Victor Martinez Warns: All It Takes Is One Bad Injection To Collapse A Muscle

Victor Martinez opens up about the threat of nerve damage caused by badly performed injections.

Victor Martinez is a legend in the sport of bodybuilding. He was a top tier competitor in the early aughts and also a featured subject in the original Generation Iron documentary. While he may no longer compete today (for now), he is a highly skilled and respected modern bodybuilder. That’s why he hopes his words in our latest interview segment are heeded carefully – as he brings up a topic often overlooked in the bodybuilding. In our latest GI Exclusive interview, Victor Martinez explains how bad injections can lead to nerve damage and collapsed muscles.

Though best known for his heated face-offs with Jay Cutler during the 2000s, Victor Martinez also had the experience of going toe to toe with Ronnie Coleman. Known for his unbeatable physique and a world record matching eight Olympia wins – we asked Martinez what it was like to (mentally and physically) to prepare to battle against Ronnie.

Martinez’s answer was an interesting one – “I stayed in my lane.” He knew that he couldn’t train the same way Ronnie could. Martinez also admits that nearly everyone competing during that time wouldn’t talk about actually winning the Olympia – they would know the battle was for second place. That is – until Ronnie’s physique started noticeably declining.

This then pivoted our conversation into something unexpected but very vital in the bodybuilding world. Victor Martinez notes that Ronnie Coleman’s later years competing started showing signs of his nerve damage and injuries (that were then later documented in more detail in Ronnie Coleman: The King). This sprung us into a conversation about the dangers of nerve damage for bodybuilders.

Victor Martinez goes into detail on how nearly all pro bodybuilders are on a slow and steady path towards nerve damage. It can be prevented – but it’s not nearly talked about in public as Martinez thinks it should be. He even gets candid about how nerve damage can come from the constant injections many bodybuilders undergo throughout their career.


“When you have a muscle and you can’t flex it and you can’t feel it – a lot of people don’t know they think it’s something simple. No, it’s just nerve damage,” Victor Martinez states in our interview. He continues:

“People don’t realize when you take an injection it’s a form of acupuncture. You can take a bad injection and collapse a muscle without even noticing by hitting a wrong nerve. I hope people are listening to this because people think they can just poke themselves and be fine the next day. It only takes is one bad angle, one injection, and one bad part of hte muscle and it will collapse a bicep, a tricep, a shoulder, a lat, a quad – it will just collapse it without you noticing.”

Victor Martinez then mentions that he knows someone personally who suffered through this. A friend who took a bad injection that killed his triceps permanently. Of course, we all know that muscle is the most vital aspect to a bodybuilder’s career. That’s why Martinez wants this information to be more spoken about publicly. Bodybuilders will be injecting substances into their body – they should know the warning signs before it’s too late.

You can watch Victor Martinez go into full detail in our latest GI Exclusive interview segment above!

Derek Dufour
Derek Dufour has been managing all digital operations on the Generation Iron Network for over six years. He currently manages a team of editors, writers, and designers to provide up-to-date content across the GI Network.