Anabolic steroids are some of the most powerful drugs the world has ever seen. They can transform a paper boy into a superhuman. Unfortunately, or not, there comes a time when steroids no longer work regardless of the dose and the quality. The body just can’t take it anymore. The magic is gone.
There Are Limits
A week ago the popular bodybuilder Mike Matarazzo died from heart problems. He was one of the few professional bodybuilders willing to talk about drugs. Here’s a famous quote by him:
Worst were the chemicals. I have so many memories of being alone in a hotel room the week, five days or two days before a contest, and doing unspeakable things to my body—steroids, growth hormones, diuretics—anything and everything that we as bodybuilders do to achieve a certain look.
Yet there are competitors abusing anabolic steroids for life. A good example would be Dexter Jackson who has been competing at the highest level for over 20 years. He is currently 44 years old and getting ready for Mr. Olympia 2014. Very few people have the genetics to sustain this lifestyle for so long.
Note: Many old-school bodybuilders like Serge Nubret, Frank Zane, Dave Draper and Robby Robinson took drugs for a long time too, but unlike the modern bodybuilders, they were strangers to insulin and the overall doses were smaller.
The Images Below Show Lifelong Drug Users
Naturally maintaining a physique of the magnitude shown above when you are over 60 is a pipe dream. The guys above look better than 20-year-old bodybuilding maniacs who train naturally and abuse every bodybuilding supplement under the sun.
THE TICKING BOMB
As human beings, we are all living under the rule of the ticking bomb.
It doesn’t matter who you are, there’s a ticking bomb attached to you. The period between the ignition of the bomb and the final BOOM is called life.
The God of this world is Time or whatever rules time. Regardless of your earthly titles, time will get to you. There isn’t anything deadlier than a dose of time. Sooner or later, it wrecks everything.
The same applies to the drug users. Eventually, the damages to the internal organs accumulate, and the organism starts rejecting the imported drugs. Once that happens, it’s all over. You are cooked.
CAN YOU POSTPONE THE END?
There are bodybuilders who burn out at the age of 35 while others remain competitive until their 50th birthday. The main differences between those two groups depend on genetics and dosages. Two bodybuilders can do the same and get very different results. One may suffer from kidney failure whereas the other one could win Mr. Olympia 8 times.
The fastest way to burn out is to do everything when are young. This reminds me of Bostin Loyd who is barely 22 and yet has used more steroids and Synthol than some old-school pros.
Today, bodybuilding is way harder on the body than it was during the Golden Era. The requirements for size are incredibly high. The results ain’t pretty. A few pros from the 90s (Nasser El Sonbaty, Mike Matarazzo, and Greg Kovacs) died due to health issues induced by the modern bodybuilding lifestyle. The size game is to blame.
KNOWING WHEN TO QUIT
When you sense that your body can no longer take the beating, it’s time to quit bodybuilding before destroying your system completely. However, instead of retiring, many bodybuilders continue to pump up the anabolics. Most of them are delusional and can’t realize the damage happening to their bodies. As a result, we often see bodybuilders who regress. A good example would be Greg Kovacs whose physique was severely affected by the long-term effects of the bodybuilding game. Another popular bodybuilder who looked much better in the past is Branch Warren.
In the image above, Branch Warren has great proportions – a tight waist, a wide back, balanced arm development…etc.
The modern Branch Warren may be bigger, but in all other aspects, his physique has regressed tremendously. His waist is huge, and his hips are wider than his shoulders.
You can’t cheat nature. Sooner or later, it gets to you. You play, you pay.