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Tom Venuto - Contributing to Steroid Encyclopaedia
name is Tom Venuto and I’m a lifetime natural bodybuilder. When I was
invited to become a contributing writer for Steroid Encyclopaedia.com, my
first reaction was (for obvious reasons), to politely decline. So I thanked
the staff of Steroid Encyclopaedia for asking, but said this was not an
appropriate place for me. After
giving it some careful thought, I began to reconsider. In fact, the more I
thought about it, the more I realized that it could actually be a great
opportunity. After all, how often
is it that natural and drug using bodybuilders get together and have friendly,
intelligent discussion about bodybuilding and the pros and cons of drug use?
Not too often is it? Usually, it’s the other way around, with both
sides fighting and criticizing each other: Natural bodybuilders questioning
the morals and ethics of drug users and the drug users criticizing the natural
bodybuilders for being self-righteous and having a “holier than thou”
I got to thinking; wouldn’t it be cool if we could get along, be friends and
be open to alternative perspectives? Maybe
we could even learn something from each other. I believe you can make better
decisions if you understand both sides of the coin equally. So with that in
mind, I accepted the invitation from the staff of Steroid Encyclopaedia.
so we understand each other, I should tell you what my position is on steroid
use and what my goals are.
not “anti-steroid” by any means - it would simply be more correct to say
that my position is “pro-natural.”
did I choose to remain natural? Fear
of health consequences is not the reason. Certainly there are dangers involved
with drug use, but they're probably greatly exaggerated by the media. It's not
a matter of morals or ethics either. As long as you're not hurting someone
else or infringing on their rights, then who's to judge what's right or wrong
anyway? Perhaps it shows questionable character to take drugs, lie about it,
and then compete in a drug tested competition, but as long as everyone is on a
level playing field, then how each person plays is their own business. No, my
motivation to stay natural is different: I know that a great body can be
developed drug free because I've done it - my goal is to continue to see just
how far I can take it. I want to
test the natural limits of the human body. I want to actualize my full
God-given potential. If I take
drugs, then I won’t really know what my true potential is.
believe that too many people set mental limits on what's possible and that's
the very reason they fail to get very far without some kind of enhancement.
If you look at a drug free bodybuilder with a great build and you say,
“There’s no way that guy is natural,” you’re only setting
limitations on your own growth. Your subconscious mind will take that
accusation literally and prevent you from ever reaching that level of
development naturally. I would
like to help open people’s minds, raise their standards and expand their
beliefs of what’s possible.
goals as spokesperson for natural bodybuilding are as follows:
To encourage people not to rush into the decision to take drugs
but to carefully consider both sides and thoroughly weigh the pros and cons.
To educate people about the differences between training and
dieting with and without drugs. (There's a BIG difference!)
To encourage teenagers never to use drugs (Would you want
your children taking drugs?)
To encourage people to not even consider
drugs until they’ve developed themselves to their maximum capability drug
free and have learned everything they can about training and nutrition.
To help people realize that drugs are not a substitute for
discipline and hard work.
Not to judge, but to be a role model and show by example that a
great physique is attainable without drugs - that your own mind is the only
thing limiting you.
you can decide which path to take. I
hope my perspective helps you make the decision that’s right for you.
I’ll be looking forward to some healthy discussion with you on these
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