Though bodybuilding is a popular pastime for millions of men, no more than about a hundred possess the ability to make a good living at it through appearances, endorsements, and competition purses, says Peter McGough, editor-in-chief of Flex, a bodybuilding magazine.
How do you become one of the top bodybuilders in the world? It all depends on what you're born with and what you choose to do with it, say experts in muscle physiology. Though scientists haven't figured out exactly why, some people are naturally endowed not only with more muscle, but also muscle with more growth potential.
"Anybody can be really, really good with dedication and hard work," says Dr. Ben Levine, director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "But to be the best, you have to have some gene endowment, as well as appropriate work ethic."
And, yes, say Dr. Levine and other experts, a body like Mr. Coleman's is possible without benefit of anabolic steroids. Mr. Coleman says he has never resorted to steroids, and he has passed every drug test he's ever taken, according to a spokesman for the International Federation of Bodybuilding.
The very nature of bodybuilding invites more public suspicions about steroid abuse -- a fact that annoys Mr. Coleman. Last year he quit reading Sports Illustrated after it ran a story calling steroids "the Wheaties of most pro bodybuilders."
"Once you're labeled with something, it's kind of hard to change that," he says. "It irritates us all, not just me....I'm not looking for any shortcuts."
First part is true and educational, but somewhere around middle, everything is gone to hell
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