The Training Partner (spotter)

Often a good training partner is a good friend, or will become one. I met my last training buddy when I changed gyms, I knew him from a powerlifting team we both competed in. For many years he came to my house with his car to pick me up for our work-outs. When one us of us didn’t feel well or didn’t feel like training heavy, we pushed each other to the limit.

A good training partner (spotter) feels when you need help, and he keeps out when you do not need it. A good training partner knows also about what or how much you can manage, and he knows above all, if you really can no longer lift it, without some help. And a good training partner can deal with the weight with which you train also in an emergency. What does it help, if you do not only have the weight on your chest, but also your spotter?






In waves we see new researches or surveys, on already known terms and conditions. It mostly has a snowball effect, when a study has figures sometimes even fabricated ones, other media start to bring the results and we on our turn discuss those on the discussion bodybuilding boards. Pieces of text like this one, makes us think:

Dorian Yates

Did he ruin bodybuilding ?

Dorian Yates is a retired professional bodybuilder who won the Mr. Olympia title six consecutive times from 1992 to 1997. 

He is most famous for being the first Mr. Olympia to reach more than 250 lbs lean contest bodyweight with super low body fat. This happened in 1993 when Yates was at his best. Dorian was an outsider, first of all he came from Birmingham UK far away from Venice Beach, CA epicenter that was producing most of the top bodybuilders at that time. He remains the only athlete not based in America to have won Mr. Olympia. At his competitive peak, Dorian Yates weighed 265lbs and boasted 21-inch arms, a 58-inch chest, legs with a circumference of 30 inches and body fat of just three per cent. The average man has an acceptable body-fat percentage of 15-20 and 13-inch arms.


Cholesterol Lies

People who are not directly involved in the research of drugs, or production and sale thereof, have no idea of all malpractices and even all criminal practices that are used. The same medical pseudoscience wants us, bodybuilders, to believe how incredibly dangerous we are engaged by using anabolic steroids. In particular, the shift of the "good" HDL to the "bad" LDL would clog our arteries and cause a premature death. The truth however is different.

Shrinking package

I want to discuss our package. Countless articles and threads on the forums are devoted to our manhood. For most of us our tools are directly connected with our feeling of being a “Real man.” Many outside influences determine the size of our package, you can walk into an ice-cold lake as a proud man and walk out, hung like a 12 year old, right? Also the use of many drugs, and bodybuilding practices like dieting, can shrink our package.

Its actually quite logic that if we use means that are bad for our organs, it makes a difference how long we do that and at which dose. A long heavy dosed cycle should do more harm than some short light cycles. We also know that injectable roids are safer than orals. And some orals, like Oxymetholone, are more hepatotoxic than others. The same is true for injectables, most of us know that the trenbolones do more harm than the testosterones. But how much harm will they do? I made a comparison for you with two case studies. One from a young bodybuilder on a low cycle and one from a professional bodybuilder with a long and heavy cycle.

I first heard of this protocol when I met with a guy that I coached for a while. He stuffed himself twice a day with Brinta, to the point of vomiting. He ignored the gagging and just continued. But it seemed to work since he was Dutch champion.

Oxandrolone Again

You will probably think, why another post about oxandrolone again? One would think that by now everything would be written about this drug. Just like I did in 2015. Not so. Since Oxandrolone is still in use and more and more new applications are tried, also new studies are still published. And because I'm also intrigued by this drug, I tried a less-used application on some older men who want to try this drug as HRT. And not just to restore their hormone levels of QOL (quality of life) but also as a restoration of youthful dynamism, stamina and libido. But also to see if it causes loss of fat mass, and especially of visceral fat. Because this is a long-term in vivo experiment, I will later elaborate with new posts.

Modern E.D.

In the last decades normal young guys became much more aware of all the drugs pro-bodybuilders use. Not only the steroids but especially the pain meds, the uppers – the downers. Something called cynically “substance abuse” or “poly-pharmacy.” I made a lot of blogposts about it. Its common knowledge, mostly due to the internet, how people combine meds to cure and improve performance. I’m not talking about athletic performance here, but sexual performance. Often they rely on orals like tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra), avanafil (Spedra or Stendra), yohimbine HCL, phentolamine, trazodone, apomorphine and neutraceuticals.

Low Carb Food Fad

For Bodybuilders nutrition is very important, to build up muscle mass, to cut fat, to stay healthy and to get enough energy to train hard and after that training good foods will help them to recover.

But what is good food? Since bodybuilders starting to share their thoughts about training and nutrition, the opinions on good and bad changed frequently. Of course bodybuilders are only human and often their opinion on nutrition is influenced by the media. And in the media you can find many diet fads. It was once thought that cholesterol, like in egg yolks, would clog up your arteries. Everyone remembers the “low fat” myth and the for bodybuilders so important carb issue, the low carb diet. Carbs are said to be bad for people, it makes them fat and sick and many books, blogs, articles in magazines etc, were spreading this theory as a fact -- it turned into a dogma and even now many people including athletes, believe it.