Matt Porter Stops Using PED’s
A few months back legendary bodybuilding coach Matt Porter decided to quit using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED’s) in the wake of his father’s death due to prostate cancer. Matt Porter’s dogged pursuit of a pro card no longer held the same allure it used to. I absolutely applaud Matt Porter from a personal standpoint and feel he is doing the right thing for him. Matt Porter is a good person who is far from stupid. He has ascended to the top of the prep coaching industry through drive, consistency, and hard work. These are all qualities that make him exceptional at his job. It truly is hard to find a better coach to guide you to the stage in this day and age. That being said, his quitting PED use speaks volumes about what may be inherently wrong with our sport.
Why Matt Porter Quit In His Own Words?
Real quick since I am still behind on emails. I made a huge post on my faceBook page around 8 weeks or more ago about intricate details about what had transpired.
My Father did pass from Prostate cancer. It was under control supposedly until I got an alarming call from my Mother around Olympia time. I immediately packed my bags and headed up to Oregon for what I thought 5 days….
Needless to say — I called the Doctor personally and had him shoot m straight (not sugar coat my Mother) — He said your dead has maybe at most a few months.
I cancelled my plane ticket back — and just stayed indefinitely helping my mom care for my Father who (bless his heart) was in agonizing pain ( every hour spasms in his rectum and bladder) ….it was the hardest time of my life for sure, and after he passed away…..
I knew with my addictive personality, my genetics regarding cancer, my genetics regarding heart issues,,, I just have to halt all of my dreams of maybe one day getting that little piece of paper. I just stopped…. I didn’t bring any juice with me to Oregon,,, then just remained off — No pct, no clomid, no hCG,,, nada.
My mother and moms side of the family has drug and alcohol addiction. I also wanted to prove to myself that I don’t need these drugs,,, I am not addicted, I don’t need “TRT” I don’t need something else to ween or bridge off…
I have been off now for 4 months — dropped 30 lbs, and have been basically fasting for 18-20 hours getting stuff accomplished, not fretting over the every 3 hour meal, not worrying about catabolism , etc… just running errands with no stress of food availability, writing content for new products I am releasing and feeding at night post training with my Wife not worrying about protein.
I will eventually resume eating like a Bodybuilder around 5 meals a day and more protein,.,, and who knows,, maybe do YouTube series of me attempting to get int contest shape on nothing — No HRT, no peptides,,, not even caffeine since my BP is high.
Ill try to pop in more guys — feel free to ask any questions
What Message Is Being Sent?
While I applaud the intelligence of Matt Porter to understand his situation, it speaks volumes to deeper issues within the sport. I would consider it hypocritical to think that something is bad for me, yet feel okay about being complicit in possibly helping another person destroy their health. That would be akin to a recovered heroin addict showing current heroin users how to use heroin to their advantage. I am sure people will defend this by saying “it’s their choice, they know the consequences.” This is true, but it also goes against the grain of a person’s moral compass to help someone possibly destroy their health while worrying about your own. I think prep coaches also have an obligation to do their best to protect their clients from making an awful decision. Matt Porter is a great person, he knows this too. He is just caught on the razors edge because this is how he makes a living. That just Eric Iron’s humble opinion.
This Sport Is F**ked Up!
Lets just call bodybuilding what it is, a felony sport. You need to commit felonies to compete in it at any level beyond the low amateur ranks. Now more than ever, guys are starting to die at younger ages in this sport. There has been a litany of guys die “unnatural deaths.” Here is the list.
- Mike Matarazzo: Frequent top 10 IFBB pro from 1992 to 2001. Four-time top 5 finisher at the Night of Champions. Died from a heart attack in 2014, age 47.
- Dan Puckett: 1st place 2006 NPC Collegiate National Heavyweight. Died from heart failure in 2007, age 22.
- Scott Klein: Four-time NPC Heavyweight competitor (1995 and 1997), two-time NPC super-heavyweight competitor (1998 and 2000). Died from kidney failure in 2003, age 30.
- Robert Benavente: Competed in multiple NPC shows from 1994 (teen division) to 2003 (1st place in Southern States). Died from a heart attack in 2004, age 30.
- Trevor Smith: Bodybuilding writer and coach. Never competed, but weighed over 400 pounds. Died from a heart attack in 2004, age 30.
- Andreas Munzer: 13 top-five placings from 1986-96. Considered a “pioneer” in the use of diuretics for a super-peeled look. Died from multiple organ failure in 1996, age 32.
- Mohammed Benaziza: Seven total Grand Prix wins in 1990 and 1992, 1st place at the 1990 Night of Champions (beating Dorian Yates), two top 5 Mr. Olympia showings (1989 and 1992). Died from heart failure hours after winning the Grand Prix Holland show in 1992, age 33.
- Daniele Seccarecci: IFBB competitor from 2007 to 2013. 2010 Guinness World Record Holder for “heaviest competitive bodybuilder” at 297 pounds. Died from a heart attack in 2013, age 33.
- Luke Wood: IFBB competitor from 2001 to 2008, often breaking into the top 10. Died from complications following a kidney transplant in 2011, age 35.
- Chris Janusz: Amateur competitor, nutrition coach, and contest prep consultant. Died from undisclosed causes in 2009, age 37.
