Bodybuilding trainer Charles Glass has developed a keen eye for the sport over the years. In a recent series of Instagram posts, Glass discussed counterfeit steroids and encouraged athletes to attend regular check-ups with doctors.
As one of the world’s top bodybuilding coaches, Charles Glass has used his engineering background to design effective workouts for people with different fitness goals. In addition to posting workout demonstrations, Glass teaches his students how to contract the muscles properly for optimal results.
The role of steroids in bodybuilding has always been controversial. Over the last three years, fans and bodybuilders alike fear that drugs have contributed to a rise in deaths. In 2021, former Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden died due to suspected heart troubles. Then, a year later, former Arnold Classic champion Cedric McMillan died at 46.
Following McMillan’s passing, athletes Seth Feroce and Kali Muscle warned up-and-comers about the dangers of steroids. Feroce believes the ‘bodybuilding lifestyle’ is to blame, which operates around exorbitant amounts of food and steroids. And now Charles Glass is addressing the touchy topic, who argues that fake drugs have become more prevalent than ever.
Charles Glass Warns Against Fake Steroids: ‘Do It Right & Your Blood Won’t Be Like Molasses’
According to Charles Glass, fake insulin and steroids are being produced in underground labs.
“People was using insulin then but not as much, less [the 80s]. Oh my God, yeah, [the drugs have changed] there’s more counterfeit drugs out, there’s more fake drugs out, you think you’re taking this but you’re not taking it. You’re taking something totally different that will mess you up. Why would you take it? You don’t know what’s in there. You buy test for $30 and this guy sells it for $50, who are you going to buy it from? The $30 person because it’s cheaper. It doesn’t mean it’s good but it’s cheaper. Most of the time, if it’s that cheap it’s an underground lab,” Charles Glass shared.
As a gymnast, Glass said he was able to bench press 425 pounds with a natural physique.
“I was a gymnast in college I was already strong. I wasn’t taking any drugs and I was able to lift heavy. Considering how much I weighed I was lifting heavy. You’d be surprised what you can do. The thing of it is the mid to late 30s you start seeing [better] performance. I could bench 425 without anything.”
Lastly, Glass highlighted that bodybuilders today are too concerned with size instead of regular health screenings.
“Most of the bodybuilders of today, all we just think about getting big and we don’t think about all the other stuff that goes with it. You always always always got to see a doctor. How many of see doctors now? I have to save my money to buy this buy that, but if you take the time to do it right, you’re still going to grow and your blood won’t get thick like molasses.”
Charles Glass isn’t the only veteran of the sport who believes steroid protocols have changed. Rich Gaspari competed as a Men’s Open pro in the 1990s and suggested that dosages today are ‘way higher’ than what he used during his heyday. Moreover, Gaspari took to a different Fitness, Fame & Fortune podcast, where he argued that competitors today rely on the overuse of drugs rather than training.
Given Glass’ meticulous training approach, he continues to be a valuable source of knowledge to the bodybuilding community. Above all else, he encourages athletes to always take their time building muscle.