It has been well over a decade since the usage of legal steroids in all major athletic activities including bodybuilding and powerlifting has been banned. But due to its potential medical applications, not all steroids are completely banned or made illegal – even for competitive athletics and bodybuilding. These alternative drugs are known as legal steroids GNC.
Anabolic and androgenic steroids were classified as Schedule-III drugs under U.S. Law. This means that you can use them, but only if you have a prescription and they can only be sold by a licensed pharmacy. The controlled substance law states that usage of such steroids must be based on a medical condition and not to enhance performance.
Let’s dive a bit deeper into the world of common and legal steroids GNC.
What are the various Type Schedule-III drugs?
Today the market is flooded with all kinds of performance enhancement steroids, legal steroids, steroid alternatives and different derivatives of such steroids. This makes it very easy to get confused and lost in your search.
Here are a few of the most common legal steroids among the performance enhancing community:
Most Popular Steroids:
- Testosterone – Enanthate
- Testosterone – Cypionate
- Oxandrolone aka Anavar
- Testosterone – Propionate
- Nandrolone – Decanoate aka Deca-Durabolin
Relatively Less Popular:
- Fluoxymesterone aka Halotestin
- Stanozolol aka Winstrol
- Oxymetholone aka Anadrol
Again, keep in mind that the purchase of all steroids mentioned above require you to have a proper medical prescription.
How to Obtain Legal Steroids?
There are multiple ways for you to obtain legal steroids; first being visiting your nearest licensed physician and getting a medical prescription. While most family doctors would write a legal prescription for hormonal deficiencies and other medical reasons, they might not give one for performance enhancement purposes.
That is why your best choice to obtain legal steroids is to visit an endocrinologist (hormone specialist). Upon assessing your condition and need, he or she will prescribe you with legal steroids. Usually you can find a good endocrinologist at a hormone replacement clinic; whose sole purpose is to provide their patients with hormone replacement therapies. Hormone replacement clinics or HRTs are your best bet of getting the legal steroids you want. And more often than not, your insurance will cover the costs of all your treatment.
Another alternative is to fly to a foreign country and get your steroid therapy there. Most countries do not have strict rules against anabolic and androgenic steroids and does not require a prescription to obtain them. This makes getting any steroid extremely easy. But this alternative might prove to be more costly and doesn’t guarantee any type of results. As there are no rules controlling manufacturing process of steroids, you can often end up with a cheap knock-off or a contaminated product which can do more harm to you than good.
However, your best alternative in obtaining legal steroids abroad is to do your research and look for countries with a good medical infrastructure that has strict control over steroids. In some countries, you can easily obtain a legal prescription and start your hormone replacement therapy there.
Will using legal steroids land you in prison?
Contrary to popular belief, using performance enhancing steroids is not the same as using illegal drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy. Steroids, whether for medical reasons or to enhance performance obtained with a legal steroid prescription, is completely legal to use and there is no reason for you to worry about getting caught or landing in prison.
Legal steroids GNC alternatives:
GNC stands for General Nutrition Corporation. It is not a pharmacy nor do they deal with legal steroids. The products they advertise and sell are legal steroids GNC substitutes.
If you want to see a big boost in your performance and improved muscle definition but do not wish to use steroids or cannot get a prescription for them, steroid alternatives from GNC are 100% legal and side-effect free. These substitutes are sold as shakes or can be purchased in pill form and are easily available in the market both at your nearest GNC store and online.
Most of the products GNC sells are amino acids and mass gainers that they claim comes close to doing the job as legal steroids. Their list ingredients consist of proteins, carbohydrates, L-Glutamine, L-Arginine, and L-Lysine and synthetic HGH to help increase stamina, lean muscle mass, endurance, faster recovery times and increased strength.
These supplements are gaining popularity as they do not require injections to use. Soon after the ban on steroids, some fitness companies even came up with a new formula called ‘prohormones’ or ‘hormone precursors’, which are chemicals that enter the body and through enzymatic processes they turn into usable hormones. However they are not as effective as true anabolic steroids, but you can still expect to see good results in your performance.
