No doubt, a conversation starter in the fitness industry and wellness space is supplemented versus steroids. In this episode, Brendan Meyers takes on this very controversial topic. He shares his personal opinion on supplements versus steroids as he takes a closer look at the differences between the two. At the end of the day, it’s essential to put the right nutrients in your body, because if you don’t, then your body will not be working as optimally as you want.
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Supplements Vs. Steroids
I want to jump into this because I’m excited to compare these two words or things that we hear about all the time in the fitness industry and that is supplements versus steroids. I know that this is a very controversial topic, steroids specifically but I feel like talking about it. It’s a conversation starter for a lot of people in the fitness industry even in the wellness space. Everyone is interested in this stuff. I’ve had so many conversations with people when it comes to steroids specifically. I’m a natural athlete and I want to be a natural athlete for as long as possible. I may end up taking something if I’m 36, 37 or a little bit later like 40, 42, maybe TRT. I’ve heard about it, I know friends that are on it. Supposedly, it’s safe as you’re getting older. That might be something that I want to partake in. Generally, I like to stay natural. There’s something about it when you’re like, “I’m natural.” People were like, “There’s no way.” There’s like an ego boost there.
I know that we’re supposed to be getting away from all the ego boost. For me, it gets me excited. It makes me work even harder because I get to show people what genetic ceilings are all about. I feel the way that the fitness industry portrays everything is that it’s not that high of a ceiling as we may thinking. It’s much higher than anyone could ever imagine. That’s why I keep on pushing myself as hard as possible. I eat properly and I have my macros. When I go into prep, I’m very specific about everything. Supplements versus steroids. I’m very curious, are you on something or are you not on something? You may take that in one of two ways. Maybe you’re talking about prohormones, and steroids, whatever it is. Are you on something like creatine? Are you taking pre-workouts? Are you taking protein powder? I believe a lot in supplements. I take my EAAs, which are Essential Amino Acids.
I also take my protein shakes sometimes. Generally, I’m eating more wild game meats. When I mean wild game meats, I’m talking about the ostrich. I eat bison, cod, and foods that you wouldn’t expect someone to eat. I like a whole different vast amount of meats. I stay away from chicken, to be honest. Chicken is one of the dirtiest birds you can be eating. You can quote me on that one. Look it up yourself. It’s disgusting about chicken. What other supplements do I take? I used Creatine HCL from CreateU. My Greens product, I like to supplement that. Remember, supplementation is about adding to your already working diet. If you have a shit diet and you’re taking a vitamin B12, you’re taking a greens powder, and let’s say you’re intaking some vitamin D, elderberry, you’re still not doing a lot of good for your body.
You might have a good physique because of the macros that you’re calculating and if it fits your macros. It’s essential to put the right nutrients into your body. That same thing goes for steroids. If you’re taking any type of steroid, if you don’t have the proper nutrients coming into your body then your insights intrinsically, your body will not be working as optimally as you want. What is my opinion on steroids versus supplements? For the longest time, I thought steroids were all about cheating. If you take steroids, you are a cheater. I ingrained this in my head because I played football in high school and collegiate football. I wanted to go pro. I looked at guys that were taking stuff in the NFL and NCAA. I looked at them and I said, “If you take this stuff and I go head-to-head with you and you’re training just as hard as I am, you’re cheating.” Bodybuilding and stuff are a little bit different because people take stuff and it’s the norm.If you don't have the proper nutrients coming into your body, your body will not be working as optimally as you want Click To Tweet
If the NFL was the norm of everyone’s on stuff, then it’s a whole different ball game. If I came in naturally, it’d be a little bit different. That’s why I’m so focused on supplements and I care about what supplementation I put into my body because I know that it does aid in my success, in my growth, in my performance and being more optimal and I stick with that. I don’t think you’re cheating if you’re on stuff, that’s your path or journey towards the physique or performance that you would like. If you’re playing a professional sport and everyone else isn’t taking that stuff, then it’s cheating. I don’t have any respect for that. I don’t appreciate that by any means. If you look at runners, guys that are on the track. There have been some world record holders and they took the stuff and had a lot of consequences behind it.
Imagine going to the Olympics and you’ve been training your entire life and this is your only Olympic games that you’re going to be competing at. Three other people on the track are doping or they’re taking stuff. Have you heard of Lance Armstrong? In certain sports, there are a lot more people doing it than not doing it. I’ve heard cyclist and a lot of track athletes that take certain things. It’s unfortunate because we’re trying to push the human body at a natural capacity until we allow things to be legal, I don’t think that it should be utilized for specific sports and stuff. Supplementation, there is a fine line because there are things like MK-677, where I think it’s legal. I forget exactly what it does for you but essentially you can eat so much more and you’re hungry. You’re feeding your muscles quickly. Some people could say, “That’s like a supplementation, a hormone or a performance-enhancing hormone. It’s a kind of steroid.”
