They are two big American brothers, Peter and David Paul called “The Barbarian Brothers” - Big, strong guys completely mad and full of steroids and being the first bodybuilders to workout wearing construction boots, tied on bandanas and torn tank tops or flannel shirts both inside and outside the gym.

Nowadays their haircuts, clothing, feather earrings and other jewelry, looks somewhat ridiculous and outdated, but in those years they were tough and trendsetting. But the real trend the Barbarians popularized was not one of trendy clothing or social posturing, but one of lifestyle and attitude.

When in the early eighties of the last century it became known that recombinant HGH would become available on the market, the expectations of athletes were high. Dan Duchaine had in his book Underground Steroids written an attractive description of the progress that could be achieved with recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH). No steroids were able to match that. This was also pretty much the general belief. Understandably, the release of the biosynthetic form of this hormone was eagerly awaited.

Ok, human growth hormone was already circulating on the [black] market, but that was hGH from the pituitary glands of deceased donors, also called cadaveric hGH. Now the real, identical biosynthetic growth hormone would be made available. Although the donor hGH is also identical, it has to be of course, but from the new recombinant product was expected a lot more.

Most bodybuilders want a pair of impressive traps. Traps is short for trapezius. Most bodybuilders believe that the traps are the muscle groups only seen from the front, like on this picture. But the fibers of the trapezius run in three different orientations and, therefore, can be divided into three sections: upper, middle and lower part. Bodybuilder, also the recreational want impressive traps. Powerlifters and weightlifters are just concerned in functional traps, they want traps that generate enough power to lift impressive weights.

"Killer Traps," along with a broad chest and big biceps, are one of the major signs that "that guy must work out."

If you trapezius is a lagging muscle groups, you are lucky cause you might or might not know, that muscle-groups react differently to anabolic androgenic steroids, and the trapezius grows more than most muscle groups.

That is a positive thing, but can also be bad, since the trapezius muscles are also involved in our posture and can cause back pains and neck pains.

First let me explain about the difference in adaption to training and steroids. A lot of what we learn from this study is already known by us iron addicts. Still it is very interesting to read Anders Erikssons dissertation from the Umeå University: “Strength Training and Anabolic Steroids: A comparative study of the vastus lateralis, a thigh muscle and the trapezius, a shoulder muscle, of strength-trained athletes”.

Estrogen suppression by aromatase inhibitors

There are many articles published about the different compounds used to suppress estrogen. There are two primary estrogens, estradiol and estrone, with estradiol (E2) being the more active of the two forms

Aromatase is a complex of enzymes that convert the androgens testosterone, androstenedione ( and anabolic steroids) into estrogenic hormones

Not too long ago it was very simple, you just used a SERM like Nolvadex or Clomiphene. Many guys didn’t even use them, and just balanced with anabolic and androgenic compounds in their cycle. And with aromatizing and non-aromatizing compounds like Primobolan etc where popular.

Is anabolic usage of the Nazi’s really a Myth?

First I want to rectify all these writing about the Nazi’s. Well there is no such thing as Nazi-steroids. What people are referring to, is a short period in the World- and German history. A time span that had a huge influence though.

On several boards and articles you can read about the first usage of anabolic steroids and their stacking. Most of the known writers like Hoberman or Yesalis wil argue that there is no shred of evidence in the German literature, but that has a reason and there is a lot of anecdotical evidence. Let’s try to put it all in place. I try to keep all political issues short and post those in the last part of the blog-post for those interested.

The National Socialist German Workers Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) better known as the NSDAP. The NSDAP was formed in 1919 well before Hitler and had nothing to do with Hitler at all until he got into power in 1933. The term “NAZI” is something Churchill made up. Some claim it was a merging of the words National-socialists and Zionism.

Rotator Cuff Injury From a Bench Press

The shoulder is the most complex joint in the entire body, and most bodybuilders will experience some form of shoulder pain at some point throughout their lifting career.

Your shoulder is made up of several joints combined with tendons and muscles that allow a great range of motion in your arm. Because so many different structures make up the shoulder, it is vulnerable to many different problems. The rotator cuff is a frequent source of pain in the shoulder.

Once a very respected exercise, the Push-Up lost its respect from the hard core bodybuilder and earned a new reputation as part of Fitness, Crossfit or other hypes. This exercise was done by almost all Old School bodybuilders. Push-ups play an integral part in complete chest development.

The push-up, is basic, versatile and doesn’t require much more than good form and your body weight and you don’t need to spend anything to get in shape with them. The push-up has many variations and you don’t require the push up board to eye-ball where you need to place your hands in order to hit the desired muscles that you’re looking to work. The push-up allows you to sculpt your arms, shoulders, pecs and abs.

We all eat carbohydrates in all kind of different forms. Bodybuilders eat a lot of carbohydrates (carbs) in their “Bulk” cycle to gain weight. They eat carbs to lean out and they are timing eating macro-nutrients such as proteins and carbs to grow musclemass and to get energy to be stored for the next training. But talking about carbs for bodybuilders and recreative bodybuilders I mean nutrient dense foods that adds great value to your health.

Sugar as an additive to sweets or sodas adds nothing to a good healthy diet, except empty calories. Sugar is very addictive and it has been linked to diabetes, cancer, and a host of other illnesses. A carb is not just a carb, it should be part of a whole food that also contains other valuable micronutrients, fibers, vitamins and anti-oxidants. That’s why our parents always taught us that an apple was better for our health that a piece of candy. The difference between natural and processed food.

 

 

Pro-bodybuilders and top bodybuilders are shy to share knowledge on the chemicals they use to build their physique. The same is even more relevant for the coaches/trainers/nutritionists. They make a living of it. People like Chad Nichols, Charles Glass etc are always looking to find new compounds to improve “their” athletes. Just look at the fact that it took several years before the general bodybuilding adept understood that the physiques they saw in the Weider magazines, used anabolic steroids. Every young bodybuilder followed the training and nutrition programs in those magazines and bought tons of worthless supplements, before they understood that Arnold and friends used Deca, D-bol, Primo and Stano. It’s always kept a secret, just like the newer products, just remember the GH and the insulin protocols. In this light some of the more shady protocols are to be seen like Markus’ interleukines.

Most young men are dreading the day when their six-pack abs will bloat into a permanent beer belly, they will grow breasts and lose their libido.

Is it inevitable to look like this when you are middle-aged? Big Pharma would like us to believe that. But there is a lot you can do yourself to prevent such a body transformation.

Testosterone decline, which occurs naturally during age, was long thought to be sole reason for these middle-aged transformations. However, new evidence from Massachusetts General Hospital suggests estrogen – more commonly associated with female menopause – mediates some symptoms of “andropause” in men.

 

The idea of male menopause has solidified itself into medical culture in recent years, which has been matched by a tremendous boost in doctor’s prescriptions for testosterone supplements.

A 500 percent increase in prescriptions was recorded between 1993 and 2000, and this pattern continued over the course of the following decade.