Steroids Help As Much as a Sun Tan According to Arnold Schwarzengger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger decided against releasing any new details regarding his use of anabolic steroids during his days as a competitive bodybuilder in his new autobiography. Even worse, Arnold tries to trivialize the significance of steroids when he does mention them in “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.”

Arnold has previously admitted to using anabolic steroid. He has been asked about steroids while he was a bodybuilder, a Hollywood action hero and as a politician. He never shied away from acknowledging his use during his competitive days as a bodybuilder. But he has revealed surprising few details especially given the number of times he has been asked about them.

In Schwarzenegger’s 624-page memoir, many bodybuilders expected Arnold to be more forthcoming with details. Instead, he defended his use during a period when doctors could legally prescribe steroids to bodybuilders and bodybuilders only used minimal amounts of steroids.

One of the most questionable claims made by Arnold was the assertion that anabolic steroids only gave him an advantage comparable to a suntan.

“I learned to use the drugs in the final six or eight weeks leading up to a major competition,” wrote Schwarzenegger. “They could help you win, but the advantage they gave was about the same as having a good suntan.”

Schwarzenegger, a 1968 NABBA Mr. Universe champion and a five-time IFBB Mr. Olympia champion, also asserted that steroids were not a problem in the sport of bodybuilding when he competed. It was only after he retired that the pharmaceutical subculture in bodybuilding spiraled out of control. That was when bodybuilders started using megadosages of steroids and experimenting with human growth hormone (hGH).

As a result, Arnold has been working with the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) to eliminate anabolic steroids from the sport since his retirement.


Unger, J. (October 1, 2012). The Most Arnold-y Lines of Schwarzenegger’s New Book. Retrieved from http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/arnold-schwarzenegger-book-quotes-13271283#ixzz29bP8SU3E