The Future of John Doe Bodybuilding

I'm going to be totally honest with you guys here, I've been thinking a lot lately on what separates JDB from the rest.

As some of you may have gathered by now, I'm a big fan of old school muscle and weight training. I cannot sit here and honestly tell you that guys today are looking the way they are from anything other than more drugs and throwing caution to the wind.

Human beings have not evolved in any sort of genetic fashion over the course of the past 50 years. The only thing that has set award winning physiques of today apart from the ones of yesterday are drugs, different drugs, and more and more drugs.

The difference also being that what makes a champion bodybuilder of today different than those of yesterday is a life of constant recovery and sleep, or for lack of better terms: “laziness” and not having a legitimate job or other life responsibilities.

Yes, of course there were always guys in the bodybuilding scene who were out of work or did odd jobs for money, but the ridiculousness of this today has far exceeded what it used to be. It's almost like if you want to be a champion bodybuilder nowadays you can't have a job because the lifestyle has become that demanding and that competitive.

Old time greats that we constantly compare and contrast to newer guys, a lot of them wouldn't even rise above a local show nowadays. Well my friends, there is a good reason for that and it's lifestyle and drugs.

The more I thought about the direction I wanted this website to go, and the more I became disgusted lately with modern day bodybuilding, the more I thought about the future of JDB.

A role model isn't just some musclebound guy who injects himself like a pin cushion. A role model isn't some guy who puts on a fucking seminar about training and diet (knowing damn good and well he wouldn't be where he's at without performance enhancement).

The guy you should follow should be more focused on the training and lifestyle rather than the drugs.

It simply sends the wrong message out there when all you do is talk about steroids. Because the first thing guys will think to themselves is, “Okay, if I don't find the edge, then I'll always be nothing.” And this just isn't true. Steroids are such a tiny part of the bodybuilding lifestyle that I personally feel are being mentioned almost too much lately.

You'll notice that since the beginning of this website, the articles on steroid usage are very few and far between. Most of what I write about is based on nutrition and lifestyle, because the bulk of great results are just that: nutrition and lifestyle!!

Everyone wants to believe there is some big secret out there. There really is no secret and the closest thing to that answer would be doing what works for you and finding your own winning strategy.

Most guys who follow this website are not ready for steroids, and I would hate for this site to encourage them to use steroid cycles when they haven't reached the peak of their maximum genetic potential. This would be doing you a huge disservice.

From here on out, this website will not have any articles on anabolic steroids. If you're interested in them, then you can find almost everything you need to know about them in my new book Straight from the Underground which is due for release very soon!! But as far as performance enhancement talk on the site goes, consider it a thing of the past from here on out.

Old school muscle is about hard work and dedication and not drug abuse. Yes of course steroids were in the mix of things back then, but they were taken in very small amounts and weren't the basis of training regimens.

It was hard work and diet, and that is what I really want to emphasize here at

Train hard!!! – JD




11 thoughts on “The Future of John Doe Bodybuilding”

  1. I like this approach because the Golden Age guys were more focused on training to gain their mass and chisel their physiques. Nowadays people wanna buy their supplements and diet around that as opposed to the reverse. I remember as a 20 year old with no idea wtf to do and I would eat cereal for breakfast with my eggs and enjoy a beer with whatever my mom cooked that night for dinner. All I had at the time was an Animal Pak (I threw that fucking thing out the day I ran out and found a better multi). I still managed to put on some good size eating and just doing chin ups and push ups in my room!

    Now I’m 23 and all I take are Vital Vite products and I bust my ass at the gym 4 days a week. It don’t take much else but food and training as far as I experienced, and thanks for approaching it this way Uncle John!

  2. Great job and great article. I’d love to see bodybuilding get back to having guys like Chuck Sipes involved. He exemplifies what you’re talking about. Keep up the good work.

  3. This is just personal opinion, so take it as you will.

    It seems rather than putting out all the info and quality articles you can about old school bodybuilding, you are more and more pandering to what people ‘want to hear’. I believe if you really did have this goal at heart, you would continue to write about everything that is included with the lifestyle (yes that includes drugs, no not everyone wants to hear about it!)

    To me this just screams of a way to start pushing more and more legal supplements/sarms whatever it is to make commission on them. I know there is no money in just laying out facts. You need a product and a market. But this is why I started following your blog so much and devouring every article. You tied all the aspects of old school bodybuilding together so well and balanced. Now you’re edging one out and I’m not on board.

    Good luck in the future and I’m sure you will have great financial success with your blog,


    • That’s cool, take it as you want. I personally feel like drugs are being abused and over-exaggerated nowadays. Old school muscle was built on the foundation of hard work and nutrition, steroids had very little to do with it. I don’t like the direction things are going now and the drug aspect is too mainstream. Are they part of the picture? Of course they are. But kids are doing things they don’t need to be doing and using way too much, and I just can no longer promote that

  4. I totally agree! Back in the day (early 90’s) I had a solid 4 years of heavy training under my belt and weighed 220 lbs before I did my first cycle. At the end of that cycle i weighed 242 and maintained 230 even months after. Today’s young guys usually start out wanting the juice even before they have built a strong natural foundation through training and eating. It’s a joke. I can tell when they cycle off because they completely shrink!
    I just listened to a 3 hour interview with Dorian Yates on London Real. He said amateurs now days are taking a lot more drugs than he did when he was winning the Mr Olympia! He stressed the importance of hard work and mental toughness to succeed, not the drugs.

    • Dorian Yates is the realest deal in bodybuilding in a long time. I watched all of his stuff on London Real myself, he is true motivation at it’s finest!!

  5. Although I am waiting to purchase the book, I am a little bummed about this news. As this one of few places where one could get not only honest info and steroids, but appropriate advice with long term health and affordability in mind, it is unfortunate to hear that aspect ending.

    I personally am not currently intending to ever do steroids, I have loved the information and education I have received so far.

    I definitely respect your opinion and am still looking forward to more posts and the book!

    • The issue is most guys think they are the absolute solution to achieving their goals when in reality they are such a small part of everything. I’d rather have guys take in everything they can on nutrition and training first.

  6. Hubby goes to the gym before work and works 14 hour days and helps with our 3 kids, zma, coffee and he looks so young and I really look up to him! I really want to be successful like that, so he’s sort of a role model for me. He just turned 40 yesterday and looks just as good as when he was 28, if not better. He’s very involved with the kids. You can look great and gave a life….I’m thinking, (and this is my problem) consistency is key.

    Love these posts! We can relate to them!


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