Anti-steroid advocate Don Hooton talks about impact Dr. Gary Wadler had on protecting kids

Dr. Gary Wadler, seen here testifying during a hearing on Capitol Hill to examine the use of steroids in baseball in 2005, died Tuesday. He was 78.

Dr. Gary Wadler, seen here testifying during a hearing on Capitol Hill to examine the use of steroids in baseball in 2005, died Tuesday. He was 78.

In the immediate aftermath of his son’s suicide in July 2003, when Don Hooton struggled to understand the hows and the whys connected to Taylor Hooton’s death, all the while navigating through unimaginable grief, Don Hooton says a comment a member of the Plano, Texas law enforcement had made to Don Hooton resonated loudly.

The detective, Hooton says, had inferred that the steroids authorities had found in Taylor’s bedroom might be connected to his suicide. Hooton says that his son suffered from depression and was prone to outbursts, both common symptoms of hardcore steroid users.

“My first instinct was to go to work to find out why,” Hooton told the Daily News in an email. “I began feverishly looking for information and for experts that were willing to talk to me. One of the names that came up regularly was Dr. Gary Wadler.”

Hooton, the founder and the executive chairman of the non-profit Taylor Hooton Foundation – whose mission is to educate the youth in America about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs and unregulated dietary supplements – spoke fondly of the friendship and impact Wadler had on him and the foundation following Wadler’s death Tuesday. Wadler was 78.

“I called Dr. Wadler and he was more than willing to spend time with me on multiple calls helping me understand the causal relationship between anabolic steroid usage and severe depression and, therefore, suicide. During one of our many conversations, Gary suggested that we form a non-profit organization to raise awareness about the widespread scope of the problem and to educate parents about what to look for that might tell them that their kids are using,” said Hooton. “So, in early 2004, we filed our paperwork and formed an IRS-approved non-profit. Dr. Wadler was our first chairman of our board of directors and we got to work together for a number of years on this cause.

“Since then, we have educated well over one million adults and kids across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Along the way, the board unanimously elected (Wadler) Chairman Emeritus where he has remained ever since,” added Hooton.

Wadler’s wife, Nancy, told The News that it was the one phone call between her husband and Hooton “which started everything.”

“Gary said to Don, ‘Why don’t you start a foundation, and find a way to make this a meaningful journey?’” said Nancy Wadler.

Don Hooton posses for a photo in a room with remembrances of his late son Taylor Hooton at his home Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in McKinney, Texas.

Don Hooton posses for a photo in a room with remembrances of his late son Taylor Hooton at his home Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in McKinney, Texas.

 

A year after Taylor’s death, in July 2004, Hooton testified at a Senate hearing in which former Vice President and Sen. Joe Biden and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) presided. In 2005, when the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on performance-enhancing drug use in baseball, both Hooton and Wadler testified before committee members.

“Gary was a fierce advocate for clean sport,” said Travis Tygart, the chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. “He was selfless in his service and his impact on the movement is immeasurable.”

Wadler, a Long Island internist, and who was also the former chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and Methods Committee, died from complications of a neurodegenerative disease called multiple system atrophy, his wife said.

“It’s rare, and it’s confused with Parkinson’s,” Nancy Wadler said.

Gary Wadler, who is survived by his wife, a daughter and son, two grandchildren and a brother, was a frequent voice in media coverage of the doping issue in sports during the last two decades. And it was Wadler’s years-long friendship with Hooton that helped propel the Taylor Hooton Foundation to the forefront of the anti-doping movement.

“I will always cherish the time that I got to work with Dr. Wadler and admire his intellect and compassion on this important topic,” said Hooton. “He was certainly ahead of his time in recognizing the importance and danger of this growing epidemic. He will be missed.”

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Dr. Gary I Wadler, doping expert, dead at 78

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Dr. Gary I. Wadler

Gary Wadler, the Long Island physician and early authority on performance-enhancing drugs in sports whose extensive resume of titles, appointments, memberships and honors included the International Olympic Committee’s President’s Prize, died Tuesday morning. He was 78.

Nancy Wadler said her husband had been suffering from Multiple System Atrophy, a rare neurodegenerative disorder, for more than five years and most recently had been in hospice care at their Port Washington apartment.

 “He was a great physician,” Nancy Wadler said. “He never saw a patient for 15 minutes; he saw them for an hour. And he never told a patient bad news on a Friday because he didn’t want to ruin anybody’s weekend.”
 
