Performance Enhancement

Last night I was sitting downstairs and my Mom yelled out about Michael Phelps doing an interview because he had HGH. I was thinking “oh no, what a horrible story and its going to be marred by the use of human growth hormone.”

I ran upstairs to check out the interview and it was him discussing his childhood ADHD. It was nothing more than a simple acronym mistake made by my Mom. Still had me a bit worried.

I guess it is just the time we live in. The doubt is always there when it comes to performance enhancing drugs.

It really is too bad. I would say the majority of these athletes are clean but they have to pay for the transgressions of the few. There is nothing new with that ideology of course. I still believe in guilty until proven innocent so I try and give all athletes the benefit of the doubt.

Going to the gym everyday makes you curious about things like steroids. Even though I give people the benefit of the doubt I am always curious about a really shredded guy. I am pretty ignorant when it comes to steroids though. I am not sure where the line between illegal steroids and legal supplements is drawn.

I remember during the Mark McGwire days there was a lot of talk about creatine. I know a lot of sports journalists talked about it as a steroid. I have done some research on it and it is completely legal. In fact a recommended daily dose of creatine could be acquired if a person could eat something like 4 pounds of meat a day. That is obviously not a great route to go, thus people supplement.

I think there is a lot of misinformation out there. I actually mentioned whey protein to a relative of mine and he was like “Whoa I don’t do that stuff buddy.” I was a little shocked, I don’t know much about the weight lifting culture myself, but I know that whey protein isn’t anything to be scared about. I wonder what percentage of people believes stuff like this.

I guess in the end it doesn’t really matter. People will believe what they want. The fact is people need to do their research and talk to professionals about these supplements. Luckily, the former is simple in this day and age. We live in the internet age and info about anything is simply a couple clicks away. You have to be careful of course but there is usually a number of reliable sources for any given topic. As for professionals, talk to trainers, doctors, naturopaths or even ask someone in the gym. Don’t just ask anyone, look for someone who is currently showing the results you want and ask them. That is sound advice for any journey you are on.

Always look for someone who has the results that you want and ask them. I have had weight management advice from other fat people and I respect their opinion, but I think I would rather get my advice from someone who has lost the weight already.

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