How to get the ball rolling on eating healthier
You may want to start eating healthier, but getting the ball rolling can be an uphill endeavor.
Make a List
When you get hungry, the last thing you feel like doing is running down a mental list of available healthy foods to eat. That’s why you probably end up grabbing whatever is closest to you and chowing down, vowing to start eating healthy tomorrow.
Instead, sit down and make a list of foods that you determine to be healthiest for you and your goals. Don’t just write a shopping list. Make a list of actual meals that you can prepare and eat. Include what day you’re going to have them, and what time. The more prepared you are when hunger strikes, the more likely you will be to have something ready without having to think too hard about it.
Buy a Cookbook
Flipping through a cookbook with enticing photographs of healthy food will get you inspired to start eating healthy. Buy a cookbook or two that has nothing but healthy food recipes. Make sure it has a photo for every recipe, so you can visualize yourself dining on the healthy options. Put bookmarks on pages that really make you want to get up and start cooking. These are the dishes that will offer you the best motivation to start your new healthy eating plan. Alternatively, you can create your own cookbook by searching around the internet for healthy recipes and saving them to your phone or computer.
Buy Some New Clothes
Wearing the same clothes every day when you already feel unattractive can keep you in a negative rut that’s hard to get out of. Put on your favorite pair of jeans, jacket, whatever, and go shopping for some new clothes. Buy a few that fit you now, and something special that you can work toward fitting into after you’ve achieved your weight goal. The change will help you to see yourself as someone new and fresh who is capable of switching eating habits for the better.
Stop Looking in the Mirror
If your appearance really gets you down, stop obsessing over your flaws in the mirror. Seriously, you don’t need a visual examination over every wrinkle or bulge. Just stop looking in the mirror, get dressed, and be on your merry way. Wait at least a month before you give yourself a once over again. This time, you’ll be pleasantly surprised, instead of walking away thinking how bad you look.
Buy a Cool Scale
If you’re trying to lose weight (or even gain weight), having a cool scale will make the process easier to measure progress. Get yourself a digital scale that measures ounces as well as pounds. They even have scales that speak your weight, if that’s what you need to keep motivated to eat healthier. Just don’t weigh yourself every day, because daily fluctuations in weight are normal, and have little to do with your eating habits. If you gain a couple ounces after eating healthy all day, you could lose motivation to continue to eat healthy. Every three days or so is sufficient to track your progress and measure your results.
Choose Restaurants With Healthy Food
If cooking isn’t your thing, choose some local restaurants that serve healthy foods with wholesome ingredients. Keep a list of these restaurants at hand so that when you come home late from work and don’t feel like cooking, you’ll have a backup plan that doesn’t involve Domino’s Pizza.
Invest in Partitioned Storage Containers
If you’re short on time like most of us, you need some quick options for meals every now and then. Invest in some portioned storage containers so you can make your own version of TV dinners. Instead of pudding and mashed potatoes, fill them with things like brown rice, steamed broccoli, and turkey breast. Prepare them ahead of time and stack in your refrigerator or freezer. Just pop one in the microwave when all you can think about is flopping on the couch in front of the television.
The key to getting the ball rolling to start eating healthier is to be prepared. When you stock up on the tools that will help you reach your goals, get ready for instances when there’s no time to cook, and be kind to yourself by not obsessing over your image, you stand a pretty good chance of improving your eating habits for good.
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Marijuana. Infused. Beer.
It was only a matter of time before weed found its way into America’s favorite drink. Enter: marijuana-infused beer.
These days, you can find marijuana infused in everything from alcohol to BBQ sauce to bath bombs to candy bars. So, it was only a matter of time before weed found its way into America’s favorite drink: beer. Enter: marijuana-infused beer.
From Business Insider, a report that Lagunitas Brewing Company has released an IPA infused with marijuana. It’s called Supercritical, and it’s available for a limited release in California. In case you don’t know, Lagunitas Brewing Company is based in California and was purchased by Heineken in early 2017.
