View Full Version : Do bodybuilding contests Like Mr. Olympia have any form of steriod testing?

08-25-2005, 04:12 AM
Just curious. In looking at the near insane muscularity of the current generatioin of Mr. Olympia contestants you'd think they must be juiced to the gills. Are they?

Do any physique contests test for muscle growth promoting drugs?

08-25-2005, 04:24 AM
Why would they?

Sports events test for this, because in most sports, they have rules prohibiting the use of such drugs. Bodybuilding doesn't.

08-25-2005, 05:01 AM
If you look at the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (http://wnbf.net/main_wnbf.htm) which does do drug testing, and I guess has a seven year drug-free requirement enforced with both polygraph & drug tests, you'll see quite a difference from the better known organizations that run contests like Mr. Olympia.

Some of the larger organizations have started drug testing, but it's sort of a pre-announced for the day of the contest thing, so everyone can take whatever measures they take to beat the tests. There's no off-season random drug testing, AFAIK.

08-25-2005, 05:18 AM
I thought it was illegal not to use muscle-enhancing druggery in body-building...

08-25-2005, 11:29 AM
Some contests are tested, some are untested, and some are "tested".

08-25-2005, 12:41 PM
I thought it was illegal not to use muscle-enhancing druggery in body-building...

My ex-BIL left the "sport" for just that reason. He did not use anabolic steroids, and couldn't compete with those who did. Ten years ago he was an oddity at the gym he frequented.

08-25-2005, 01:14 PM
Mr. Olympia is drug tested. Here's a link to a story about it.


Of course it's up to you wether or not you believe that any of them are "really" tested. From my personal experience, I can see them getting that big with just over the counter type stuff. Creatine, Protein Supplements, good diet, lots of rest, and genetics can get you very far. These guys competing are the creme of the crop. Genetic freaks that can put on lots of mass easily. Not your average joe who decides to one day just start lifting. In addition, that's all these guys do. They wake up, work out, take a nap, work out again and go to sleep. Like some kind of morbid cow meat factory.
Ever see them off season? Some of them are 50 lbs overweight. Just eating as much calories as they can to increase in mass. Then 14 weeks out, they start starving themselves for competition.
I'm not going to say that people at that level aren't using steroids. I don't have any proof. But there's a misconception that anyone who is muscular is steroid user.

08-25-2005, 01:27 PM
Olympia level: Steroids/HGH/etc. are essential.

Many organizations test for show. Tests can be beat, especially basic tests. The olympic testing is fairly sophisticated, and the testers and docs play a high-tech cat and mouse game with the athletes. Athletes time their cycles, and use the latest masking techniques as well as the latest designer blends of steroids to stay ahead.

You roll out a basic testing protocol to guys that wrote the book on steroids/HGH/masking and designer 'roids and they'll beat you 95% of the time.

08-26-2005, 07:55 PM
The Mr. Olympia contest is strictly for Pro Bodybuilders who've qualified in other shows. In order for a bodybuilder to turn pro, he has to win a specific show or division sponsored by the NPC (IIRC).

All professional bodybuilders take steroids. If they didn't, they'd be natural bodybuilders and compete in smaller and less known bodybuilding federations.

Only the cream of the crop can compete in the pro ranks, it takes years of hard training and steroid use to turn pro. Genetics also play a large factor. You can't be a professional bodybuilder without steroids. The Mr. Olympia contest is the world cup of professional bodybuilding, everyone must use (use = juice) to even qualify for the event.

The testing policy is only for the general public who know nothing about bodybuilding. Steroids became main stream when Arnold Swarzeneggar and others used them back in the 1950s onward. Since then, bodies have progressed while the drugs used have become illegal. There would be no professional bodybuilding without steroids.

The problem arises with Arnold in the political spotlight. He used steroids when they were legal; he created his body and ultimately his life using them. Bodybuilding is what made Arnold who he is today. His body was what catapulted bodybuilding in the direction it's gone and he's its main figure. Everyone strived to achieve his body; you can only achieve it by using steroids.

Since then, bodies have progressed. Competitors are bigger than ever. Everyone knows that steroids are used. The underlying notion for steroid use among competitors is that it's the only way to compete in the sport. Many past bodybuilders who have won the Mr. Olympia scale back their steroid use, that goes for Arnold that goes for Dorian Yates, almost everyone competitor.

The general public is clueless about what steroids are. They're essentially a label, the government deems substances harmful if they're used incorrectly and classifies them as steroids. They are cheating in other sports, in professional bodybuilding it's almost cheating not to.

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