Monday, April 30, 2012

Proud To Be Steroid Free!

Hey Frugal Fitness Fans! Thanks for checking out my site, hope you find some good stuff here that can help you save a ton of money while getting you in the best shape of your life! Now if you've been following my blog and videos, you know that I've made some mistakes and done some things I'm not proud of in my life. In many areas, especially in the past, I've tried to take shortcuts and gain any advantages possible. I've made as many mistakes as anyone, and don't look down on anyone for making them as long as they learn from them. But there is one thing I am very proud to say I've never done: Steroids, HGH, Clenbuterol, Andro, other Pro-Hormones, or any other dangerous and illegal performance enhancing drug. Throughout athletics and an already somewhat lengthy career in Fitness, I'm proud to hang my hat on the fact that I've been 100% Natural the whole time and plan to stay that way for life.

This is an example of what a natural bodybuilder looks like
Why wouldn't I take these powerful drugs that could give me a huge advantage in the fitness industry that I'm in? Oh I could go on for hours. I won't bore you too much with all the health risks such as liver failure, heart failure, hormonal imbalances, roid rage, acne, male-patterned baldness (don't need any help in that area! haha), stretch marks, psychological problems, etc. Most of us already know all of that stuff. But here are some other reasons why I've never engaged in such garbage (some are more important than others, but reasons nonetheless!):

-It's not healthy, and I try to promote HEALTH and LONGEVITY as well as improved performance and physique
-I have enough problems and obstacles to overcome without dealing with the short and long-term risks
-It has very severe & dangerous psychological risks, especially combined w/ medication, medical conditions, or alcohol
-I don't ever recommend any client, family, or friend take any of these substances and I don't like being a hypocrite
-It is illegal and you can get in enormous trouble for using or dealing
-You'll look like an idiot with tons of acne and stretch marks
-I'm short, and already pretty bulky for my height, if I took HGH or testosterone I'd look like an Umpa Lumpa!
-I want to be a good role model for friends, family, clients, readers, and viewers.
-While I love Arnold Schwarzenegger, many other Pro Bodybuilders, and some other Pro Wrestlers / Athletes, that doesn't mean I agree with everything they do, especially when it comes to steroids and other drug use.
-Overall, I don't think the risk/reward ratio makes any sense for 99.999% of people out there, especially myself

This is what a steroid user looks like. No Thanks!
Over the years it's been pretty interesting how many times I've been accused of being a steroid user by people that just don't know what they are talking about. Some people joke about it, but others are very serious. Yes I am strong and muscular, but not freakishly so. Yes I am somewhat lean and have gotten very lean at times, but not ridiculously so. To an educated individual, I am not even a border-line candidate for the the label of "Juicer" as I'm not really that ripped or muscular compared to other natural bodybuilders or fitness models. Sometimes I just have to laugh when someone asks if I took/take steroids but other times I feel it demeans and attempts to besmirch the physical training and nutrition I've engaged in since I was 7 years old. I try just to laugh it off but occasionally it gets to me. Luckily, anyone that actually knows anything about bodybuilding or steroids would take one look at me and know that I've never used in my life. It's pretty easy to guess if someone has used or is using steroids, there is not usually a grey area or big shadow of a doubt, especially in bodybuilding.
My First All-Natural Bodybuilding Competition 2007 Age 21
So you can accuse me of "Juicing" or whatever you feel like, I'm just going to laugh more and more and let it bother me less and less. I make mistakes every day but taking illegal performance enhancing drugs is just not one of them and at least I can be proud of that. I hope you will all stay natural or consider going back to natural if you aren't already and avoid the health and legal risks.

   Stay Frugal My Friends!
Michael J. Schiemer B.S. CPT
Owner of FRUGAL FITNESS Worldwide Wellness & Elite Cheapskate 
Owner & Personal Trainer of RESULTS Private Fitness Boston, MA
Author of The Frugal Diet, The Frugal Workout, & The Ultimate Fitness Guides  FRUGAL FITNESS TV Twitter Facebook Fitness Books


  1. Love it!!! When I was competing back in my late 30's, I NEVER took anything. I am one of those ladies that can gain of I eat & train for it so many thought I was on stuff but I never took it ever! NOT WORTH IT! Thx for writing this!

  2. Great post! My husband is a natural bodybuilder too. He tries to compete in "all natural" shows, but even there some people abuse certain substances. The reward will never outweigh the risk and I wish more people shared your viewpoint.

  3. Thank you for posting this. I'm currently trying to convince my boyfriend NOT to take steroids. I'm going to show him this post.

  4. Nice post, but rather weak in your argument concerning steroids. I would like you to expand on your reasons, for example you mention shrinkage of testes..yet you fail to mention the reason behind it and how it's actually reversible. You mention it's illegal, yet fail to mention that medications such a Testosterone is used on people who suffer from hypogonadism. So it's illegal but allowed under the care of a physician. You also failed to mention that almost ALL of the side-effects are a result of over abusing steroids! Just like ANY OTHER DRUG IN THE MARKET...if you take it the wrong's gonna hurt you. Water is good for all of us right? ever heard of water toxicity? Yup, drinking too much water can be fatal as well.


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