The fitness community is in love Sam Sulek, a bodybuilding influencer known for his rugged physique and intense training. In a recent YouTube video Dr. Chris Raynor explained why Close wasn’t responsible for younger audiences flocking to steroids. In addition, he discussed the health effects of long-term use of performance-enhancing drugs.
“Who’s to blame? It would be easy to point the finger at Sam, and I’ve heard it said that he’s a bad influence on young aspiring lifters and may make them more likely to turn to PEDs,” says Dr. Raynor.
In just a year, Sam Sulek has risen to massive stardom, and it’s not just because of his stacked body and impressive musculature. Her laid-back demeanor, combined with her unusual weight loss choices, led to considerable fanfare, especially online, where memes of her life have regularly circulated.
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Sam Sulek’s hype has only grown lately as celebrities and bodybuilders discuss his influence on fitness. Joe Rogan claims he heard steroids in the 21-year-old’s voice, while athletes such as Nick Walker believe he may be sending a dangerous message to a younger audience. Given the backlash from athletes and fans online, Dr. Chris Raynor gave his verdict on whether Sulek is sending fans down a dark path.
Dr. Raynor talks about the health risks of long-term steroid use
While he praised Sulek for his body, Raynor emphasized the potential dangers of long-term steroid use.
“Now, nobody’s denying that what he can do in the gym is impressive, but as you’d expect, his rise to prominence has drawn a healthy mix of praise, criticism and, well, outright concern,” said Dr. Chris Raynor.
“The pretty big elephant in the room is his PED use — as far as I know, Sam hasn’t spoken publicly about that yet,” said Dr. Raynor. “Unsurprisingly, the internet is pretty much unanimous that his body is actually fueling something more than just a caloric surplus. And I mean the show definitely fits.”
As for some of the unwanted side effects of steroids, Dr. Raynor cited dependence, addiction, and physical changes, including gynecomastia, breast tissue enlargement, and baldness.
“Furthermore, the potential for dependence and addiction and the development of physical changes such as gynecomastia, enlarged breast tissue, and baldness are increased.”
Of all the side effects, Raynor specified that high blood pressure and atherosclerosis are the most dangerous because they increase the chances of heart disease.
“The most concerning of these symptoms are high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, both of which increase the risk of heart disease. Because they can put you well, six feet under the ground.
Steroids can lead to an increase in blood pressure because they affect sodium and water retention in the body.”
In addition, Raynor explained that steroid use interferes with normal growth in those who are not fully mature into adults.
“Steroid use can disrupt normal growth patterns, stunt height, cause premature convergence of the growth plates and lead to irreversible physical changes. Hormonal imbalances during this crucial period can lead to serious and permanent consequences such as fertility problems, cardiovascular problems, mood disorders and even an increased susceptibility to certain cancers. All this on top of everything else we just talked about.”
“Sounds to me like don’t.”
Doctor says if Sam Sulek ‘was gone’, younger fans would still try steroids: ‘they want to be freaks’
According to Dr. Raynor, younger fans would still use PEDs even if Sam Sulek didn’t exist, adding that they would just try to copy other big names like Chris Bumstead, Derek Lunsford and Phil Heath.
“If a young person wants to compete [pro bodybuilding] at some point it is likely that they will use steroids. Even those who do not intend to compete but want to improve their bodies are attracted to PED use.
“If someone who is impressed by Sam’s physique decides to take PEDs, do you think if Sam was gone they wouldn’t do it? They might still impress someone else.
Maybe Chris Bumstead, Derek Lunsford, Phil Heath or Ramon Dino, but I don’t blame them either. Because if they were gone, I think the statement would still be true.”
Instead of blaming Sulek, the doctor pointed to younger men who are “infatuated” with their physiques and are therefore willing to take PEDs to improve their bodies.
“The problem is that young men can become so infatuated with their physique that they are actually willing to compromise their health to change their body. The implicit value hierarchy puts the body ahead of long-term optimal health.”
“Sam Sulek is just one person in a long tradition. There’s a tradition of being inspired by something or someone to go all yolky.”
Simply put, Dr. Raynor said that people don’t follow Sulek for his health, but for his personality, incredible strength, and rugged physique.
“If we’re using the argument that bodybuilders are doing something unhealthy to discourage people from bodybuilding, we’re misunderstanding that fact. We’re barking up the wrong proverbial tree. They want to be freaks. And in many cases, health is a secondary priority, if even in the conversation at all.”
“Can I realistically expect Sam to give sound advice on health and longevity? One thing I found interesting about his interview with Fouad and Paul was how open Sam was whenever Fouad took a critical tone,” said Raynor.
“Health isn’t why people follow Sam. It’s his personality. It’s a no-nonsense attitude. But let’s be honest, without the incredible strength and most importantly physique, it wouldn’t be the same.”
At the end of the conversation, Raynor thanked Sulek for his instincts when lifting heavy.
“Sure, he lifts a bad ton of weight on a lot of his lifts, but that’s legit what he can do with relatively high reps. He seems to have relatively good instincts for gauging how much weight he needs to lift to get to the range he wants. He’s not too proud to drop weight off the bar to get at that time.
For Raynor, he can’t see Sulek “doing this for a long time.”
“Do I understand the vibe that he’s been doing this for a long time, too…no.”
In addition to Dr. Raynor, former eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman also discussed the Sam Sulek hype train. Overall, Coleman was impressed with many of Sulek’s lifts, specifying in a recent YouTube video that his body was the furthest thing from nature.
There’s no denying that Sam Sulek’s talks make for fascinating content. As for Dr. Raynor, he doesn’t blame Sulek for influencing the younger generation, but emphasized the dangers of long-term PED use.
Watch the full YouTube video on Dr. Raynor’s channel below:
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