Wadler’s 1989 book, “Drugs and the Athlete,” was a seminal work in its field and was followed by scores of articles, and regular participation in international conferences, dealing with sports doping. When the World Anti-Doping Agency was founded in 2000, Wadler became the only American on the organization’s committee to determine the official list of banned substances. The 1993 IOC president’s award was in recognition of his work in that area.

After 16-year-old Texas high school pitcher Taylor Hooton’s 2003 suicide, which his parents believed resulted from steroid withdrawal depression, it was Wadler who encouraged Hooton’s father to create a foundation to raise steroid awareness among young athletes, coaches and parents. In 2005, Major League Baseball formed a $1 million partnership with the Taylor Hooton Foundation to further that cause.

Wadler also created a drug treatment center at North Shore University Hospital and a drug-education program for Nassau schools. In July, North Shore named its dialysis center for Gary and Nancy Wadler.

Beyond his private practice as an internist in Manhasset, Wadler served as associate professor of clinical medicine at NYU, as medical advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, as a trustee for the American College of Sports Medicine and chairman of the American Ballet Theatre’s medical advisory board. In 2008, he edited the book, “The Healthy Dancer” as an ABT guideline.

Never a competitive athlete, Wadler nevertheless became a key player in the elite sports world after volunteering to serve as U.S. Open tennis tournament physician in 1980.

In his role with the Open, he made two especially newsworthy diagnoses — of the mysterious toxoplasmosis, a viral infection caught from her pet cat that derailed No. 1 Martina Navratilova’s 1982 title bid, and the solution of Jimmy Connors’ cramping from dehydration by prohibiting Connors’ soda intake, augmenting Connors’ surprising run to the 1991 semifinals at 39.

But it was an unexpected 1986 request by representatives of the pro men’s tennis tour, that Wadler submit to a urine test to demonstrate that no one associated with the Open was exempt from drug screening, that triggered his curiosity in doping issues.

Wadler also was board chairman and president of the Nassau County Sports Commission which, among other activities, won the 12-city bidding that placed the Women’s Sports Foundation at Eisenhower Park in 1993. In the mid 1990s, in a rare Wadler project that didn’t materialize, he worked to relocate the Mets to Nassau County, with a new stadium envisioned adjacent to Belmont Racetrack.

Along the way, Wadler met Jackie Robinson, who had lost his son to a drug-related death, worked closely with tennis great Billie Jean King, and became so widely known during his global travels that he once got a Christmas card from Sweden’s Queen Silvia.

Besides his wife, who works in intellectual property law, Wadler is survived by his son David, daughter Erika and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:30 at Riverside Nassau North Chapels in Great Neck.

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Obituary: THF Chairman Emeritus Dr. Gary Wadler passes away

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It is with great sadness that we share the news that our foundation friend, Dr. Gary I Wadler, has passed away.  Gary had been quite ill for a number of months.

Dr. Wadler was quite instrumental in the founding of the Taylor Hooton Foundation.  According to THF Founder and current Executive Chairman Don Hooton, “Following Taylor’s death, I reached out in search of the world’s medical experts on the subject of anabolic steroids.  One of the leading experts in this field was Gary Wadler.  Dr. Wadler spent time with me explaining the correlation between Taylor’s use of steroids and the tragic suicide which had occurred in our home.  It was during our many conversations that he suggested that we form a foundation for the purpose of educating other parents and leaders about the dangers of these drugs.  I followed his idea(s) and in the following weeks and months the Taylor Hooton Foundation was born.”

Dr. Wadler served as the very first Chairman of the Board of the Taylor Hooton Foundation and was then elected Chairman Emeritus of the THF.  He will be sorely missed.

