If you find yourself flipping through the pages of the popular muscle building magazines, pictures of immensely muscular men (and even women) will undoubtedly stand out. One of the first thoughts that usually pops into someone’s mind about these cartoonish-looking behemoths is; “They’re on steroids.” If you are aspiring to pack on pounds of new muscle but do not want to go down that route, you may be wondering; “What are some anabolic steroid alternatives?”
Science has made many breakthroughs in the world of legal muscle builders. Whether you are looking for an herbal testosterone booster, or you want to try a popular prohormone, there are a variety of steroid alternatives out there that may help you meet your muscle gaining goals. Some of the benefits you may notice while using these natural anabolic steroid alternatives are:
· More muscle mass
· Increased testosterone levels
· Faster muscle recovery
· Better sex drive
· Energy levels are increased
· Reduced body fat
In the realm of herbal testosterone boosters, Tribulus Terrestris has been around for years as a steroid alternative. While the Tribulus herb has been around for years, it wasn’t until the 1990’s that bodybuilders and athlete’s alike began to use it for its potential muscle building properties. Tribulus does not act directly on testosterone production, but rather it stimulates the body’s production of luteinizing hormone, or LH. An increase in LH tells your body to naturally produce more testosterone.
Another popular and all natural testosterone booster is ZMA. ZMA is the combination of the two minerals – zinc and magnesium aspartate. In men, the prostate has one of the highest concentrations of zinc, and supplemental zinc helps to naturally produce more testosterone. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer, and helps to induce a deeper and better quality sleep. For this reason, ZMA products are best taken before bed. The ZMA combination is also very beneficial to muscle recovery after those hard-hitting workouts.
Prohormones have been steadily gaining popularity in the bodybuilding world. Even the mainstream sports were riding the prohormone wave (remember all the media attention Mark McGuire was getting when a bottle of androstene was found in his locker?) These anabolic supplements have often been praised as “legal anabolic steroids.” A prohormone is actually a precursor to a hormone. This means that they are not hormones themselves, but once they are ingested, the idea is that they will be converted by your body into an actual hormone through a chemical process. There is a lot of science behind this process, and I will spare you the boredom from that today.
Bodybuilders and professional athletes have been using these steroid alternatives for years as a way to avoid steroid laws and health risks. If you are not the type of person who wants the risk involved in using anabolic steroids, it is clear to see that there are many legal alternatives available to you. There is no need to burden your mind and your conscience with the risk involved in buying and using anabolic steroids.
Tim Mielke has been involved in the supplement industry for over 15 years. As a former competitive body builder and personal trainer, Tim has extensive first-hand knowledge of the benefits and pitfalls of fitness supplementation. Knowledge so extensive, in fact, that his book, “The Book of Supplement Secrets: A Beginners Guide to Nutritional Supplements,” was recently published and is currently available through Amazon.com. Tim brings this supplement and bodybuilding know-how to i-supplements.com as a contributing author and researcher.