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Old 01-12-2011, 09:06 AM   #1
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I saw a young and hardworking pro natural bodybuilder get attacked recently by a swarm of individuals who took up torches, claiming he wasn't natural.

It's just a sad reflection of our industry. Our industry doesn't know, now will they ever promote reasonable natural standards. This leads to a mountain of misinformation, and attacks on people who should not be attacked.

This goes both ways of course. Top level naturals are attacked for "using". "Users" are defended as being natural. The only losers are you and I.

This is not, in any way, a condemnation of AAS users. It is simply a reflection on how inept this industry is, and how much we really do need to educate ourselves with reasonable standards so we can assist others around us with reasonable expectations, and spread the word.

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You will get attacked if you talk natural limits. There is no doubt about it. Many have bought into the nonsense that hard work alone can make you look like Jay Cutler. It won't, but you CAN hope to look for a physique like in the picture that follows.

Granted, Victor Egonu (the pro in the picture) is a genetic elite. But with hard work you can still get within shouting distance. Your physique might not have the great lines and aesthetics, but even 10 pounds shy of his muscularity will create an amazing looking physique.

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Old 01-12-2011, 09:22 AM   #2
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Great post, and I would say that it does not go far enough in saying, lets stop all the BS, and talk openly about the truth.

There is a lot more I would like to talk about in regards to this subject, but I need time to write something.
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Something we deal with everyday.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:36 AM   #4
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Something we deal with everyday.
You get many questions at school? Guys asking for your "secrets"?
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I think everybody who trains seriously gets it at some point, to a greater or lesser extent.
That kind of attitude - it didn't honestly piss me off enough to change from the inner-city gym I was going to. But when I moved my training to a much more reclusive gym in the WA hills, I really appreciated it's absence.
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There hasn't been a day in life life for the last 3 years that someone hasn't told me I was on steroids. Everybody wants the secret magic pill that you take before bed and wake up looking like Jay Cutler.

Nevermind I tell all these people ive been tested for steroids and don't do them at all, nor could afford them. But that doesn't matter, they literally TELL me im on steroids, like they're trying to make me believe it too lol.
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There hasn't been a day in life life for the last 3 years that someone hasn't told me I was on steroids. Everybody wants the secret magic pill that you take before bed and wake up looking like Jay Cutler.

Nevermind I tell all these people ive been tested for steroids and don't do them at all, nor could afford them. But that doesn't matter, they literally TELL me im on steroids, like they're trying to make me believe it too lol.
I went through the same thing in 1987. My own mentor pulled me aside and asked if I was taking anything.
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There's no real way of telling. I don't trust naturals at their word and I don't trust the IFBB bodybuilders.
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There's no real way of telling. I don't trust naturals at their word and I don't trust the IFBB bodybuilders.
I can understand your hesitancy to trust people at their word, but I don't think that should lead to ignoring the data and research on this issue.
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