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4 BIG Reasons To Stay NATTY!

Stay Away From The DARK SIDE!

Posted by Time_is_Muscle - December 1st, 2015

Don't Be Discouraged

There are always going to be people out there that are quickly discouraged when they don’t appear to be making the gains in the gym they desire. This negative feeling can come down to a number of things, such as genetics, poor diet, injuries, or a strong misconception of what realistic goals are as a natural lifter.  This negative feeling and insecurity can often lead to frustration and anger, causing many people to turn to “the dark side”, or what others know more commonly as the use of Anabolic Steroids.

The Misconception of Making Gains

Usually, the people who turn to “the dark side” don’t understand or acknowledge the time it takes to make solid gains in the gym. Whether the goal is to build muscle, increase strength or lose fat, every path is a journey, and it takes longer for some people than others.

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The Media & Marketing Influence That Leads People To “The Dark Side”

Magazines, bodybuilding federations, and some familiar YouTubers can influence people, and even convince them to turn to “the dark side”. These organizations and personalities are a BIG reason that many people become confused and ignorant about how to make gains naturally. The huge guys on the front of popular fitness magazines are idolized by so many fans and gym goers. Some of these same fans and gym goers often get tricked into thinking that looking like a 300lb jacked, vascular dude with 24 inch arms, is a realistic goal. As a result of failing to achieve this unrealistic goal, they then turn to “the dark side”.

Four BIG Reasons To Stay NATTY!

  1. Maintain Positive Physical Health
    Maintaining your physical health is essential for your personal well-being. Heart conditions, kidney problems, and acne are just a few symptoms that could occur from the use of steroids. Your body is therefore likely to hate you for indulging in an anabolic steroid cycle. It’s not cool to die young, so look after your physical health.

  2. Maintain Positive Mental Health

    Maintaining your mental health is also essential for your personal well-being. When you are on drugs you become a different person. You think different, you act different, and in some cases this kind of mental behaviour can lead to fatal consequences. A smile is always better than a frown, so be happy and don’t poison your mind with drugs.
  3. Maintain Solid Gains

    The quick fixes may give you fast gains, but you are kidding yourself if you think that they are easy to maintain. The drastic changes for example in your strength, endurance or appearance will fade fast as a result of coming off a cycle, so don’t waste your time or money. If you make your gains naturally, you may actually find them easier to maintain, and you'll find a sense of satisfaction when achieving your goals as a natural athlete with no special help.

  4. Be A Positive NATTY Role Model

    It’s important to be someone that even you yourself would be proud to look up to. Your positive energy and persona will rub off onto others. This will improve your friendships, relationships, and your general way of life. Just like Scott's way cooler to be NATTY.


Natty gains are always going to take time, but it’s the journey that makes you stronger, both mentally and physically. Please don’t allow yourself to be lured over to “the dark side”. The satisfaction of achieving a new PB or goal NATURALLY is the best feeling you will ever have.

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Good stuff! Anabolic steroids definitely mess with your head and can lead to deep depression. Gotta stay NATTY!


Natty for LIFE man!!!! You know it!


Fantastic article Jason.  As someone who used anabolics for 4 years when I first started training seriously, I can understand the lure.  Now that I am much older and have been training for over 27 years 100% natural, I can see how much better I look and feel and appreciate my health more.  The beauty of training natural is your genetics already know the biggest and most symmetrical size you can achieve.  When you use anabolics, this is all over-written and is why you see guys with huge upper bodies and small legs or visa versa.  Natural bodybuilders always have the true symmetry found in nature and discovered by the ancient Greeks and Romans and reflected in their statues.  The key is consistency, proper training, and solid nutrition.  

Yes, some people are more genetically gifted and will achieve larger and/or more aesthetic physiques but EVERYONE can build the perfect physique based on their genetic code when they train naturally and support their training with rest and nutritious foods.  Very rarely does man do anything that improves upon nature.  Drugs push the human physique beyond the millions of years of evolution and fine tuning it already has in the human genome.  Ironically, in times of famine it would be the oversized guys with single digit body fat that would die first :-)

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I am glad you enjoyed this article @jmboiardi and Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope more people will absorb this message.


Good read Jason.  It definitely is a journey but so worth the hard work knowing that we are achieving our goals naturally.  Yes, I get discouraged with the slow process but that is why those old photos make me feel better and motivates me to keep pressing on! 

It's unfortunate that people would ever  want to look up to those that take's not reality! 


a great article to read, as for me, the only thing im gonna take is protien and maybe creatine, but thats about it as far as something to assist me with in my training, i wouldnt want to take any steroids cause then i wouldnt be able to appreciate all the hard work i did to be as strong as possible with out it, i may not be as strong as Scott or any of the greats that are on here, but i want to be stronger that what i was a week ago, i want to beat my own PR, that would make me happy , to surpass myself and push thru my weak points, and to do all that with my own strength and without the help from steroids. that is my goal , that is my dream!

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You took the words right out of my mouth!


Broccoli, kale, collard greens and Brussels sprouts are known to naturally stimulate testosterone production.  Also, reducing the belly.


