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Steroids in Powerlifting and Bodybuilding

We need to deal with the steroids found in the bodybuilding world and the steroids found in the powerlifting world differently. The issues are not the same because one can see from powerlifting meets exactly how steroids help the competitors lift a heavier weight.

Steroid abuse in the powerlifting world has split the community into 8 different large powerlifting federations and many smaller ones, all trying to create a standard that they can all conform to so that competitions are equal. It all started at the IPF event in 1983 when Bob Gaynor established the American Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation (ADFPF).

Over the years the total weights lifted by the different powerlifting federations tell the story about how drugs have affected the sport. The federations that don't test for drugs like International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) and the U.S. Powerlifting Federation (USPF) clearly show that they consistently lift more weight than the natural federations like the ADFPF.

We also need to take a look at steroids in bodybuilding, which from a competitor point of view is probably more serious than powerlifting. Steroid abuse amongst bodybuilders seems to get worse and worse every year, just like it does in sport. If you know what to look for you will see the effects of steroid abuse when you watch the judging at any bodybuilding competition.

The steroid user is very aware of these imperfections and tries to hide them but for someone who is specifically looking for these signs it can be clearly seen. Here is the brief list of things that reveal steroid abuse, there are a few exceptions but they are very rare.

Distended stomach, showing a large gut even with a low body-fat

Preferential development usually showing large upper body muscles and smaller legs but there are exceptions like Tom Platz

Bitch tits or Gynecomastia

Acne and Stretch marks

Unreasonably fast muscle gain transformation

Testing every bodybuilding competitor for steroids is prohibitive because the sport of bodybuilding and powerlifting simply cannot afford it. It now cost over $180 to test a competitor comprehensively. Unless a competitor is willing to pay $200 to compete, testing every competitor is not going to work.

The future of steroids in both powerlifting and bodybuilding is going to take a long time to sort itself out. The problem is that sports are just as negatively affected by steroid abuse as powerlifters and bodybuilders. Hopefully in 50 years' time we will look back at this steroid conundrum with a whole new approach.

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