Here is a self-report of a steroid-using bodybuilder. The article is written in first-person narratives. Here we go…
I was 19 and though I had been lifting weights diligently for at least 3 years, I wasn’t anyone that you’d look at and say “there’s a bodybuilder.” I was 6 feet tall and around 160 pounds. I figure I had put on around ten pounds of muscle that I wouldn’t have had without the three years of weightlifting.
After, I joined the Air Force and got stationed at Edwards AFB in Southern California in August 1984. I turned 19 five months before that. I didn’t wait long to go see the famous steroid doctor to the stars and professional bodybuilders, Dr. Kerr, in San Gabriel. Other than a guy known as the Steroid Guru who wrote The Underground Steroid Handbook, Dan Duchaine, this Dr. Kerr was the most famous expert on the subject.
This was back when steroids weren’t a scheduled controlled substance. You could go to a doctor and tell him you wanted to take them solely for the purpose of gaining muscle, strength or for bodybuilding and the doctor could legally prescribe them to you. That’s what I did. Dr. Kerr took some blood for blood tests and prescribed Anadrol-50 oral tablet steroids for me. One tablet per day.
It seemed amazing to me then that I could just add this tiny little pill to my breakfast and I would get big. But I had read quite a bit and firmly believed it to be true. In three months I weighed over 180. Another 3 months and I was around 200. I was bursting out of my uniform. And I was strong, really, really strong.
I stuck with Dr. Kerr’s prescription for six months He had me go 6 weeks on, 6 weeks off, repeat. And I started to get the look that other steroid users recognized as “in the club” and they opened up to me about better drugs, safer ones, how to deal with side effects, etc..
The one problem with the 6 on 6 off and the really strong oral Anadrol-50, was my weight would fluctuate like crazy. When I took the 6 weeks off, by the end I would lose 2/3 to 3/4 of the weight I had gained. It was because that drug put a lot of water in my muscles. So I wanted something that was supposed to be more permanent and would not cause water retention.
After six months with Dr. Kerr I “graduated” to taking trips to Tijuana pharmacies for the favorite steroid of Arnold, Primobolan. It was a BIG step as this would require injecting myself. Primobolan was considered one of the safest, if not the safest of all steroids and pretty weak. But to my thinking at the time, if it was Arnold’s favorite, there’s gotta be something to it.
For the next couple of years, I used Primobolan and built up to a really solid and well proportioned 225ish. It worked just like I expected. Slower but steady progress. And when I took a 6-week break I would only lose about 10 to 20 percent of what I gained. I stretched out my cycles to 12 weeks with a taper up, in the beginning, then 6 weeks at a set amount, then 6 weeks tapering off. Then a six-week break, repeat. I steadily gained a pound or two a month. I’d put on 10–15 pounds or so in 3 months and then lose less than 5 when on a break. It was a steady increase. Nice workouts, felt great, didn’t draw much attention to myself by having my weight yo-yo as it did with the AD-50.
I remember back when all the experts and doctors, or most anyway, would swear that steroids don’t work. Even Arnold said he “only took them the last month or so before a contest to not lose his muscle as he dieted down.” I read a book by Rick Wayne called Muscle Wars and he detailed how Arnold took shocking amounts of steroids starting in his teens. There were lots of people around him who knew this and told Wayne. The bottom line is they work and they work great. It’s too bad such a stigma has been attached to them. But it’s getting better. There are TRT clinics everywhere now helping men slow down the aging process. Speaking of that have you noticed how many older Hollywood actors who were never really known for their physiques suddenly have bodies that rival Sylvester Stallone’s in the Rocky movies? Check out Sean Penn in “The First,” and Josh Brolin in the Sicaro sequel. That’s TRT.
That was probably way more than you expected. Any other questions, feel free to ask away.