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  1. Dr-David-Banner

    Dorian Yates (Then And Now)

    Found this video on Dorian Yates last night. Kind of comforting! I haven't pumped iron now for some years so all the muscle I used to carry has vanished. Even world champion Dorian Yates has returned to normality here. Of course, the idea it "turns to fat" is a myth. Muscle appears when your body is "forced" to acquire it through stress and then it disappears gradually when you stop the exercise load. I remember Dorian form the 1990s when he dominated the Mr Olympia. At that level, the champs would be training very intensively as well as taking "stacks" of steroids. In the Schwarzenegger era, steroids boiled down to standard Dianabol or Primabolan but by Dorian's day they were using HGH and much more. Anyway, the other point: Bodybuilding always attracted "oddballs". I can think of one bodybuilder in the Pumping Iron movie who probably had mild Asperger's. That was Mike Katz. In the movie he was portrayed as a sort of loser which is made known to us at first by Mike recounting his childhood and sharing the other kids stole his bike and made fun of him. More to the point, he shares that as a pro footballer, he would get so mad at dances or social gatherings, he'd take off on his own and "go work out". He also got really mad on the pitch and played aggressively. After injury, Mike turned to bodybuilding but, even then, there were gyms where he was not accepted by the others and forced to leave. Other than Mike, Lou Ferrigno had some issues as well. In Lou's case, bullying was provoked by his being deaf which created learning difficulties. He was teased so much and bullied, he took up bodybuilding and beefed up to about 280 pounds at six foot five. Lou was never autistic but he was indeed a misfit. Finally, Mike Mentzer - a highly intellectual former med student who took up bodybuilding. Mike was applying science and biology/physiology to sports but it does seem he was bipolar. A highly articulate and interesting individual, he ended up for a brief period in a mental hospital after a breakdown. Thoughts on bodybuilding? It was basically my first reaction to being HFA. A very simple solution - to work out, beef up and intimidate others by being stronger and physically more powerful. It was like covering up a crack with wallpaper but these days I figure it can be an anger reaction and an "I'll show them!" solution. I guess too you can get stuck in a blame cycle where pretty much "everybody" is the enemy and everybody to blame for your messed up schooldays. It took many years to figure out how people work psychologically and tribally - that they tend to exclude and even mock those who are different, be they deaf (like Louis) or physically clumsy and awkward like Mike Katz. Bodybuilders don't usually live that long and, to be honest, the rigours of the gym were causing me ever more pain. Sore hips (now O.K.) and painful knees. Back started to ache as I aged. Hopefully my hear it O.K. and I never did do steroids but already one former training partner had a heart attack in later life. Another died at just 60.
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