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    • What would RAW powerlifters lift if they never took drugs?
      I can add to this topic only what I know to be fact from the "horse's mouth". Mike MacDonald told me that before he ever took steroids he reached an official 405# bench as a 178#er (181# class, was still a teenager/high schooler) with about 500# in the squat and deadlift, did an official 450# bench press at 198# (I think that Boyd Eppley mentioned this meet in his book on Nebraska football and 'Path to Power'), and did an official 480# bench press at 215# or so, reaching about 495# in training while weighing under 220#! After steroids he quickly went up over 500# circa mid to late 1972 having been introduced to dianabol by Ed Ammerman. He said the most he used varried between 5-15 mg. then by 1980 he started alternating between injectable testosterone and decadurabolin. He remained on some type of cycle through about 1984 or 1985 retiring from major competition after his legal issues with steroids (despite a major triceps tear in 1981 he eventually reached 500# officially at 198, missing 565# and did 560# at 220# missing 580# circa 1984). His official bests in competition were 522# at 181, 562# at 198, 582# at 220-missing 600# on two occasions, and 603# at 242-also locking out 608# at 232# but having the 608# disqualified for a minor rule infraction which has since been changed. In training he reached 600# on about 10-12 occasions with bests of 615#, 620#, and 625# for strict touch' go benches! One can only speculate as to what he would have reached officially had he stayed drug free and bench pressed at a full 220-242#!
    • What would RAW powerlifters lift if they never took drugs?
      I am unfamiliar with the organization Chris lifts in but the tests are expensive and steroid specific, meaning if they test for 20 different drugs a 21st could go undetected. If you knew all the tests that they do and knew all of the drugs you could probably find ones which will pass. I believe professional athletes pay to find these not detectable steroids. Maybe some amateur athletic sponsors do too. At the time I went to college I knew a couple of athletes whose steroids were provided by the universities they attended.
    • What would RAW powerlifters lift if they never took drugs?
      Ed wrote: "Do you think there's any cheating/skirting the rules in the "drug free" organization?" No way!  Hey, the Easter Bunny brought me lots of candy this year by the way. "A friend who won trophies in drug free physique contests told me he heard other competitors brag about how they beat drug tests." Who was this guy?  I don't believe him.  He's just jealous.  "I think there's sophisticated cheating in high level amateur athletics like the Olympics and big money sports like football and baseball." Nope.  Amateur athletes don't cheat.  They have a code they follow like in the Olympics.
    • What would RAW powerlifters lift if they never took drugs?
      There are some high level drug-free lifters, but I believe their proficiency is due to genetics. Those not similarly gifted will either remain with mediocre weights or turn to steroids. Do you think there's any cheating/skirting the rules in the "drug free" organization? A friend who won trophies in drug free physique contests told me he heard other competitors brag about how they beat drug tests. I think there's sophisticated cheating in high level amateur athletics like the Olympics and big money sports like football and baseball.
    • What would RAW powerlifters lift if they never took drugs?
      The federation I lift with is the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation. Drug Testing is taken very seriously and a minimum of ten percent are tested at national and international level, it can be targetted (failing wins you a life ban). WDFPF is not as big as the IPF and the weight categories are different but if you compare the IPF classic record totals with the WDFPF record totals at roughly like for like bodyweights the WDFPF totals are all around 10-15% lower. (I'm not accusing the IPF of having a drug issue I should add, merely making an observation for this topic)
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