On this blog I posted some articles about Dianabol en methyl-testosterone and other early oral anabolic androgenic steroids. In those days Arnold dubbed Dianabol the “breakfast of the champions” and that was true. Bodybuilders in those days educated each other and measured their dosing by handful not by milligrams.

They kept their usage a secret to the people outside their friends, even though it was not forbidden to use them in those days.

Let’s take a look at the most famous of the early bodybuilders, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Unauthorized publications mention how Arnold took a handful of Dianabol before his work-out, leading to a lot of intensity in the gym. He stacked it with Primobolan at around 600 milligrams a week. We also know that Arnold also liked Winstrol a lot and we know that Winstrol leads to a massive increase in strength, that why it is also favored by power-lifters and strongmen.

Scare mongering

If someone on a forum mentions the fact that he plans to use oral steroids, most members will post warnings and tell him that orals are very bad for the liver. It’s almost as if oral steroids are spiked with a sharp object that will hurt your liver. But is that true or is it just bro-science? Once bodybuilders and athletes found out that many pharmaceutical compounds where beneficial for their purposes, the authorities, medical community and pharmaceutical companies started to discourage usage and even official scientist denied that supra physiological doses of testosterone would cause extra muscle mass. Remember Will Brinks article  “walking the walk or talking the talk”? Still makes me laugh today!! It didn’t help. Bodybuilders and athletes are using anabolic steroids to increase the muscle mass and athletic performance. But why does everybody still believe the myth that you will ruin your liver with oral steroids and that its alkylation will destroy your liver forever?

Old school bodybuilders where forced to look for extreme techniques to pump themselves up. In the movie “pumping Iron” you see how these icons pumped their muscles to the max. Their arteries thick, and bloodfilled almost bursting through their skin. Others like Larry Scott used an other princeple he called “Burns”  … Before old school bodybuilders stepped on stage to be judged, Arnold reveiled he used some alcohol to look bigger and not that flat with the arteries more swollen. On certain steroids like Trenbolone and Deca Durabolin they suffered  a limp dick and very often the same happened after a cycle (PCT) With VCL this is past history.

Bodybuilders always looking for a short-cut, started to use Viagra for its vasolidating affect, creating an incredible pump. Slowly some information on this usage came to notice of the general public. By example Hidetada Yamagishi was arrested also having some NO boosters Viagra and Cialis with his stash. BALCO’s Victor Conte  confessed: "All my athletes took it. It is bigger than creatine."

The Bodybuilding supplement Industry launched their own NO boosters, like "NO Explode," "Nytric EFX" and "Satur8" - advertised as preworkout vasodilators. Many experts doubt their effect.