Editor’s note: The below article is not intended to make a moral claim regarding the athlete’s actions. We’re reporting on a video Williams made publicly available to his followers. BarBend does not endorse the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The current WRPF all-time total world record holder in the 242-pound raw division, Larry “Wheels” Williams, posted a YouTube video last night detailing his experience using anabolic steroids.

In the clip, the 21-year-old powerlifter explains that as a teenager he was heavily involved in alcohol and drugs until he decided to change his habits and “replace one vice with another, and that was steroids.”

I loved powerlifting. I wanted to get bigger, I wanted to get sTronger, I wanted to get ripped. I wanted to be a demigod, to say the least. I wanted to be a comic book hero.

At first, he took the approach of “more is better.” He was taking up to 1,200 milligrams of testosterone and his regime at one time included pro hormones, trenbolone, dianabol, and a “clone” of superdrol, all in the same sixteen-week cycle.

“I felt miserable,” he says in the video. “My stomach felt like there was a living rat eating away at my intestines.” He experimented with both trenbolone acetate (400mg doses) and trenbolone enanthate (450mg doses), and says that they resulted in severe muscle cramps, depression, lethargy, loss of appetite, and low libido.

But these days, as he prepares to compete in the 242-pound division of the CETC US Open Powerlifting Championships in April, he’s sticking to two steroids: 500 milligrams of testosterone a week and 150 milligrams of anadrol per day. (Here we should emphasize that the federation in which Williams competes, the World Raw Powerlifting Federation, is not drug-tested.)

“Test and anadrol, that is my bread and butter as of September last year,” he says. “With anadrol, I have no notable side effects other than high blood pressure, which I can feel when I go to tie my shoes in the morning and my head blows up like a tomato.”

In the comments on his video, when asked how he handles the high blood pressure, he answered:

No drinking, no drugs other than steroids. I take CYCLE assist by CEL. monthly visits to the doctor to make sure it’s not getting dangerous.

He also commented that anadrol had “by far the most strength (and) least side effects” and that he stays “on gear” all year long, calling it a “life time commitment.”

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Williams has put up some significant lifts in the past, most notably in November at the SPF Record Breakers event in California, when he set a new WRPF All Time World Record total in the 242 raw division with 985kg (2,171lb). His lifts included a record-breaking 771lb squat, 573lb bench, and 826lb deadlift.

Featured image via @larrywheels on Instagram.

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