We are, of course, advocates of the natural form of bodybuilding so it would make sense to firstly, establish exactly what constitutes a natural bodybuilder and secondly to give you an outline of the banned substances as defined by the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation.
The term "Natural" bodybuilder has, and probably will continue to be a matter of some debate. For example, is it natural to consume significant amounts of creatine or whey protein in a single sitting? You could even go so far as to question whether the use of fake tan is natural. For me I tend to just steer clear of anything that could be considered pharmaceutical, I have a morbid fear of needles and I try to keep my diet as free from preservatives and processed food as possible.
For the aspiring competitive bodybuilder the lines are far less blurred. The governing body of whichever organisation they are competing in will provide a list of banned substances and this list is set in stone with absolutely no room for ambiguity.
The WNBF provides a comprehensive, although not exhaustive list of banned substances. They include the following:
Absolutely all Anabolic Steroids including bolasterone, boldenone, clostebol, fluoxymesterone, mesterolone, methandienone, methyltestosterone, nandrolone, norethandrolone, oxandrolone, oxymetholone, stanozolol, testosterone and all other related compounds are strictly banned.
Testosterone, in any form or for any reason, whether that be injections, patches or gels and even if they are prescribed by a doctor. There is also a limit to the amount of testosterone found naturally in the body and this is measured by what is known as the T/E Ratio. This stands for Testosterone/Epitestosterone and a ratio of 6/1 and above would be ruled as a positive.
Pharmaceutical Human Growth Hormones. The use of any hormones, whether orally or via injection including insulin is prohibited.
Prescription diuretics, ephedrine, amphetamines, speed, cocaine (unsurprisingly) GHB, clenbuterol, and any substance banned by the following agencies. The Government, FDA and IOC. You should visit their relevant websites for further details. The best advice would be to make sure you rigorously check the ingredient list on any medication or supplement you might take. Some cold and flu remedies can contain significant levels of paracetomol, codeine or pseudoephedrine, so be careful.
The key to being a natural bodybuilder really comes from within. You and only you will really know if you are taking a 100% natural approach. If you are taking your training seriously and have crossed the line from being someone who just works out now and again, then you will have educated yourself as to all the assistance that is available to you. You will need to fully understand your own metabolism and genetics and will have to devise a specific diet and training plan to suit you, with the correct amount of recovery time built in.
The satisfaction and self esteem you will feel as a direct result of knowing that your results are completely down to you will far outweigh any feelings of under achievement you may have when you compare yourself with one of our chemically assisted brothers. Stay natural and stay safe.
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