A friend of mine, a 33 yeard old bodybuilder, was hospitalized and underwent urgent heart surgery (mitral valve failure). I’m belgian, and as you maybe know, belgian heart surgeons have a worldwide reputation. I was shocked to hear the doctor’s opinion on the cause of this unexpected condition for somebody who had - in my opinion - a very lifestyle, constantly staying on 4% body fat. Downside : he used to train to failure, never did any GPP and stayed year round on testo (500-1500/week).
In short, he was made the following recommendations : not to train too heavy anymore, certainly not to failure and avoiding exercices that “generate high blood pressure”, i.e. exercises where you put yourself under a heavy load. He was advised to train with more volume, using maximum 70% of 1RM and staying far away from failure.
This made me a little concerned, being a fan of heavy free weight training who’s eyeballs are regularly almost popping out in an attempt to set a new PR on a heavy lift.
My question : what could be the cause of my friends condition? The constant use of roids, making him lift heavier than his heart was built for? Too low body fat percentage year round? Can weight training be dangerous for some individuals? Or is it just genetics (bad luck)?
Thanks for sharing your opinion.