by Craig Titus
Over the years I’ve watched countless psychologists and or psychiatrists discuss the adverse mental and even physical side effect as a result of using steroids. I’ve often wondered what experiences are they basing their theories on? And don’t get it twisted, that’s exactly what these professionals opinions are, theories, not facts! I’m beginning to see and understand that all their ideas, opinions and theories are solely based on the fact that testosterone is a male hormone that’s directly responsible for a man’s virility, aggression, sex drive and over all state of well being.
I know one thing for certain, I’ve never scene a psychologists and or psychiatrists who’s actually experienced using steroids, so having some remote idea as to how it feels to use testosterone literally. For example.. The age old “Roid Rage” theory psychologists discuss and truly believe to be true is absoluter absurd. This is ridiculous. Ri-dic-u-lous.
I was active in the sport of Bodybuilding from 1988 – 2005 and never witnessed or experienced ‘Roid Rage”. Fact is, testosterone causes you to be more aggressive in the gym and it’s certainly a wonderful hormone when it comes to your sex drive..!! Increased levels of testosterone make a man bigger, as in muscle, stronger & faster, not to mention there’s countless wives and girlfriends who’ve never been happier and more satisfied. To say steroids are addictive like alcohol and narcotics is even more absurd and ridiculous then the ‘Roid Rage” theory. It’s so irritating to witness an over weight psychologist who’s never worked out or stepped inside a gym a day in her life, discuss how steroids cause “Roid Rage” and are high addictive! Who are these ignorant people? That would be like myself discussing the differences in regard to fine wine’s after reading something in a book…it’s preposterous to say the least. Why is it that every time a professional athlete gets involved in a violent altercation it’s immediately the result of ‘Roid Rage”? For example, there are literally thousands of instances of domestic violence fights between friends and family members as well as assaults on innocent people reported in the US every single day. No one is saying “this must be a result of Roid Rage”. There isn’t a psychologist pointing out steroids is the culprit causing all the violence. But the minute a professional football player, or world famous Olympian track athlete or a pro wrestler or a professional athlete in general gets involved in a bar fight or accused of domestic violence, right away, medical professionals are all to quick to pint out it must be “Roid Rage”. I mean it couldn’t be a human being simply getting into a fight like thousands of people do every single day. No no, it’s their professional opinion, a opinion based on the fact testosterone increases aggression as they’ve read in their medical books, that these physical altercations by a professional athlete must be ‘Roid Rage”. Funniest thing is, I’ve been friends with and surrounded by people both men and woman who used steroids for almost 20 years of my life. Not once in all these years have I ever witnessed or experienced this theory of “Roid Rage”. The fact is, “Roid Rage” is absolute bullshit at best. In my personal experience, actual experience, not information from medical journals, anytime was I irritated or frustrated or short tempered while using steroids, it wasn’t a result of the testosterone, the bad moods were caused by starving from extreme dieting for competitions…period! When I have a medical professional say “he was addicted to steroids”, I find myself wondering how in the hell this person came to that conclusion. Are these people in countless rehab centers across the US detoxing from steroid use? Are these citizens robbing convenience stores and banks so they can finance their insatiable and uncontrollable desire to get their steroid fix? I mean, there must be support groups all over America. I can see it now…”Hi, my name is Alex Rodriguez and I’m a testosterone junkie”. Fact is, professional Bodybuilders are literally relieved when a steroid cycle has ended due to the increasingly painful injection sites. There is absolutely zero physical addiction to steroids. Men and woman don’t continue to use steroids because of a so called addiction. They don’t inject and ingest steroids to avoid detox symptoms such as vomiting, chills and diarrhea or even hysteria. No, people use steroids to achieve greatness, to become champions, to be bigger, stronger and faster… not because they’re addicted! Why do you think steroids were created in the first place? Youth clinics all over the world prescribed testosterone, HGJ and other steroids to slow down the aging process. Testosterone is prescribed to men to make them feel young and virile again. I suppose an addiction exists to some extent. Am addiction to achieving greatness, addiction to being a champion…an addiction to being bigger, stronger, faster!
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Craig Michael Titus was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on Jan 14, 1967. The eldest of Michael and Sandra Titus’ three children. In high school, Craig wrestled for his school team at 132lbs. After graduation, decided to put on some muscle via weight training. When Craig graduated from high school he was 5’6″ and 140lbs. By the age of 21, he was 5’9″ and 185lbs. Once he started weight training and seeing results, he was hooked. Craig’s first bodybuilding show was the 1988 Houston Bodybuilding Championships in which he won the Men’s Open middleweight class and the overall title.
2002 Mr. Olympia – 11th
2002 Night of Champions XIV – 5th
2002 Southwest Pro – 7th
2001 British Grand Prix – 9th
2001 Mr. Olympia – 12th
2001 Arnold Classic – 6th
2001 SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PRIX – 2nd
2001 IRONMAN PRO INVITATIONAL – 5th
2000 Toronto Pro – 1st
2000 Arnold Classic – 10th
2000 Night of Champions – 11th
2000 Ironman Pro Invitational – 8th
1996 NPC USA Championships — 1st Heavyweight and Overall
1995 NPC USA Championships — 2nd Heavyweight
1994 NPC National Championships — 2nd Heavyweight
1994 NPC USA Championships — 2nd Heavyweight
1993 NPC USA Championships — 4th Heavyweight
1991 NPC Ironman/Ironmaiden — Overall
1990 NPC Tournament of Champions — 3rd Heavyweight
1990 NPC Western Cup — Overall
1989 NPC Houston Bodybuilding Championships — Overall