The question asks about whether or not anabolic steroids (test, tren, dianabol, inhibitors, insulin, HGH, etc.) are required to reach a specific level of strength or musculature. Some people, even medical experts, have told me that there are certain "sizes" that are only reachable with anabolics -- but some people (and there are plenty) claim they're natural and that these levels of musculature came through years of work. You also have people claiming that steroids/anabolics don't change genetics -- so you can't just take testosterone and look like Arnold Schwarzenegger even over a lifetime of training and perfect diet. This brings up a few interesting points that have no clear or reasonable answer:
Is there really a limit to how big someone can get (musculature) without steroids? Or does it just become so difficult to continue seeing progress that people just end up maintaining after a while?
If steroids don't change genetics, they can't change potential much, I've heard. If so, would it theoretically be possible to be IFBB level or elite bodybuilder without steroids, assuming the right genetics? Because if steroids DID alter DNA/genes in the muscles, clearly the opposite could be true -- that theoretically anyone COULD also affect how big they could truly get if no drugs were involved.
Everyone on steroids won't be as big. Some guys take them with a lifetime of training and never get as big as some of those unbelievably large bodybuilders. If this is true, wouldn't that imply the fact that genetics CANNOT be changed too much with steroids? If so, genetic potential would be somewhat UNCHANGED -- so the "end result" would not be affected whether or not one DID steroids -- which could mean that, in theory, with good genetics, anyone can get "huge" without the need of steroids in general (since steroids may not actually help much in potential, but just speed up the initial process).
Basically, would steroids change potential? If so, they would do something impossible to do naturally -- which implies they alter DNA/gene expression in muscle cells and synthesis/satellite cells/etc.
If steroids did NOT alter potential much, it implies you can get as BIG and STRONG as steroid users, in theory, assuming your genetics are "right." That means steroids aren't "required."