Victor Martinez talks his Mr. Olympia steroid cycle, PED mood swings, and the realities of building muscle with low testosterone

Exploring the depths of bodybuilding wisdom, the Generation Iron Podcast, led by industry icons Victor Martinez, Ehsan Farahi, Edwin Mejia Jr., and Vlad Yudin, offers a treasure trove of knowledge for fitness enthusiasts. In this comprehensive recap, we delve into the intriguing discussions including Victor Martinez’s Mr. Olympia steroid cycle, “the dark side” of steroids in bodybuilding, and whether or not it is possible to build shredded muscle with naturally low testosterone.

Victor Martinez leads this week’s discussions through a wide variety of topics including functional advice for training and diet, as well as insights into his own personal steroid use – and how the industry has changed since his prime years competing.

Martinez also touches base on the rise of over-the-counter erectile dysfunction medication aimed at young adults and the recent New York state bill that bans over-the-counter muscle building products for minors 18 and younger.

There’s a lot to cover – so let’s dive into the recap below!


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Victor Martinez’s Guide To Building Up Lagging Body Parts

A fan’s inquiry about achieving chest symmetry kickstarts a dialogue on targeted muscle development. Victor Martinez, drawing from his wealth of experience, emphasizes the importance of consistency and tailored training protocols.

The fan in question noted that he was having issues building up his lower chest in comparison to his upper chest. He also notes that he is returning from training after a six year break and is now training three days per week.

Identifying gaps in the fan’s regimen, Victor Martinez notes that after six years off from training – this individual likely has little muscle maturity to rely on. Due to this, he believes that training three times per week may not be enough to accomplish the goal of a fully balanced muscular physique.

Martinez recommends pre-exhaustion techniques and increased training frequency to address underdeveloped muscle groups effectively. By incorporating specific exercises and adjusting caloric intake, Martinez offers a roadmap for sculpting a balanced chest and achieving optimal results.

Victor Martinez Dodges Details On His Mr. Olympia Steroid Cycle

Curiosity peaks as fans seek insights into Victor Martinez’s pre-Olympia regimen. Victor Martinez, with a touch of humor, sheds light on the delicate balance between performance enhancement and health preservation.

Martinez refuses to reveal the full details of his Mr. Olympia steroid cycle – jokingly claiming that fans would need to “pay for that.” However, he does speak vaguely about his steroid use while prepping for the Olympia.

Dispelling misconceptions surrounding steroid use, Martinez advocates for moderation, cautioning against excessive dosages prevalent in the industry. Martinez claims that he used far less steroids than fans would assume. This is part of the problem with modern bodybuilding – everyone assumes the amounts are catastrophically high doses – but this is often far less than pro champions actually take. At least, for eras past.

Victor Martinez’s candid reflections challenge prevailing narratives, promoting a more nuanced understanding of elite-level bodybuilding.

Navigating the “Dark Side” of Steroid Use – PEDs and Mood Swings

Sadik Hadzovich’s candid remarks on steroid-induced mood swings spark a poignant discussion on the psychological impacts of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Sadik spoke openly about the severe mood swings he would feel – both of happiness and rage – while also experiencing high anxiety while on-cycle.

Victor Martinez uses this moment to debunk myths surrounding “roid rage,” highlighting the complex interplay between hormones and emotional regulation. Steroids do, in fact, affect your mood but this is not always in the form of rage. Martienz assets that often times, steroids simply enhance the intensity of moods that a user naturally feels.

So if you are often an angry person, it will be a more intense anger on steroids. If you are often a happy person, your happiness becomes more intense as well. It also often swings more easily.

Victor Martinez opens up himself about how steroids affected his own mood. He notes that the only steroid that deeply impacted his mood was trenbolone (aka tren). He describes the substance making him feel like a “juice crack head” where he was always very aggravated and impulsive. Martinez had previously called tren the “crack of steroids” in a past episode of the podcast.

Should Bodybuilding Supplements Be Banned For Minors?

The regulatory landscape surrounding bodybuilding supplements comes under scrutiny as Victor Martinez critiques recent legislative measures. New York recently passed a bill that will ban sale of over-the-counter muscle building supplements to minors 18 years old and younger.

While acknowledging concerns over adolescent misuse, Martinez questions the efficacy of blanket bans, citing potential loopholes and unintended consequences. His skepticism underscores the need for evidence-based policymaking and comprehensive approaches to substance regulation.

However, Victor Martinez does warn of one over-the-counter substance that all young weightlifters should avoid – pre-workout. Martinez believes that these substances, when used too often, can cause negative impacts on young lifters. While pre-workout can help improve energy during training, young individuals should not need to rely on it. They typically have more than enough natural energy.

TikTok and social media trends have also promoted viral videos of over-using pre-workouts as a sort of challenge. Which further promotes the dangers that can unfold from misusing this typical over-the-counter drug.

What Are The Real Limitations Of Muscle Building With Low Testosterone?

A candid exploration of low testosterone and its implications for muscle building underscores Martinez and Farahi’s commitment to empowering listeners. Is it possible to build a massive shredded physique if you have naturally low testosterone (and don’t want to use PEDs)?

Victor Martinez notes that it would be very hard to build massive muscle – but a person can put themselves into a calorie deficit and train in the gym to become shredded even with low testosterone.

Ehsan Farahi points out that even if you have low testosterone, a person can lower their estrogen with estrogen blockers to still then build muscle and also get shredded. So while it is challenging – it is possible for someone with low test to become a shredded muscular person.

Individuals can also look into natural foods that offer testosterone boosting effects and perhaps take a keen eye at their overall diet habits to see if that is contributing to their low testosterone.

Testosterone, Erectile Dysfunction, and The Youth

The sensitive topic of erectile dysfunction in young adults prompts a nuanced discussion on its multifactorial etiology. Martinez’s insights into the potential link between steroid abuse and hormonal imbalances serve as a cautionary tale, urging listeners to prioritize medical consultation over self-medication.

By challenging the narrative of quick fixes, Martinez advocates for a holistic approach to sexual health, emphasizing the importance of addressing underlying issues.

Wrap Up

In summary, the Generation Iron Podcast stands as a beacon of enlightenment in the fitness community, offering a platform for candid discussions and expert insights. Through the collective wisdom of hosts like Victor Martinez, listeners embark on a journey of self-discovery, armed with the knowledge and tools to navigate the complexities of bodybuilding and holistic health optimization.

Check out the full episode above. And don’t forget to check back every week for new episodes right here on the Generation Iron Fitness Network or wherever podcasts are downloaded.

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.