Sadly, though, it won’t get you high — the beer contains no THC.
For inside scoop, watch the full video. Then let us know in the comments what you think about marijuana-infused beer.
Sweden’s Move To A 6 Hour Workday Should Make You Very Angry
THIS CONTENT WAS REPUBLISHED FROM AN EARLIER DATE.
What would you do with 6 extra hours of free time every week? That’s the question every full-time worker in Sweden is going to have to answer. After years of individual companies making the switch, the entire country is about to embark on an ambitious plan to maintain productivity while also eliminating 17% of the current workweek. Yes, the entire country.
Not only have Swedish workers just been given 312 hours of their lives back each year, but they have effectively been given a rather nice raise as well. In 2014, the average Swede took home about of €30,612 (the equivalent of $34,285) each year, or €2551 ($2857) a month, which is about €589 ($660) a week. If we break that down over a 36 hour work week (less than the 47 hours the average American works full-time ), that equals €16.35 an hour. With the switch from a 36 hour workweek to a 30 hour workweek, the average take-home hourly wage just jumped to €19.63/hour, or a 20% increase.*
That would make me pretty happy, and I hope our CEO reads this and feels compelled to give all of us at Men’s Trait a 20% raise. We’re not holding our breath, however. Wages in the U.S. have been slightly better than stagnant for decades, and now we have to sit back and watch as an entire nation was just collectively given a raise that we could only dream of in the States.
In the United States, the average earner made $45,230 before taxes in 2014. More than the average Swede, right? Not necessarily. You might have noticed that the amount people in Sweden take home, on average, was €30,612 ($34,285), not what they earned. That’s the net, after tax amount. In the U.S., depending on a worker’s tax bracket, that amount would be at best $33,923, excluding any deductions and credits on their taxes. Depending on the exchange rate at any given moment, people in Sweden might take home more money than Americans. Or Americans might take home more. It’s very, very close.
But each country is different, and the cost of living in Sweden is higher than in the United States. Or, rather no, it isn’t. When we look at just after tax income, not accounting for fixed expenses, the average Swede has more buying power than the average American. Rent and utilities are significantly cheaper for people living in Sweden, making it slightly more affordable than the U.S. overall. Removing just utilities from the equation gives the advantage to Americans for having more buying power. Luxury activities, like eating at restaurants or going to the movies, are more expensive in Sweden than they are in the United States; that’s one financial advantage we have. But Swedes don’t do those things on the same scale that Americans do, so the premium prices affect them less than they would someone living in the States.
Okay, so I’ve rambled for over 500 words about how the Swedes just made a change to how much people work, and then delved into a bevy of numbers comparing the incomes and buying power of Americans and Swedes, only to come to the conclusion that there really isn’t that much difference between the two countries. Both are wealthy countries, with each celebrating a 7.2 OECD Better Life Index score that measures the quality of life for people around the globe, well above the average score of 6.0. So what’s the point?
Just remember, you could be living the American dream in Sweden, only by working at least 312 fewer hours each year. Oh, and the Swedes are guaranteed 25 paid vacation days and 16 paid holidays yearly, plus some paid maternity (56 weeks, or 13 months) and paternity leave (34 weeks), neither of which are guaranteed in the United States.** Now, with this new 6 hour workday, your typical Swedish worker will work 458 fewer hours every year than the average American (this even includes part-time workers)—that’s 19 full days.
Yes, you should be angry. People in Sweden are living the American dream better than we are.
Preston Hemmerich is the Content Manager for 301 Digital Media, overseeing MensTrait.com, OutwardOn.com, DailyBeautyHack.com and more. He enjoys covering food, politics, travel and writing sad attempts at humor.
*This figure does not account for hourly employees, only salaried employees. Some businesses have applied a wage increase to hourly employees to make up for lost hours, but that is not a country wide practice. In reality, this de facto raise disproportionately benefits higher income individuals working salaried jobs.
**Collectively, citizens of the U.S. get nowhere near 41 paid days off a year that Swedish citizens do.
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