Most of us know that generic and underground drugs often contain active ingredients that are not listed on the label. Just like tainted herbal or nutritional supplements.

One of the best examples in this case are drugs/supplements to fight erectile dysfunction. Over 45 different versions of drugs in the same class of Viagra have now been found in male sexual supplements.  A Dutch study found that 75% of the products sold in the Netherlands contained at least one analogue, or chemical variant that has the same effect as Viagra.

I was reading an interview with Phil Heath. Referring to Ronnie’s trainings protocol, 180 kg for warming- up, 275 kg for 10 reps , 365 kg for 2 reps, training after training, year after year - squatting and deadlifting with 365 kg, bent over rowing with 180 to 225 kg.

Most of us know that what we eat and (ab)use influences our skin, just as certain lifestyle habits do, just think of sunbathing, smoking and drugabuse.

Bodybuilders show their, almost naked, body to the judges and public. If something is unusual, like in this case the skin texture, the bodybuilder can expect his picture all over the net and in discussion forums.

A competing bodybuilder I know for many years mailed me that he was using oxandrolone in his preparation. He heard that someone had analysed the brand he used and that it contained stanozolol instead of oxandrolone.

Omega 3 supplements and cod liver oil are taken by millions of people every day as it has been suggested they are good for the heart, brain and joints, and the capsules are thought to work by improving the health of blood vessels, lowering cholesterol and reducing inflammation. Fish oil is the third most widely used supplement in the United States, with around 10 percent of Americans taking it regularly — often for the perceived benefit to cardiovascular health. Sales were about $1 billion in 2012.

Many iron warriors ask themselves if the use of anabolic steroids will shorten their lifespan. Or maybe prolong their lifespan. Is there any scientific research that could answer this question?

First if you ask someone this question, most people will first think of bodybuilders, because the (ab)use of anabolic androgenic steroids is inextricably linked to bodybuilders. Slowly the general population realizes that a big part of gymgoers and athletes uses AAS and not only for athletic purposes (doping) but also for cosmetic reasons. Is the use of anabolic steroids as dangerous as many officials want us to believe?

Prasterone (DHEA)

the resurrection of a depreciated pro-hormone

When testosterone precursors were at the height of their popularity, several studies were published on the effect of DHEA supplementation and its relative androstenedione on body composition, but the results were inconclusive. Many supplement companies sold it as “the fountain of Youth” and as a miracle juice for bodybuilders, of course many users were disappointed. Nevertheless DHEA retains its popularity. Many users are convinced of DHEA's powers of rejuvenation.

Franco Columbu

Many people liked the way the bodybuilders from the seventies looked. Most of them where seen as hero’s. And after the movie “Pumping Iron” the bodybuilding virus spread like wildfire. Nowadays you see that part of the present bodybuilding community would like to see those days returning. The other part of the community, mostly very young, likes the modern version of freaky physiques.

On the forums you can read the pro and cons of the “Golden Era” of bodybuilding compared to modern bodybuilding. We all know that bodybuilding is an evolving sport. It didn’t start in the golden era, or the seventies, if you like. And in those years many people didn’t like what happened either. Fact is that many of the trainings protocols, the diets and yes the old drug protocols, originated from that era.

Tongkat Ali raises testosterone levels in men over-fifties, it has a muscle building effect and it is a respected aphrodisiac. Its logical that many men want to buy/try this herbal compound. In this blog post I will try to show you how difficult it is to buy a real effective Tongkat ali herbal supplement and why.

Metformin (Glucopage) is a wonderful drug that bodybuilders use for a very long time, nothing very spectacular just another drug in the bodybuilders toolbox. I wrote a few times before about this drug, in 2012 about its potential to burn fat and in general in 2014.

But this drug is studied intensively and in 2015 this article in The Telegraph increased the interest in Metformins ability to increase life-span and improve quality of life.