I know this isn't directly off topic, but I didn't feel it belonged anywhere else either.
A mate of mine who lives in the UK is about to start taking steroids. We both frequent the same community online, and even though I only know him online, I've known him for years and I can assure you that he's not just some guy saying random stuff.
The thing is, since I started working out and talking about it in the aforementioned community, it actually drove a lot of the other members to start as well. He was one of them, but boy how he went the wrong route.
He has misconceptions upon misconceptions about training - he actually drinks cider(which is an alcoholic beverage with the same amount of alcohol as beer, as far as I know) while training, once talking about doing amphetamines for more intensity while training and so on.
On top of that, he drinks liters upon liters of aforementioned cider throughout the day normally, so he's pretty much always drunk, and he smokes weed.
Needless to say, he's pretty.. f**ked up, for a lack of a better term.
He has his own home gym, and he thinks everything that is wrong and perpetuated by product manufacturers that are trying to sell their products and all that stuff, is right. He's the kind of guy who just does the bench press and its variations for 5 days in a row, training through muscle soreness and whatnot, and get this.. he doesn't even squat!
Everything you can get wrong, he's getting wrong. But only for a month, which is the entire extent of his workout, and he's already saying "I just can't seem to gain weight or strength," whilst he does all of the above, and continues to lift at home where he only has enough weight for the smallest of muscles - only 50kg for the barbell, which he can bench way too easily for any strength gains, and even if he did squat, the 50kg would get too little too fast.
I'm here to ask you guys what I can possibly tell him to try to convince him to get serious, or just stop? I realize that some of the bad stuff surrounding steroid usage might be a hype, but I do know that there must be some unfortunate side-effects to it, or it would not have been made illegal in some countries.
I tried telling him that he should get his act together, and train properly for a much longer time than a month or so before he can make outlandish statements about him plateauing in weight, strength and size, but all his mates who are undoubtedly shady guys themselves(AFAIK, he has a lot of other weed smoking, alcohol binging friends and some who do more serious stuff than just weed) tell him that steroids will practically work like magic, making him gain muscle and strength without doing anything right, and without any side-effects.
The name of the steroid was "Deca Durabolin" and some preliminary research shows that it's pretty popular. I know some of you are doctors or otherwise medically educated, and while I will greatly appreciate everyone's input and past experiences, the input from the professionals would be gold, so I can slap him with some cold hard facts.
Thanks in advance.
Lol That guy sounds like an idiot. Steroids aren't going to do much for you if you don't know how to train. You also have to have a good natural base before you take steroids, otherwise your joints and tendons are not going to be able to take it. You should have a solid track record of good diet and training and at least 3 years of successful natural bodybuilding.
Deca really isn't all that great. It is nandralone with a deconate ester. It has some anabolic properties, but not as good as some others. Plus if you take it without test you are going to have some problems. That stuff will totally shut you down. So you have to take a testosterone with it, otherwise you are not going to have hardly any test circulating. You will get the infamous deca dick.
The most recommended first cycle is testosterone enanthate 250mg biweekly.
That's for men of course. For women, a low dose of deca might be good, or maybe some var.