I understand my opinion is not a popular one. In strongman competitions steroid usage is common. It is all about show and circus, if a strongman gets health problems or even dies, not many people care, there is always a new strongman ready to take his place in the events and on tv.
Eurosport aired a program after Marundes death, were he was interviewed about his future in the sports of strongman, he sat there togheter with his wife and kid. There was not one mention in the show about his death.
The TV-channels and the fans do not really care about the persons, they care about what they see, the spectacular strength feats, and the circus, if someone dies or gets injuried or fot other reasons cannot continue, there are always other up and coming strongmen ready to take their place.
What young people need to realize, is that the health is their most important asset. I’ve seen so many tragedies caused by drug usage, and I personally know a few blokes that has made huge achivements in strength sports, but are now on medications the rest of their lifes.
I am sure Jesse Marunde was a great guy, but I think it is very naive to think that he was free of steroids. I would believe almost every top strongman is on steroids, not being so would be stupid from a competitive perspective, as everyone they compete against is using steroids.
However, the damaging health effects of heavy steroid usage is not to be taken lightly, and that is my point. I understand Jesse Marunde had some heart-condition he was born with, but usage of steroids would not exactly help this condition in a positive direction.
I read that it was not found anabolics in his system after his death, but that does not prove he never used it. There are many weight-lifters and powerlifters that have won world championships that have used steroids at some points, yet they pass the test for steroids in competition. Not testing positive at one point does not prove that steroids was never used.
407lbs x 20 is not a very impressive feat by a world class strongman in the squat. I will squat better than that in not a very long time. So far I’ve done 380lbs x 19 in the olympic squat, close stance, high bar style. Check out the T-Nation 20-rep challenge thread if you do not believe me.
So my message is to say no to steroids, because you never know what kind of problems you will encounter down the road. Your health is the most valuable asset you have.
Jesse Marunde was a great strongman, and he worked out with an enormous dedication, and lifting was his life. I admire people who put every effort possible into becoming as good as they can, however I have seen so many bad things happen to people that do steroids, that I see no reason to defend the usage of said medications.
I am fully aware that steroid users will hate me for saying this, and that naive people who think strongmen don’t use steroids will hate me too.
For about 3 years, I trained in a hardcore gym with a lot of people that did steroids. I saw a lot of people get problems because of their usage of the illegal substances, social problems, health problems, problems with party drugs, family violence, and one dude committed suicide because his mind got fucked up.
I realize the world has a hunger for stronger and better athletes all the time, and that the race will never end, and there will always be a supply of men willing to risk their health to be the next super-athlete.
I am advocating that you can be very strong without steroids, it takes a lot of time and dedication, but if you are persistent through many years, then you will reach a level you never tought possible.
Training for strength is a journey that can last for many years, many won’t reach their peak maybe until they are 35-45 years old or possibly older.
Realizing that most athletes won’t make a living of their sport, it is better to view the lifting as a lifetime hobby and don’t put all the eggs in one basket.
It is better to be an old man that is strong, than a strong man that can’t be old.