Modern bodybuilders are paying with their health, both mental and physical, to maintain an absurd amount of muscle mass at low body fat levels. In order to be a professional bodybuilder you have to be willing to sacrifice almost everything – including your principles. But why is size so important?
The last time we checked ‘building‘ is supposed to be a form of creation – not necessarily enlargement of something. Modern time bodybuilders have forgotten that and the first men who took the size game to a whole new level were Dorian Yates and Milos Sarcev.
Dorian Yates is a retired bodybuilder who won Mr. Olympia six times in row. He is most famous for being the first Mr. Olympia to reach 250 lbs bodyweight with super low body fat. This happened in the mid-90s when Yates was at his best.
Unfortunately, those so called ‘new standards‘ did nothing good as far as pure bodybuilding is concerned. Many believe that the reason Dorian Yates got so big were his methods of training and eating, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The nutrition protocol of Yates was the good old high carb diet – oat meals, brown rice, sweet potato…nothing unheard of. As far as his training goes in the beginning he followed regular bodybuilding routines built around volume, similar to the ones you see in the bodybuilding magazines. Later, he switched to the so-called High Intensity Training (HIT) which was popularized by Mike Mentzer and Arthur Jones. There’s nothing special about that training method and it won’t magically help you break 250 lbs while maintaining shredded abs.
So, what was the secret?
The secret is called human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin. The combination of those two is the reason bodybuilders got so freaky in the mid-90s. Out of the two the mass builder is insulin while HGH is supposed to keep the bodybuilder very lean. The usage of insulin is very dangerous and improper dosage and/or timing can kill you in a heartbeat. However, since bodybuilders are not ‘doing it for health‘ they abuse insulin which is the most anabolic hormone there is.
Dorian Yates was one of the first bodybuilders to successfully use insulin and in about 12 month he was able to gain 30 lbs of muscle which is an absolutely insane amount for someone at his level. Truth be told most natural bodybuilders won’t gain 30 lbs of pure muscle in their whole career let alone in 12 months.
Since Dorian Yates’ reign bodybuilders who compete on the Olympia stage have to meet the so-called new standards. During his career Arnold Schwarzenegger was about 235 lbs – 240 lbs at 6’2″. Today, there are bodybuilders like Branch Warren who are 5’7″ and 252 lbs. Quite the difference, don’t you think?
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What does the governor have to say about it?
Arnold Schwarzenegger criticized modern bodybuilding and Dorian Yates in particular but nothing has changed and even the show sponsored by Arnold himself (Arnold Classic) still supports the mass monsters of today.
In the video below you can hear Dorian Yates talk about his attack exchange with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Milos Sarcev is a retired bodybuilder from Serbia. Many attribute the beginning of the insulin game in bodybuilding to him and his infamous protocols. Lots of Sarcev’s family members were medical professionals and during the late 80s and early 90s Sarcev was experimenting with insulin for the purposes of gaining muscle mass. In the end he was able to come up with his own special protocols and most of the information that people have on insulin usage in bodybuilding is some version of Sarcev’s principles.
The face of modern bodybuilding has been shaped by the abuse of anabolic steroids, HGH, insulin, diuretics and super high calorie diets. While this phenomenon started with Dorian Yates and Milos Sarcev there is no doubt they’re not the only people to blame. As they say: ‘Don’t hate the player, hate the game’.
Everybody in the industry seems to be greedy for money. The promoters want to attract more and more fans while the crowd seems to be hungry for freaks. However, sooner or later people will start going back to natural bodybuilding after realizing that what the professional bodybuilders are selling is nothing more than a pipe dream built on lies, illusion, deception and health sacrifices. Until then, however, it’s safe to say that bodybuilding has been ruined.