Prior to competition, bodybuilders typically employ restrictive
dietary practices, intense exercise, and the self-administration
of pharmaceuticals to reduce body fat and to maintain or gain
lean body weight.
A competitive bodybuilder recorded his nutritional
intake, pharmaceutical use, weight training program, body weight,
and skin fold measurements while preparing for a state and national
bodybuilding event. The subject's body composition and related
history had also been documented throughout his career. In addition,
the subject reported all facets of their contest preparation.
The subject administered a variety anabolic-androgenic steroids
in various dosages and combinations. In contrast to previous
studies, the subject maintained a relatively high caloric diet
while incorporating a long duration walking regimen. Records
indicated a weight gain from 206.5 to 238 lbs in just over 4
months. Within this time, the subject won a state competition
weighing 226 lbs at approximately 4.2% body fat. Two weeks later,
the subject competed in a drug tested national competition weighing
230 lbs. The subject implemented techniques to pass detection
but was not chosen for testing. Changes in anabolic-androgenic
steroid treatment positively correlated with changes in lean
Few studies have actually attempted to study the effects of
diet and anabolic steroids on body composition of a champion
bodybuilder before an actual competition. This study describes
the process of dietary and pharmaceutical manipulation on body
composition of a male champion bodybuilding athlete. Various
unique pre-competition practices are also described and discussed.
The purpose of this study is to document a champion bodybuilder's
precontest preparation practices and to attempt to study their
effects on body composition. The intent of this paper is not
to endorse the use anabolic-androgenic steroids in any manner.