Telling the upcoming generations to be patient for the body of their dreams is, ‘like trying to take candy from a baby’. BATR have never been known to back down from a good fight. Let us see how we get on shall we?
To the men/women that are reading this and maybe the parents who have concerns that their offspring may succumb to the route of anabolic steroids, how do we promote the idea of an alternative to the, ‘want muscle instantly’ culture that pervades so much of our society?
Well, we could use fear. Fear is a very good tool to prevent or delay a person from turning to Performance Enhancement Drugs (PEM’s) because the potential side effects and damage a person can do to themselves are very real indeed. Directing potential individuals to recent examples of popular sporting figures suffering at the hands of these illicit compounds will be sure to resonate with the said individuals.
However, once these devastating stories and images disappear from view, so does the impact. Some will remember, but when they return back to normality our, ‘Madison Avenue’ infected society will be only too happy to continue to feed the image that brought them to this stage in the first place. However, there may be another tool we can use. Science.
Science To The Rescue
So if the fear doesn’t work, then perhaps our last attempt should be a ‘muscle positive’ message. The message is, the muscle enthusiasts can have that ripped muscled physique all without the side effects that anabolic steroids can give. They just have to wait it out. The advances in science will take care of them. Even at this stage they are very close.
Science has not perfected this yet but they are close and they at least know what they are trying to do. Without going into too much detail (that will be another article on its on), the ability to switch certain genes, ‘on and off’ under the duress and recovery of exercise is paramount to success.
The protein myostatin is what controls muscle growth, scientists hypothesise that if they can switch this off, then muscle growth will keep going until we switch it on again. There have been reports as recent as 2004 of a toddler having the physique of a petite bodybuilder because he had a gene mutation that switched off myostatin. Advances in gene therapy could one day make it possible for anybody to enhance their DNA.
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), also called somatomedin C, is a protein that in humans is encoded by the IGF1 gene. Scientists have done experiments and the ones that have been successful in over expressing this gene has resulted in increasing strength by 14 %. Think how much muscle we could pack on with 14% more strength? An extra plate aside in the deadlift? Bring that on please.
To include stem cells as a technique in growing new muscle is not as clear as the gene manipulation. Stem cell treatment seems to come into its own when there is muscle damage. Since muscle damage and tears are for many a natural consequence of hard training, being able to bring these muscles back to their peak (excuse the bodybuilding pun) is very interesting indeed. Also the muscles which have atrophied with age, we can bring them back too.
Lets not forget about good old Testosterone and Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
We are sure you guys know, but just to refresh, anabolic steroids are compounds derivative of the male hormone testosterone. So if people are going to reach for synthetic help for their training, why not let them go to the source as safely as possible with medical supervision?
Iconic star, Sylvester Stallone, star of the action film series Rambo and Rocky, when talking to Time magazine about his use of testosterone and hgh seems to agree, “HGH is nothing. Anyone who calls it a steroid is grossly misinformed, testosterone to me is so important for a sense of well-being when you get older. Everyone over 40 years old would be wise to investigate it because it increases the quality of your life. Mark my words. In 10 years it will be over the counter.”
Wow over the counter (OTC). Sounds like a muscle utopia. At BATR we would open this up further though, make it available to over 25s, not just the over 30s and 40s. We want our kids safe right? Of course make them aware of the side effects especially regarding reproduction (they would know that anyway if they were going to use illicit anabolic steroids). In return, we would have everyone with the ability to pay, receiving safe dosages, pharma-grade quality and constant doctor’s supervision. A much safer way than it is presently. Yes, ‘good things do come to those who wait.’
Boys And Their Roids (BATR)