutic purposes.
The medicinal purpose of steroids is to increase molecule growth or build larger molecules if you like, out of small molecules. AAS targets the muscle tissue or muscle molecules. These drugs were specifically designed for use with serious physical conditions and illnesses such as delayed puberty, illnesses such as aids and any other illness wherey rapid or uncontrolled weight loss takes place.
The fact that AAS builds muscle is what makes them so tempting for body builders to use in their muscle building workouts. But just consider what their true purpose is and thank goodness that you do not have to use them for any of these reasons. They turn the natural hormone balance of your body upside down as they introduce synthetic testosterone and other synthetic hormones.
Body builders or any other athletes that make use of AAS to give them a competitive edge are quite literal putting both their careers (if they are professional athletes) and their lives at risk. Use of these drugs can lead to a much higher risk of having heart attacks, stroke, blood clots, liver failure and behavioral changes. They tend to make the user overly aggressive, and if they are used by adolescents they are actually able to stunt growth which is actually paradoxical as they are designed to encourage growth.
Building muscle naturally is a far more attractive prospect in the long term. There are many ways in which this can be done effectively, and fitness and health is one of the many wonderful side effects of natural weight training to build muscle.
Everywhere you look you see products advertised that will help you grow muscle, without interfering with the natural hormonal balances in your body. However all these supplements and wonder-foods besides, muscle building is really only about the right diet and the right exercise plan.