Bodybuilders and modern fitness models present physiques that make them look like aliens from outer space compared to the average person with a beer belly you meet on the street. They look quite powerful, strong, aesthetic and lean. Since the time of Arnold Schwarzenegger and before bodybuilding has been considered always a source of health and longevity. Many even consider it the fountain of youth. Unfortunately, behind the scenes the story is quite different and it seems that inside that muscular and lean body there’s often damaged hardware that can cause bugs in the future.
There’s nothing wrong with exercising
Since the beginning of time exercising has been presented as a healthy activity that makes you a better version of yourself. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, correct? This is one of the reasons why many people often refer to gyms as health clubs.
Of course, bodybuilders cannot train like regular people who consider triceps kickbacks with the pink dumbbells working out. Bodybuilders are meant to be big, muscular, strong – superheroes. They lift multiple plates on each side of the barbell and don’t fuck around with nonsense. Similar ego lifting is known to cause multiple injuries and it’s not uncommon for a bodybuilder to tear a few tendons during his career.
People like Branch Warren have become notorious for their poor training form. The idea behind Branch Warren’s style of lifting is simple: if the bar ain’t bending, you are just pretending. If you put your ego to the side just for a little bit, you can avoid a lot of potential injuries.
While exercising can obviously cause health problems it’s not what makes bodybuilding and fitness unhealthy. It’s actually the cause of the least amount of problems bodybuilders and fitness models experience.
Can steroids kill you?
There is no doubt that steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs (PED) have been part of bodybuilding since the very beginning of the sport and they are the reason why bodybuilders keep getting bigger and bigger. It’s not that nutrition and training changes – it’s the syringe size and its content that increase and improve.
Anabolic steroids are a huge part of a bodybuilder’s life. Most bodybuilders would rather have a coach experienced with drug protocols than somebody who knows how to train and eat correctly. This is not a surprise since no matter how well your training is, you will never reach the physical development of modern professionals unless you ‘juice’. If you don’t have somebody to tell you how to win the chemical war, you are doomed to fail in your pursuit of a super muscular body.
In general, steroids are not as dangerous as people make them appear. They are medical products that in certain situations save people’s lives and help them get back on their feet. That’s one of the main reason why anabolic steroids are produced in the the first place. They are like morphine – it can help you or break you.
The main reason why bodybuilders as well as modern fitness models experience health problems due to steroid abuse is the amount of different drugs they use. It’s not uncommon for a bodybuilder to be on a few grams of testosterone a week coupled with a large cocktail of other powerful muscle enlarging pills. Abuse of similar substances is known to cause liver, kidney and heart failure. There are also many minor side effects such as hair loss, testicular atrophy and reduction of natural testosterone production. Females are also seriously affected by anabolic steroids and after a certain point they start turning into men. Their facial structure changes, the voice mutates…It’s not a particularly pretty sight to see.
With that being said the number one reason why bodybuilders suffer so bad from the abuse of steroids are the maniacal need to constantly take more and more in order to keep up with the competition. Back in the day of Arnold bodybuilders were also taking steroids but the drugs were from far better quality, the dosages were quite smaller and people were not experimenting with other drugs such as insulin. This is one of the reasons why many of the bodybuilders from the so-called Golden Era Of Bodybuilding are still alive to this very day, while quite a lot popular bodybuilders from the 90s have already passed away.
Technically, steroids do not kill. What kills is improper usage and failure to draw the line before the inevitable happens.
Bodybuilders are on much more than just steroids
While steroids are the first type of drugs people link bodybuilders and fitness models to, there’s much more to the mix. As we’ve already said professional bodybuilders are also taking growth hormone (GH) and insulin. This is one of the reasons why modern pros looks like pregnant pigs and have GH guts.
Insulin is insanely dangerous drug that can kill you faster than a thunderbolt. Many believe that the use of insulin was pioneered by former IFBB pro Milos Sarcev. It’s not uncommon for people to be completely unreasonable and ask advice about Sarcev’s protocols on the Internet. This only goes to show how irresponsible and blind bodybuilders are in their pursuit for muscle mass which in most cases just covers for another weakness. For those of you who don’t know improper usage of insulin can send you into coma and kill you right away. It’s way more dangerous than anabolic steroids and growth hormone. However, bodybuilders don’t care and do it because the modern size standards require it.
Once again – it’s not the drug that kills, it’s the improper usage. We all know that insulin has been used as diabetes treatment to manage blood sugar. The same idea applies to growth hormone which is also a drug meant to be use for medical reasons rather than recreational purposes.
Cocaine and Speed – the pre-workout supplements nobody talks about
If that’s not enough drugs, we have more for you. Quite often bodybuilders and fitness models would use cocaine as a pre-workout supplement before they workout. Cocaine makes you very energetic and alert. It also makes your heart spin like crazy which increases your metabolism and helps you burn fat. Of course, cocaine is not as used as often as steroids, but its market share is big enough to mention it. In fact, cocaine has killed probably more bodybuilders than steroids have.
