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I'm 15. Should I Use Steroids?
I am currently 15 years old and I've been very serious about bodybuilding for around 12 months. I also compete in athletics 100m + 200m. I am now eating perfectly and training correctly. I have made new training partners; they are 2-3 years older than myself. We were around the same weight and build then he began to use steroids about two months ago. He is now much more muscular, faster and stronger than me when before we were the same. He keeps telling me the positives to steroids but then I begin to think about the negative effects. He has shown no negative effects so far and he is still currently using them. What do you feel is the correct way? Any help would be great!
I can only hope that I caught you in time. As you know I will not promote the use of steroids, particularly to a 15 year old. Your friend is trying to take an easy way out or find a short cut. That is not the way to go. I began lifting weights at a young age. I began to toy around with weights at around 12 years old. I was not as serious as I am now but still that was 14 years ago. Guess what? I am still fighting my way to the top. I have never used a steroid. I used to look at myself in the mirror and think to myself that I was not making any gains. Then one day I realized that I must be doing something right because people in the gym and at school were approaching me for advice.
Even though I did not see myself as a fitness authority, I was one. I would stay natural for life if I were you. King Kamali told me personally in an e-mail that drugs were not the answer. If you are going to make it in bodybuilding you are going to work hard and be successful. It is a labor of love as Shawn Ray said at the 2001 Mr. Olympia.
Look, you are currently going through a hormonal blessing, why ruin this for yourself? Train hard and take advantage of the next 5 years of hormonal bliss and grow, grow, grow! No one can make you do something that you do not want to do. Be an individual and work hard the results are far more rewarding that way.
Stay positive with great natural role models such as Skip La Cour, Jeff Willet, and myself. Study the things we do and simulate them, we are here to show you the way. Be strong my friend I feel your angst because I lived it too. Best of luck to you in the future, never give up, and stick with it.