Many comparisons on NattyOrNot.com are based on the physical development of bodybuilders from the Golden Era (e.g., as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Mentzer, Frank Zane, Serge Nubret and more). In this article, we will present information that explains Arnold Schwarzenegger’s use of anabolic steroids. This will make the parallels even more convincing.
1. During Arnold Schwarzenegger’s era steroids were widely available.
Many of the old timers who have trained around Arnold Schwarzenegger recall how easy it was to get access to anabolic steroids. The doctors were writing prescriptions for rather superficial reasons. ”Hey, doc, the coach said I should get bigger for football.”
Consequently, it was relatively easy to get access to high-quality anabolic steroids. There was almost no fake gear at the time, which is one of the reasons why the old school bodybuilders did not have to use as many drugs as the guys today.
2. The book: ”Arnold: An Unauthorized Biography by Wendy Leigh” talks about Arnold’s steroid usage while he was still a youngster.
The book ”Arnold: An Unauthorized Biography by Wendy Leigh” says that Arnold Schwarzenegger was exposed to anabolic steroids at a very young age. The book quickly went out of print and is currently hard to find.
On page 27, Wendy Leigh states that Kurt Marnul told Arnold about steroids. Marnul said that he’d learned about steroids and their dosages from Steve Reeves, whom he claims to have met in France during a 1952 vacation.
Note: This information was actually denied by Steve Reeves.
3. The Legendary Sergio Oliva exposed the bodybuilding circle in an interview.
In an interview with Brian D. Johnston, the popular bodybuilder Sergio Oliva a.k.a. The Myth exposes the steroid usage in bodybuilding:
BDJ: Could you relay your own experience with drug use?
SO: This is an area of great interest for people. I don’t care who wants to take steroids, because that’s a personal choice… that’s his life. Now, today, everybody has access to them. I even saw in one of the big magazines that Arnold denies having used them, but Arnold was one of the first to bring steroids over to America. And everybody in the old days used them: Zane, Columbu, myself, Arnold, Larry Scott, Harold Poole, Dave Draper, and even Steve Reeves. There’s no way to deny it. It wasn’t much, nothing like today. But the development of drugs is much different. I used decca and dianabol, and that was something really big at the time; and decca was not considered that bad. It was even prescribed by doctors to help make your bones strong. Today you have guys weighing 200 pounds, and six months later they weigh 250-300 pounds! So you know these guys are taking something unbelievable. When they say they haven’t taken anything, you know that it’s phony.
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger admits to steroid usage.
In the video above, Arnold Schwarzenegger admits to steroid usage, but the part where he talks about continuous drug testing in professional bodybuilding is somewhat misleading.
The big shows like Mr.Olympia will never do true testing since most of the bodybuilders are on grams of steroids. If there was strict testing, all competitors will have to be banned. The natural potential of the human body is just not powerful enough to allow similar muscular development naturally. Weighing 250lbs or more at 5’10” in a very lean state is simply impossible to happen without PED.
i guess they would have been great without any drug
Really appeared to have a rather normal physique as a young lad, no hint of above average potential for bodybuilding.
If the claims are true that he began taking steroids at thirteen, around when puberty starts in most males then it would be a perfect way to mask it…since anyone could argue that it was puberty that unleashed his hidden potential.
That being said… I still admire him for his many accomplishments, his ability to do whatever it takes to reach his goals be it honorable or not in the view of others.