Lastly, the women that do actually train seriously in spite of the stigma often train like men, which doesn’t align with their physiological strengths. Since women produce much more estrogen than men , this gives them several advantages over men in the gym. Women don’t fatigue as much as men and women recover faster after training . There are many more important gender differences in metabolism, anatomy, neurology and physiology: see this article a full review of why and how women should not train like men . (If I just offended any feminists, get real.)
I graduated high school in the eraly 1980’s at 6-5 and 210 lbs. A coach (who told me he experimented in the early 1970’s with steroids) warned me to a avoid steroids when I was in high school. I accepted a scholarship as a Def. Tackle. While at the university I eventually selected, I was introduced to a guy who played the same position, and was a freshman. I overheard the player , who was my height and build, that he just benched 300 lbs. I next saw him in August. He was benching way over 500 lbs (I think it was around 550 actually), and had gained about 50 lbs of pure muscle. I suspected him, and six other players on the defensive line of taking steroids. Five of those went pro for between two and nine years. Average was about seven years. They were HUGE. 275 – 290 lbs. Pure muscle. I transferred after my freshman year to a Div III school. Even there, steroids appeared to be rampant at many positions (offensive/defensive line; linebackers; defensive ends, deep backs, running backs and even receivers). Only one person was honest and told me he was taking steroids. he was a linebacker about 5-10, and 170 lbs as a freshman in December. The next year he was still 5-10, but 230 lbs in August. Another was a deep back at around 5-8, 150 lbs in December. In August he was about 210 lbs. Both were pure muscle. No fat. I find it interesting at the NFL Combine that I hear about how many times the can bench press a light weight, but not their max bench press. That might be too telling. I did mediocre as a college football player. I was very fast, with good upper body strength, but was considered light and weak when compared to others. I’ve often wondered how I would have done if there were no steroids.
Here are the facts: Olympic athletes are using drugs and passing drug tests with no problem. Lance Armstrong, the most drug tested athlete in history, never failed a drug test and now admits to using performance enhancing drugs. These guys and gals are competing in sports with a whole lot of money and fame on the line, and they're beating the "gold standard" of drug testing procedures. Now contrast that with so-called natural bodybuilding, a sport where literally no money is involved (at the athletes' level). Drug tests are very expensive to do and someone needs to pay for them. In this case, either the federation or the promoter of the competition would have to pay for this. It's doubtful that thorough testing will be conducted or even taken seriously.