- Art Atwood: Consistent top 10 finisher in IFBB shows from 2002 to 2004, including 1st at the 2002 Toronto Pro. Died from a heart attack in 2011, age 37.
- Mat Duvall: Four-time top 3 finisher in NPC Super-heavyweight division (1999, 2001, 2002, 1st in 2003). Died from a heart attack in 2013, age 40.
- Ed Van Amsterdam: European champion in the mid-1990s, frequent top 10 IFBB finisher in 2002 and 2003. Died from a heart attack in 2014, age 40.
- Fannie Barrios: Two-time Jan Tana winner (2001, 2002). Three top 8 placings at Ms. Olympia (3rd place in 2002). Died from a stroke in 2005, age 41.
- Charles Durr: Six top 5 NPC and IFBB finishes from 1988 to 1999. Competed in the 2004 IFBB North American Championships. Died from a heart attack in 2005, age 44.
- Anthony D’Arezzo: Three-time top 10 NPC Heavyweight (1993, 1994, 1995). 1st at NPC New England in 1997. Died from a heart attack the night before a contest in 2006, age 44.
- Greg Kovacs: Competed in several IFBB shows from 1997 to 2005. Known in the industry as one of the largest off-season bodybuilders, regularly weighing over 400 pounds. Died from heart failure in 2013, age 44.
- Ron Teufel: 1978 IFBB Mr. USA. Runner-up to Samir Bannout at 1979 World Amateurs. Top 10 IFBB competitor in 1981 and 1982. Died from liver failure in 2002, age 45.
- Hans Hopstaken: NPC Masters competitor in 1998 and 1999. IFBB competitor in 2000 and 2001, including two top 5 placings at the Masters Olympia. Died from heart failure in 2002, age 45.
- Frank Hillebrand: Light-heavyweight champion (1987, 1989), several top 10 IFBB finishes from 1990 to 1993. Died from a heart attack in 2011, age 45.
- Alex Azarian: NPC competitor from 2002 to 2009, including a total of five 1st place wins. Training, nutrition, and contest prep consultant. Died from undisclosed causes in 2015, age 45.
- Ray Mentzer: IFBB competitor from 1979 to 1982 including 1st place 1978 Mr. USA, and several top 3 placings. Died from kidney failure in 2001, age 47.
- Nasser El Sonbaty: Frequent top 8 IFBB competitor from 1990 to 1992, consistent top 4 finisher in shows from 1993 to 1998, including 2nd at the 1997 Mr. Olympia and 3rd at the 1995 and 1998 Olympias. Died from complications from heart and kidney failure in 2014, age 47.
- Don Ross: Amateur competitor from 1965 to 1972, pro bodybuilder from 1973 to 1980 with 10 top 5 placings. Died from a heart attack in 1995, age 49.
- Mike Mentzer: Consistent top 3 IFBB pro from 1975 to 1979, including 2nd in the 1976 and 1977 Mr. Universe, 1st place 1976 Mr. America, and 1st place 1979 heavyweight Mr. Olympia (lost the Overall to Frank Zane). First pro bodybuilder to be awarded a perfect score in a contest. Died from heart complications in 2001, age 49.
- Don Youngblood: NPC and IFBB Masters competitor from 1994 to 2002. 2nd place at the 2001 Masters Olympia and winning 1st in the 2002 Masters Olympia. Died from a heart attack in 2005, age 49.
- Stoil Stoilov: NPC and IFBB Masters competitor from 2005 to 2014. Died in 2014 one week after placing 2nd at a National show, age 49.
- Terri Harris: Frequent top 5 finisher in NPC and IFBB shows from 2002 to 2012, including several 1st place wins in 2011 and 2012. Died from a heart attack two days after a contest in 2013, age 50.
- Ed Kawak: 5-time Mr. Universe (1982-1985, 1993). IFBB competitor in 1996 and 1999. Died from a heart attack in 2006, age 51.
- Vince Comerford: Amateur competitor from 1984 to 1986. 1st place Middleweight at 1987 NPC Nationals (lost the Overall to Shawn Ray). IFBB competitor in 1989 and 1990. Died from a heart attack in 2014, age 52.
- Greg DeFerro: 1979 IFBB Mr. International, five top 4 placing in IFBB shows from 1981-1984, including 2nd to Lee Haney at the ’83 Night of Champions. Died from heart disease in 2007, age 53.
What Can Be Done?
In this day and age of win at all costs, I fear not much can be done. People will continue to push the limits with drugs and people will die as a result. I applaud Matt Porter for his decision, but I also wonder how he reconciles his wallet with his conscience. I once had a conversation with a friend who sold Vicodin at the plant he worked at. He said he made more selling that than he did on his paycheck. He worked for a Big Three company and therefore made over a thousand per week take home pay. He told me about some tweaker chick who would buy 25-30 Vicodin a day. $2 to $3 per pill, So this girl arguably made $160 -$180 per day, yet spent close to half of that pre-tax on drugs. He was basically aiding in both her financial downfall and physical demise at the same time. Mind you this guy doesn’t drink or do any drugs. I asked if he ever felt bad. His reply “no, she would have to get them from someone and I sell them cheaper.” To me, that is a flawed way to think. I wonder if that has crossed Matt Porter’s mind?