Dr. Wadler had quite an impressive  career: 

Gary I. Wadler, M.D., FACP, FACSM, FACPM, FCP, was an internist with special expertise in the field of drug use in sports.  He was the lead author of the internationally acclaimed textbook, Drugs and the Athlete.  Dr. Wadler served as the Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List and Methods Sub-Committee and served as an ex-officio member of WADA’s Health, Medicine, and Research Committee. Additionally, he has served as a Medical Advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, a Trustee of the Board of the American College of Sports Medicine and of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Among his other sports medicine activities, he has served as Tournament Physician of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

For his groundbreaking work in the field of drug abuse in sports, Dr Wadler received the International Olympic Committee’s President’s Prize in 1993. He is a frequent lecturer on the subject and his opinions are widely sought by the print and electronic media nationally and internationally. In 2007, he was selected by the Institute for International Sport as “One of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America” and serves Chairman of the Communications and Information Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition, he is Chairman of the American Ballet Theatre’s Medical Advisory Board where he oversees the development of medical guidelines for the healthy and sound training of dancers in the United States.  Dr. Wadler was the Chairman of the College Council of the State University of New York at Old Westbury.  Up until his death, Dr. Wadler maintained a private practice in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine in Manhasset, New York and was a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.

 

 

 

Youth and Steroids: Social Media is a huge influence on how young people should look

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Is there such thing as a ‘perfect body’? From referencing Barbie Dolls for the females; to looking like Batman or Wolverine for the males, the epidemic of mankind obsessing over body image, arguing over what is most ideal in this lifetime, has taken an unrealistic shift in today’s society – and Malaysians are not spared from it.

Though with it, comes potentially dangerous medical consequences. In a local report recently, the founder of the Malaysian Body Builder Junkies Club, who is popularly known as Kapten Waja, said he had seen the fatal effects of anabolic steroid abuse among youths (especially males) who wanted to sculpt their bodies.

So does muscularity equals masculinity that these young men have resorted to being overzealous to the point of consuming steroids and other substances? What really drives youths in wanting that ‘perfect body’?

Why Youths Are More Prone To Using Steroids

All Rasid Shariff, a 32-year-old yoga and fitness instructor of YogaOneThatIWant Studios believes the obsessiveness lies in what they see on social media and in the magazines.

“Famous people and celebrities look summer-ready all year long, hence, the obsession of looking good,” he said, adding how models, football players, actors, and almost everyone on TV can easily look like a fitness model nowadays.

While this is in no way an ideal situation, he expressed that men (and women), should instead work on improving their lifestyle to become healthier as this will eventually contribute to a better body image.

“The core to all these improvements is to be healthy,” says All, whose typical gym routine includes weight-lifting four to five times a week, while training a specific muscle group each time.

“I’ve also added yoga in my training regime as I practice yoga every day since stretching is an important component in any fitness regime,” he shared.

When queried on the use of steroids, All, whom has personally witnessed his friends making that mistake emphasises on how it can easily damage our body’s functions, whilst causing cancer.

“It’ll bring you no good to look physically perfect if your internal organs and body’s functions are damaged.

“The youngsters who are obsessed with the usage of these harmful products are unfortunately mingling with the wrong circle of friends. They are young and easily influenced, and in need of approval from people in their circle of friends and community,” he stressed.

However, All relayed that with natural fitness icons available on social media in this epoch, steroid usage in body building has in actuality decreased significantly in the last five years.

“A few teenagers have messaged me on Instagram reaching out for advice to get in shape. Some of them were advised by irresponsible gym-goers or gym product sellers to use this shortcut (steroids),” he shockingly revealed and added he advised them against it.

For males obsessing over body image, All revealed that workout is only 20 per cent of the effort to get in shape, while 80 per cent comes from what we consume. So, what we really need is the knowledge of food science and nutrition.

“There are many nutritionists and dieticians available for consultation nowadays and I have known a few bodybuilders who are steroid-free and their bodies are just as amazing.

“It may take them years to build their desirable physique, but nothing in this world is free. At the end of the day, consistency is key,” he said.

His word of wisdom to the youngsters: “Just remember, your body is irreplaceable. Never do anything that may cause damage to yourself, stay away from steroids. Train harder, eat better and live healthier – it’s what money can’t buy that matters.”

Malaysian Digest also had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Zahri, also known as Cikgu Fitness, who is one of the most successful and award-winning health and fitness experts in Malaysia.

With over 10 years’ experience as fitness trainer, corporate speaker, fitness writer, TV host, he tells us, there is nothing wrong about youths being obsessed with their own body image – as it just means that they are self-conscious and want to perfect their look.

“It’s really an individual’s choice and challenge to address these insecurities. Social media, the magazines etc. are obviously a big influence on how a person should and should not look,” he opined.

Admitting he is no fitness freak per se, but rather practical, Kevin shared he frequents the gym three to four times a week because like everybody else, he too has his ups and downs, resulting in varied routine regime.

