“For a $15 trophy, you will sacrifice years of your life” – Fitness Volt
One of the most controversial issues in bodybuilding today is the use/abuse of steroids, which prompted Dante Trudel to address this growing concern. In a recent video made on Instagram, Trudel reflects on bodybuilders who die young, largely due to taking excessive amounts of steroids.
Dante Trudel is a bodybuilding mainstay of the 1990s. He was widely recognized for his balanced proportions and unrelenting work ethic whenever he trained in the gym. During his tenure as a bodybuilder, Trudel trained with high caliber athletes like Nasser El Sonbaty. However, he eventually decided to step away from sports and focus on other projects in his life like his family and becoming an entrepreneur.
Although he no longer competes professionally, Trudel is an outspoken athlete who doesn’t shy away from discussing controversial sports issues. Last year an alarming number of bodybuilders died. Former Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden died of heart complications, and George Peterson also met his fate in a hotel room before he could compete at 2021 Mr. Olympia. Sadly, this disturbing trend bled in 2022 when the late Cedric McMillan died aged 46 in April.
Dante Trudel on his Training Partners of the 90s: “What is common? They are all dead”
During a recent Instagram video, Trudel gravely explains that his ’90s sparring partners have all passed away.
“So these six guys. What is common? They are all dead. Each of them. Curtis died at age 36. Anthony D’Arezzo has died aged 44. Mike Matarazzo had a heart attack at 39, died at 48. Tom Prince suffered from kidney failure at the age of 35 and died a few months ago from health problems. Phil Hernon had kidney failure at an early age and died of health problems. Nasser El Sonbaty died at 47. No one dies in natural bodybuilding. said Dante Trudel.
The retired pro says athletes in the 90s were taking a third of the steroids bodybuilders push today.
“There are a lot of Pro bodybuilders and Pro wrestlers who die young. People can make all the excuses they want, but what happens often? You can understand. I was in the 90s. I saw the doses people used. They make up about a third of the deer used today.
Trudel insists that sport offers diminishing returns. While appeasing his own vanity may appeal to some, he doesn’t think a trophy of sentimental value is enough to justify bodybuilders risking their lives year-round pushing excessive amounts of food and equipment.
“Is this stuff really worth it, for vanity? For a $15 trophy, are you going to sacrifice years of your life, for a $15 trophy? I don’t understand it.
“The sad truth is there’s going to be a bunch of people watching this video right now who are going to die young. Because they’re going to finish watching this video and forget about it because it doesn’t fit. not on your schedule. Some of you will show up at your mailbox at 45 and drop dead in front of your three-year-old son when he needs you most. For what, for a trophy, for the vanity, is it worth it My opinion is that some of you should really sit down and think about the benefit/risk ratio.
Trudel believes there are more lucrative opportunities for collision repairers than ever before. He added that only the top eight bodybuilders in the world make a living from the sport. Considering how much money fitness influencers and athletes can make online with resources like YouTube, Trudel thinks the risk-reward factor of bodybuilding is just too high.
“Only the top eight guys in the world make money. If you look at the top guys who are financially successful right now in bodybuilding, most of them caught on quickly and ventured onto YouTube and related businesses where lies the money.
Many prominent names in the sport are beginning to speak out against the dangers of steroids in bodybuilding. Retired IFBB Pro Seth Feroce has spent a lot of time warning athletes about the rise of the bodybuilding lifestyle. Other notable physical athletes like Kali Muscle joined in the discussion, urging athletes to stop abusing steroids or risking death.
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Trudel suggests athletes broaden their horizons to achieve financial security and health. After watching his fellow bodybuilders die young, Trudel stresses that athletes must take proactive steps to ensure their longevity.