Archive for March, 2005

Arnold Classic

Saturday, March 5th, 2005

Dexter Jackson wins the Arnold Classic, Chris Cormier second, Gustavo Badell third. Complete results here.

Yaxeni Oriquen and Branda Raganot won the heavy and lightweight classes for the Ms International. Jenny Lynn took the figure over Monica Brant. Complete results here.

Since steroids have been in the news of late, the Arnold Classic has received more than the normal amount of press. The article, Schwarzenegger Urges Steroid Crackdown is a good example of the mis- and dis- information. For example,

Experts on bodybuilding and steroids say steroid use is common among elite bodybuilders. Athletes are not tested at events, and experts say the IFBB’s random testing is inadequate and ineffective.

No, steroid use is common among bodybuilder who’ve never competed. They’re mandatory to compete at the local amateur level. National level amateurs today use more performance enhancing drugs than any of the pro bodybuilders did in the 1970s and into the 1980s.

The IFBB’s random drug testing is for diuretics, not anabolic steroids, growth hormone, insulin, or any of the other drugs and chemicals that pro bodybuilders use. When the press reports that the IFBB does perform drug tests without mentioning what test they do, they imply that the IFBB is really trying to prevent their athletes from using performance enhancing drugs. That is not the case.

Now if I were a reporter in the MSM, the question I would ask Governor Schwarzenegger:

“You say that you used steroids during your bodybuilding career, which ended in 1980, but that steroids were not controlled substances at that time. This implies that you haven’t used steroids since. Yet you continued to have a bodybuilder’s physique in all your Conan movies, in all your Terminator movies, in any movie where you took off your shirt. Did you use anabolic steroids to prepare for these movie roles?”