How To Make Sure Bodybuilding Supplements Pass Drug Tests
PNBA natural figure competitor Veronica Malloy goes into great detail about supplements and passing WADA-compliant drug testing.
The Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association prides itself on being rigorous in keeping the league completely natural. They apply WADA-compliant testing to all athletes who compete – to ensure competitions are fair and all-natural. But that dedication goes beyond “big bad” drugs like steroids and insulin. The WADA has a long list of substances that are considered prohibited, even though they are legal in the United States and other countries. So how does an athlete, who wants to be natural, avoid failing a drug test while using legal supplements? In our latest GI Exclusive interview, we talk in depth with natural figure pro competitor Veronica Malloy about the best way to find AMA-compliant supplements.
Veronica Malloy isn’t just a natural PNBA competitor – she’s also a team captain who helps work with the league to ensure it remains fair and drug-free. This means she can work with the league and request testing of athletes she finds “suspect” of using banned substances.
So it’s safe to say that Veronica Malloy has extensive knowledge of natural bodybuilding, INBA/PNBA and AMA compliant substances for bodybuilding. She is currently preparing for the INBA/PNBA Pro/Am World Championships in Florence, Italy. This is one of the biggest competitions of the natural bodybuilding season and offers many pros the opportunity to qualify for the Natural Olympia.
That’s why we reached out to Veronica just under two weeks before she competed. We wanted to check out his contest prep, highlight his bodybuilding background, and discuss trending topics in natural bodybuilding today.
Prohibited Substances and Compliant Bodybuilding Supplements
One such topic is bodybuilding supplements and passing drug tests. While the INBA/PNBA league focuses on drug testing to prevent the introduction of substances such as steroids into sports, it also has a long list of other banned (but legal) substances decided by the WADA. WADA-compliant doping testing follows the same strict and rigorous rules used by the Olympics. It’s the best of the best when it comes to keeping the sport fair and safe.
The supplement industry is more important than ever in the field of fitness. But not all bodybuilding supplements use the same ingredients. In fact, many supplements contain ingredients that would fail a WADA-compliant drug test. This puts more responsibility on athletes to ensure they stay perfectly clean when purchasing supplements.
We asked Veronica Malloy how a bodybuilder, who wants to be natural, can ensure that the supplements he takes are truly all-natural according to AMA rules. Veronica admits that this responsibility is part of the work an INBA/PNBA athlete has to put into their career. It’s the same type of effort to focus on as training and overall nutrition.
Unfortunately, the AMA does not have a list of compliant supplement brands. So the bodybuilder should do some research, use the WADA website and find out which supplements will pass the doping tests. When performing at the highest level of athletic ability, being natural becomes a key athlete responsibility. Veronica mentions past examples of athletes failing doping tests — not because they wanted to cheat on steroids — but because they didn’t know the supplements they were taking included banned substances in the ingredients. .
Despite its intentions, the INBA/PNBA will not allow an athlete to compete or retain their title if they fail a drug test. They also end up on the wall of shame. That’s why Veronica Malloy suggests that the best tactic for natural bodybuilders is to do some research, find a supplement they trust, and stick with it. With this experience over time, it becomes easier to know which brands of supplements not only pass the drug test, but also work best for their physical needs.
Veronica Malloy touched on many other topics during our nearly half-hour interview. She explains how steroids uniquely affect competitors in untested leagues and why she decided to go all-natural. She also discusses the upcoming Pro/Am World Championships in Florence, Italy.
You can watch Veronica Malloy’s full comments in our GI Exclusive interview above. And be sure to stick around this weekend for our coverage of the World Championships event!