Bodybuilding is a sport and physical activity that involves the progressive resistance training of the musculature to increase muscle size, definition, and overall physique. The history of bodybuilding can be traced back to ancient civilizations such as Greece and Egypt, where athletes would engage in weightlifting and other forms of resistance training to improve their physical performance in competitions.
In the 19th century, strongmen and weightlifters began to perform in public exhibitions and competitions, and the sport of bodybuilding began to develop. In the early 20th century, weightlifting and bodybuilding became popular in Europe and the United States. The first official bodybuilding competition was held in 1901 in London, England.
The sport of bodybuilding continued to evolve, and in the 1940s and 1950s, the iconic American bodybuilder Joe Weider began promoting bodybuilding through his publications and competitions, including the Mr. Olympia contest, which is now considered the premier bodybuilding competition in the world.
In the 1960s and 1970s, bodybuilding began to gain mainstream popularity, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the most famous bodybuilders of all time, helped to popularize the sport further through his numerous bodybuilding titles and movies like “Pumping Iron”.
In the 1980s and 1990s, bodybuilding became even more popular, and the sport began to be recognized as a legitimate form of fitness and physical activity. Today, bodybuilding is a popular sport and fitness activity around the world, and it continues to evolve and gain popularity through the use of technology, social media, and the growing awareness of the importance of physical fitness and health.
But unlike other professional sports, where the use of steroids is illegal, in competitive bodybuilding, steroids are not illegal. This begs the question, why?
The answer is a simple one: Steroids are not considered illegal drugs in professional bodybuilding because they are not banned by the organizations that oversee the sport.
These organizations, such as the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB) and the National Physique Committee (NPC) have their own rules and regulations regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), including steroids. While they may not be explicitly legal, they are not banned either.
Another reason why steroids are not considered illegal drugs in professional bodybuilding is that the sport has a long history of PED use, and testing for PEDs is not as stringent as it is in other sports. Additionally, the use of PEDs such as steroids is seen as a way for bodybuilders to achieve a certain level of muscle mass and definition that is necessary to compete at the highest level.
However, the use of steroids can have significant negative health consequences. Long-term use of steroids can lead to a range of physical and psychological side effects. Some of the physical side effects include:
- Gynecomastia (enlargement of breast tissue in males)
- Testicular shrinkage
- Liver damage
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
Psychological side effects include:
- Mood swings
Steroids can also have harmful effects on the endocrine system, and the immune system, and can lead to the development of certain types of cancer.