I have been reading on the forum for a few days and I am shocked to say the least. The number of people who take drugs or are going to start taking drugs to help them to get bigger and stronger for sports and bodybuilding is alarming. I will probably get called an old idiot but I don’t care. Here is my story for anyone who wants to learn.
I am a 68 year old man from England who started the journey into physical culture in 1961. I used to go to the local mall to look at the American bodybuilding magazines Muscle Power and the British Health and Strength one.
I was amazed at the pictures of Bill Pearl and Steve Reeves. I decided I would do all I could to look like them. I sent off for the Charles Atlas course. After doing all I could with it I decided that I needed weights. I was still at school so I didn't have the money to buy them. My dad got me a chest expander but again it wasn’t good enough. I had to wait for five years to buy my first set of weights and another year to get my weider bench. I then joined a health club, which was few and far between in my country at that time. After training for three years my friend and I decided to go to the NABBA Universe in London. The year is now 1970 and I was blown away with the experience of it all. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane and his beautiful wife Christine were staying at our hotel and actually eating at the next table to us. (Girls were natural in those days, no need for any type of drugs.)
Arnold won the Professional Mr. Universe and Frank Zane won the Amateur section with Christine winning the women’s figure contest.
I got back from the Universe and thought deeply about what I should do to improve my build. Drugs were starting to make their way into bodybuilding and I realized that if I wanted to compete I would have to bulk-up. I persevered for another two years and with supplements I managed to put on some weight but not enough make any real difference. Then one day a guy came to the gym with his manager. The guy was big and obviously on something other than supplements. There wasn’t much info around about drugs in those days, but we knew that all the top stars were on them. I made a big decision to stop trying to compete with the people who were serious about competing and just do it for the love of the sport. I have been a lover of bodybuilding for fifty odd years. I am saddened by the relaxed way in which people openly talk about injecting and doing cycles. I have never taken any sort of drugs and I am here to tell you to stop taking them if you want to make it to my age. I am strong enough and healthy enough to enjoy everything. I am happily married and now live in Thailand.
The only real health problem I have is to do with knee joint pain probably brought on by being a postman for 20 odd years and walking 40,000 miles. What I am saying is your joints are a weak point in weight lifting. Ronnie Coleman is a prime candidate. He has had many operations over the years through lifting too much. Don’t make it worse by covering up the pain with drugs. The bottom line is do you want to live and be happy in retirement or live fast and die young. Look at the statistics. Look at people like Trevor Smith and his Train to Failure system. People are training to death not health. I don’t want to list anymore names of people who died of drug use and abuse as they are online for all to see. Look in the mirror and see yourself as Soul and not just the body. You can get strong and stay healthy all your life without drugs.
I hope the moderator will put my post up and I hope people will take notice.
Be happy and live your life drug free.