“Did Sly Stallone build his body with steroids?”
For the record, I really like Sylvester Stallone. I can’t say I’m a big fan of his movies (save for First Blood and the first Rocky). But I like Stallone, the man. What’s not to like? He’s a cool guy. And when I observe his proclivity for the highly intense, highly physical, highly disciplined, and high performance way of life, I feel I’m about to express an opinion about a kindred spirit. But I’m going to make this opinion known because if I don’t, it would be a disservice to a lot of aspiring natural body builders.
Despite the fact that I like Sylvester Stallone every time I hear him speak, there’s one statement he made years ago that bears repeating and analyzing. It stems directly from the question:
‘Did Sylvester Stallone build his body with steroids?”
In fact, it was his answer to a print interviewer who very directly asked him:
“Did you ever use steroids to build yourself up?”
“In 1987, when I was making Rambo III, I used to take an amino acid that's nearly as strong as steroids. It's about 15 times more powerful than the typical amino acid, but gives none of the raw rage - the anger - that comes with steroids. All steroids do is make you a cumbersome, apelike goon.”
I find it interesting that nobody else has heard of this amino acid and he never identified it.
Stallone: The Entrepreneur: Let’s put this in an interesting context
Around about 2004, Sylvester Stallone had a hand in starting a bodybuilding supplement company: Instone Nutrition. The company is now defunct – bankrupt and out of business.
If Sylvester Stallone really knows of an amino acid that works nearly as well as anabolic steroids, couldn’t he have marketed it through Instone and saved the company from bankruptcy? If he’s really aware of such an amino acid, couldn’t he have made it the premier product of his company and spared athletes from possible future liver, kidney, and cardiovascular problems associated with chronic steroid abuse? With such a “miraculous amino acid”, he could do a lot of good and reap even greater financial prosperity than he ever did making movies. Think about it: if such an amino acid existed – one that’s even “almost” as effective as steroids – synthetic testosterone would be obsolete and the revenue the drug companies make from it would be shifted to the output of this safer alternative.
‘Did Stallone use Steroids?’ Why should this even matter?
I’m not here to judge athletes and movie stars/celebrities as “wrong” for using steroids. But I do feel compelled to judge them on their responses to inquisitions to come clean about such use. That’s because I don’t like seeing these star’s followers being led down a road of frustration and wasted time by taking what their idol says at face value if the celebrity used steroids but denies it. And these detours occur: Physique-morphing movie stars and athletes occasionally publish books containing bodybuilding routines they claim were the sole reason (along with diet) for the physique improvements they often display rather suddenly.
But the question remains: “Did Sylvester Stallone use steroids to build his body?”
I think my readers are intelligent. They can use the transparency of asserted claims, add simple critical reasoning, and draw their own conclusions. And why not do exactly that? Movie stars and athletes are unlikely to answer these questions honestly when put on the spot; they understandably have a brand image to protect.
Stallone and his trainer, Franco Columbu, once told the media that Stallone had nine weeks in which to gain ten pounds of muscle prior to shooting Rambo: First Blood Part 2. If ten pounds of muscle were obtainable in nine weeks, ‘naturally’ – steroids would be obsolete. Who would need them? That’s 1.1 pound of muscle per week. At that rate, one could gain almost 60 pounds of muscle in a year. Even if only half that much muscle could be gained in a year, the bodybuilder gaining it could be on his/her way to Olympia status without using drugs.
Let’s Contextualize this…
Your average Mr. Olympia contender is holding, what… about a hundred pounds of muscle over average? And they take about, what… at least five to ten years of training to acquire that kind of muscle mass? And they’re known to be, what… chock-full of every steroid on the planet? Even if one of them ascends to Olympia competitor status within the (incredible) time-span of five years, that’s twenty pounds of muscle per year; about a third of the pace that Stallone and his trainer said he gained muscle for a movie role.
Ten pounds of muscle within a few weeks: Which competitive bodybuilder or athlete would risk money, reputation, and possibly… long-term health from using steroids if such rapid muscle gains were possible without them?
As I said at the start of this entry, I like Sly Stallone. Who wouldn’t admire a guy in his sixties going at life with the intensity he displays? But if he or anyone makes statements within a context I’m passionate about (in this case – natural bodybuilding/fitness), I’m going to analyze what was said and provide my assessment and opinions for the edification of truth-seekers – without any direct and libelous accusations, of course.
Remember what I’ve said in the past: One of the easiest lies to get away with would be in gaining ten or twenty pounds of mass with steroids and, thereafter, claiming it was done without drugs. That’s why I provide updated steroid polygraph test so my readers know I’m a genuine life-time natural. Not because I think using steroids is so bad – but because I think selling people average “ho-hum” workouts by influencing them through the display of a body secretly built with steroids… well…is bad.
Comments and ranting opinions are always welcome.