“Building a Bigger Action Hero” is an embarrassing Men’s Journal article about anabolic steroids and Hollywood action heroes. Rather than educate and inform the reading public, “Building a Bigger Action Hero” spreads nonsense and lies. Logan Hill, the author of the article, is nothing but a mouthpiece for Hollywood.
Since the uneducated public hates anabolic steroids, Hollywood uses its mouth pieces in the media to repeat lies about steroids. You can’t let the public know the truth. (Other uncomfortable truths: if you think the “casting couch” is only something pretty little ladies sit on, you haven’t been paying close attention to the X-Men lawsuit and you learned nothing from Corey Haim’s suicide.)
Check out my quick Podcast reaction where I give the truth not just about the media and steroids, but about the media and truth in general. Or keep reading the article, which is different from the podcast.
Although “Building a Bigger Action Hero” is full of nonsense, there’s no reason to slice-and-dice it line-by-line. We don’t need to read beyond this single super simon simple sentence.
“Steroids produce rounder, water-retaining muscles instead of the lean, mean bodies currently in vogue.” – “Building a Bigger Action Hero” (Men’s Journal)
Here is a photograph of Lance Armstrong winning his 7th Tour de France title. Look at how bloated he is.
Here is a picture of Ben Johnson right before failing his drug test for steroid use. He doesn’t look anything like a Hollywood action hero, does he? What actor trying to get a Hollywood super hero role would want to have that bloated physique?
Logan Hill clearly knows nothing about physiology or about anabolic steroids. How can we know this?
1. Round, water-retaining muscles look good.
Don’t believe me? Go on a low-carb diet and watch how “flat” your muscles look. Your muscles look flat on a low-carb diet because muscles store glycogen. Attached to each gram of glycogen is around 4 grams of water.
Drop your carbohydrate intake to zero, and you lose those “round, water-retaining muscles.”
When athletes prep for a photo shoot (ask any Men’s Journal fitness model, Logan), they actually go on a low-carb diet for a few days. Then they do a carb-up in order to supercompensate their muscle glycogen stores – that is, they overload their muscles with water.
2. Not all steroids are like that (NASALT).
I don’t expect new Danger & Play readers to understand how anabolic steroids work, but I do expect journalists to. (Actually I don’t. Journalists usually know nothing about the subjects they cover.)
I know someone is an ignoramus when he uses the term “steroid”? What the hell is that?
Do you mean an anabolic androgenic steroid or an anabolic steroid? They are two different types of compounds that act in two entirely different ways. “Androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS) are synthetic derivatives of the male hormone testosterone.” See, Effects of androgenic-anabolic steroids in athletes. Garden-variety anabolic steroids are not derived from testosterone.
But let’s not get too technical, because, as the kids say, “We don’t even need to go there.” Besides, in fairness to Men’s Journal, a lot of us use “anabolic steroids” and “anabolic androgenic steroids” interchangeably.
Do trenbolone, Anavar, and Winstrol all have the same effect as Dianabol and Anadrol?
If we want to keep it simple for Logan, let’s just stick to test.
Does testosterone enanthate lead to more or less “bloat” than testosterone propionate? What about esterless testosterone? Will esterless testosterone give you more or less subcutaneous water retention than testosterone enanthate and testosterone propionate?
What Logan Hill probably means is that some steroids cause subcutaneous water retention. (On the flip side: Some anabolic steroids will suck the water right out from underneath your skin. Try sleeping a full night on trenbolone acetate without soaking your shirt with sweat.)
For example, Dianabol is an off season anabolic steroid that causes massive water retention below the skin.
D-bol muscles look crappy because there is a thick layer of water in between the muscle and the skin, and not because the muscles have too much water in them.
Not all steroids cause subcunteaous water retention. In fact steroids like oxandrolone (Anavar), trenbolone, and stanozol (Winstrol) give you a dry, hard look.
When used properly, steroids give an action hero round, water-retaining muscles that look ready for the big screen.
3. Anabolic Steroids aren’t just for “bulking up” for an action movie.
Do you know how you can tell if a guy is on gear? It’s easier to tell if a guy is on gear when he’s dieting, not when he’s bulking. The logic is apparent to anyone who understands human physiology. Just go onto PubMed if you doubt anything that appears here, Logan.
Eating above maintenance (that is, eating more calories than your body burns) is anabolic. It puts your body in a positive nitrogen balance.
Eating above maintenance also keeps insulin levels high, and insulin is one of if not the most anabolic hormone. By the way, insulin not a steroid.
Being in an anabolic state means you’ll gain muscle (and also fat).
When you cut calories, your body goes into a catabolic state. Being in a catabolic state means you’ll lose muscle.
Again, this is all basic human physiology. I’m not providing citations because this really is basic stuff that no one disputes.
4. Dieting is when steroids matter most.
What happens when you need to diet down for one of those Hollywood super hero movies? You need to be ripped to shreds.
To get ripped, you need to diet.
But dieting puts your body into a catabolic state.
How can you have a muscular physique while also being ripped?
Bingo. You use anabolic steroids, insulin, thyroid hormone, HGH, and other performance enhancing drugs.
I was just kidding about the “no cites” thing. Here’s one, “Impact of growth hormone with hypocaloric nutrition on nitrogen balance and blood glucose in patients after gastrointestinal operation.” Go knock yourself out doing some research, Logan.
The point is this: You can’t be big and ripped.
If you could, no one would bother using gear.
Everyone would just do a bulk for a year or two, gain a bunch of muscle and fat, and then diet off all of that fat.
Here would be the Best Bulking and Cutting Cycle Ever:
- Go drink a gallon of milk a day. Do some squats. Gain 80 pounds – with 40 of that being muscle, and 40 of it being fat.
- Go on a diet.
- Lose all 40 pounds of fat while keeping on each and every one of those 40 pounds of muscle.
- Be big and shredded for the rest of your life.
It doesn’t work that way, though, does it?
You always lose muscle when you diet, don’t you?
That’s why supplement companies make a fortune. They tell you that you’re doing something wrong if you can’t gain muscle and lose fat at the same time.
They put up juiced up models to sell their products. They don’t post blood work showing that their poster boys are natural.
The truth is that you need gear if you want to be both big and ripped.
Thus the “Building a Bigger Action Hero” article is a disgrace to journalism. Rather than inform the public about anabolic steroids, Men’s Journal keep spreading harmful lies that only lead to frustration by younger men who want to gain muscle and lose fat and just can’t figure out why they don’t look like Hollywood action heroes despite following all of the latest and greatest “programs.”
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