Victor Martinez and the GI crew reveal the top most dangerous steroids used in bodybuilding

In competitive bodybuilding, steroids is a constantly discussed topic. For better or for worse, steroids and other PEDs are a part of bodybuilding culture and used by many athletes to take their physiques to the next level. It goes without saying that nearly all steroids used recreationally can be dangerous for your health but some are far more dangerous than others. In this week’s episode of the Generation Iron Podcast, Victor Martinez explains which steroids are the most dangerous in bodybuilding – and what kind of damage they can do.

Victor Martinez is a pro bodybuilder who is open about his past experiences using PEDs. This is because steroid use is a common practice in the sport – and it’s important to be honest and help educate on the realities of using these substances. That’s why this week, Martinez is discussing with the GI team about the most dangerous steroids used in the sport.

Victor Martinez shares his past experiences with some of these substances and also details the side effects and serious health issues that come with abuse. Below is a list of some of the dangerous substances discussed in this episode:

  • Dianabol
  • Trenbolone
  • Winstrol
  • Anadrol
  • Clenbuterol (not a steroid)

It’s important to note that Victor Martinez and Generation Iron do not condone the use of these substances or an illegal PED. The conversation is for informational and entertainment purposes only. All steroids can lead to negative health effects. Let’s jump into it.

Disclaimer: Generation Iron team are not medical professionals and are not advising for or against the use of any performance enhancing drugs, rather stating the facts surrounding these substances.

“Tren is the crack of steroids.”

– Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez speaks honestly about the dangers and addiction of Trenbolone

Trenbolone, often called simply tren, is a very common steroid used in professional bodybuilding. It’s a powerful PED and with that comes very serious health issues when abused in the long term. In fact, Victor Martinez speaks of the substance so unfavorably that he wouldn’t recommend anyone use it – unless you are attempting to be the best in the pro leagues.

Victor Martinez admits to having used tren in the past and speaks on his experience of the negative side effects that came with it. It’s something he remembers like a bad hangover and is happy to have it behind him.

Trenbolone provides extremely fast results when it comes to strength improvement, muscle growth, and recovery. It can make you feel like Superman. Due to have fast it works, it is very attractive to those looking to become mass monsters. Victor Martinez explains how it becomes a drug addiction. The results feel so good it’s hard for bodybuilders to let go.

Both Ehsan Farahi and Victor Martinez worry about bodybuilding fans who use tren but do not compete. They both claim it is not worth it unless you are trying to become Mr. Olympia. If you are not competing, it’s a waste and destroying your body for no reason.

If one were to use trenbolone, it shouldn’t be used for more than six weeks. Anything longer than that will do significant damage to your organs – particularly the liver. Victor Martinez recommends using it in the back half of your contest prep leading up to a competition.

Martinez also shares some of the discomforting side effects that come from regularly using trenbolone including:

  • Tren stench (A specific unpleasant body odor)
  • Tren cough
  • Tren skin (a discoloring sickly look of the skin)

The biggest danger of trenbolone is how well known it has become in the bodybuilding world. Many fans of the sport know famous bodybuilders who likely use it – and become inspired to use it themselves. They turn to the black market and get unregulated or even fake substances. Most of these fans are either aspiring bodybuilders or gym-goers who are young and feel invincible. But they end up experiencing serious health issue years later.

The importance of monitoring the liver, kidneys, and heart in bodybuilding

Ehsan Farahi points out that the three most vital organs to monitor throughout a bodybuilding career is the liver, kidneys, and heart. While there are certainly many more health concerns that can arise – these three organs are most immediately effects from long term PED use in bodybuilding.

It has become increasingly popular for bodybuilders to speak vocally about bloodwork. The importance of getting regular blood tests cannot be understated. In a recent episode of The Mike O’Hearn Show, guest Dr. George Touliatos explains step-by-step on how to exactly review blood test lab results. This is the first step, and one that should be repeated every three months or so, to help mitigate the potential damage PEDs can cause.

Wrap Up

Victor Martinez and the GI team talk extensively about the most dangerous steroid substances used today in bodybuilding. There is far more detailed information than can be recapped here. So make sure to watch the full episode of the Generation Iron Podcast above. Make sure to check back every Tuesday for new episodes only on the Generation Iron Fitness Network or wherever podcasts are downloaded.

Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.