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Entry from October 21, 2012
Gym Candy

"Gym candy” is a slang name for steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. The drugs are like “candy” to bodybuilders who frequent gyms. ‘Gym candy” has been cited in print since at least 2001.


Wiktionary: gym candy
Noun
gym candy
(uncountable)
1. (bodybuilding, slang) Steroids or other drugs taken to improve physical performance.

Urban Dictionary
Gym Candy
n. Slang for Steroids, most commonly available through the internet is anadrol50
(...)
by Martin Azari Oct 17, 2006

Google Books
Drug Identification Bible
2001 Edition
By Casey Clark, Mel Galbraith and Dave Scherman
Amera-Chem
2001
Pg. 825:
GYM CANDY - Street name for anabolic steroids.

Google Books
In the Zone: Living Drug Free:
A Guide for Girl Scout Adults

By Melissa J. Algranat and Karen Unger; Girl Scouts of the United States of America.; National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (U.S.)
New York, NY: Girl Scouts of the USA
2002
Pg. 31:
Also known as Arnolds, Gym Candy, Juice, Pumpers, Roids, Stackers, Weight Trainers.

16 December 2002, Portland (ME) Press Herald, “Steroids: The ‘gym candy’ that builds bodies, destroys lives” by Paul Betit, pg. 1A:
Some who use the pills call them “Arnolds,” or “pumpers,” or “stackers.” Others call it “gym candy.” Or “juice.”

That “juice” is provided by anabolic steroids, drugs that can make you stronger, run faster and jump higher. Eventually, they may also kill you.

Google Books
Health Problems in the Classroom 6-12:
An A-Z Reference Guide for Educators

By Dolores M. Huffman, Karen Lee Fontaine and Bernadette K. Price
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press
2003
Pg. 148:
Drugs Abuse: Steroids
Also known as: Anadrol, Anavar, Dianobol, Durabolin, Equipose, Finajet, Halotestin, Maxibolin, Winstrol, Durabolin, Depo-testosterone; roids, andro, gym candy, pumpers, stackers, juice, weight trainers (street names)

Google Books
The Complete Drug Slang Dictionary
By Emmanuel Frost
San Francisco, CA : Heliographica
2004
Pg. 70:
Gym Candy - Steroids

Medical News Today
The truth about anabolic steroids
Article Date: 17 Jan 2004 - 0:00 PST
At school they’re called roids, juice, gym candy, pumpers, stackers, weight trainers or hype. They’re anabolic steroids and they can hurt you.

ABC News
Don’t Go Down That ‘Roid Road
Commentary
March 19, 2005
On the street it’s called “juicing,” and what they “juice” are “‘roids,” “stackers,” “gym candy” or “pumpers.” People use them so they can dominate a sport. Some guys use them because they want to have the kind of muscular build women swoon over.

You know what we’re talking about. Steroids. The sports world’s once dirty little secret that has now broken wide open.

Google News Archive
16-18 September 2005, Daily News (Kingsport, TN), Drug Awareness, pg. 6, col. 2:
Slang-Arnolds Gym Candy, Pumpers, Stackers, Weight Trainers, Juice
has one or more of the following warning signs, he or she may be abusing steroids: ...

OCLC WorldCat record
Gym candy
Author: Carl Deuker
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., ©2007.
Edition/Format: Book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

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