“I just make sure a quality session is included every now and then. I would definitely not recommend one to workout everyday if it’s only a 10-15 minutes exercise as we would want to focus on a more quality workout (minimum of 20 minutes, no longer than an hour) rather than quantity,” he said, adding he keeps himself active, be it with kids or workouts, and that being active really depends on what a person defines it to be.

On the use of steroids to obtain the desired physique, Kevin likened it to smoking, “We are aware of the dangers it holds but we still do it. Everybody has to be responsible for their own actions at the end of the day.”

Despite acknowledging the widespread use of steroids, he believes there is a stereotype and misconception attached to it.

“If a young adult goes to a gym, a lot of parents immediately associate steroids with whatever progress he is making. However it is a minority that are taking it, but regardless the small number, it’s not okay to do so.

“Youths are prone to taking it because they are more driven by the desire to get to where they want to be. Plus, the younger generation are an impatient bunch, they want immediate results!,” conveying his personal experience.

He also shared that young gym-goers are easy targets due to lack of experience, resulting in them being at the mercy of their gym trainers whom are their influencers.

“It’s a supply and demand thing, in which these seniors sell supplements, steroids, among others, to make the extra buck. Would I blame the seller? Yes. Would I blame the person consuming? Yes. It takes two to tango after all.

“It’s these anabolic steroids that is being misused as recreational drugs and for me, it is not necessary for you to build a physique. It becomes a component that individuals misuse by boosting the testosterone levels for quicker results.”

Aside inexperience and being impatient, Kevin highlighted, “The reason steroid use is prevalent amongst youths is because they want to impress ‘chicks’, and because they feel there are less repercussions,” he clarified, adding that understandably, youngsters do regrettable things but will hopefully learn from their mistakes.

But for those who seriously want a ripped body at a young age, Kevin reminds to weigh the pros and cons, because it does not mean that you are young you can let these things go, said the celebrity trainer and founder of Cabaran Jom Kurus 1Malaysia.

“Stay away from steroids, it may take a little longer to gain those muscles but you can still gain it without risking infertility, cancer etc.

“The cons of not using steroids far outweigh the short gain of using them,” Kevin concludes, stressing that education is imperative among our youths to create more awareness and curb the misuse of drugs in relation to bodybuilding.

Don’t Take Shortcuts, Consume Real Food

Further delving into the dangers of steroids, Abdul Jabir Jaafar, a medical practitioner from a government agency enlightened us how these days it is common among fitness freaks.

“They are really trying hard to get the perfect body that they desire and in my opinion it’s not a healthy lifestyle when you try to take shortcuts by consuming steroids and the likes of it,” said Jabir.

He explained the use of steroids for muscle building should be banned as it an abusive act towards one’s body and that when consumed without health personnel advice could then cause overdose and organ intoxication.

“They will harm vital organs and cause permanent damage such as kidney failure, heart attack and stroke,” he detailed.

Instead of an opportunity to cure a patient from the use of steroids, Jabir has given plenty of advice on the harmful effects of steroids and encouraged his gym rat peers to never choose that route for their workout regime.

Nevertheless, he noted that some youths suffering from the side effects of steroids are not fully aware of its dangers due to lack of exposure.

“So it is crucial that they are informed that it is wrong and harmful to their body. They should withdraw and deal with the withdrawal symptoms. Get professional help such as counselling,” he added.

“There are plenty of high protein real food like salmon, chicken breast, broccoli and beans, among others, that can cater to your daily protein requirement,” was his advice.

On that note, he reminded, “Hit the gym regularly and consume real food. Muscle building is not just all about the result, it’s the journey towards a healthier lifestyle.”

Learn To Love Yourself

Meanwhile, Nadiah Ibrahim, associate trainer for IMAGO Consultancy & Training Sdn Bhd shared with Malaysian Digest some tips for youngsters dealing with body issues.

“Most of the participants in our training programmes are very conscious about their body. They always compare themselves with their idols, wanting to be and look like them.

“Our clients are not just youths but adults as well. We teach them on how to play with illusions and dimensions to conceal and concentrate on certain body parts,” explained Nadiah, although she agreed youngsters are more influenced by what they see on social media these days.

“Those from Gen Z and soon Gen Alpha (born in 2013-onwards) are among those avid users of the internet, whom are even more advanced than Gen Y/Millennials.

