Let’s first state something for the record, I do not use, nor have I ever used steroids in my life. Secondly, I am not against steroid use in a controlled fashion. This article is simply about setting realistic goals, and how comparing yourself to individuals who use anabolic steroids is a recipe for failure.
When setting fitness goals, we have to be realistic and keep them within our own human limits. What I mean is that as a natural athlete, you will never reach the same level of muscular development as one who uses anabolic steroids. So do not measure yourself by the standard of an anabolic enhanced athlete. It’s just unrealistic, so don’t set yourself up for failure with unrealistic expectations. Do the best you can to be the best with what you have.
Yesterday, I was listening to Joe Rogan talking about Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock. They were talking about how hard and intensely he trains. Understand, I’m not knocking The Rock, the man has insane work ethic, he trains like an animal. All that being said, we also have to be realistic here. I did some heavy research on The Rock, and never mind that he comes from the Wrestling background, which we all know is heavily populated by steroid users, let’s just look at his development over the last 20 years. Have a read of this simple point below:
Dwayne’s traps have always been one of his most dominant muscle groups.
It’s rare for a natty (natural) to have overdeveloped traps, but it’s extremely common for juicers to experience huge growth in the trapezius region, due to them having a high number of androgen receptors.
Thus when you hop on a steroid cycle, your traps will be the first muscle group to blow up, especially if you’re taking steroids with a high androgen rating.
The Rock has some insane traps, his head is slightly bigger and blockier than it was back in his wrestling days, and a gazillion other factors that point to the fact he may be juicing. Now, I’m not here to judge or knock him for it. I’m here to say that a guy like myself, was watching him train, and thinking, “I can be like The Rock!” But, his level of gains, and everything else just made me extremely suspicious, and thus my research began.
So what did I conclude? Well, I can’t be like The Rock. LOL. I don’t have access to what he does in any capacity, and I’m a natural athlete. My point is that I can’t compare myself to him, I can’t set him as a goal, because I will fail. Even if he were natural, our lives are completely different, and it is highly unfair of me, to me, to create that type of standard.
At the end of the day, I cannot compare myself to Dwayne Johnson, or any of these famous superstars. It’s the same kind of “beauty” standard that women are beaten up by day in and day out with airbrushed photography, and so on. Unrealistic.
So, let’s focus on being the best version of ourselves that we can. Work as hard as you can, and reach the highest level that you can in your own skin. Don’t worry about these rich superstars who get paid to live, eat, and train. And don’t worry about those guys at the gym who are making ridiculous gains, they may be younger, genetically gifted, or juicing. Either way, it’s not your concern, and takes nothing away from your work! Now go get it!
Growing Up Bronx
Please note the date on a post as it may be an old viewpoint. I keep old posts to show my evolution. The opinions and views expressed here are solely those of the author.