Hoot’s Corner

The cultural assimilation of performance-enhancing drugs

By Jim Evans

Over the past 50 years or so, the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports (and otherwise) has slowly integrated itself into our sporting culture and obscured the difference between cheating and choice.

I remember as an 18-year-old freshman at The Ohio State University in Columbus in 1963, when one of the members of the OSU Weightlifting Club returned to lifting after taking a couple of weeks off and started out by benching more than 50 pounds over his previous best..… Continue Reading...

Why bodybuilding will never be in the Olympics

By Jim Evans

Bodybuilders and their fans have lamented over the years that bodybuilding is not in the Olympics. That scenario is not very likely.

In the first place, it’s a stretch for most people to even consider bodybuilding as a sport since there is no “athletic” competition, per se. The intense training required of bodybuilding is certainly worthy of any sport – and probably more difficult than most – but the results of that training cannot realistically be considered a “sport” since the contestants are judged solely on their appearance and not by how hard they worked out to get there.… Continue Reading...

The hypocrisy of coming clean

Living a lie is easy for PED users

By Jim Evans

Every year we hear of athletes, both amateur and professional, who come clean about their use of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs – almost always after they have retired from competition. They bemoan their lack of judgment and warn young people against the dangers of steroids.… Continue Reading...

Do your supplements contain substances banned by WADA?

Buyer Beware!

By Jim Evans

Most natural bodybuilders have a passion for nutritional supplements, a cornerstone of their regimen for physical perfection. That passion often extends to the adoration of whichever supplement companies come calling with so-called “sponsorships” of in-kind services (rarely cash) – or whatever brand is endorsed by their trainers or close personal friends without any verification of whether or not the supplements contain any substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).… Continue Reading...

Why the NSF is important to natural bodybuilders

By Jim Evans

Natural bodybuilders – and all of their related family members in figure, fitness, physique, bikini, sports model, beach body, physically challenged, etal – are suckers for free supplements. Give them free protein bars, protein powder, creatine, energy drinks, or anything else on the voluminous list of products alleged to enhance their ­appearance, and they are happy as clams.… Continue Reading...

Olympic champion fails doping test for steroids after returning from three year drugs ban

Beijing 2008 race walking champion Alex Schwazer has failed another drugs test just weeks after he returned from a three year and nine month doping suspension.

The Italian, a 50 kilometres gold medal winner at Beijing 2008 who tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) shortly before London 2012, returned from his doping ban this year.… Continue Reading...

Hidden Facts about Pre-Workout Supplements


Have you found yourself overwhelmed or intimidated when circling the aisles of a supplement store? Don’t feel bad as I’ve been researching the effects of dietary supplements on athletic performance for over 15 years and I still struggle to keep up with the new development of supplement companies that are joining the competition.… Continue Reading...

Russia’s Track and Field Team Barred From Rio Olympics

Russia’s track and field team is barred from competing in the Olympic Games this summer because of a far-reaching doping conspiracy, an extraordinary punishment without precedent in Olympics history.

The International Association of Athletics Federations, the governing body for track and field, announced the decision Friday, ruling in a unanimous vote that Russia had not done enough to restore global confidence in the integrity of its athletes.… Continue Reading...

Shocking Transformation Of Women Who Took Steroids

Monica Mollica

Drugs can ruin lives and have a life-changing effect on humans. Yet even after knowing the ill effects of drugs and steroids, we often see more and more people getting trapped into this dangerous practice.

Candice Armstrong

Generally, intake of drugs starts off as a fun task for experience, but the person would never know when he/she is getting addicted to it.… Continue Reading...

2 Russian Olympic weightlifting medalists fail doping tests

Marina Shainova, quien ganó la plata en la categoría de 58 kilogramos, estaba entre los 10 medallistas rusos de Beijing que presuntamente dieron positivo el mes pasado en la repetición del análisis de las segundas muestras del Comité Olímpico Internacional (COI).

In this Saturday, April 10, 2010 file photo, Russia’s Nadezhda Evstyukhina successfully lifts a weight in the Women’s 75kg category, during the European Weightlift in Minsk, Belarus. Russian state news agency Tass says the “B” samples of two Russian women’s weightlifting medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics have come back positive for steroids.

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