“Social media has become a ‘motivation’ for them to get in shape and buff like their idols, both locally and internationally,” she opined.

Nadiah also shared her concern, when she once came across a Facebook posting of a 15- year-old boy who miraculously had the physique of a bodybuilder.

“Looking at his age and knowing how metabolism works for a boy his age, I’m not surprised if someone lured him into taking steroids for faster results and a better looking body.

“This is worrying as gym activities could be ‘addictive’ and some of gym-goers do want fast results, hence they resort to taking steroids.

“By consuming steroids at such an early age without a doctor’s prescription could be fatal,” she warned, expressing grave concern that people often disregard the side effects and long-term effects of the uncontrolled use of steroids.

To curb such unwanted circumstances that may befall our youngsters, Nadiah feels the gyms should promote healthy eating and lifestyle programmes besides focusing on physical activities.

“Being youngsters, they need guidance from adults or from the people whom they trust.”

But more importantly, Nadiah urges youngsters to always embrace themselves for each and every one of us is special in our own way.

“If you have issues with their body image, seek advice, opinion and help from a certified health practitioner and fitness coach.

“Always remember that you should check thoroughly on anything that gives you fast results as it may have hidden risks that you might not know.

“A buffed body does not determine a good health. Love yourselves for who you are,” she aptly concluded.

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Steroids: It’s illegal to use anabolic steroids, but I see some steroid-like ingredients, and some are advertised as “legal steroids.” How do I know if they’re safe to take?

The chemical formulas for steroids and steroid-like substances are complex and often very difficult to distinguish without in-depth laboratory analysis. Anabolic steroids—compounds “designed” to behave like testosterone—and supplemental testosterone products are classified as “controlled substances” and are regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

If a specific steroid is on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of “controlled substances,” then it is easy to identify, but even when a substance is not listed, it may still violate federal and state laws. In addition, the substance may be banned by most athletic associations.

Also, because steroid-like substances can produce positive drug test results similar to those of anabolic steroids, we advise using extreme caution when considering any “dietary supplement” product labeled as containing steroid-like ingredients—including prohormones, testosterone “boosters,” “designer steroids,” and anything else compared to or purported to behave as any known anabolic steroid. In addition, little is known about their safety.

For more information, check out the Food and Drug Administration article “Warning on Body Building Products Marketed as Containing Steroids or Steroid-Like Substances.”

We suggest you call the appropriate number found in “Dietary supplements and drug testing” to determine whether a specific product you may be considering will cause you to “pop positive.” If the label of a dietary supplement product has its own warning about drug testing, consider it a red flag that the product may cause a positive drug test.

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Taylor Hooton Foundation Expands National Reach

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Taylor Hooton Foundation Expands National Reach

Non-profit taps Moroch agency to help spread awareness of the effects of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances

 McKinney, TX (September 5, 2017) – The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced a partnership today with Moroch, a Dallas-based integrated marketing agency, as it educates people across the nation about the effects of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances. To date, the foundation has reached over one million students and delivers hundreds of educational programs to youth, adult influencers and professionals each year.  

“This started as an effort to spread the message that this is a serious and life-threatening issue,” said Donald Hooton, Jr., President of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. “The sad fact is almost two million middle school and high school kids admit to using Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances, while only 19 percent of adults are aware of the problem. In fact, the majority of students we meet say they’ve never had a coach or adult speak to them about the dangers of these drugs. We’re on a mission to change that and we’re thrilled to have a world-class agency like Moroch help us reach even more people. Together, we can move mountains.”

The foundation was formed in 2004 after Taylor Hooton, a 17-year-old high school athlete from Plano, TX, turned to anabolic steroids. Shortly after his doping became known, Taylor quit using but fell into a deep depression and eventually took his own life. Realizing the need for more advocacy and awareness, Taylor’s family and friends started the foundation and have since partnered with various organizations including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League and numerous others. Currently, more than 40 professional athletes are members of the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s Advisory Board and All Me League and have pledged to play clean and free of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances.

“The fact that one in 16 high school students admit to using steroids and teen girls are the fastest growing group of new users is a scary – and sadly unknown – problem,” said Doug Martin, Chief Client Service and Development Officer at Moroch. “That could easily be one of our kids, a family friend or even our next new employee. The Hooton family took a tragic incident and turned it into a brilliant foundation that is saving hundreds of lives each day.  We’re just honored to help drive that message home.” 

