Natural Bodybuilder Matias Scopinaro Comments: Natural Bodybuilding Is The Only True Bodybuilding
Matias Scopinaro, Argentine competitor of the INBA PNBA, says that natural bodybuilding is the only real bodybuilding.
Natural bodybuilding gets a lot of heat from bodybuilding fans leagues such as the IFBB Pro. Natural bodybuilding federations such as the International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA)/Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association (PNBA) athletes undergoing doping tests according to the strictest doping screening standards – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Therefore, drugs are prohibited in natural bodybuilding, so natural bodybuilders may not look as impressive as enhanced physiques (bodybuilders using performance-enhancing drugs).
However, a natural bodybuilder competitor, Matias Scopinarobeen open about his views on drug use in bodybuilding. Matias Scopinaro is a 3x Natural Olympia competitor and placed in the top 10 of the Men’s Classic Physique division at Natural Olympia 2021.
He doesn’t understand why bodybuilders risk their lives for “plastic trophies”. In a recent Instagram post (translated here in English), Scopinaro said the purpose of strength training is to improve your fitness, health, and vital energy. Scopinaro said,
“This is real bodybuilding and the only way to achieve it is through natural bodybuilding.”
Scopinaro went on to say that the drugs warped the bodybuilding. He thinks it comes from greed to gain mass at all costs. According to Scopinaro, in the last ten years bodybuilders have started using a drug (adipotide), which according to Scopinaro is considered one of the causes of recent bodybuilder deaths.
“Who are the culprits? Show promoters? Those who run the IFBB today? The judges? I don’t know, but it’s got to stop, it’s getting worse and it’s going to get worse if you don’t realize that winning a plastic trophy isn’t going to make you healthy.
You can see Matias Scopinaro’s full statement below:
The rise of the INBA PNBA
Denny Kakos founded the INBA PNBA after co-founding the American Bodybuilding Association (ABA) – a drug-free organization. The mission of the ABA was to serve the natural athletes and to organize natural competitions of great titles and exceptional awards.
Kakos then created the PNBA to begin organizing professional competitions for natural bodybuilders who qualified to turn pro. Then, in 1994, the PNBA expanded to include the INBA to federate natural bodybuilding throughout the world.
Although other natural bodybuilding leagues test their athletes, the INBA PNBA uses WADA labs. And in the past, other natural bodybuilding leagues have screened athletes who passed their test but then failed the INBA PNBA tests. WADA-compliant laboratories detect drugs that other methods do not detect.
Kakos makes fair competition a priority and hopes that the INBA PNBA will one day be recognized as a sport by the Olympic Games.
Men’s Classic Physique
The Men’s Classic Physique division is the class in which Matias Scopinaro competes in Natural Olympia. Brandon Lirio also competes in this division and won the silver medal at the 2021 Natural Olympia. In the Men’s Classic Physique class, competitors are judged on overall muscularity and size, muscle shape and fullness, and muscle density.
Additionally, athletes in this division must have good separation of muscle groups while maintaining muscle fullness. And each male Classic Physique athlete will perform “Classic Physique” poses instructed by the Head Judge.
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