I am going to be honest here.  I lift for power and physique.  I am natural and intend to stay that way.  That being said, comments like the dark side and calling someone a cheater is offensive even to me.  The personal choices others should never warrant comments like cheater.  How are they cheating?  If they are not competing in naturals, then they are not cheating.  Just because a person juices doesn't mean they will automatically be jacked.  It is ignorant to think so.  They have to work their asses off just like everyone else.  

What if a guy is on hormone replacement therapy?  Does that mean he is cheating?  

I guess all I am saying is why give a damn about what the next guy is taking unless you are looking for new sups?  Is he hurting you?  Are his gains better and you are curious?

Steroids aren't a miracle pill you pop and pow, you are swole.  Anybody who thinks that should maybe consider putting away their prejudice for a minute and reading a book.  I guess I just get tired of people talking shit about what someone else is doing in the gym.  If you want to explain why avoiding recreational steroid use is healthy, then do so.  It doesn't need to be derogatory though.  If someone else wants to risk kidney or liver damage by taking roids, that is their prerogative.  Cheater though, really?  
Dark side, really?  So they are evil....really?

Teach people what is possible without, but don't judge people for choices that don't affect you.  That's like calling people with tattoos criminals or drug addicts just because they have tattoos.  Scott has a video about this exact topic.  Even Mike Rashid has a youtube video about the same topic.....

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everyone is entitled to an opinion, everyone makes the decision what to take and what not to take, but ultimately what I am trying to highlight in this article is the dangers of steriod use and the misconception made by newbies who look up to the people who they believe are natty. I don't call people cheaters. I do use the term dark side because anyone who is willing to put a foreign substance into their body is playing rush and roulette with their physical and mental health which again I sight in the 4 points above. Furthermore, I am not suggesting juicers don't have to train hard, all I am doing is trying to educate the youth that looking jacked beyond natural proportions is not a realistic goal to begin with and that they can obtain an alternative healthier looking physique without resorting to steriod/drug use.

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Yes it´s up to every person what he or she wanna do with their bodies I admit to that. But it´s so wrong when used in sports to get the upper hand on you competition. In all top IFBB I bet everyone is doing atleast a couple of cycles every year in good time before tests. Which honestly seem like a joke. But take people like Jeff Seid , Mike O´hearn amongst others that are somewhere in between of Phil Heath and everyday natty jacked dude claiming they are natty in order to promote their brands. That isn't so acceptable I would say. 

Last but not least if roids are purchased without a prescription from a doctor they are criminals since it is controlled substances that ain´t ment to be sold on the streets to anyone. But sure still up to the user. I have friends that have done cycles of various AAS and I don't judge them but I sure as hell would let them know if they where lying about it .

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Technically, your multi-vitamins, protein powders, amino powders, etc are all foreign substances.  Every time you take ibuprofen, it is a foreign substance.  It is a matter of what you choose to believe is acceptable, and what you are willing to risk.  If someone goes to his doctor, and his doctor diagnoses him with low t, is he still going dark side because he listens to the advice of his doctor?  If you don't agree with recreational steroid use, then don't do it.  It is the same as tattoos.  If you don't agree with them for whatever reason, then don't get the same time, it isn't right to attribute someone to evil simply for choosing something you yourself would not choose.

And @brolle81 try to have a little more faith in humanity.  Everyone is NOT juicing just before tests.  Yeah there may be the occasional asshole that juices, then competes in naturals anyway.  Hopefully karma or a torn pectoral will handle that, but to say everyone would mean literally everyone.  That isn't much different than racism.  Case in point, Mike Rashid won't compete in naturals because he says there is no competition for him there.  He is all natty though.

I would never condone someone lieing about steroid use, but I wouldn't pass judgement on them (for using....I would for dishonesty in competition....that's just wrong).  They aren't evil.  It doesn't make them bad people, and often times they are doing so as prescribed by a physician.  Whatever the reasons, it is none of my business, or yours, what someone else wants to supplement with.  Not to mention bro, assuming people are on roids is just asinine.  Ask @scottherman how often he gets accused.  I know it happens to me every once in a while, but typically they are too chicken shit to ask me to my face.  That and they are jealous of my natty gains that I bust my ass for in the gym and in the kitchen, and since they aren't willing to put in the same effort, they would rather just assume I'm using and talk about me behind my back.

To be totally honest though, I kinda like when people ask me what I cycle or what my secret is.  I usually just tell em broccoli!


Nothing ever is so important that you need to cheat to get it is my point of view. Second who knows  really what´s in those syringes or tablettes that you might buy from shady dealers. Sure you won't get olympia IFFB big ever but who cares. I´d rather have normal proportions and achieved it natty. Much more pride in that. 


I see a lot of people who, when they come of the juice, quit training overal. Probably because it's less "fun" when you are used to unnatty strength and gains. That is also a reason for me not to take steroids. I want to keep training and be motivated for the rest of my life.


Always going to be a natty. I have no reason to take drugs 

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Unless maybe your doctor says your t levels are low, in which case can cause other medical complications.  At that point, strongly consider your doctor's advice.

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With all do respect @sdavis, If T-levels are low, then seeking help to be in a therapeutic range is what is desired to reach and sustain a healthy life-style.  I'm sure that is what you mean. Being prescribed testosterone when T-levels are low is closely monitored by a physician to ensure the patient stays within normal range.  Going above and beyond the normal levels/range is not optimum and causes greater health problems!