There is an established body of literature with respect to the pharmacological properties of anabolic steroids. However, researchers have ignored the possibility of latent behavior of these drugs. The purpose of this study was to inveestigate the prolonged effect of an anabolic steroid (methandrostenolone) following cessation of drug administration and a 15 week detraining period.
The population consisted of male weightlifters. A sample of twenty subjects ranging in age from 19 to 25 was used. Maximum dynamic muscular forces were determined by testing 1-RM (Repetition Maximum) in the bench and military presses and the squat exercises. The anabolic steroid, 15 mg of methandrostenolone each day, was administered during consecutive four weeks of training period which was then followed by a 15-week detraining period.
The results of the present study revealed that the increase of muscular force obtained during drug administration was significantly maintained following 15 weeks of a detraining period. Subjects who trained without the drug lost a significant amount of their muscular forces following the detraining period.