Undoubtedly, the rise of weightlifting is connected directly to the advancement of anabolic steroids. The better the pill, the higher the record.
In this post, I presented you material revealing the early use of anabolic steroids by Bill March of York, Pennsylvania, and Louis Riecke of New Orleans. Of course, their rivals from the Soviet Union and the rest of the world were just as natural.
You have to understand that politics play an extremely important role in deciding who’s clean and who isn’t. Also, there is a big difference between passing a drug test and being drug-free.
Men dressed in expensive costumes made by underpaid workers unite and decide the faith of the lifters. Political preferences have always played an integral part in the distribution of Olympic medals.
Many champions were not even required to pass drug tests thanks to political umbrellas whereas others using the same elixirs were busted and destroyed. Yes, the game is dirty, and the weightlifters are replaceable pawns in the hands of men pleasantly smoking cigars.
Regardless of training methods and nutritional protocols, natties face a hard wall. However, when you add steroids to the mix, the threshold goes higher thanks to the added muscle mass, strength and improved recovery abilities.
If one nation uses anabolic steroids while the others do not, there will be more champions coming from the drugged state. Therefore, in order to be competitive, you have to use steroids under some form. All people performing at the top are gifted, work very hard and take drugs. Anyone telling you otherwise probably still believes that the government wants to protect the poor people.
The Coach Does Not Care
The most successful coaches are ruthless. They take lifters and use them as guinea pigs. Nobody cares about your health. If you break, another sucker will take your place. The popular weightlifting coach of the Bulgarians, Ivan Abadjiev, had the same attitude.
He was a soul crusher. He took people like Naim Süleymanoğlu and turned them into lifting machines.
Naim started lifting at 10 years of age and was modeled by Abadjiev to perfection. If you look at Naim, you will see that he is constructed for weightlifting – short femurs, short arms.
It’s not a coincidence that he is still pound for pound the strongest weightlifter ever. You can come up with as many studies as you want. The fact that Naim started lifting under a brutal regime written by Abadjiev contributed to the formation of his unusually short limbs.
Seriously, try getting under heavy weights for 10-12 hours a day since you are 10, and tell me that barbells do not affect your growing body.
The method of Abadjiev was simple – maximal effort all day every day.
He used to compare lifters to wild animals. His idea was that animals perform at their maximum potential every day in order to survive. He believes that humans are capable of doing the same. Therefore, his lifters started to max on all lifts every day (except Sunday). This does not mean that you always lift heavier weights compared to the day before. You only lift as heavy as you can that day, but it’s still a maximum effort.
Note: Animals do not perform at their maximum every day. They pace themselves too.
Many lifters were broken down to pieces during the reign of Abadjiev. Joint dislocations, ligament tears, broken bones, tendon ruptures, extreme overtraining, and steroid side effects are not just flying phrases. It happened. However, the strongest survived, pushed through and won many medals, which was the goal.
This is what I mean by saying that the coach does not care about you. They care about protecting your health only up to a certain point. They want you performing if you have potential. If you don’t have any talent or break easily, you’re useless.
Does this make the records set by the Bulgarians less worthy? Not at all. They were the best at the time, worked the hardest and deserved to beat everybody else. However, there were a lot of tears and broken souls due to the extreme abuse.
Yes, bro. They are not natural even if they are on YouTube.
John Broz made the Bulgarian method extremely popular. According to the official information, he learned a variation of the Bulgarian system from Antonio Krastev, a pupil of Abadjiev.
Somewhat ironically, one of the biggest talents in the gym of John Broz, Pat Mendes, tested positive for growth hormone.
In other words, you cannot train like that naturally, and if the Bulgarians were not natural, neither were their rivals.
I spent the last hour following the online footprints of American weightlifters and in particular John North. Man, does that boy scream loud when he lifts?
Is North natural?
In the video above he has gynecomastia. When you couple that with the red face, back pimples and being a professional weightlifter, you should get the idea.
Anyway, I was amused by some of the comments underneath his videos coming from delusional teens who believe that they can outlift the guy naturally. Dream on.