That said, the line telling us what is a level playing field is still very blurry, because some people genuinely put on strength more easily than others. The kid with the crazy fast metabolism that was always skinny probably won't fair too well with the guy who had an exceptionally wide chest and superior genetics. That we can all agree on. However, if those two are hitting the gym and doing the same workouts to achieve the same results, they have that one attribute in common which is training on the same level to reach their goals. But once someone adds juice into the mix, it just throws it onto a whole new playing field. It's no longer a question of training and genetics, but now the steroids blur the line even more.
Or, of course, I could be entirely wrong. There’s not a lot of research on steroid use in healthy, athletic populations, and there are obvious confounding factors in both of these studies. I will say, though, it matches some of my observations. The guys on drugs who tend to do the best in weight class dominated sports like powerlifting, are the ones who add mass slowly, gradually increasing their doses or sticking with a conservative cycle for a long time instead of aggressively trying to add a lot of mass all at once. Look how long it took for Ed Coan to go from 165 to 242, as an example. Based on what I’ve seen, the guys who get the most out of their drugs – for strength – are the ones who take enough to primarily improve recovery, while gradually add mass over time – not put on 20+ pounds over night. Going back to Bashin, 2001, if you’re a powerlifter, you want the results of the 300mg/week group, not the 600mg/week group.
Some people I have trained have come to me from their previous trainers who made them believe that every guy with a good physique is on steroids and there`s no harm in using them. Nothing infuriates me more than this .The trainer is either a dumbass who knows nothing except how to inject or is just interested in making money from you by getting you on a steroid cycle. Always be skeptical towards the person trying to push you into doing steroids. To make few thousand bucks or the inability to deliver results without chemicals are the two main reasons they do this.