For competitive body builders to build bigger muscles faster is a constant temptation but for the average non competitive body builder there is another natural option - natural body building. True it is a much slower process but the long term gains far outweigh the adverse affects that even legal steroids may have on your body over an extended period of time. Steroids are usually used for a short duration of say 6-8 weeks with a substantial period of time elapsing before starting on the next course of steroids. It is not recommended that anyone take steroids on a continuous basis.
Legality of a steroid depends on the purpose for which it is being used. These are used for medicinal purposes also. If it is prescribed by a doctor for medical purposes, it is construed to be legal steroids. Use of steroids by bodybuilders and sportspersons to enhance their performance is called illegal. The steroids taken on the event of sports quickly helps gain body mass. It makes body stronger. But there is a downside to this aspect. The side effects of these steroids are very harmful. There are many health risks involved in taking steroids. It increases the bad cholesterol level in the body. It also raises blood pressure level. Its effects on heart are very dangerous. It may even damage the liver. Some of these health effects may be mitigated but some may prove to be fatal.