Q: Brian, I was just on a discussion board where your name was brought up as a Natural bodybuilder. Another participant chimed in and said that anyone who has a build like yours must have gotten hisbasefrom drugs. Did you take drugs and then stop? Is that common for bodybuilders who claim to be natural? Please don’t take offense, I’m just curious if there really is such thing as a natural bodybuilder these days. If someone uses steroids, how can they stop without losing everything they gained? ˜ Marrion
A: Are you kidding me? Someone said thatI must have gotten my base from drugs? Have you ever gone to the Arnold Classic and looked at certain guys who just competed a year or two before at 260+lbs, and now can’t be more than a buck-seventy. Not to name names, but a few years back a former Mr Olympia was walking around and looked positively small in that crowd. This spring, another long-time contender did look pretty fit I admit, but at 175-180, not the 245 he competed at.
I have never taken steroids/drugs in my entire life. And I ve never weighed more than 220lbs. I weigh 210 today. The guys I alluded to above lost sixty pounds from their
competitive weight, that would put me at 160. I am extremely proud of the fact that I stayed
clean in a sport so clouded by drugs.
Look around the gym. Check out the monsters who wear their t-back tank tops and spandex shorts for a few months. Oh you can recognize them all right, they re the ones with the bulging muscles, zits, and freakish red skin, and everything else that goes with using the sauce. And then, all of a sudden they ll disappear; or start wearing loose baggies and sweatshirts. When they re not on a cycle, they might play around with the weights, but the majority of the time they just talk to their buddies, coach an unsuspecting female, or wait to find their next victim to sell to.
Look Marrion, I just read over what I wrote and I realize I sound a little sour. Don t take me the wrong way. Some of my very best friends have used the juice. And they re still my friends. Everyone has their issues. I think many take the sauce due to insecurity issues. Heck, I was just as bad in reverse. I used to be an
Anti-Steroid nut. I d criticize anyone who I knew was on the sauce. I even refused to attend any show that was not drug-tested. Maybe it was my own insecurity playing out. Or maybe I was just jealous. I
knew that the guys winning shows and on the covers of the magazines had to be juicers, just like the person on the discussion board who posted that I must have at least used them to build my base.
But, one day I grew up! I won some shows, both tested and untested, appeared on the cover of Muscle & Fitness and realized that none of it was really that important. It’s like you live your life for these things, and then when it happens, it s no longer a big deal. You start looking for the next
high. And that s when I realized that even though I had never used steroids, mentally I wasn t far from those who did. We each had our goals, I just chose to do it naturally. And I guess, because I was able to win some shows and do some fitness modeling, I realized that
high wasn’t all
I started looking for something else. Should I try acting? What about the WWE? (Don t laugh, that opportunity was very real). Can you see where I’m going here? So, let’s say I go one of those directions. Then what? I’d probably get bored, and again, look for the next
high? There comes a time when you seriously have to look at yourself and find out what keeps you going, keeps your mind stable, and makes most sense. For me, it is my faith in God, my family, and my job at Genetica.
Marrion, in no way am I bashing someone that decided to use steroids to
follow their dreams. What I am trying to do is show you that I understand the cycle (no pun intended) they put themselves through. They re depressed when they re off and usually financially broke when they re on. Many have to sell/deal the crap to survive. It becomes their life. Nothing else matters. They forget what’s truly important such as Faith, Family, and Job.
OK, I realize I ve gone off on a tangent, so let me address your other question,
Once someone has used steroids, how can they stop without losing everything they gained? Obviously, I can only go from what I have witnessed with others. As I read your question, I kept thinking of a guy that I helped get off the sauce last year. We ve stayed in touch and I met him at this year s Arnold. For confidentiality reasons I ll call him,
Joe. Joe told me that he wanted to get into fitness modeling, asked for advice, and sent some pics. After a few more emails he admitted he was on the sauce, but wanted to get off. He convinced me he was serious, so I did what I could to help him. Joe was realistic. He knew that getting off steroids was probably going to be the hardest thing he ever did. His entire identity was built around being the strongest, biggest, and most ripped guy in the gym.
This wasn t going to be easy to do alone so I encouraged him to find a support group of people he could trust and then be totally honest.
Tell them your problem.
Tell them why you got on.
Tell them why you want to get off.
Tell them why it’s going to be so hard to get off. Open up. Let people know that you are not just
big, bad, and ripped Joe.
He quit the drugs, relaxed for a few weeks and concentrated on his life outside the gym. Then Joe joined a new gym where he wouldn t feel compelled to retain the old, artificial
Next, we needed to get his nutrition right. I put him on the same diet I use 12 weeks out from a show. Joe and I are the same height and have similar genetics, and without ‘roids he was going to need the best nutrition possible. I had him take 5 Ultra 40’s and 5 Mass with each meal; and UMP for two of his six meals. He did the Creatine and Glutamime combo I take each day in the morning, night, and during workouts. And, he loved Muscle Synergy. Muscle Synergy duplicates some of the positive effects that he got from steroids – strength, pump, and the ability to hold muscle while dieting.
After Joe was on my suggested program for just a few weeks, he said he d never felt better. Twelve weeks later he had some professional pics taken, and looked 100 times better than when he was on. His abs were now ripped, not puffy and distended as before. He was no longer so darn red, now, he had a healthy tan to set off his lean and muscular
beach body. Even his eyes looked clearer. In the original photos his eyes were blood shot (not sure if there is any science to match bloodshot eyes with the juice?) My wife, Heidi, looked at the photos and couldn t believe Joe s before and after shots. She said it was like looking at two different people. Looking back, helping Joe off the juice, was one of my highlights in this industry.
Hopefully, Beverly will publish this in their next magazine and be proud of the fact that their supplements were a large staple in helping this man see true results and become drug free.
Thanks Marrion for your questions. And for Joe—If this gets published, I hope you are extremely proud in knowing that by sharing your story, you might be helping, and even saving, other individuals lives! – Brian, www.wiefit.com
Joeto help him retain muscle and get harder.
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