It is a common held belief that if you are 6ft or under and walk round at 220lbs/100kg with 8% or under bodyfat you are using some form of PED or are the small percentage of genetic outliers, in which case you are probably being paid a shit load in professional sports.
I used to think this was b.s and people were just jealous but my recent experience in getting lean is making me think otherwise. From a starting weight of just over 231lbs/105kg and dropping weight slowly over the last year, I currently walk around at 199lbs or 90.2kg at 6ft and holding onto muscle whilst getting lean ain’t no walk in the park. I appreciate if you are younger than my 40yrs, then this would probably be less of an issue.
I really believed I could cut down to around 200lbs but like most people I overestimated how much muscle I actually had and also underestimated how much lean mass I would lose along with the fat. It is looking like I will have to get down to about 185lbs/83.9kg to be anywhere near shredded.
Strangely more and more of the youngsters in the gym are walking around 200lbs+.and shredded or close to it and when you strike up conversations with them, they are nearly always ‘on’ and weirdly proud to be so.
My thoughts on this are in this consumer culture, where everything is instant. Kids these days are after instant results, for them it isn’t and never will be about the training, self discovery or discipline i.e ‘the journey’ but more so about quick results – each to their own.
Accessibility to information and the normalization of drugs in everyday gym culture has helped this spread like wildfire. Even getting hold of the drugs is easier now days, everyone knows someone or if you want anonymity amongst your gym buddies i.e. obtaining ‘fake natty’ status, the internet has a number of websites that will deliver.
I have no issue with drug use, especially if it is related to sport, performance or your profession i.e. bodybuilding but if you using them for recreational and purely aesthetic purposes then I find it difficult to get my head round.
Most of the guys are also cycling in some kind of fat burner, such as clenbuterol or ephedrine, this with all the other shit including your standard recreational drugs (pills & sniff) is potentially setting them up for some cardiac issues in later life.
One last thing is that these guys are young, mostly in their early 20′s and have very little in training years. I was talking to one guy and he had been training for less than 2 years but had jumped on as he wasn’t progressing as fast as his mate’s, he wasn’t even interested in finding what his natural genetic potential was??
They really need to be more careful and less ‘YOLO’ as once they come off and even if they observe a PCT protocol, their hormone levels might be permanently screwed seeing that they aren’t really putting much thought into their cycles and what they are taking – wow sounding like an old man now