Anyone’s who’s been a hip hop fan for the past 5 years should have noticed by now that Drake’s gained alot of size (mostly muscle) over the past 12 to 24 months. Many are speculating that this massive increase in muscle mass is due to the use of anabolic steroids. Hmmmm, makes you wonder, could it be true? Then again, does it even matter? Anyway here are the pics below of Drake’s Before and Drake Now.
So, from the above pics what do you think? Steroids or Hard Work + Perfect dieting. Actually it can be a combination of both. Contrary to what some may believe steroids are not all that bad but like any other thing it’s the abuse and uneducated use of steroids that usually reap bad, unwanted results and side effects. For the most part most bulking steroids are mostly harmless when used correctly. If indeed Drake’s been on a steroid cycle then these would be the phases he went through:
Stae 1: Gaining Weight: This is most times the first stage in a bulking cycle. Because Bulking cycles are focused on increasing muscle mass, most athletes usually start off by putting on as much overall weight possible. If they are on a steroid cycle then they could be using a form of injectable Testosterone like Cypionate, enanthate or sustanon or an oral like Dianabol or Anadrol or even a combination of both injectable and oral. All of these bulking agents also opens ones appetite and therefore influence one to eat alot more, hence the rapid weight gaining.
Stage 2: Bulking Up: After he’s put on a good bit of body fat he then focused on increasing muscle mass. On a bulking cycle steroids used not only influence you to eat more but it also gives you an increase in strength leading you to lift more and hence do heavier sets than usual. This causes new muscle to be created thus making the existing muscle bigger. Most steroids also cause the body to absorb protein much better and faster and hence promoting faster recovery for the muscles after a heavy workout session.
Stage 3: Shredding the extra fat/ Getting the cuts: As with most muscle gaining / steroid cycles the last stage involves basically burning the extra body fat so that the gained muscle can become more visible, this is most times referred to as a cutting cycle. Some of the popular steroids used on a cutting cycle include Stanozolol (Winstrol), anavar, trenbolone acetate or another steroid that’s great at burning fat and produces minimum fat and water retention. Products like Winstrol or any of the others mentioned above will assist the body in quickly burning all the extra body fat surrounding the muscles leaving mostly just the muscles on display.
Stage 4: PCT ( Post Cycle Therapy ): This is the phase where an athlete takes different products like Tamoxifen or proviron in order to encourage it’s body to resume it’s natural level of testosterone production because this will usually stop if one has been using an external version of testosterone. PCT is also good to make sure no side effects like man boobs do not occur.
So there you have it. Those are the basic stages involved in a bulking cycle. Based on what the goal is some people may or may not do a cutting cycle at the end of their cycle like Drake did but it’s always rewarding to be able to actually see the mucsles you’ve build rather than just knowing that they are there somewhere under the fat.
Also for the record if it is indeed steroids that’s to be credited for drake’s results it must be noted that steroids alone is not going to accomplish the results you see. One still need to invest hard work and good dieting especially when on the cutting cycle so instead of being a hater you should simply embrace “The Boy” for doing what it takes to be in a better place physically and obviously health wise. And last but not least if it’s a case of pointing a finger at someone for using steroids then you need to also point your finger at some of the best movie stars, gold medal athletes and even other fellow rappers like Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, 50Cent, LL Cool J just to name a few. Don’t Hate, Congratulate.