For more information or to make a donation online, please visit taylorhooton.org.

About the Taylor Hooton Foundation:

The Taylor Hooton Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances.  In addition to partnerships with various professional sports organizations, the foundation works closely with NSF International to develop educational resources about certified sports nutrition products. To learn more, visit taylorhooton.org or purchase a copy of William C. Kashatus’ book Suicide Squeeze. Donations can be made online or through Amazon Smile.

About Moroch:

Moroch is an independent, integrated marketing agency based in Dallas, with dozens of offices across the United States. Moroch clients include McDonald’s, Six Flags, Planet Fitness, Disney, Midas, Visionworks and Baylor Healthcare System, among others. For further information on Moroch and its capabilities, please visit moroch.com.

Famous bodybuilder dead at 46 – advises against steroid use

 Tributes have been paid to pro bodybuilder Rich Piana amid rumours of his death

Tributes have been paid to pro bodybuilder Rich Piana amid rumours of his death

ELITE bodybuilder Rich Piana has died more than two weeks after he was placed in an induced coma – with his estranged wife paying a touching tribute to her ex.

Fellow bodybuilders and fans had spoken of their shock this morning amid previously unconfirmed reports Piana had died after collapsing from a possible overdose.

A Florida medical examiner confirmed to TMZ that Piana died in hospital early on Friday morning.

Writing on Twitter ex Sara Piana said: “I’m in tears writing this that @1dayumay has just passed away. I can barely believe this… I am so saddened & heartbroken that he didn’t make it.

“I just want to say THANK YOU Rich for teaching me so much about life, whether it was the easy or the hard way.”

She added: “Rich, I hope you feel better now in heaven and that you’re up there healthy, smiling & telling everyone ‘how it is, being REAL & doing your thing’. Rest In Peace my dear husband.”

Fellow social media body building star and friend Bradley Martyn posted a picture of himself with 46-year-old workout champ Rich on Instagram with the message “Rest in peace”.

Neither Rich’s partner or company have confirmed his death but hundreds of tributes were earlier posted on social media as rumours swirled.

Piana's girlfriend Chanel had asked people to pray for him on social media

Piana’s girlfriend Chanel had asked people to pray for him on social media

James Mooney, co-founder of Gunsmith Clothing posted a message on twitter reading: “Gone too soon brother. What a sad day, can’t even believe it’s true…truly heartbreaking.”

Professional bodybuilder Dan Fine posted a tribute saying: “RIP to my great brother in iron @1dayumay #richpiana. Love you brother and I know you’re crushing it at the Great Gym in the Sky.

“You’ve left behind a legion of friends and fans the world over.”

Australian actor and bodybuilder Calum von Moger said: “A big man with a big heart- RIP Rich Piana.”

Online coach Jerry Ward posted a message on Instagram:  “Rich has passed. Confirmed. I waited till I knew it was real hoping it was fake news. It isn’t.

“I don’t know what to say. Outside of bodybuilding rich was my friend. He checked up on me and my ventures, he was always the one saying “let’s get a picture” when he was busy and I didn’t want to bother him.”

Rich reportedly collapsed as his girlfriend Chanel Jansen cut his hair earlier this month.

The social media star was placed into an induced coma after suffering “a medical emergency”, TMZ Sports reported.

Law enforcement sources told the celebrity news website: “Emergency personnel responded to a possible overdose call at Piana’s home on Monday afternoon.”

His girlfriend tried to catch him when he collapsed in the bathroom, but couldn’t due to his giant size.

According to TMZ, she was instructed by the 911 operator to perform CPR on the former bodybuilding champ, but was unable to revive him.

Police later revealed they found bottles of testosterone and white powder in the house and Chanel admitted to responders that he had been juicing for more than 20 years.

Last week Chanel was forced to respond to earlier rumours that Rich had died.

She posted a picture of the pair on instagram with the caption: “I just want to be clear [Piana] is STILL ALIVE. All myself and his family are asking for is positive thoughts, prayers, and love.”

Piana, who has competed in and won several bodybuilding competitions over the years, made headlines last year when he openly admitted to taking steroids.

Rich Piana has openly admitted to using steroids for more than 30 years

Rich Piana has openly admitted to using steroids for more than 30 years

He revealed his fitness regime consists of a massive steroid cycle, nine meals a day, a series of workouts not fit for the average human being and, according to one profile, “protein shakes big enough to drown a toddler in”.

