Arnold is the best-known bodybuilder ever to admit to taking steroids. He admitted taking them before his competition, mainly for the purpose of maintaining muscles during the so-called “cutting phase”. Back in the “Pumping Iron” golden era of bodybuilding, steroids were not as a frowned upon as they are today.
Arnold insisted he did not take them for building his muscles. In the late 70s, when Arnie was in his prime, steroids were pretty much legal, widely available, and their side effects were not as well documented as they are nowadays. Many experts have suggested that Arnold’s use of steroids was negligible when compared with some prominent modern bodybuilders. Arnold is still a hero to many youngsters, and his accomplishments in and out of the world of bodybuilding are very impressive.
It’s very rare to see a man speak so freely about the use of anabolic substances, yet Arnold manages to do it with a nonchalant, tell it like it is kind of attitude that is at once informative and hard hitting.