Modern bodybuilders and fitness models showcase an exterior that makes them look like aliens compared to the average person married to a beer belly. Since the muscle heroes are so aesthetic, powerful and complete on the outside, many assume that the same party continues within the body. I am almost sorry to inform, but behind the scenes, the hardware is faulty.
There’s nothing wrong with exercising
What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, correct? In theory, yes, but every hit leaves a scar too. Bodybuilders often train heavy in an attempt to satisfy the modern requirement to be hardcore all the time. Similar ego training can cause multiple injuries.
For instance, 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 aside just for a little bit, you can avoid a lot of pain.
And while lifting can produce a decent amount of torture, it’s rarely the primary source of health issues. The drugs are.
Can steroids kill you?
Ultimately, the syringe has been the source of modern bodybuilding progress since the very beginning. As a result, anabolic steroids have become an integral part of a bodybuilder’s life.
However, steroids are not as dangerous as the mainstream thinks. Anabolic drugs are medical products designed to counteract some illnesses. This is why Anabolic steroids are produced in the first place.
The main reason why modern muscle constructors experience health problems due to steroid abuse are the high doses. It’s not uncommon for a high-level bodybuilder to take a few grams of testosterone a week coupled with a large cocktail of other powerful muscle enlarging pills. Abuse of that magnitude is known to cause liver, kidney and heart failure. As a bonus, there are many minor side effects such as hair loss, testicular atrophy, and suppression of the natural testosterone production.
Females are also seriously affected by anabolic steroids. After a certain point, women on steroids start turning into men.
Bottom line: Steroids do not kill. The dose and the improper use do.
Bodybuilders are on more than just steroids
Steroids may be the heart of the stack, but there’s a lot more to the mix. Professional bodybuilders take growth hormone (GH) and insulin too. Hence modern pros look like pregnant pigs and have GH guts.
Many believe that the use of insulin in bodybuilding was pioneered by the former IFBB Pro Milos Sarcev. An improper usage of insulin can send you into a coma or kill you right away. Insulin is way more dangerous than anabolic steroids and growth hormone. However, bodybuilders take it because the modern size standards require it.
Cocaine and Speed – The Pre-workout Supplements that Nobody Talks About
Some bodybuilders and fitness models take drugs like cocaine and speed as a pre-workout supplement.
Of course, cocaine not as common as steroids, but its market share is big enough.
The legendary bodybuilder/fitness model/aesthetic God/ Aziz Shavershian a.k.a Zyzz died as a result of heart failure. Cocaine was found in his blood stream.
Painkillers – Another Addiction
Many bodybuilders take painkillers to ease the pain from injuries. 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 buy illegal painkillers from shady drug dealers.
Former IFBB Tom Prince suffered a kidney failure caused by the painkiller Advil. Rumor has it that Prince took 24 a day. Today, he looks like a regular person.
Viagra and other sexual stimulants are often part of the modern bodybuilding stack.
Bodybuilders who have been using anabolic steroids for a long time don’t have natural testosterone. When the body is getting testosterone from external sources, it stops its natural cycle. As a result, you have a bodybuilder who often can’t get it up. That’s when sexual stimulants come into play.
DNP and “definition drugs”
Yeah, buddy! It’s not over yet.
Bodybuilders have to be more than just big. They have to be shredded to the point where their lungs can almost be seen during a rear lat spread. How do they accomplish that? Well, they take more drugs.
One of the most dangerous drugs taken during a contest prep is DNP (2,4-Dinitrophenol). DNP 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.
DNP comes with the following side effects:
- flushed skin
- excessive sweating
- rapid breathing
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
Note: DNP can also completely cook your insides and cause coma or death.
Diuretics for the final touch!
Bodybuilders also take diuretics in order to lose water weight prior to competitions and improve their muscle definition.
Unfortunately, diuretics can cause serious problems. 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. This case and others are the reason why people consider diuretics and the magical fat burning pills even more dangerous than anabolic steroids.
Meanwhile, fitness models also take a good amount of drugs even though they are smaller than modern IFBB professionals. Usually, they take everything that a pro bodybuilder takes except for insulin and growth hormone.
But who was “health”?
When people first learn about the dark side of the muscle world, they ask themselves why those druggies are still the face of health and longevity.
It’s simple, really. In this world, everything is turned upside down, and the people who speak the truth are often shut down whereas the 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. As a result, the muscle world has changed the idea of a healthy looking body. People refuse to believe that you are anything close to healthy unless you have shredded six-pack abs and big arms.
Truth be told, the bodybuilding maniacs admit that they are not doing this for health reasons. The goal is to be a freak and satisfy your thirst for accomplishments in the 3D human world. Nobody cares about being healthy, it’s all about the award.
At the end of the day, sacrificing your health for a plastic trophy and the approval of others, 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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