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Frankenstein Muscles - Frankenstein Heart
I received this letter from Clark in Charlottesville, VA. It was in response to
my good bud, Manny. I visited Charlottesville some years back, and it sure is a
little piece of Paradise.
Perhaps the greatest competitor ever in the Worlds Strongest Man contest was Jon
Pall Sigmarsson of Iceland, with four wins and multiple Top 3 finishes. He died
in the gym at age 32 while doing his favorite exercise, the dead lift.
I have noticed over the years that there have been "In Memoriam" messages at the
end of several programs. In 2002, ( as I recall), an American named Johnny Perry
made it to the finals. By the time the broadcasts showed later that year, they
had an "In Memoriam" screen for him at the end. Steroids were implicated in his
death at home, shortly after his 30th birthday.
Likewise, O.D. Wilson of the USA finished second one year behind Jon Pall
Sigmarsson, and within a couple of years had an "In Memoriam" screen.
"Performance enhancing drugs" have been
mentioned as a factor in his heart attack, along with his weight.
Is all this just a coincidence, or is it possible that there is something
unhealthy about the exercises themselves, or the drugs used, or both?
M.F. Clark, it looks like 2 + 2 = 4 in ole Virginny. I don't think there is
anything wrong with the competition. There have been "Strongman" contests from
the beginning of history. What is wrong is that these guys went outside the sport
trying to get an edge, and unfortunately paid with their lives. Bodybuilding can
tout the same "In Memoriam" messages. A few years back the Heavy Duty advocates,
Ray and Mike Mentzer, both died prematurely. And then again, there's professional
wrestling - where we've had several deaths right inside the ring. Tis tragic. The
bottom line, having a humongous bloated physique of mostly counterfeit muscle
isn't a good thing.
Here's another good one.
Back in the 70's some writers from Bob Hoffman's "Strength and Health" went to
the USSR to observe the legendary Alexeev train. (he was the first man to clean
and jerk 500 pounds.) They hoped to gain the secrets of the Soviet lifters. They
were severely disappointed because he was doing a lot of Bodyweight exercises,
and only using light weights. He focused on form and technique. Hmm.I took note
of that and 30 years later I still remember it.
I'm a chiropractor, and I started doing bridging between patient visits to help
with my own back. My posture changed immediately, and the pain disappeared.
M.F. A little ballet and they would faint. Keep up the good work.
Well, my friend, that's all for now.
Kick butt.take names,
P.S. Another letter.
Why is it when people are doing the right thing they get attacked?
I am a Natural Competitive Bodybuilder and in 48 years I have never, ever used
steroids. If I had I surely wouldn't be in the good health I am in today.
Steroids take a huge toll on your body.
I have always been open to different types of exercise routines, and your Combat
Conditioning - http://www.mattfurey.com/conditioning_book.html - is also "the
Professional Strongmen have used some "gear" in order to compete at that level,
and people who think they don't must be living under a rock.
Working out helps the body, but I think at the same time people should be working
to improve their brains because some just don't have common sense.
Just my two cents,
M.F. Kudos to you Robert. I hope more and more bodybuilders will follow your lead
and tell it like it is.
Matt Furey's follow up email.
Frankenstein Muscles - Frankenstein Heart
The emails on "Dying to Be Strong" just keep rolling in. It seems that way too
many people have a story about a friend, colleague, or somebody they knew at the
gym that just dropped dead before they were 35 years old. They all had one thing
in common. The all lifted heavy weight, and they all used steroids. Most of them
never admitted taking steroids until the autopsy proved it so.
I got one particularly moving letter from a woman in California who told the
story of a good friend who denied steroid use even after 2 heart attacks. He only
admitted his use of junk when confronted with the fact that if he died he was
never going to see his daughter again. And to top it off, he was an M.D. He just
loved the way he looked, and was apparently willing to die until somebody hit him
with a baseball bat.
You guys are doing a great job warning people about weight training
being dangerous, and that "Roids" will kill you. Your last letter should
be posted in every gym in the country.
I was a natural bodybuilder before a severe auto accident, and am
chomping at the bit to get started with your program - Combat Conditioning -
http://www.mattfurey.com/conditioning_book.html - as soon as my doctor
My brother, (a doctor), told me years ago when I started lifting that steroids
will build your muscles in a "Frankenstein kind of way - just keep in mind
that your heart is a muscle - Do you want Frankenstein's heart?"
He spent hours explaining the physiology of what steroids do to me.
That's all I needed.
Stay in the Roid-Boys faces, and keep up the good work.
M.F. Thanks for a great letter, and make sure you thank your brother
again. He sounds like a stand up guy to me.
Here's a note from Susan:
Thanks for your inspirational routine about the 200 yard hill sprint which
incorporates Combat Abs - http://www.mattfurey.com/combat_abs.html -
or the Royal Court at the top or bottom of the hill.
I live in hot Ohio and can't find a hill worthy of your description, so I have
improvised using the 3 flights of stairs in my home in between 1 to 2
exercises. It certainly is the major sweat routine you promised. In fact,
I divide it into 2 workouts.
M.F. Improvise, adapt, and overcome. That's the spirit of Combat Conditioning,
and Combat Abs.
Greg from Arizona writes:
What about human growth hormone? What is your view on this?
M.F. Greg, for an answer to your question, go to the website of my good
friend Dr. Dave Woynarowski. You can find him at http://www.drdavesbest.com -
there is information on human growth hormone on his site. You can also email him
at that address with that kind of question.
Kick butt.take names,
P.S. Patti Davis writes that on NPR, National Public Radio), Howard Bryant,
of "Juicing the Game," talked about the impact of steroids on baseball.
He said that steroids overdevelop your muscles at the expense of your joints. He
said one of the team physicians reported on more muscle and joint injuries in the
five years (1995 - 2000) when steroids were rampant, than he had seen in the
previous 35 years total. Goes to show why I've previously written that
especially those on the juice, are the easiest to injure in the sport of
time, some years ago, I tossed a guy who was ripped to shreds - and whilst he was
flying through the air, he injured himself. He was hurt BEFORE he hit the ground.
For safe natural exercises that will give you speed, power, and endurance; visit
at Furey Central - http://www.mattfurey.com/furey_central.html
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