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How to tell if the guy in the next squat rack is natural or artificially enhance
SKULL: Steroids may or may not increase the size of the skull; the effect is more often attributed to human growth hormone, which is sometimes aken in conjunction with anabolic steroids.
Skin: Bodybuilders' skin sometimes takes on a reddish glow, since steroids cause water retention, which raises blood pressure. One writer described 'roided bodybuilders as resembling walking erections, "all veiny and red."
Deltoids, Traps: Supersized muscles surrounding the shoulders--trapezius, lats, pectorals, deltoids, biceps, and triceps--are a good clue that Mr. Needle has been introduced to Mr. Buttock. Even if thelower body is normal size, upper-body muscles tend to be inflated.
Chest: One of the few consistent results of steroid studies is an increase in bench-press strength. When an experienced lifter makes sudden, dramatic strength gains, assume pharmacological intervention.
Back: Upper-body acne is a common side effect in adults using steroids.
Nipples: By any other name, gynecomastia is a bitch. Steroid-induced breast tissue can only be removed surgically.
Lats: Lifters can increase muscle mass by up to 25 percent with 10 weeks of steroid use, so stretch marks on biceps and pectorals are common.
Forearms: This is anecdotal, but some have observed that the best natural bodybuilders have a thick bone structure. When you see a guy with huge forearm muscles rising off relatively small bones, it's a pretty good sign he's been hitting the Vitamin S.
Biceps: Another way to tell the difference between natural and unnatural lifters: The juicers look as if they have more muscle fibers as well as bigger fibers. Steroids seem to trigger a process called hyperplasia, in which the body produces new muscle cells.
Abs: Steroids help reduce body fat even as they promote muscle growth. A guy who gains a lot of muscle quickly without steroids will also tend to add fat. Only a juicer can get substantially bigger in the chest and shoulders while losing fat from his waist.
Hands: Sportswriters are fond of saying steroids won't help you hit a fastball. But, since testosteroneregulates the nervous system, steroids are thought to increase quickness by decreasing reaction time. Next stop, McCovey Cove.
Thighs: Anabolic steroids don't reduce inflammation,