How Well Do Legal Steroids Work?

We have heard how lawful steroids can help with stamina and enhance your exercise experience. But how well do they really work? And have they been proven to be safe?

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To put it briefly, yes some do work well and are safe. But, unfortunately, there are some that are not safe to use. Some in that category have even caused death.

Stay with us while we look at lawful steroids and how you can tell the distinction between them and illegal ones. We will discuss what precautions you should take if you intend on using lawful steroids, as well as what some options are for you.


Legal Steroids

Legal steroids, sold as an over-the-counter supplement, assist bodybuilders in gaining muscle. Likewise known as MIPS (multi-ingredient pre-workout supplements), these are deemed“lawful steroids” if they do not fall into the “illegal” category.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids are artificial types of the male sex hormone testosterone that can occasionally be used illegally.

It’s feasible for individuals with muscle wasting or testosterone production diseases to take these hormone complements for their circumstances if stipulated by a medical practitioner.

Nevertheless, various athletes and bodybuilders illegally abuse these supplements to amp up muscle gains.

Some legal steroids have been backed up by science and aren’t completely dangerous. Whereas some may be absolutely useless or actually induce damage.

Acceptable Supplements

The following list is acceptable supplements one may take in smaller doses, as well as ones that are deemed unsafe. As with all supplements, be certain they are not made with extra ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction to you.



Creatine is naturally found in many foods. Many shopping centers will sell it to help that training amp up their muscles.


Creatine has many advantages. It was found that bodybuilders who took creatine gained muscle fibers nearly three times as much as those who didn’t.


Known also as Dimethylamylamine, DMAA is an unlawful supplement that can cause serious damage to the body. The FDA has warned individuals that DMAA should not be used as it can cause the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Narrowing of the blood vessels
  • Seizures
  • Mental health conditions
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Tight feeling in the chest
  • Neurological diseases




Also known as matrix metalloproteinase, MMP is a combination of betaine, creatine, and dendrobium extract. It is generally safe to take and is often marketed under the name Craze or other names. However, it does not provide the results many would like. A study found that individuals who used MMP for 6 weeks didn’t have any muscle gains or boost in performance. But they did see an improvement in energy and concentration.

Options to Gain Muscle Mass and Power

If you are looking for ways to gain muscle mass and power, there are ways to obtain it without using steroids.

  • Develop a consistent workout plan. Alternate between the muscle groups. Make sure you are training your arms, legs, abs, chest, and back. Work on your form so you are doing the exercises correctly and do not become injured. Train one area, then allow for at least one day rest.
  • Hire a personal trainer. A personal trainer can teach you the best exercises to do for muscle gains. If you are not able to physically go to a personal trainer, consider using virtual ones. Just be sure to read their reviews first to be certain they are certified.
  • Consider using a fitness app to track your progress. This can ensure you are staying on track. It will be easier for you to see how close you are to obtaining your goals and how far you came from when you first started.
  • Develop a sensible diet plan. Look for foods that will assist in building lean muscle. Generally, these foods will be low in simple carbs and saturated fats. But they will be high in protein, healthy fats, omega 3s, fiber, and amino acids. Good examples of this are eggs, peanuts, chickpeas, tuna, salmon, Greek Yogurt, and tofu.



Anabolic Androgenic Steroids: Why You Should Not Use

Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) supplements are made in a laboratory. It is not a good decision to take these due to their multiple harsh side effects.

AAS are categorized as Schedule III drugs by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Simply having them unlawfully) can land a person in prison for up to a year and a fine of $1,000+ for a first-time offense.

Side effects of using AAS include:

  • Increased risk for heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Hormonal changes
  • Increased breast
  • Impulse decisions
  • Long-term liver damage
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Decrease sperm production
  • Male baldness
  • Infertility



Wrap Up

Steroids do not have to be the only option for you when it comes to gaining muscle mass.

While there are some legal steroids that will work, there are also many options that can help you develop the physique you desire. By following a sensible diet plan, incorporating a personal trainer, and tracking your progress, you can see excellent results.

About George Allen

George Allen – Author – An AFPA Certified holistic and preventative nutrition professional. George is a well known exercise physiology and sports nutrition expert, the co-founder of
Syracuse University graduate: bachelor’s degree in nutrition/dietetics (B.S.) and a master’s degree in nutrition science with a concentration in counseling (M.A.)
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