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How Pro Athletes Get Away with PED’s
By: The Steroid Guru
It’s no secret that top pro athletes in all sports look to PED’s to boost their performance and gain an athletic edge. In many cases, you have to use them just to keep up with the field; those who do not, get left behind. But unlike pro bodybuilding where drug testing is a sham, mainstream pro athletes have to worry about passing a drug test. Don’t be fooled, they’re just as dirty as the guys on the Mr. Olympia stage. Here are some of their secrets on how they’re getting by and not getting caught.
First, athletes have to consider passing the testosterone/epitestosterone drug test ratio. What does that mean?
Testosterone to Epitestosterone was set at 6:1 by the IOC Medical Commission in 1982 as a final positive test, however, it changed recently to 4:1. The test is conducted by using a Carbon-Isotope Ratio test (CIR test) which determines whether the extra amount of testosterone in the urine is endogenous (naturally produced) or exogenous (pharmaceutically taken).
The carbon isotope ratio is the ratio of two variants of carbon-13 to carbon-12 (these numbers indicate the atomic mass of the carbon which is the total number of protons and neutrons found in the nucleus). C-12, contains 6 protons and 6 neutrons, whereas, carbon-13 contains 6 protons and 7 neutrons.
The measurement for pharmaceutical testosterone, which is synthesized from plant steroids is different from natural testosterone, because the molecular carbon framework is put together differently by plants and humans. Pharmaceutical testosterone contains less carbon-13 than endogenous testosterone. The drug testing protocols are very scientifically specific and without a knowledge of this science, it becomes very easy to fail sports-specific drug tests.
In every male, a certain ratio of the hormones testosterone to epitestosterone are produced on a daily basis. In a typical male, this ratio rarely goes over 4 parts testosterone to 1 part epitestosterone. Therefore, if an athlete were to inject exogenous testosterone into the body, testosterone levels would increase, but epitestosterone would not. This would dramatically change the T:E ratio.
How to Beat it?
The testosterone/epitestosterone ratio test is easily beaten by injecting epitestosterone to even out the ratio (most guys only inject testosterone which raises the red flag). It is also much more expensive and harder to acquire, but still not out of reach for anyone with an extra couple grand to throw around.
The carbon isotope test is beaten by injecting testosterone derived from animal sourced cholesterol to balance out the regular plant sourced stuff that pharmaceutical companies and underground labs manufacture. Because animal sourced cholesterol is more expensive and more difficult to get than plant based, no pharmaceutical company uses it, which is why this test is used to determine if there is too high a ratio of plant based (i.e., from outside your body) testosterone in someone's system compared to animal based (which they assume is your natural testosterone), but by injecting animal based testosterone, you even out the ratio and the test becomes useless.
If the athlete doesn’t want to go to that level of extremes to use high doses of exogenous (and expensive) testosterone, then the next answer is using fast acting esters like testosterone suspension or TNE (test-no-ester), or possibly even testosterone propionate (although that is much riskier). Purity Source Labs has some of the cleanest and most potent forms we’ve come across to date.
Athletes who think they can pass a drug test using other steroids like Trenbolone, Primobolan, Deca, Equipoise, and Stanozolol will soon find themselves in hot water, heavily fined, and facing certain suspension. Even oral steroids like Dbol, Anavar, Turinabol, and Halotestin, while having short half-lives and are in and out of your blood stream relatively quick, still hold prolonged metabolites which will get you popped on a drug screening.
If you plan on using anabolic steroids like those mentioned above, learn about metabolite clearance times. These are easily assessable and the various steroids can last in your system from anywhere from 1 week to 18 months or longer. Orals are always in and out of your body quicker than injectable. 19-Nor steroids like Deca, Tren, and NPP are completely off limits regardless of the ester attached.
Other Options to Look At: IGF-1, Micro-Dosing, HGH
There are some other attractive options you may want to consider, albeit not-full proof, that are less risky than traditional anabolic steroids or manipulation of test/epitest ratios as previously discussed. In fact, here is an excerpt from USADA’s website on Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) and Human Growth Hormone.
“Unlike anabolic steroids or other more easily detected substances, hormones, growth factors and related substances like hGH and IGF-1, which mimic hormones naturally produced in the body, provide a more difficult challenge to detect.
While IGF-1 can be identified in urine, there is no current criterion for detecting abuse in this way. The concentration of IGF-1 in blood is used as one factor in the biomarker test for GH abuse. Anti-doping authorities can successfully monitor an athlete’s use of this class of substances by examining an athlete’s blood profile over-time. This process of longitudinal data collection, commonly referred to in sport as the biological passport, looks for variations of an individual athlete’s biomarkers to determine the likelihood of doping.”
Simply put, you’re most likely safe in using these substances unless you’re going to be tested quite frequently the way athletes who participate in WADA and USADA are. Those include Olympic athletes and more recently the UFC. Although, sporting leagues such as the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, and MLS do not fall under the watchful eye of WADA and therefore you’ll almost never hear of an athlete in those organizations failing a drug test for IGF-1 and/or HGH.
In fact, most of the athletes in the BALCO scandal never tested positive for HGH, but instead confessed their guilt due to other overwhelming circumstantial evidence and not due to a failed drug test or how their biological passport looked.
Some athletes have started to use micro-dosing as a potential work-around in beating drug testing. That is the idea of using a low dose of testosterone (no ester) with frequent daily injections so the athlete can actually beat a drug test, while still gaining the performance and recovery benefits you are looking for. Will it actually help the athlete or is this more of a placebo effect? It’s hard to say, however, you risk hitting your receptors with not enough hormone for the super-psychological effects, while risking your natural production of testosterone to be turned off, shutting down your endocrine system. Assess your risk/reward and make a judgement call.