Do Steroids make the Champion?
As we know, Dorian Yates physique is massive but as we know there are all sorts of muscle and performance enhancing drugs in the sport. He has a point about dedication and hard work creating a physique but we all who are Natural Bodybuilders are put off by the images you see as they are unachievable. So many impressionable young guys go on drugs with an expectation that they can massively improve, but at what cost? My advice stay away from drugs but stay dedicated.
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“There are two drawbacks to steroids; one is the potential health problems and the second one is it is very easy for people to dismiss everything you have put into it by saying, ‘yeah but he takes steroids, that’s why he looks like that’.
“Well obviously it is not because there are millions of people who take steroids and there are not millions of people who look like Mr Olympia. It gives you a certain advantage but years and years of hard work and years of sacrifice and dieting go into one of those physiques, so for people to dismiss that and not realise that is the main drawback. They do not make the champion.
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“Everybody is interested in being in shape and having a good body and my feedback is only positive. Everyone that speaks to me it is always very positive.
“Of course if you put a picture of a bodybuilder in context shape with two per cent body fat huge muscle mass and veins sticking out all over the place, in his underwear covered with oil and put that picture in front of somebody and say do you like this you will probably get a totally different reaction because you are looking at something so extreme.
“But you are just looking at a picture. I find when I meet people in person its difference because everyone wants a bit of advice how to lose a bit of weight. Everybody wants to be in shape really and like to talk to someone who has been there and done it.
“The whole image projected from the Weider’s, was a guy on the beach with a protein shake and his sunglasses on. I took a whole new approach.
“When I did the photoshoots I wanted to do real workouts with real weights. Before they had never done that, they wanted to get the correct lighting and I said it is not about that it is about the energy of the photo.
“My first Mr Olympia was 1991 in Florida against the great Lee Haney, who became Mr Olympia in 1984. I started training properly in 1983.
“I realised at this point that I had a legitimate chance to beat this guy – who was actually my hero.
“So I had to change my mental outlook from being, ‘Wow, this is Lee Haney, the icon we are all trying to aspire to’, to, ‘This is the guy I am trying to beat’. I couldn’t be in awe of this guy because if that is your attitude then I am not going to have much chance of winning.
“By the time I went there I did believe in myself and went there trying to beat him and I actually got a very close second and that had never happened before that someone beat Haney in one of the three rounds of judging. After making it a record of eight, he retired.
Thanks to The Express