What does Natural Bodybuilding even mean now a days. There's so many drugs and supplements out there the line that you to be very clear is now getting more vague and vague.
For me to be "natural" means not taking steroids or growth hormones or anything like that.
I know that's vague but being "natural" is up to the discretion of every person. For some people Creatine is not natural. For others growth hormones are okay. There's no clear line.
All the competitions out there that claim to be natural may not be as natural as you think.
Drugs don't stay in your system forever so it is possible to be on a cycle and then get off the drugs right before the show and pass the drug test with flying colors. This is very popular to do and it's up to you to decide what is right and wrong.
The higher up you go the more likely that the athletes have taken some performance enhancing drug or something to help them get bigger, stronger or leaner. That's their choice and not for you to judge.
I'm not saying that everyone who has a great physique is juicing or on something but don't always assume their natural just because they say they are or because they compete in a "natural" competition. Natural bodybuilding may just not be as natural as one originally thought.
Drugs are expensive. I'm trying to pay my way through college. I don't have money for both nor do I want to spend a lot of money on those types of drugs.
It's more realistic for me to just work hard in the gym, take the small amount of supplements I take, and eat the right foods, than pay for steroids or some other growth hormone.
Also those drugs are very hard on your body and you end up having to spend more money on other pills just so you're body doesn't shut down. It's just healthier to not invest in those drugs both physically and financially.
You need to find what works for you and how far you are willing to go. If you do choose to start taking some serious stuff just be cautious about how you do it.
I know it's a controversial topic and I know that everyone has a lot of different opinions on being natural.
I want to know what you think. Where do you draw the line for being natural? What are your thoughts on using drugs? Is there a stigma on those who use performance enhancing drugs in our society? If so, should it be that way or should we change that.
Let me know in the comments section below and share it with your friends so that everyone can participate!