Bodybuilding is a widely popular sport, not only at the professional level, but for amateurs as well. It supports a $1 billion supplement industry, as athletes look for any way to gain more definition. But, while supplements aren't regulated and are potentially dangerous, some take an even more dangerous route - anabolic steroids.
Anabolic steroids are illegal in America, and many bodybuilders take to the Internet to find their juice. Finding them isn't hard. It's actually as easy as Google. But, not everyone knows how dangerous these drugs are. The Internet is also a great way to gain fame practically overnight. Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian, an Australian amateur bodybuilder, used YouTube, Facebook, and message boards to become one of the most celebrated bodybuilders this side of Ronnie and Arnold. Known online as "Zyzz", he used a heavy and frequent lifting regimen and the usual round of supplements plus dieting to get to the top of the online bodybuilding world.
Zyzz quickly became a status symbol, in part due to the fact he didn't compete in bodybuilding events. He simply wanted to look good because he could. In a world filled with constant images of perfect bodies, a lot of people feel insecure in their own skin. Zyzz was a skinny teenager who played his fair share of video games and felt that insecurity, until he decided to create a body better than you'd see on a billboard.
While he was at his peak, Zyzz was the subject of constant steroid rumors. He denied these accusations (sort of), as seen by various quotes throughout his career.
The general consensuses about the rumors were that they were just rumors, until Zyzz died shockingly and suddenly in a hot tub in 2011. He was 22 years old. The autopsy revealed that he had an undiagnosed heart defect that could have ended his life at any time. On the other hand, anabolic steroids have always been linked to heart problems. Taking steroids could have accelerated his heart's condition.
Shortly before his death, his brother, Said Shavershian, was arrested for dealing steroids. It's widely speculated now that Zyzz was using Test Prop, and Arimidex, as well as Clomid, a synthetic estrogen hormone.Â We may never know if Zyzz died too soon because of steroid use, but the list of steroid dangers is long. Don't succumb to the pressure. Was Zyzz using steroids? Give us your opinion in the comments. You can also read our Real Story about Zyzz.