This answer is based on testosterone. Other steroids can vary… although broadly similar.
Once they start to kick in, you’ll notice:
- Improved strength – nothing crazy, but you will consistently increase your current max weights every week of your cycle. In every exercise. If you have hit a plateau anywhere you’ll smash through it. You need to be careful you don’t damage joints and tendons (although with testosterone the added water helps with this).
- Improved endurance. You’ll be able to do more reps and more sets before you run out of power. There’s just more gas in the tank.
- Improved focus. It’s much easier to make the mind-muscle connection. Rather then dragging your tired ass through a difficult workout – you’ll be fully focused on every movement and what muscle you are hitting. You’ll be able to channel the added focus/aggression to your goals.
- Improved recovery. You’ll be able to hit it hard in the gym every time – because you won’t be sore from the previous punishing you gave yourself. You can train every day of the week without significant soreness. Sometimes you feel like you can train twice a day. I always give the example of my leg day. On cycle I can do an insane squatting session, then wake up the next day like nothing happened. Normally that would be me effectively disabled for a couple of days. I get bad DOMS in the legs… but not on cycle.
- Improved libido. Be careful which hot gym girls you look at and what you let wander into your thoughts, because you’ll have yourself a giant unwanted erection. It’s happened to me on a treadmill before to the point where I had to stop!
- Overall feeling of well being and that “everything is gonna be ok”.
What they won’t do:
- Change your personality. If you are getting “roid rage” then chances are you are a jackass already.
- Improve your shit form. Learn the correct moves before you start.
- Turn you into the Hulk on your first cycle.
Don’t forget that this is all temporary – when you stop taking them you’ll face a steady journey downhill to weakness. Sure you can keep SOME gains, but not anywhere near as much as you’ll want to. Your body strives to return to it’s natural baseline. This is not pleasant and it will make you want to stay on the gear 24–7 for life.
Of course there are some other major “safety” considerations, but the question was specifically about what it feels like so I’ll leave it there.