A FITNESS instructor who has just won a prestigious model title has urged gym users not to use steroids to improve their physique.
Sam Jones, from Morriston, has just won the Overall Fitness Model title at the Miami Pro World Championships 2014.
His success, using just hard graft and discipline, comes in the week that health watchdog NICE updated its guidelines for needle exchanges in the UK, warning the growth in steroid users is a “challenge” for drugs workers.
And needle exchange group CRI says there has been a six-fold increase in steroid users. Anabolic steroids are legal for personal use, but the list of side effects ranges from anger bouts to acne, hair loss, and liver and heart problems. And there have been a number of court cases in Swansea in recent years where so called ‘roid-rage’ has been cited as a cause of aggressive outbursts.
Sam, aged 21, works at Swansea’s Life Gym, where he says, he sees no evidence of steroid use, but, he asserts, performance enhancers of any kind are far from the best way to achieve peak condition.
He said: “This competition is all about natural fitness and about achieving that physique in the most natural way. But I know steroids are a growing problem in South Wales, and some people are using them just to get the look they want on a Saturday night. But steroids, supplementation, protein shakes, meal replacements – none of these are the best way of achieving your fitness goals. It is all about proper nutrition and having a consistent fitness programme. Anyone can achieve the physique they want that way.”
Sam beat off 300 other competitors for his title from the largest fitness modelling and natural bodybuilding championship in the world.anabolic steroids > body image > bodybuilding > Don Hooton > steroids > Taylor Hooton Foundation