When someone thinks of steroids and steroid use, the thoughts are often negative. Many people who are interested in building their body and possibly competing in bodybuilding competitions may become confused. However, while many professional athletes are banned from using steroids, bodybuilding is one exception to the rule. Of course, only legal steroids should be used. The difference between bodybuilders who use steroids and those who do not can be dramatic. A study of Olympic bodybuilders in 1984 showed that nearly seventy percent had used steroids at some point. On top of that, these athletes felt that steroid use improved their mental attitude and nearly eighty-five percent felt that steroids were the fastest way to gain strength and mass. For the newcomer, there are several things that you should know about steroid use and building muscle in general.