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Steroids Forever
An Interview with a Life-Long Steroid User


I've known hundreds if not thousands of steroid users. Most, however, followed the sketchy advice they picked up from Bill Phillip's Anabolic Reference Guide or Dan Duchaine's Underground Steroid Handbook.

If either book said to use such-and-such a drug for x number of weeks, the reader did it. If either book said to taper off after so many weeks, they did it. Trouble is, most of the information in those two books — in practically any steroid book — is based on either the author's personal experience or his limited experience in applying his theories to a small number of friends or clients.

In truth, most people who use steroids don't cycle, taper, or switch drugs after so many weeks. They use what they have and they use it until the supply or their money runs out.

Just last month on Dave Tate's website, contributor Jim Wendler interviewed "Johnny Juicer," a steroid user. The article inspired a lot of heated debate about the merits of cycling and other widely accepted steroid lore.

It also inspired a reader of Dave Tate's site to contact Dave with his own steroid story. This particular reader has been using steroids — sometimes staggering amounts of steroids — for most of the last 30 years and he was eager to spill his guts, in part to defuse some of the steroid arguments that the Johnny Juicer article had prompted.

Rather than endure more arguments over the topic on his site, Dave put the steroid user in touch with me so I could interview him for T-Nation. The confessor wanted to remain anonymous, but I can tell you that he's been competing as a powerlifter for over 20 years and that he competes in a weight class over 220 pounds.

To honor his request, I'll refer to him as "Steroid Lover," or just plain SL.

Here's what he had to say:


T-NATION: When did you first start using steroids?

SL:

T-NATION: Wait, let me get this straight, some guy just gave you stuff without telling you what it was?

SL:

T-NATION: So how did it progress from there? What did you start using next?

SL:

T-NATION: Did your parents notice what was happening to you, strength-wise, appearance wise?

T-NATION: Jesus, that's the Triple Crown of every mother's fears!

SL:

T-NATION: It sounds like the drugs and the amounts of drugs you were using was relatively tame. When did you "graduate" to higher doses and more exotic drugs?

SL:

T-NATION: Were you taking any ancillaries to take care of any side effects?

SL:

T-NATION: What other kinds of drugs were you using?

T-NATION: How did your drug regimen change once you got back into powerlifting?

SL:

T-NATION: So in all this talk about dosages and drugs, I've yet to hear about being off drugs. What's the deal?

T-NATION: What about tapering off, or just plain tapering?

SL:

T-NATION: What happens when a meet's coming up?

SL:

T-NATION: So once you became a powerlifter again, you've pretty much stuck with fairly traditional steroids, nothing exotic?

SL:

T-NATION: You make it sound like all powerlifters are on steroids.

SL:

T-NATION: You can't tell me you haven't had some health problems from taking all this stuff, can you?

SL:

T-NATION: So what do you tell kids who ask you if they should start using?

T-NATION: But LS, you've been playing your ace for close to 30 years!

SL:

T-NATION: You've been using steroids pretty much non-stop for between 25 and 30 years. Do you plan on using for the rest of your life?

SL:


Before you pull out your poison pens, let me tell you that SL appears to be exceptionally bright and from what I understand, he has a stellar reputation in the powerlifting world.

Granted, just reading about his use/abuse of steroids is enough to give you back acne, but despite all the tsk-tsks you might throw his way, he's pulled it off. He's strong, apparently healthy, and he has no regrets.

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