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Discusses the use of androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS): how they work, what they do, who takes them, why people take them, their advantages, their disadvantages, and side effects. Documents a number of studies done with different AAS and varied conditions. Considers the medical applications of AAS. Gives a basic background of the muscle system; how energy is produced at the microscopic level and implemented all the way up to the macroscopic level. Discusses three alternatives that produce similar physiological effects including creatine, antioxidants, and protein supplementation.