Bodybuilding veteran Rich Gaspari retired several years ago but remains passionate about the sport. Speaking in a recent podcast, Gaspari explained how he’s slowing down the aging process with peptides and discussed the conditioning of past Mr. Olympias.
As an IFBB Pro League Men’s Open standout, Gaspari proved himself on stage in the company of some of the sport’s best. While he never laid claim to a Mr. Olympia title, Gaspari was runner-up at the contest three times. During these competitions, Gaspari brought an impressive level of conditioning against icons like Lee Haney, Lee Labrada, and Robby Robinson.
Gaspari is known for comparing different generations of bodybuilders. He recently stirred controversy after comparing the backs of Mr. Olympia Hadi Choopan and six-time titleholder Dorian Yates. Despite Choopan taking issue with the juxtaposition, Gaspari continues to urge athletes to ‘bring dryness’ and better conditioning back to the sport.
Speaking with John Romano, Rich Gaspari shared some of the peptides he’s using to stave off the natural aging process. In addition, he discussed the conditioning level of Mr. Olympias since his time competing as a pro.
Rich Gaspari Opens Up on Anti-Aging Measures, John Romano Says He’s Still Using Gear from the 90’s
According to Gaspari, he’s slowing down the aging process with testosterone, weight training, and GH (Growth Hormone).
“I know you take TRT but getting on something like the peptides for increasing the growth hormone. There is, of course, a brain fart right now, when you get older and start losing muscle, there’s an aging process. It’s a process that your body goes through after age 45, 50, 60, where it accelerates, where your body naturally loses muscle, you know, you’re getting older. It just something that happens.
But you can slow it down through testosterone, weight training, GH, all these different ways of slowing it down, slowing down the aging process,” Rich Gaspari said.
Romano revealed that he still uses bodybuilding drugs that were manufactured around the 90s.
“The stuff I use is from 35 years ago, Dan Duchaine taught me how to do this stuff in the 90s and I’ve stuck with that protocol all this time. The reason is… when we look at bodybuilding shows, what do we always say, they don’t look as they looked in the 90s. Right. So, that’s why I’m not looking at anything new because the stuff I’m using, the stuff I practice and suggest people use, is that 90s technology because to this day, no one has eclipsed the conditioning and the look that was prevalent in the 90s,” John Romano replied.
Gaspari Shares More Details on ‘New’ GH-Increasing Peptides: ‘It’s Becoming Bigger For The Anti-Aging Market’
Gaspari specified that he’s using different types of peptides to “help increase natural GH through the pituitary.”
“True, I’m using it more with an open mind that I’m not seeing it to be Mr. Olympia obviously, my thing is about what can I take to feel great, look great, keep as much muscle as I can, you know through the aging process and I’m seeing a difference, like I said. Between using NAD, this other product called Dual Blends, which is two different types of peptides that help increase natural GH through the pituitary. It’s not extra genius like you’re taking GH but this will actually help the pituitary to pulsate more GH naturally.”
“Using a BPC 157 that a lot of doctors and people use – I know you’ve heard of that peptide – I don’t know if you believe in the BPC 157,” added Rich Gaspari. “Increasing GH are what all these peptides do, they are new. But what I’ve seen more and more is that it’s becoming bigger and bigger for the anti-aging market.”
Gaspari Says Conditioning ‘Kind of Got Lost’ After Phil Heath’s ‘First 3 or 4 Olympias’
“Bodybuilders are not as conditioned or not as shredded – this ultra shredded look… I would say I started it but then you had guys like Ronnie Coleman who set another standard. Well, you had Dorian [Yates] then you had Ronnie came after. I would even say right up to Phil Heath in his first three or four Olympia he had that conditioning and then from there, it kind of got lost, and then Phil played the size game.
Then you had Shawn Rhoden come in and he was kind of the conditioning of the late 90s era, he won. Then, you had Brandon Curry win, who a lot of old school guys like Dorian Yates, Ronnie Coleman, would say he was like two weeks out from a show the way he looked and winning the show. Afterwards, Ramy winning the show, who was massive. In his first Olympia, he wasn’t conditioned, still not to the standard of a Ronnie Coleman, Dorian Yates, or myself, but I didn’t have the size like those guys. The second year he won, he won again not as hard. And as you could see, he was punished and went down in his placing,” Rich Gaspari explained.
The bodybuilding veteran added that the sport changed the moment the 2022 Mr. Olympia contest concluded.
“Now lighter guys, not smaller guys, but lighter guys got first and second in the show and changed the sport,” Gaspari said.
The last time fans heard from Gaspari he was warning younger athletes about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs. He mentioned that athletes in the IFBB Pro League today have become too dependent on drugs instead of quality training and proper diets.
Gaspari has no plans of slowing down given his dedication to anti-aging measures. He hopes in time bodybuilders can reach similar levels of conditioning that he and others held during the 90s.