Piana explained how he takes great care with his steroids use, how he understands the importance of “on/off cycles” and why he believes nobody in the competitive bodybuilding industry can compete without using performance enhancing drugs.

He said: “If you have the choice to stay natural or do steroids, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re only hurting your body, you’re hurting yourself.

“If you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what – you’re probably going to have to f***in’ do ‘em. You’re not going to have a choice.”

The winner of bodybuilding competitions in Los Angeles in 2003 and Sacramento in 2009, Piana said the secret to his success was his honesty.

He said: “Coming out, talking about steroids, just being straight up with people. I think people trust me.”

Piana has taken the internet by storm in recent years, with his ripped social media posts, work out plans and supplement business.

While Rich no longer competed in bodybuilding competitions, he had a massive following online with more than 1.2million followers on Instagram – who he inspired to push their bodies to greater feats.

Keen to capitalise on his large fan base, he had launched several business ventures along the way, and earned money through merchandise, supplements and endorsements.

In 2016, he launched a “bigger by the day” challenge, which promised fans they would gain 30lb of muscle if they followed his diet and workout routine.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4321032/rich-piana-dead-at-46-elite-bodybuilder-dies-after-two-weeks-in-a-coma-following-overdose-according-to-estranged-wife/ 

Nationally Renowned Veteran Sports Dietitian Joins Taylor Hooton Foundation Board of Directors

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For Immediate Release

Nationally Renowned Veteran Sports Dietitian Brings Invaluable Experiences to Assist in the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s Work

McKinney, Texas (August 18, 2017) – The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced today that Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS a recognized expert and veteran in the world of High Performance Fueling has joined its Board of Directors. The Taylor Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing substance (APES) use by the youth of America.

“We are very pleased to have Dave join our distinguished Board of Directors and look forward to working with him to help further our message across the US, Canada and Latin America,” said Taylor Hooton Foundation President Donald Hooton Jr.. “For years, Dave has been an advocate of athletes achieving their goals the right way, through proper diet and nutrition.  As we expand our messaging to include providing kids with the tools they need to compete fairly and safely, Dave will be a huge asset.”

Dave is on the plus side of 35 years of work in sports, innovating food focused fueling solutions for Olympic, College and Professional teams across North and South America.  Dave helped found and volunteers as one of the Past President-Ambassadors for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Assn. that is dedicated to training Sports RDs (registered dietitians) to manage the unique challenges that drug tested athletes face.  Dave’s expertise in the Food and Supplement Security space has grown to the point where he was offered a one of a kind position with Major League Baseball (MLB) in December of 2016, to make sure every MLB team has a Sports RD!  

“The move by MLB and MLB Players Association to create my position, to ensure every team has a Sports RD on board and to work on food focused fueling solutions, was a first in sports, anywhere!  Part of my role with MLB is to help train Sports RDs on food and supplement security trends that ultimately drive adulteration mitigation strategies.  The fraudsters never rest on their desire to adulterate highly fortified foods and dietary supplements with appearance and performance enhancing substances.  These APES adulterated products are designed to create co-dependence with consumers, many of which are too young to have resources around them to navigate the sensational claims made by adulteration fraudsters.  All of us in the anti-doping community, we never rest on tracking all of the fraudsters behind these adulterated products and the Taylor Hooton Foundation never rest on getting that message out to young students about the health risk that come with cavalier use of appearance and performance enhancing substances, from any source”, said Taylor Hooton Foundation’s newest Board Member.

To date, the Taylor Hooton Foundation has spoken to and educated well over one-million people across the U.S., Canada and Latin America thanks to their many supporters including their primary sponsor Major League Baseball. Additionally, the THF has put together an Advisory Board that consists of 40 of the best Major League Baseball players, including at least one representative from each of the 30 teams.  These men have proudly stepped forward to be role models to help us enlighten people to the truth about appearance and performance enhancing substances.

You can learn about how Dave has been making food coachable for young athletes at www.daveellisbio.com and more about Sports RDs at www.sportsrd.org.

 

CONTACT:    Rick Cerrone / Rick Cerrone Communications

(914) 715-5491 / rick@rickcerrone.com

 About The Taylor Hooton Foundation: The Taylor Hooton Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing substances.   The friends and family of Taylor Hooton formed the Foundation in 2004 after his untimely death at 17 years old following his use of anabolic steroids.

