Arnold Schwarzenegger Once Got Brutally Honest About Steroids In His Bodybuilding Era: “If You Didn’t Do It, You’d Fall Back”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is considered one of the greatest bodybuilders in history. From 1970 to 1975, he won six consecutive Mr. Olympia titles and topped the pack. Her fame in Hollywood, along with her role in the movie Pumping Iron, boosted the popularity of bodybuilding and launched it into the mainstream.

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After retiring from the sport, Schwarzenegger continued to promote the sport and started the Arnold Classic in 1989, now known as the Arnold Sports Festival. But, when reports of his doping came to light, his astonishing victories as a bodybuilder were called into question.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about steroid use

In the old days, Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to using performance-enhancing substances during his bodybuilding career. Speaking to Men’s Health in 2018, he expanded on his take on the matter.

In the early 70s, steroid use was a relatively new concept. Hence, limited knowledge regarding the same health risks posed. Schwarzenegger said had he been aware of these risks, he would not have continued to use them. “I admitted to using drugs when I competed, but at that time it was not against the rules and it was with a doctor,” he said.

He also explained the circumstances under which they administered the drugs. “If you didn’t, you would fall behind. So we limited it to a few months before the competition so that we wouldn’t be on it all the time and get addicted. Schwarzenegger said. Despite doping when he was an athlete, Schwarzenegger now opposes the use of performance enhancers in sports.

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According to bodybuilding legend, steroid use will remain prevalent because it’s “human nature.” He told the magazine, “People always want the easiest way to become better.” Moreover, it involves all spheres of life, not just sports.

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“People take drugs to focus more, to sleep better, to feel better mentally, to feel less pain, to build muscle, to lose fat, etc.” he said.

In 2005, Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have required California high school coaches to teach about the dangers of steroids and illegal substances. His reasoning for voting against was that he was confusing natural dietary supplements with dangerous drugs.

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In turn, he claimed that the sale of performance-enhancing drugs in California schools was already illegal.

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Teresa E. Burton