The legendary bodybuilder/fitness model/aesthetic God/ Aziz Shavershian a.k.a Zyzz died due to heart failure and in his blood stream was found cocaine. He was also using anabolic steroids such as Trenbolone a.k.a ‘tren’ as well as other substances that were helping him maintain such a low body far percentage and quality muscle mass all the time despite his party lifestyle.
Painkillers – another addiction
Believe it or not bodybuilders and fitness models often get addicted to powerful painkillers. Painkillers are often taken by bodybuilders to ease the pain from injuries and other nagging places. While a few aspirins may seem like your grandmother’s stack you should know by now that bodybuilders are never satisfied with so little. Many pros use illegal painkillers which require prescription from medical professional. They take it under the counter from shady drug dealers who often sell other recreational drugs as well.
Former IFBB Tom Prince is suffered kidney failure after abusing the painkiller drug advil. Rumor is he took 24 advils a day. As a a result his kidneys were overloaded and he had to quit bodybuilding. Today, he looks like a regular person and is no longer the 240 lbs monster he was in his prime.
Viagra – yet another another drug
The endless stack of a professional bodybuilder continues with Viagra and other sexual stimulants. Bodybuilders who have been using anabolic steroids for a long time usually have very low to zero natural testosterone production. When the body is getting testosterone from external sources, it stops its natural cycle. As a result you have a bodybuilder who can’t ‘get it up’. That’s when sexual stimulants come into play. Bodybuilders often use them in order to improve their performance in the bedroom which according to modern standards should rival the guys from Brazzers.
DNP and more ‘definition drugs’ – yeah, buddy! We are going on!
Bodybuilders need to be more than big. They also have to be more than lean. They have to be completely shredded and as muscular as a horse. Bodybuilders come so ripped to the stage that their lungs can almost be seen during a rear lat spread. How do you do that? Well, you take more drugs.
Bodybuilders take a lot of different drugs to get ready for a contest and one of them is DNP (2,4-Dinitrophenol) which was used extensively in diet pills from 1933 to 1938 after Cutting and Tainter at Stanford University made their first report on the drug’s ability to greatly increase metabolic rate. It’s a strong and effective drug and it’s not uncommon for a very fat and out of shape bodybuilder to get super shredded in a few months, if not weeks. DNP, however, is also a very dangerous drug that comes with the following side effects:
- flushed skin
- excessive sweating
- rapid breathing
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
DNP can also completely cook your insides and cause coma or death.
Diuretics for the final touch!
In order to take it to the next level bodybuilders also take diuretics which help you lose water weight prior to competitions. While water is considered lean active weight, it can blur definition and hide muscle detail. Bodybuilders hate that and that’s why they take water pills in order to lose that film of water and appear even more muscular and ripped on stage. Unfortunately, diuretics can cause severe water dehydration.
In 1992 the popular bodybuilder Mohammed ‘Momo’ Benaziza died at the age of 33 in a grand prix contest in Europe. The autopsy showed that he was severely dehydrated. Prior to the show he used diuretics and of course many other drugs. This case and many others are one of the reasons why people consider diuretics and other magical fat burning pills even more dangerous than anabolic steroids.
It’s very important to know that fitness models also take quite a lot of drugs even though they are quite smaller than modern IFBB professionals. Usually, they take everything a pro bodybuilder takes except for insulin and growth hormone in order keep their midsection lean and small. Having a small waist is very important for a fitness model. If you have a large and bloated mid-section, you are considered ‘unaestethic’ which is the ultimate insult for a fitness model. Whatever the case, those guys are not joking around and take decent amount of ‘bulking’ and ‘cutting’ drugs.
But who was ‘health’?
When people first learn about the dark side of the muscle world they ask themselves why are those people still the face of health and longevity. The reason is that in this world everything is turned upside down, and people who speak the truth are often shutdown with lawsuits and other forms of freedom of speech theft, while liars supporting the status quo are left untouched and tolerated.
We prefer to close our eyes in front of obvious wrongs and pretend that the advertisements are telling the truth, politicians are good people and the direction we are going in is alright.
As a result the bodybuilding and the fitness world have changed the idea of a healthy looking body tremendously. People refuse to believe that you are anything close to healthy unless you have shredded six pack abs and 18 inches lean arms.
To tell the truth, the bodybuilding maniacs will tell you themselves that they are not doing it for health reasons. The goal is to be a freak and to satisfy your trust for accomplishment in the 3D human world. Nobody cares about being healthy, it’s all about the award and becoming part of history. Is it all of this worth it? Everybody has their own interpretation to this question, but for the most part sacrificing your health for a plastic trophy and the the approval of others who in the end of the day don’t care about anything else than their own, seems to be a little excessive, but what do you expect from a world where second place is the first loser?
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