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Wade's Wednesdays July 10, 2013 CrossFit Stapleton- Denver, CO


Wade's Wednesdays July 10, 2013 CrossFit Stapleton- Denver, CO






Bigger, Stronger, Faster.

This documentary on the use and abuse of androgenic substances is definitely worth a watch, particularly for us XY’s out there.  It puts into perspective how ubiquitous steroid use is in out culture, and how much abuse occurs in high level sport.  I won’t make any judgements: you can make those yourself.

A few points:
– A widely cited estimate is that 1% of the US populations uses steroids, rates being highest among younger males.  How many people do you know that are doping up?      (Sjöqvist F, Garle M, Rane A.  Use of doping agents, particularly anabolic steroids, in sports and society.  Lancet. 2008;371(9627):1872)
– Cyclic dosing of androgens avoids detection.  Most abusers don’t get caught.  Just the surprised or dumb ones.

– Side effects (note: these are rare, as usual don’t go overboard on the importance of side effects):
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: The heart gets so big it has trouble filling, and is predisposed to ventricular rhythms that may lead to sudden death.  When you hear news stories about young men who experience sudden death, and were concomitantly on anabolics, this mechanism is suspect.
  • Mood disorders and aggression.  A surprising number of studies have shown this to NOT be significantly different between groups on and off androgen regimens.  (Bhasin S, et al. The effects of supraphysiologic doses of testosterone on muscle size and strength in normal men.  N Engl J Med. 1996;335(1):1).  A quick search in PubMed will find you studies with similar outcomes.
  • Liver disease in some oral formulations (17-alpha-alkylated androgens)
  • Tendon rupture (particularly bicep and tricep, case-study reports)
  • Hypogonadism (restricted to the testicles)
  • Injection site infections (stop injecting yourself in dirty locker rooms)
– Androgen use is associated with risky behaviors like smoking and EtOH abuse, and to some degree with aggression, but this has not yet been demonstrated as a causal relationship.
– Imparticular I would like you to focus on the interview with Louie Simmons.  He is somewhat of an idol in the CrossFit community, even leading certs on Powerlifting.  Here, he strongly suggests that to be the best, you’ve got to be on an anabolic steroid regimen.  At the end of the powerlifting cert, does he hand out free samples?
In closing, I think this is largely an ethical issue.  The side effects are not the real moral concern, considering that our society allows us to legally purchase cigarettes and alcohol, both of which are far more deadly than androgen abuse.  The concern is one of role modeling, of sporting fairness, and self-respect. 
Where do you stand on the issue?Sincerely,

A. 12min to Build to tough 3x Power Clean (drop from top)  
B. EMOM 6min – Power Snatch TnG x 6 


“Helen”-3 rounds for time:

400 meter run

21 kettlebell swings (55#/35#)

12 pull-ups




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