Even though performance-enhancing drugs are an integral part of the sport of bodybuilding, very few bodybuilders talk openly about the PEDs they actually use.
However, during a recent interview with IFBB bodybuilder and weightlifter Greg Doucette, bodybuilding legend and four-time Mr. Olympia winner Jay Cutler went into great detail about his own history with steroids.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about what we’re actually doing,” Cutler said. “I’ve never really talked about it to be honest and I just think at this time it’s kind of like the hidden question people want to ask, ‘Hey, what do the pros take? “.”
During his chat with Doucette, Cutler opened up about his steroid cycles during his career, and specifically during the years 2000 to 2005.
“Basically, after the Olympia, I would come off for twelve weeks and then start my cycle for the Arnold Classic,” Cutler said. “Then I would come off after the Arnold and had a good break for eight to twelve weeks. Then I would start my thing in June for the Olympia.
As for the steroids he was actually taking during this time, Cutler said his whole year was about buying exotic drugs like Parabolan, Winstrol Amps and Masteron.
“I would start with Equipoise for the contest and then every four weeks I would kind of switch it up. Then I would switch to propionate instead of enanthate. The biggest difference I learned later is the anti- estrogen, so using Nolvadex or Arimidex,” Cutler added.
Although Cutler isn’t currently taking any of these drugs, he explained that he takes a “real THS”, or hormone replacement therapy, and used the interview as an opportunity to dispel some misconceptions about how much he actually takes.
“I know people who say I’m on HRT and taking 500 migs. Nobody needs 500 migs on HRT, okay?
“I take half a cc to a full cc usually a week and that entitlement has changed. I have rarely exceeded one. It’s my first cycle to be honest. I did a cc of Sustanon. I think they were preloaded Sustanon from Mexico. They were the best things. I mean, I put on about 50 pounds,” Cutler said.
What was not said in the interview is that steroids have undeniably serious side effects. As Dr Leon Creaney, from the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance, told us in 2019, “In a recent Danish study, users of anabolic androgenic steroids were found to have all-cause mortality combined three times higher than non-users.”
Users also had a ‘much higher prevalence’ of male breast development, infertility, erectile dysfunction, cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm), pulmonary embolism (blocked artery) , liver damage, jaundice and acne.
So if you’re considering taking steroids to get slightly more defined biceps, think again.
You can watch Doucette and Cutler’s full conversation below.
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