Flex Wheeler, Milos Sarcev and Chris Cormier discuss PEDS and recent bodybuilding deaths – Fitness Volt

In a sport as tumultuous as bodybuilding, it’s always a breath of fresh air when athletes discuss the finer details of their craft together. In a recent interview, flexible wheelChris Cormier and Milos Sarcev join Dennis James to discuss the current dangers in the sport and what can be done to improve its safety.

Since 2021, an increasing number of deaths has plagued the bodybuilding community. 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhodes died last year at age 46. The tragedy continued to roll as George”TaurusPeterson is dead before competing Olympia 2021. Lately, the sport has been paralyzed in a state of grief following a number of recent deaths. Last month, Cedric McMillan tragically died aged 44, inadvertently sparking a wide discussion about how to make the sport safer.

Worse still, young bodybuilders are also dying. In late April, Figure and Bikini bodybuilder Stacey Cummings was found dead at 31. With reform on the minds of the masses, four-time Arnold Classic Flex Wheeler, perennial contender Chris Cormier and one of the sport’s brightest minds, Milos Sarcev have joined forces to discuss what can be done to create a safer sport.

Group discusses deaths in bodybuilding and growing concerns over DEPs

During a recent interview with Dennis James, the group of bodybuilders sat down to address some of the current issues affecting the sport. Additionally, the band reflected on the tragic death of the late Cedric McMillan.

“We have lost so many people over the past two years and just recently Cedric McMillan, rest in peace. I mean, what do you think is going on, and more importantly, what do you think should be going on. I don’t even know if it can be avoided or slowed down. What is the opinion of your guys? » Dennis James asked.

According to Chris Cormier, the problem is simple, there is too much stress on the heart and the problem only gets worse as the athlete gets older.

“These guys push a lot more, not like it is in the gym, but they put a lot more stress on the heart. i feel like this bodybuilders are much bigger than they were. Chris Cormier replied.

“Well, they’re always looking for something to take on, some kind of new design or something. I mean, you can stick to a certain amount or certain types, but there’s always kind of a novelty. ‘Oh, you’ve heard of that LCC7 blah blah,’ Cormier said.

Flex Wheeler chimed in and explained that the drug-taking climate has changed dramatically since he competed as an IFBB Pro.

“Even in our time, we didn’t even have Tren. There was Tren but Parabolan was cleaner than Tren. said Flex Wheeler.

“Parabolan was our drug of choice. You can take it for long periods of time, he didn’t have any heart damage and he didn’t have all these crazy side effects like tren. With Tren you can only run it for four weeks and then you have to go down. said Flex. I’m like ‘why?’ And they say because it’s toxic and I’m like ‘what!’ There were some things in our day that you knew you could only take that for 2-3 weeks and then you had to come down. said Flex.

As athletes wondered about training and diet, Flex thinks people have moved away from that and only care to hear what someone’s cycle is, especially if they’re competing at the level. professional.

What I mean is that I think it’s obvious that it’s more of a drug world now. Because we’ve traveled the world, and what were the first questions we get from all over the world: “What drugs are you taking?” This isn’t about going back to our days of going to seminars, we want to learn more about their diet and training. How did they diet, how did they train, how did they do this. You go to any seminar now, and I guarantee that one of the top ten questions will be what kind of steroids. Flex Wheeler continued.

“It just wasn’t the first thing. Look, even though I have a strict reason or reasons why I don’t talk about drugs because I know other people are watching us, and I know the kids are gonna come out and try our cycles, thinking they’re gonna be the next me. That’s the main reason why I don’t talk about it. said Flex.

Flex revealed that he would not speak to many cohorts about his experiences with DEPs. If he had to discuss the matter, he opted to speak with decorated bodybuilding trainer Charles Glass.

“We very rarely had a powwow where we talked about it individually with each other. I would talk to RonnieI would talk to Charles Glass about that. Look how close Chris and I were. We never sat down and he never fully told me what he was doing with his diet. So it was just something we didn’t talk about among ourselves. said Flex Wheeler.

With more drugs available, Flex argues that there were female Bikini and Fitness bodybuilders taking more gear than he did.

“Listen, there are bikini competitors, and damn it, there were fitness competitors running bigger cycles than I’ve ever done in my life.” Wheeler said.

Similar to a point that Charles Glass brought home a few weeks ago, drugs and counterfeit drugs have become a growing problem in the fitness industry, according to Milos Sarcev.

“In the 90s it was pharmaceutical grade. You get something from the pharmacy. You know what you’re taking. Now it’s underground, God knows. Like Chris said, you have names you can’t even pronounce,” says Milos Sarcev.

Chris Cormier warns bodybuilders: “You put a lot of stress on your heart every day”

Given the staggering number of heart-related deaths in sports, Cormier argues that heart health is the primary key to longevity.

“I just want to pay special attention to this heart. You pump it and put a lot of stress on the heart. I feel like that’s going to be the most important thing is that you wise guys have been pumping for many years. Cormier said.

“So if you train, you take creatine, you take anything. You put a lot of stress on your heart on a daily basis. I think paying close attention to your heart, the function of the heart, I think is one of the biggest keys here. A lot of these guys, didn’t they say, he had heart complications not too long ago. Cedric. Alright, so you need to pack it then. I understand the mentality to have, but it’s just not the right mentality for health. Cormier said.

“The damage is done but still, along the way there has to be something, some sort of test to help you know what’s going on with your body.” Cormier added.

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Milos, Dennis and Flex Wheeler discuss Roid-Rage

The abuse of DEPs can lead to aggressive behavior. Although Milos and Flex Wheeler don’t recall being too angry, Dennis admits that “rage roid” incidents only happened when he had to drive.

‘Yes, me neither. You are follow a diet for a show, fuc**n starving, no carbs. Angry because we are unhappy. I really can’t say that they make me more aggressive”. Milo said.

“Yeah, let me take it back. I didn’t get aggressive or have arguments, not stuff like that, but I felt like maybe I had a different advantage in traffic. Conduct. I would be roid raging like fucking shit. Dennis James shared.

Flex doesn’t recall getting too angry in professional competitions, but mentioned that he was always hot-headed and ultra-aggressive, thanks to his time fighting when he was younger.

“I’m just ultra-aggressive anyway. I think it’s just my childhood, getting my ass kicked so many times. I looked over, and got ultra-aggressive as I fought more and fought more. I didn’t argue with people. As arrogant as I was, it was just a character I created. But y’all could tell I’ve never tried to jump on a little person or take advantage of a person. I’ve never been like an asshole to one person. I can act like I don’t know you. said Wheeler.

Steroids have been a hot issue following the alarming death rate in sports. Such an answer to the problem came in the form Seth Fierce. He thinks bodybuilders are playing with fire and steroids will kill anyone, it’s only a matter of time.

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As the sport heals after so many deaths that have ravaged the community, it’s great to see top bodybuilders speaking out to help foster a safer work environment. After Dennis sat down with the group, it seemed to be unanimous that one of the biggest problems with bodybuilding is poor heart health.

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