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I'm sorry, but genetics or not, I simply refuse to believe that the pics from him in 89 or that video of him in 1990 are of a drug-free bodybuilder. That's just my own opinion, as much as part of me would like to believe a man can get that kind of muscularity without steroids.
The only believeable photo was of him in Grade 10 with his trophies. He doesn't look like a genetic freak there, and I've personally seen guys back in high school who looked similar. But even those college football photos make you wonder. It's very easy for me to understand what happened with Ronnie, just like any other pro: they had great genetics in that they were naturally muscular before they ever touched a weight. So after training naturally, they realized there was a sticking point. So they took steroids to continue their growth. That's completely believable to me, because that's the pattern with just about all pro bodybuilders.
The video of him in 1990 looks like a bodybuilder on steroids. That kind of development is unreal, and I used to think the only way to get that kind of muscularity we with chemical assistance. I knew a guy about six years ago who won not only his weight division but the overall in his weight category (middleweight). The first thing he told me after I met him outside the show was "I'm a natural bodybuilder". I didn't want to be rude, so I just shook his hand and marvelled at the fact that, if it were true, that he completely destroyed his competition, most of which were established amateur bodybuilders who were on steroids.
A year later, this same guy switches to a drug-free federation and, no surprise, wins their national level competition. His photos were a little less impressive from what I saw onstage at the untested show, but judge for yourself:
He's not as tall (around 5'7) but if this can be so for him, then there must be a way for it to be possible for someone taller like Ronnie.
Part of me still rebels against the fact that some people can attain this kind of physique without steroids, but just because I can't (or others) doesn't mean that it's impossible.
But in Ronnie's case, he took his physique as far as it could go without drugs. And then he switched over and the rest is history. Even with them, it took a long time for him to win the O. Dorian also was natural many years before progressing to drugs. The lesson I think is that if you're not willing to put in the work without chemicals first, then you're probably not going to have the will, the patience or the guts to keep you moving to the top of the sport.
What Ronnie said is that he didn't understand how all these guys were ahead off him (proving my point that he's mildely retarded) and that he went to Flex' hotel room while they were on a European tour...he asked Flex what the hell were the top guys doing and that he did this this and this...Flex replied that he's doing it wrong and he should do this this and this...now that might mean that he either told him about steroids and what he should use or that Ronnie didn't use the right stuff or whatever...I think that for a guy who pushed himself to over 310 pounds in the offseason it is maybe possible that he turned pro natty...I guess we will never know..
a true freak!
Him and Kai were supposedly natural amateurs. I'd love to know if thats true
Yes clearly natural. With the right genetics all he had to do was just train hard and eat right lol. Ronnie was amazing as a bodybuilder, but Ronnie as a human being.. not so much. Hypocritical police officer/drug abusing bodybuilder/self proclaimed Christian. Just doesn't add up
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I think he was on a lil sumthin sumthin
I really can't believe some people would question if he was natural or not there. Look at his contest history and pictures. you can tell when he hit the gear. People say they follow bodybuilding but i have no idea how genetic response to gear works and just how good someones genetics have to be naturally in order to be MR.O
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I've been a trainer for 8 years now as my main profession. When you actually start working with hundreds of people, in my opinion, you start to get a MUCH clearer picture of what "genetics" is and means. And in my opinion, I think a LOT of people can get a LOT farther than they think (no drugs), with just great genetics.
I prepped the girl above for her first show this past October, an OCB show. She LITERALLY started working out in May of last year-- had never touched a weight prior-- and started dieting in June. Somebody else trained her with weights, I just did her diet programming. But based on the conversations we had, she didn't have the FIRST CLUE of what she was doing with her training.
She walked into the show and won every division (novice, masters, open) at a pretty competitive show, I want to say around 70 total figure girls. 100% clean (tested), 6 total months training, and walked in looking like a lot of IFBB pros wish they could.
Granted, this is a figure girl, not nearly as much muscle needed. I get that. But I've seen plenty of examples of "freaky-ish" genetics on male bodybuilders around here, etc.
Unfortunately, it mostly comes down to bone structure and muscle bellies. All the drugs in the world can't help give you those two things.