Are bodybuilders the biggest threat to your access to perfomance enhancing substances and will they influence congress to create even more stiffer penalties?
Many former IFFB bodybuiders are considerably smaller now such as Kevin Leverone, Dorian Yates and even former mass monster Paul Dillet( have you guys seem him recently). Many have even stated that they are smaller due to desire to be much more healthy. You also have many former bodybuilders who have suffered some pretty serious health issues. Former bodybuilders like Tom Prince, Flex Wheeler, Mike Matarozza, and Don Long have had interviews in prominent online sites and in magazines where they have discussed their health issues and what may have contributed to them. Shoot even the Governor of California villifies the use of sports enhancing substances even though he was an adamant user in his time.
Flex Wheeler admits in Muscluar Development that AAS didn't cause his kidney condition( Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) but says that the bodybuilding lifestyle (including drug, diet and weight training) may have contributed to it or accellerated it. Tom Prince and Mike Matarozza both criticizes the whole "drug use" in bodybuilding and how it contributed to their serious health issues in Flex Magazine.
So you can bet your best dollar that congress is reviewing and following all the comments made by these bodybuilders and will supoena them as soon as possible to testify in front of a congressional hearing. Imagine many of them admitting that none of the elite athletes in their sport could get that massive, that stirated and vascular with the aid of performance enhancing drugs. Imagine further bodybuilders both current and former discussing other drug usuage that many members of the media and congress aren't very familar about (aromatase inhibitors, IGF-1, Myostatin inhibitors and ect).
Can you just imagine how a congressman and the media will twist and miscontrued the words of many of those that would testify?
"You can't get to 220lbs of muscle mass with a 5% or lower bodyfat percentage without the aid of drugs" would many in the media and congress may contray. Many wouldn't even mention of the diets that these athletes would testify too, or demanding weight and cardio training they subscribe too. Nor would they mention the usuage of over the counter legal supplements that many are implying into their bodybuilding lifestyle.
They would only report and focus on the drug use. Bodybuilding as a sport may be banned or severly crippled if some of the negative or perceived negatives that are associate with this sport.
What if one bodybuilder mentions that some use fellow athletes use "recreational drugs"? Congress would cry that bodybuilding is a terrible influence on todays youth and that it should be shut down. If you wasn't a follower of professional bodybuilding or a fan then you would just think this is sport riddled with over usuage of dangerous drugs and that these athletes are at deaths door and don't even know it.
I bet you another thing as well. Arnold will be invited to speak in front of congress on this sport, bodybuilders lifestyle in general, athletes that participate at his annual event and his personal thoughts on what should be done. Congress will ask him of his past usuage and Arnold will be honest and then he will announce that he doesnt believe in "performance enhancing drugs", that they should be banned, and he would love to be the head of government panel that would look into ways to safeguard America's youth from "drugs" and how to rid sports of these "evils".
THen President Bush will appoint him as head of a new government panel which will help bolster his poll numbers in his state and assist him in getting re-elected as governor of California.
Gloom and doom awaits many of us.