For more information about the Taylor Hooton Foundation and its efforts, please visit www.taylorhooton.org and www.allmeleague.com.

 

Getting in Shape: The Step-Up Exercise

The step-up is a basic exercise that sometimes gets pushed to the back of the repertoire, especially when a coach has accessibility to modern equipment and a state-of-the-art facility. Many minor league teams, however, do not have access to a lot of equipment or large training facilities at home or on the road. For many minor league strength and conditioning coaches, the step-up and its variations are effective exercises to help maintain in-season strength and stamina.

The step-up exercise is safe and relatively easy to perform. It’s also an excellent, lower body option for players who do not have the mobility to squat or deadlift. Research indicates that the major muscles involved in a step up (the gluteus maximus, semimembranosus, semitendinosus, bicep femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, vastus medialis and rectus femoris) are the same muscles targeted in a squat 1.

It is important to note that step-ups not only work the lower half of the body, they also engage the core, enhance coordination, improve balance and can stimulate increases in muscular endurance, power and grip strength. The key to using the step-up and its variations is the ability to utilize the available equipment and prescribe the appropriate exercise intensity, volume and rest intervals.

Coaching points:

  • The box should be 12 to 18 inches high or high enough to create a 900 angle at the knee joint when the foot is on the box. The higher the box, the more difficult the exercise becomes because of the greater vertical distance one has to move the body against gravity.
  • The higher the box, the more the posterior chain (gluteus and hamstrings) is engaged. This is something to keep in mind when training catchers who may be quad-dominant from squatting from long periods of time.
  • Step-up with one leg (the lead leg) and place the entire foot on top of the box.
  • Keep the torso erect, do not lean forward.
  • Forcefully extend the lead hip and knee to move the body to a standing position on top of the box.
  • At the highest position, stand erect and pause before beginning the downward movement.
  • Shift the body weight to the same lead leg and step off the box with the same trailing leg to keep tension on the lead leg.
  • Place the trailing foot on the floor the same distance from the box as the starting position.
  • When the trailing foot is in full contact with the floor, shift the body weight to the trailing leg and step off the box with the lead leg and bring the lead foot back to a position next to the trailing foot.
  • Perform the next rep by leading with the opposite foot.
  • Use dumbbell, kettlebells, vests, barbells or any other safe form of available equipment to provide external resistance.
  • Maintain a straight upper half and avoid leaning forward by keeping the chest up and shoulders squared.
  • Avoid pushing down on the box with only the ball of the foot. Use the entire foot so that the gluteus and the posterior chain are engaged.
  • Avoid swaying and control the weight to help prevent injuries.
  • Inhale on the way down and exhale on the way up.
  • Progress from holding the weight on the side of the body to holding it against the chest and finally overhead. The higher the weight is above the center of gravity, the more difficult the exercise becomes, and greater the demand for core strength and stability.
  • Perform 3×5 with 2 minutes rest between sets for strength, and 3×8-12 with 45 seconds or less of rest between sets for muscle hypertrophy2.

There are many step-up variations, each designed to target a different group of muscles and elicit a different effect. Step-ups require little equipment and yield positive benefits3. Videos of different types of step-ups can be found at on this website at http://baseballstrength.org/step-up-progression/

Dietary supplements and drug testing

OPSS has received a number of questions about whether dietary supplements—especially those used for bodybuilding and weight loss—could result in a positive result on military drug tests.

Military drug testing begins with urine, which is first screened and then followed by additional tests depending on the outcome of the screen. You can get extensive information about DoD’s drug policy and drug testing from the Drug Demand Reduction Program (DDRP), including military testing. And for answers about the potential effects of specific dietary supplements on drug screening tests, you can contact your service’s military drug-testing laboratory by phone or email (list below).

Positive urinalysis results due to dietary supplement use can occur because products on the market may contain undeclared drug ingredients—that is, controlled substances that are not stated/ listed on the product label.

More information can be found in the FDA Consumer Update. There you will also find information about how to get updates about products FDA has identified as tainted. There is no way to know if a particular supplement contains an undeclared drug without laboratory testing, but FDA does keep track of such  products once identified through its MedWatch program.

https://www.opss.org/articles/dietary-supplements-and-drug-testing