IFBB Pro Undercover #22.

Number 22 is a lucky number for a lot of people including myself. It's hard to believe it's been 22 months and the IFBB Pro column is growing bigger and bigger.

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Column #22

Number 22 is a lucky number for a lot of people including myself. It's hard to believe it's been 22 months and the IFBB Pro column is growing bigger and bigger.

Hot off the press; Victor Martinez (picture) goes to jail. Unfortunately this is not a rumor. Martinez was incarcerated in a New York city court room Friday December 5th on steroid related drug charges. The amount of time he will have to serve is not known at this pint but I will inform you as soon as the information is released. My heart goes out to Victor and his family.

Do you think Ronnie Coleman can beat Lee Haney's record of 8 Mr. Olympias?

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind or in anybody' mind that saw the last Mr. Olympia contest that Ronnie will be Mr. Olympia until he retires. He has obtained 6 Mr. Olympia titles and if he competes two more years he will win those to. Coleman is far superior to anyone in the sport today and it is totally up to him weather he wants to beat Lee Haney's record. Point is; the only person who could stop that from happening is Ronnie himself.

On the subject of policemen and steroids, I was wondering, isn't Ronnie Coleman a police officer and if he is, how is getting away with talking all those steroids he's taking?

That's a question that has left me bewildered for quite some time now. As far as Ronnie being a police officer, he was and no longer is. But, how he got away with using steroids for many years while on the force is beyond me. I have no answer for you except that who ever was in charge of the Arlington police department during Ronnie's employment had either attention deficit disorder or just looked the other way. If you're one of the many bodybuilders out there that have been in trouble for possession of steroids of even distribution of, it kind of leaves a bad taste in your mouth, doesn't it? These cops like Richard Jones who use steroids but have taken vows to up hold the law, will get no respect from me.

Note: The next question or should I say verbal assault was very long and winded, so I reduced it down to just the points of interest.

Dear Sir or Madame: I would like to comment on your response about Figure competitors on the IFBB Pro Level. No way do I feel that Figure is anything close to Bodybuilding (in regards to diet and training) but I do feel that Pro Figure competitors deserve more credit than just being labeled bimbo strippers with nothing to deserve the recognition of being respectable athletes. In fact, by reading your response and the limited vocabulary used to explain yourself, I would pass you off as an angry high school kid that cannot handle rejection from pretty girls.

Let's put everything aside for a moment in regards to my opinion of Figure girls and the whole so called sport of Figure itself. Fact remains it's about as exciting as watching f**king hair grow! I'd rather get a f**king root canal then watch women who have no athletic ability turn in circles on stage! There is no challenge, no nothing. Right now I can go to the mall and find you five figure competitors that could stand right next to Monica Brant any day of the week. To make matters worse these girls take prize money from the true athletes, Pro Fitness Girls and Pro Bodybuilders of both genders. I get the impression from your expanded vocabulary and defensive remarks about Figure that you're a skinny little bald guy who hasn't been laid in years. So if you enjoy watching Figure and think it should be on an IFBB Pro stage then my guess is you are extremely lonely and severely boring.

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I'm asking this question because I've seen a lot of pros in videos and I think they fake it when they make the videos. I don't think they actually train very hard in real life. Except for Ronnie Coleman and Dorian Yates, I train more in the Dorian style... few sets but extremely intense and that's the only way I grow. Is this correct?

First of all you're out of your mind if you don't think pros train hard! To suggest that their faking the intensity in which they train in the videos is crazy. Just because pros train in different manners does by no means say that the training isn't hard but rather just different. For instance; Ronnie Coleman's training is something that no one else can do, the man is crazy strong. Dexter Jackson may not lift as heavy as Ronnie but if you watch the battle for the Olympia tapes he trains very hard and lifts as heavy as he can. I remember watching Chris Cormier and Craig Titus training at Gold's Gym Venice one time I was there and I was really impressed with not only how strong they were, but how hard they trained. Tom Prince is another really strong guy but he is not someone Weider focuses on so he does not get the attention he deserves about training intensity.

What you seem to have done is fallen into the typical media trap that plays with the readers and dictates what the readers will think about the athletes. Instead of taking a video - why don't you pay a Pro to go train with him and see for yourself first hand? That way you would know from experience, not what some magazine tells you or video portrays! As far as training like Dorian Yates, there is no right or wrong way to train mate, just whatever seems to work for your body is the way your should train period.

When I first took steroids I got pimples all over back, they started in small amounts and then they get worse the more I grow. Do you know of any pros that have acne problems? And, does this mean I can never take steroids?

Honestly, you're probably not going to want hear this but if the acne continues and your doctor can't help you with medication, then you have a problem. The problem is you have to make the choice whether you want acne or not. As long as you take steroids you're probably going to have acne. I don't know of any pros that suffer from this particular problem but I do know that tetracycline is used to control or stop acne all together. So my friend I hope that this information can help you in some way. My advice to you is to see our doctor as soon as possible and get it under control. Be totally honest with him about what you're taking or he will not be able to prescribe you the proper medication.

Good column and thanks for the no BS attitude. My comment is concerning your statement regarding Beverly products and/or other brands that don't sponsor a pro. I don't understand why you suggest a supplement brand isn't worth using if they don't sponsor a pro? In addition, I wonder if the best nutritional supplementation matters that much to a top IFBB Pro's physique since he/she uses a plethora of drugs to keep them large and lean. For the everyday gym rat that doesn't use drugs, it seems logical the best nutritional supplements are far more important.

Maybe I should clarify something that I said that was mis-interpreted. What I really mean is I don't think people in the fitness and bodybuilding industry should purchase products from companies who do not endorse pro athletes. Let's not forget these companies make their money from this industry and it isn't fair if they don't give anything back. You talk about the everyday gym rat that doesn't use drugs. Well partner, let's not forget that this everyday gym rat is looking in the magazines getting training tips and nutritional advice from pros. Let's not forget that the gyms exist from bodybuilding, that's where it all started and that's where it all ends.

So when you talk about Beverly International who has been around for many years and that they don't have an athlete signed that offends me. Beverly wouldn't even be in existence if bodybuilding didn't exist, that's my point. So the next time you go out to purchase some whey protein, buy one that has an athlete signed. There are plenty of companies with excellent products who have athletes endorsed. Here's a few; ISS, MRM, Pinnacle, MET-RX, VPX and the list goes on. But guess what? Beverly uses the industry and the bodybuilders and doesn't give back.

Does It Matter To You If A Supplement Company Sponsors A Pro?
Yes - I Will Only Buy From Them.
Sometimes - It Makes Some Difference.
No - Why Would I Care?

I just wanted to say thanks to writing this column and opening my eyes to the inside world of bodybuilding. I really like a lot of your opinions and I'm glad that some one has the balls to tell it like it is. My question is, what kind of steroids should I take that is relatively safe that will produce results for a beginner?

I've answered this particular question several times but I will do it again for you. Keep in mind that it doesn't matter what you take if your nutrition is not correct. Make sure you take in a good quality protein source like Whey and BCAAs. These are the building blocks of building muscle. Bodybuilding.com has many to choose from. Do me a favor, if you're an avid reader of my column please do me the courtesy of purchasing your supplements off this site, I would really appreciate it.

Now, a good safe first cycle; something that would be very effective and very safe would be 300 milligrams of Primobolan Depot a week with 500 milligrams of Primoteston 250 mg a week. Both are very low dosages so the risks are low and you are very safe purchasing in regards to being counterfeit.

Don't forget to e-mail your questions to me at ifbbpro@bodybuilders.com right away! See you next month on Bodybuilding.com.