Using steroids can definitely help improve your performance, but they are also illegal in many countries, including the United States. If you’re caught using or especially selling steroids without the proper authorization there are pretty strict penalties you have to face. So, in order to get around these penalties some people choose to take different drugs that have similar effects but are alternatives to steroids.
These alternatives work because they generate effects to your body similar to anabolic steroids. However, they are legal because they can’t be converted into hormones until ingestion. Steroid alternatives are also cheaper than purchasing the real thing. If you get your hands on a good product they can have very close to the same effect as anabolic steroids and these effects can last up to a year. However, with some of these alternatives you get what you pay for. Some of them do not work very well and/or last very long. Some of them only stay in your system for as little as a few hours.
There is also health risks related to using alternatives as well. The risks aren’t just related to the real thing. Many alternatives are just now being developed and have not been properly tested to ensure what side effects may occur. So, if you use an alternative you should to put in the time needed for proper research about the product before you use it.