Roids, Arnolds, gym candy, juice, stackers, weight trainers…Whatever you call them, steroids are the most common advantages bodybuilders and power lifters try to use to get ahead in a cutthroat industry filled with muscle-heads. However, while steroids are quick for packing on muscle and building strength, they are also known for a laundry list of negative side effects that include everything from mood swings and heart problems to one of the biggest male concerns—shrunken anatomy!
Regardless of the health concerns and legality, bodybuilders around the world have turned to steroids (or “gear” as some call it) to get pumped and ripped for major competitions like the Arnold Classic, Mr. Olympia, the Ironman Pro Invitational and the Night of Champions. Despite taking home major titles, however, many steroid users learn the hard way that their bodybuilding careers are short-lived and the side effects often cause more long-term damage than good.
So what happens when a bodybuilder quits steroids completely? From muscle-popping physiques and award-winning strength to injury, health scares and retirement, join us as we take a look at shocking transformations of bodybuilders who gave up steroids for good. Will you recognize these before and after photos? Let’s find out!