“Thus far, rather than deterring criminal conduct, the defendant’s sentence instead has been used by Palumbo to enhance his credibility in the world of ‘chemically enhanced’ body builders [sic] and to create as many opportunities for personal profit as possible,” they wrote. This included things like magazine ads for t-shirts he sold that were emblazoned with a bodybuilder in handcuffs, selling a book titled Perfect Prison Physique , and his continued writings advocating steroid and hGH use. Federal prosecutors even went so far as to suggest that his writings about safe injection of bodybuilding drugs was encouraging needle re-use because his readers were unlikely to get prescriptions for the the drugs and thus a sufficient needle supply to go with it.
"I found my first source in a supplement store without online help," he told Mic . "Traditionally, people would be approached by the shady bodybuilder in a gym for steroid sales, and who knows what kind of quality that product is, not to mention what kind of information is available through him." Because of the Internet, he argued, today's steroid users are more intelligent. Moreover, the quality, purity and reliability of steroids are improving. More drugs are "what the label actually says" they are, Eric said. Subreddits like SteroidSourceTalk — "the cooler, gayer cousin of /r/steroids" — provide comprehensive reviews of steroid vendors. They put more power and resources in the buyer's hands.
The side effects associated with steroid abuse are particularly negative for women, resulting in a whole range of various problems and unwanted effects including – but not limited to – deepening of the voice, increased body hair and clitoromegaly , or an abnormal enlargement of the clitoris. So take a look at the following professional female body builders and decide for yourself where you think the boundary between beauty/obsession lies and whether or not these people have left that line so far behind that they begin to lose all traces of their femininity. One note: The portraits are done by photographer Martin Schoeller as part of a series of portraits of female bodybuilders, check out some of his work here .