Drugs in Sport
When you think about drugs in sport your mind automatically thinks big powerful muscle bound athletes. Sprinters who live year round at 6-7% and can run sub 10 seconds for 100m. Over the years there had been countless sprinters caught using performance enhancing drugs. It doesn’t stop there though. Athletes across all codes have been found to use both performance enhancing and illicit drugs.
Where some sports have a one strike and you’re out policy some give 3 strikes. In the world of bodybuilding/ fitness modelling/sculpting there is no room for error it’s simple… You mess up once and you are out.
Today we focus on a very commonly used drug… Clenbuterol.
Let’s keep it simple here. Clenbuterol or Clen as it is commonly referred to is a Fat Burner/thermogenic It acts as a Beta 2 Agonist, which means it hits receptors in your body to more freely use fat as an energy source while also increasing your heart rate and increasing the rate your burn calories. Clen IS NOT an anabolic steroid. Only in some tests in horses has it been found to illicit any sort of muscle gain.
Clenbuterol is found in a variety of sources. Pills, liquids, gels and tablets. Now a lot of these sources are most commonly used for horses. Is that enough to scare you off?
Abuse of Clenbuterol isn’t pretty. It is commonly believed that abuse of the drug is blamed for the death of former world record holding sprinting champion Florence Griffith Joyner. An elite athlete who looked the pinnacle of fitness outside but inside was a far different picture.
Clen in short destroys your heart. If you are prescribed Clenbuterol as a bronchodilator then your dosage will be small and only enough to help you with your prescribed issues. The dosage used by people without scripts and obtained illegally is far higher and is only used because they wish to strip fat or have been told to take it by a coach/trainer or friend who has used it. What real friend would want you to use a drug that messes up your heart though.
Side effects of clen are very noticeable to everyone. I can spot people who are using it at gym. Side effects are:
- Increased heart rate
- Over anxiousness
- Profuse sweating
- Irregular heart beat
- Dry mouth
- Eye tremors/twitches
- Severe cramping
- Lack of sleep
- Decreased immune system strength
In severe cases
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- or even Death
You quite often find people that use clen have no idea what it does to them or how it works. I’m not here to give you the cellular level on how it works I’m here to educate you on the risks of it and what It may do to you long term and short term. Clen is a nasty drug and isn’t one to be used unless you have been prescribed by a doctor, doctors won’t prescribe it much anymore often opting for the much safer salbutamol and in much lesser dosages.
If you want to loose weight and keep it off and keep a healthy heart and endocrine system then stay away from Clenbuterol. Eat real foods full of vitamins and minerals. Lift weights regularly, throw some HIIT in the mix at least 1-2 times per week.
Drink plenty of water, get lots of rest and reduce the amount of processed food and drinks you consume. This way you will strip fat and build a healthier body. One that stays that way and one that you are proud is drug free.