While many bodybuilders prefer natural support for their physique, others foolhardily attempt to get as muscular as possible as fast as possible: they accomplish this with steroid use.
A few bodybuilders have been open about their steroid use. While many of these men attained high levels of success in bodybuilding, the long term effects of steroid use have often caused other issues.
Wheeler spent 18 years taking steroids to stay competitive in the bodybuilding world. Eventually, the drugs took a toll on his body, and his kidneys began to fail. To counter this, Wheeler had a kidney transplant. Ironically, the very drugs that caused the kidney damage, steroids, also helped his body to not reject the transplanted kidneys.
Wheeler’s biography suggests that the abusive situations he suffered when young justify the steroid use because they made it possible for him to change his life; however, no amount of wealth or fame makes up for prior emotional trauma or failing health.
In addition to being a top-level bodybuilder, Coleman had a regular job as a law enforcement officer; thus, he avoided discussing his steroid use. Certainly, a conflict would arise for a police officer taking illegally-obtained steroids. The conflict between being a law enforcement officer and taking illegal drugs is even more perplexing when Coleman’s naturally large size is taken into account; the drugs may not have made that much difference in his physique.
In 2011, Coleman admitted to his steroid use when he was interviewed by Muscular Development magazine. Some videos also appear to show him discussing steroid use, but these videos are questionable at best.
Lacking exceptional natural musculature, Yates doesn’t hide his steroid use. He openly discusses the processes and the drugs he used to build his body. In one 2011 interview, he even explained how he cycles steroids to get the best effects.
Yet, this openness doesn’t appear to tarnish Yates’ reputation in the sport: He holds an honored place as a celebrated bodybuilder. The dedication and hard work that Yates applied, in addition to the steroids, is respected by fellow bodybuilders and fans.
Since retiring from the professional circuit, Yates runs a sports supplement business.
Cutler feels that steroids made it possible for him to become a 4-time Mr. Olympia. While the multiple titles rank him with Coleman and Schwarzenegger, he may be best known for his hard work in the gym. Also, Cutler may be among the first bodybuilders noted for diet. He became known for eating six to eight high protein meals a day to fuel his workouts.
Unusual genetic attributes helped Cutler attain his position in the professional bodybuilding world, but like many others, he used steroids because he thought they made him more competitive.
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