|Posted by Evan Perperis on October 1, 2016 at 11:45 AM|
Now that Mr Olympia weekend has come and gone you may be wondering if all the physique athletes are on drug? The answer is unequivocally yes. Most of the men are on at least one if not a cocktail of drugs. Everything including steroids and HGH to build muscle, then drugs to reduce the negative effects post cycle. It does not end there because there are also drugs to help you retain muscle while burning fat and diuretics to give that dry, shredded look. With athletes taking so many drugs can you still enjoy IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilders) Bodybuilding while remaining drug free?
I think you can. I am a lifetime drug free athlete and I still watch IFBB Bodybuilding. As someone who is strongly opposed to PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs), why would I watch something like this? The answer, not surprising is I like to see the extremes, just like everyone else. I typically only step on the bodybuilding stage every 2-3 years and only in drug tested organizations (like Drug Free Athlete’s Coalition). I have absolutely no desire to compete in the IFBB…ever, but I still watch. There are plenty of sports I like to watch but have no desire to compete in. Based off the physiques I see watching professional baseball, basketball and football games, I am sure a lot of people can relate to this opinion.
It is a similar concept with bodybuilding, I enjoy seeing how far the combination of science and hard training can push the human body. Bodybuilding, just like other sports, we watch for larger than life performances. The reason I like bodybuilding is because they do not hide their drug use. Just pick up a copy of Muscular Development magazine and you will see articles dedicated to drug use. I find the honesty refreshing.
Views like this is what stops natural bodybuilding from every being a big business, which is fine by me. When I go see a bodybuilding show I want to see someone that is almost 300 lbs at 5% bodyfat (a physical impossibility without drugs). Natural bodybuilding (actual natural not the ones that claim natural but still take low doses of testosterone), will usually top out at 190 lbs. While I don't condone what they do to their bodies I do enjoy seeing the end result of a ton of hard work, incredible dedication and a strong cocktail of drugs.