Tag: PEDs

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Athletics in ‘crisis’- why doping isn’t cheating

It’s dark, dark days for athletics. Suddenly even the big names are getting implicated with doping.  There seems to be a new Lance Armstrong-esque investigation into a household name every other week.  Chris Froome, Mo Farah and now the GB golden girl herself, Paula Radcliffe. We’ll see the same old statements and the strenuous denials,…
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It’s not all about hard work

The world of professional sports has recently been very kind to the media industry, in that there seems to be plenty of scandal to write about. Specifically, the question of doping and performance enhancement. There has been the ongoing saga of Justin Gatlin’s ‘moral’ eligibility to compete after serving two drug bans, exacerbated by his…
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Why I would do steroids

You might have heard that world athletics is in ‘crisis’ according to the IAAF chief, Lamine Diack following a German documentary which claimed that the ‘majority of Russian athletes dope’ along with allegations that the IAAF itself have covered up or not reported positive tests. Since steroids were introduced into the public consciousness via Ben…
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What is natural, anyway?

A term I’ve used a lot is natural.  Someone is natural or training natural. What do I mean exactly?  Evidently it means no drugs are involved, of the performance-enhancing variety.  But what about supplements like protein powders, pre-workout caffeine drinks?  What about creatine supplements, that are apparently meant to be ‘cycled-on and off’? Can you…
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Why would they lie to you?

For me, an amusing part of the Christmas run-in was, and is always, the explosion of perfume adverts. Basically if you have no idea of what’s going on but there is a montage of an attractive man/woman jumping off a cliff or clicking their fingers in a suit, you’re probably watching a perfume advert. How…
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Is Usain Bolt clean?

Following up my Lance Armstrong post, I’ve had a few questions regarding my opinion of Usain Bolt. Let’s be clear: Bolt has never officially failed any drugs test, he has an absolutely clean slate right now with regards to any evidence of taking performance enhancing substances that are banned by the International Olympic Committee, or…
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Lance Armstrong should have kept his titles

It is certainly the most infamous event in cycling history, and it probably has a claim to be the most infamous in sports full stop. I’m sure everyone even without an interest in sports was aware of the sensational scandal when Lance Armstrong, winner of a record 7 Tour de France’s, testicular cancer survivor, founder…
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How to look like Hercules? It’s all about eating…

I’m sure that you have all heard about, and maybe seen Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s new movie, Hercules.  There was a pretty long and extensive marketing campaign to drum up interest before release, including Johnson himself posting regular training videos, Instagram photos and tweets showing his preparation for the role. Now I was a fan of…
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How much muscle can you gain naturally? Disclaimer: may be upsetting for some

“So I’m going to start lifting weights,” “Ok, great what are your goals? Get in shape, for a sport…?” “Just to be in shape. Don’t want to get too big though…” I’ve had this conversation a few times, normally when talking to a friend or someone I have met in the gym. I take it…
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Crossfit is good…?

Chances are, as someone reading this you know what it is or have at least heard of it. Chances are you’ve heard the full spectrum of opinion, from those who think it is the new Christianity to those that label it as useful for real results as doing 1000 crunches a day whilst eating a…
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