I'm not sure if another thread has addressed this but its so discouraging. If you haven't given this article a read through it would be worth it for a piece of mind. I just cant believe that this sport has evolved to get SOOO much negative attention. Look at the top guys now, a lot of them attest to using MUCH less drugs than they are accused of. Yes, some have advantageous genetics and drugs are a huge part of pro bodybuilding but I have a hard time being so discouraged (probably becuase I'm so sucked into the bodybuilding passion).
e.g: I read Jay Cutler's book, he openly admits to using drugs (no brainer) but says that its not the core of his success and he doesn't use nearly as much as suspected. I THEN met Jay cutler at one of his smaller signings, in fact Since i was working for GNC part time and he was at a GNC I got to sit with him the whole time and chat it up a bit. He comes off as rather tired and run down most of the time, slightly passive and blah. (hmmm insulin?).
I'm not arguing against the fact that pros are using drugs, but to the extent that they are accused of seems a little ridiculous. Not to mention all the other accusations of Gay prostitution and crack addictions (yea sure in some cases but not everyone).
Just look at guys like Dorian Yates, and Levrone....(and older guys like Schwarzenegger). Levrone and yates have lost alot of their size which was no doubt from the huge caloric intake and drug use but they dont look like they are in a hospital bed.
Dexter Jackson has kids and so does Quincy Taylor. There are\were some older guys 40+ on the Olympia stage who didnt look so unhealthy either....
I just have a hard time being so discouraged (moreso frustrated) becuase I have dreams to one day be on that stage myself, and I will be very serious about trying.
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