Athletes involved in professional and organized sports are not allowed to use performance-enhancing anabolic steroids. A former professional bodybuilder and powerlifter, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 71, recently talked about drug abuse among sportsmen.
“People always want the easier way out to become better,” Schwarzenegger told Men’s Health. “It’s human nature and you could probably write a book about all of the different ways we enhance ourselves and what that means and whether we need to cut back. People take drugs to focus more, to sleep better, to feel better mentally, to feel less pain, to build muscle, to lose fat, you name it.”
“If there was an option to wave a magic wand and get rid of all illegal performance enhancing in sports where someone can’t find the next big thing that can’t be spotted on a test, I am all for it,” the Austrian-American actor added. “I’d do it tomorrow.”
In 1969, Schwarzenegger won the Mr. Universe title. He continued to dominate the bodybuilding industry, winning the annual Mr. Olympia contest from 1970 to 1975 and in 1980.
When the use of anabolic steroids was still legal, Schwarzenegger was one of the athletes who used them. In his 1977 book “Arnold: Developing a Mr. Universe Physique,” the former Governor of California wrote, “I will not speak for my colleagues but I will wrote of my experience with tissue-building drugs.”
“Yes, I have used them, but no, they didn’t make me what I am,” Schwarzenegger noted. “Anabolic steroids were helpful to me in maintaining muscle size while on a strict diet in preparation for a contest. I did not use them for muscle growth but rather for muscle maintenance when cutting up.”
It was in 1969 when Schwarzenegger made his acting role by playing the title role in “Hercules in New York.” He went on to become known for playing T-800 “Model 101” in “The Terminator” movies.
In 2019, Schwarzenegger will reprise his role of T-800 “Model 101” in “Terminator 6.” The title character will be played by Mexican-American actor Gabriel Luna, 35.
Also in 2019, Schwarzenegger will play James Hook in “Viy 2: Journey to China.” Meanwhile, here is the septuagenarian training heavy: