Is this irony? EAS and Play Clean

December 15th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  4 Comments

“Poignantly contrary to what was expected or implied”? Yeah, I’d say so.

Many eons ago, when old Mistress K was young, there was a magical playground for foulmouthed muscle heads called misc.fitness.weights. In this fantastical land, the iron-lovers with enough technical skill to use this new series of interconnected computers (the “Inter-Net”) could speak to one another, usually in profanities and allusions about various people’s mothers.

It was a special place where we could talk about things like how much Jesus would squat, how to make a tuna shake, and most importantly, drugs. Lots of drugs.

You see, boys and girls, pro and even amateur bodybuilding makes your local pharmacy looks like a breatharian crystals-and-berries woo-woo-opathy shop. People pretty much injected themselves with turkey basters instead of syringes.

No judging; it was what it was. I’m not promoting the moral hysteria profiled in Bigger, Faster, Stronger. Personally, I’m all for better living through intelligent application of chemistry — just admit it instead of pretending your physique is the result of some special rainforest plant, unless that rainforest plant is called testosterone.

No, I tell you this only to remind you that bodybuilding hasn’t been “natural” since about the 1940s. (Those of you ascairt of becoming a she-beast, remember this fact. Those of you who want to become she-beasts, high fives — carry on as you were.)

One of the key publications folks followed to get their juice info was EAS’ publication Musclemedia 2000. EAS and its writers/publishers were well known drug advocates. Like everyone else in the mid-1990s, they were dedicated to the chemistry freak show. So, it’s with great glee that I read the news release about EAS’ partnership with I Play Clean. Also noted is the irony that the sports most devoted to producing million-dollar circuses are the ones most earnestly wringing their hands. Funny how life is.

Responses

  1. Chris says:

    December 15th, 2009at 10:05 am(#)

    The supplement industry aside, I think it would be a lot easier, on a personal level, not to claim that my secret supply of special rainforest plant is doing the work if we were free of said moral hysteria and disinformation.

    EAS has gone through quite the transformation, I mean, they now sponsor golfers…quite the change from the days of yore.

  2. Big Bill says:

    December 15th, 2009at 2:41 pm(#)

    I expect EAS sponsor golfers because, after recent events, everyone wants to know what wonderful drugs golfers are on.
    Me too, actually – and I was IN mfw :-)

    BB

  3. Terry Gibbs says:

    December 17th, 2009at 9:04 pm(#)

    Thanks Krista. My first trainer was a very good OL (John Mccaul) in the 50’s, he got within 10kg of the WR snatch. In 1970 when talking to us, he fingered the US as the first users at the 48 OG. US coaches always say it was the Russians in 1952. I have looked at the lfting from that era, and have made my mind up, I will let others do likewise.

    I am always puzzled by my local gyms, as all the users never compete, and most of the competitors (real sport not standing around stage wearing your girlfriends underwear) don’t use.

    In all the time since 1970 I just don’t get it. I got beat by a lot of guys on, (and I also beat a lot) and never bitched, it was their choice and mine, but why so many use recreationaly is a mystery to me.

  4. KAW says:

    January 5th, 2010at 10:11 am(#)

    Awww, I miss misc.fitness.weights. Still have a t-shirt or two around, I believe.

    I think it got me through grad school: better to insult a total stranger’s mother than your diss advisor’s.

    Kranky


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