The following is from the September 2000 issue of Milo, Volume 8, Number 2. The article is by Randall Strossen, Ph.D. and is titled Pete George: Secrets of Success from the First Bulgarian Weightlifting Superstar. "Improving U.S. weightlifting performances, Pete says, "is a very important question because it's an embarrassment to our country [and] to weightlifting. Progress in the United States has just been abysmal. We used to be the number one nation in the world and now if one of our lifters breaks into the top ten, we celebrate. It's pathetic."" "And don't expect too much sympathy if you want to point fingers and sing the they're-on-drugs blues, because while he is quick to acknowledge the hypertrophy and recovery benefits of anabolic steroids, for example, he stresses they also have a tremendous placebo effect. So while he says, "There is no question that there are some benefits, I don't think that's by any means all the explanation," and Pete attributes great importance to the phsychological factors involved." "If an athlete thinks, 'They are using drugs and I'm not, I can't hope to lift as much as they can, I therefore probably will lift twenty percent or ten percent less, and my goal is there and I can't go above that.' We all set goals in our mind - the most obvious goal in athletics was the four-minute mile. There cannot be any question in anybody's mind that it was a psychological achievement, not a physiological one." This is the real reason behind the dysmal perfomances of U.S. lifters - lack of improvement - not who is on what. We tend to breed an excuse laden mind set to our lifters. "Well so and so was on the drugs that's why we can't crack the top ten." Give me a break, how about training 12 times a week like so and so before you give that excuse. Anyone seen the OTC lifters train? It's like a retirement home. They may claim to be training 2 or 3 times a day but when all you do is walk in and do drop snatches, that can not be considered a training session. I was there in 2006 and watched it. They may not have the use of anabolics but they do have access to every other recovery measure under the sun and then some so there is no reason they should not be training harder. And by harder I do not mean more drop snatches and pulls I mean pushing each other to lift heavier and heavier snatches and clean and jerks because that is all that matters. Ryan
If everyone was lifting drug free, most likely the same lifters would be winning, however the current drug free countries would close the gap.
THe assumption that all US lifters were/are clean is rather frustrating.
What I am saying is that before we look at drug use we should first look at ourselves and ask if we are doing all we can to be the best.
We even break American Records at a snales pace.
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