That’s the same thing as SARMs. When you hear this word SARMs, which is the Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator, some people could be like, “I’m supplementing SARMs.” There are many fine lines of what is steroids, what is a supplementation and what’s going on. It’s unfortunate because the FDA does not approve a lot of supplements, actually not at all. It’s mind-blowing to me because there’s a lot of fat burners and things out there that are extremely questionable. Research is lacking and great over here. I look at supplementation on one side as being something great. If you’re taking things like your greens, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin A, or vitamin K, a protein powder but a cleaner protein powder. If you’re taking a pre-workout, makes sure it’s a cleaner pre-workout. There are a lot of different things that are no longer legal that you can put in pre-workouts.If you can digest food better, inflammation will go down in your body; if inflammation goes down, then you can build more. Click To Tweet
I look at steroids as, “If you want to take performance-enhancing drugs or anything, consult with the right people and utilize it that way.” If you do it yourself, you’re going to cause a lot of harm to your body. Once you create this harm to your body, it’s going to take 2, 3, 4 or 5 times as long to heal your body. It may never be healed in the way that you want it to be long-term. That’s my opinion on supplementation and steroids. As you know, CreateU Nutrition will be coming out with a mood product. I’m excited about this. I’ll talk about the ingredients in another episode. We also are coming out with the immune boost and it’s called Immune. We put a little boost at the bottom so people can understand it a little bit more. There are going to be 4 or 5 ingredients, very simple. We have zinc, elderberry, vitamin C and vitamin D that’s going to be in there. I’m excited to be able to create supplements that I know help in people’s digestion and performance. Optimizing not only the gut but the mind to gut connection.
That’s important. When you look at supplementation, don’t go on supplementation for quick, short-term or acute effects. It’s not worth it in the end. You want to go into supplementation with the idea that it’s going to optimize your body so that you can digest food better. If you can digest food better, inflammation will go down in your body especially if it’s good, high-quality foods. If the inflammation goes down in your body, then you can build more. These are simple facts. It’s like its unique ladder where you look at the first thing that you put in your body to how it digests, how it makes you feel, how you’re reacting in your mind. Also, whatever hormones being produced to utilize the entire digestive tract and to utilize how you’re moving your body, your metabolism and how everything’s working, it starts with the first thing that put in your body.
Use that same thing for supplementation versus steroids, if you ever even think about taking either/or. I suggest greens and vitamin B12. It’s also specific to your body and your body type and what your makeup is. Genetics plays a huge point in supplementation. What are you able to fully digest and absorb? For me, one of the biggest problems has been absorbing fats. I had a lot of problems absorbing fats for a long time. I’ll get acne from it if I’m eating too many fats. It’s very interesting once you start getting your blood tests. You see what your food sensitivity is all about and what you’re having a lot of trouble, which vitamins are you deficient and where are you having trouble with that. It’s like your human body from a muscular standpoint. If you take your subscap, that’s the muscle in front of your scapula. If you point at your chest and you almost point through your chest and your ribs, your scalp is in the back.
It’s a thing that wings and it helps move your shoulder. A lot of different movements, protraction, retraction, upward rotation, downward rotation, all these different movements. Your subscap is the muscle that’s right in front of it. It lays on the front portion of that scapula. When you feel like you injured your front delt or you feel you’ve injured the top of your shoulder in the back, a lot of the times it is your subscap that is causing that pain. It’s the same way with how you absorb foods. It’s almost a coupling effect. If you move one side, the other side does the opposite. This is how I make it easy for myself. If I’m digesting something and I can’t absorb fats, it most likely isn’t just the fats that I’m trying to consume. It might be avocado, olive oil, avocado oil or dairy product. It might be a little harder to digest but it could be other things. Maybe it’s the protein sources, types of foods that are sensitive to my body outside of the fats that are causing my hormones or my blood type.
My blood type also affects what I can consume and what I can’t consume and digest as easily as somebody else. I look at all of this stuff and that’s how I look at supplementation. I don’t look too much at steroids. It is what it is over there. As far as supplementation goes, that’s how I gauge what I want to take. We’re going to have zinc in our Immune product as well. Zinc is extremely effective. I take it. I was trying to have heavy metal detox a couple of years ago because of a lot of the things that I went through. I had a lot of different dyes in my system because of MRIs and CT scans and all this stuff. I decided, “B. Myers, let’s take some zinc.” I had some guidance from a nutritionist and wellness expert and it helped greatly. There are different products and different supplements for you. Hopefully, you enjoyed this QuickTime Friday, quarantine time, COVID-19 episode. It’s very unfortunate at how quickly everything is growing. There are way more diseases than we could ever imagine in this world.
The first thing starts with you. How are you taking care of your body? How are you showing up for yourself mentally and physically? Let’s get on track. Let’s optimize. If you want to check me out, I have bodyweight workouts every single day on my Instagram @TheBMeyers if you want to follow those. Also on YouTube, I have videos that are finally back. I’m excited about that as well. I am not an expert in nutrition by any means. I am a student of nutrition. I am more of an expert when it comes to strength, conditioning and more so strength protocol and power protocol. Not so much as endurance but definitely strength and power. That’s where I would see my expertise in bodyweight training. I love it. I’ve been training for years and years. I went to school from Exercise Physiology Degree. I trust myself when it comes to all this stuff. Thanks for reading another episode of QuickTime Friday. I’ll see you next time.
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