Jonathan Byrd

Dark Side: Supply and Demand

Jonathan Byrd
Dark Side: Supply and Demand

Drugs are not a secret in the sport of powerlifting. Although still not spoken about publicly, they are everywhere in the sport. Just this week a top IPF heavyweight pissed hot during a pre meet drug test. First off, if you’re going to take drugs, don’t lift in a drug tested federation. Second, don’t play the victim when you piss hotter than a five-dollar hooker.

The amount of drugs in the sport has grown because of the nature of the sport and how easy it is to get them. Back in the 80s, guys didn’t know how long drugs stayed in your system. In a 2001 interview 1 , Ed Coan, who failed three IPF drug tests, said that he hadn’t taken Deca in over nine months before he tested positive. That’s because no one knew how long it stayed in your system. Degenerates will always find a way to push the envelope, it’s what we do! Today, a quick google search can point you in the right direction to all the supplements you’d want to take. Hell a few decades ago guys were getting finaplex, and free basing it. If that doesn't put things into prospective then nothing will!

I want to tell you a story about a fellow degenerate lifter by the name of Rob. Rob has been in the sport for nearly thirty years. When it comes down to it, he has seen it, and done it all. Nobody will tell you Rob has made smart decisions for his body. He has sacrificed more for this sport than anyone I have ever known. Rob told me a story about how he use to get his “supplements” from the local vet.

You know, the internet wasn’t around, you couldn’t just order some stuff online and it shows up at your house. Well the local vet didn’t have any issue with hooking Rob up with supplements, but there was a catch. Rob was built well, as he started this sport as a bodybuilder. Apparently, the local vet was a fan of muscular men.

Like any of us would, Rob cut a deal with the vet. The vet would step into the next room behind a glass window. For a few bottles of supplements, Rob would do a little strip. Desperate times called for desperate measures. Plus, getting pharmacy grade shit is hard to come by. I don’t know what the vet did, but I’m sure you all can make some assumptions.

When I asked Rob if he regretted it, he simply laughed, “I wish I could find that damn vet now, he had some quality drugs!” Of course, I had to ask, “Would you have ever gone any further?” With a smirk on his face he replied, “If he had jugs of test I would have sucked his dick!” That, ladies and gentlemen, is a degenerate motherfucking tale of the dark side!

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1. www.t-nation.com/training/atlas-speaks