Yes, as do all speed-strength sports; however, remember that the barbell must travel fast enough to be caught in the bottom position. A large amount of “speed” is needed, more so than strength is needed. Yes, strength and speed are connected, yet it is the opposite of what most think. A fast man can make himself a strong man, but no strong man will make himself a fast man. I usually do not like to simplify things, but speed training is generally more stress inducing than strength training. Thus why you can lift “heavy” 3-4x a week, yet cannot sprint that many times a week at a maximal level. Recovery is more important when speed is a considered factor. Thus, in my opinion, the reasoning that recovery is needed more than drugs that have a favorable effect on enchancing absolute strength.
@Geoff: so people are “fucken idiots” if they think The Rock used steroids? I’m terribly sorry to be the one to give you this reality check, Geoff, but you’re in dire need of it, so here goes; I’ve been doing bodybuilding for more than 15 years and I can tell you from my own experience that a lot of the stuff that you see on “natural” stages is often not natural at all – you should really get a grip on reality. Sadly enough, quite a lot of the “natural” guys (I wouldn’t say the majority) do a cycle during the off season and try not to test positive during the competitions (which has gone wrong on more than one occasion). I don’t have a problem with people using non-natural bodybuilding regimes, not at all, but don’t take part in natural competitions if you do, that’s all; go for the non-natural competitions or simply don’t compete. Furthermore, most of the “natural” bodybuilders are not bigger than the Rock; they might be more cut, true, and you might confuse this with “being big,” but most of them are definitely not bigger, volume- and mass-wise. And as far as the Rock’s steroid’s usage is concerned: he apparently admitted to this himself (which, again, is not a “bad thing” in my opinion; to each his own, after all), just check (for example) http:///articles/140046-dwayne-the-rock-johnson-says-he-used-steriods-is-it-just-his-era-that-used .
This is a great question that, unfortunately, cannot be answered in just a couple hundred words. There are important issues that focus on educating one's self prior to embarking on such a course of action, particularly the downsides of using steroids – the side effects, the proliferation of fake gear, getting off of them, getting blood work done, etc. And, the fact that buying, selling and transporting them is (in America) still a felony, not to mention banned by all sports federations. All very important salient issues that require a lot of space to do justice.