by Christian Duque
Although the title speaks for Synthol, this is really about SEOs or location-enhancing oils. Synthol is just one of many different types of SEOs and is often used to describe them all. However, the reality is that most people who use this type of product, especially those who make waves on social media and tend to go viral, actually use homemade preparations that often produce cartoon-looking shapes.
Injection points are usually reserved for the biceps, delts, and sometimes even the pectoral muscles. The sad fact is that the end results can create unsightly body shapes, lead to serious health problems, and in many cases, people who abuse these chemicals are amputated. Why would anyone ever want to destroy their body by injuring themselves to that extent? Well, many of the men who do this generally come from poor countries, don't have access to top-notch PEDs or performance enhancement drugs, and generally don't have the resources to invest in gym membership. The counter argument is simple. Is it really a story of suffering, are they really that poor – or – are they just lazy? I mean, if you don't have a gym, work out with your body weight, do pull-ups, do pushups.
If you don't have any equipment, stay natural, but exercise hard, moisturize, and rest. Although you may not be able to grow up, you can be torn and a torn body can do well on social media. The point is that you are on television with huge arms, that you have a lot of views and that this can be a very quick process. Generally speaking, I would say that the vast majority of people who have done so fit a particular clipping. They usually didn't have a strong foundation in lifting, they didn't take part in competitions, and they were usually in their late teens to early 20s. In the early stages of SEO madness, there were some notable exceptions, guys who were in their late 30s and even into the 40s and 50s and hit the oils hard, but these guys also had some basics in lifting and eating clean. If you end up seeing a man with no abs, no pectoral muscles, no wheels, but with arms from 20 to 22 inches, you know you have a problem. When the same man has arms that don't bend, when his biceps or triceps are out of shape, and when the man has pencil-thin forearms, the eye becomes the best litmus test. Usually it was always men, but now there is a woman, maybe the very first one, so you can only imagine how much attention she will get. Will it be the same attention as the boys? And will she be the first and only woman to go this very stupid, very risky way?
Muscular women have a huge support base in the fitness world. Most of us who celebrate muscles quickly point out that muscles don't know gender. There are many haters out there who have preconceived ideas about what men and women should look like, but drown out their voices – quickly! In sports there is simply no place for this sexist crap. However, when you talk about SEOs and the look they create, it's not exactly a muscle either.
Most of the guys who hit the oil hard hit very nondescript blows in the gym, their shape is crap, and as mentioned, the really bad cases can't even bend their arms. The woman in question has already received some fanfare because she was the subject of a recent Nick Strength and Power post. Similar to Nick, we couldn't find out her name or determine her location, but it sounds like she speaks Portuguese. Brazil has a small but remarkable sub-sub culture that is known to experiment with these homemade preparations. If this woman actually speaks Portuguese, she could be from Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, or several other places around the world, but if I bet I would agree to the wisdom of social media and say Brazil.
A big factor in such cases is advertising. Social media immediately took notice and many even started calling this lady "Synthol Girl". The fact that Nick Miller made a video guarantees that we will see follow-ups from other media. I can imagine that someday we'll see some kind of video, maybe from websites like RxMuscle, Generation Iron and maybe even Muscular Development. Although this is not a bodybuilder per se, it is in the world of fitness (at some level) and the fascination with such stories is undeniable. If this girl actually uses SEOs, it doesn't look as silly as many of the men who abuse these substances. You can see that she is exercising, her arms are in a decent shape, and she is clearly in the off-season as she holds some water in her hand. You can also say that, according to most reports, she is definitely considered attractive. It's always subjective, but it's my opinion. I don't think she's out of shape and who knows, maybe she even started. I agree that it looks puffy and there are some pretty clear signs of SEO usage.
So far there has been a good amount of advertising, but clearly nothing that could go viral. If she went in that direction, we would also see larger, more mainstream sites like TMZ getting involved. We'd know her name, she'd make a ton more press, and who knows, she could actually become a celebrity. The beat that she's the first woman to actually use these agents to experiment in this direction could catapult her to fame overnight. Will Schmoes choose this look? And if so, will muscle worship websites want to work with her? This is almost unknown to most, if not all, of the men who do this. However, it could be different for a woman. Nobody cares enough about the boys enough to actually pay them; Most of the men who are sad to say are mostly jokes. Nobody wants to look like them; nobody takes them seriously. If anything, they give the fitness industry a black eye. However, Synthol's women could look strong, they could look muscular, they could only be in demand.
Schmoes are an interesting breed. They know the obligatory poses, they know symmetry, balance and condition. They appreciate all the hard work and sacrifice, but they also want more than that. People, men and women who like muscular women have deep pockets. Those who don't budget. Listen, we're talking about a shabby side of the fitness world that makes many people uncomfortable. If you are, stop reading, but I have to be objective and say it the way it is. This is how we do it here in Iron Magazine.
When the press and supplement companies turned their backs on female bodybuilding in the mid-1990s, women had to find other ways to generate income. I am sure that most of you who read this article will recognize or have an idea of how expensive the competition is. There is food, gym fees, travel, and most importantly, dietary supplements. Imagine you need $ 5-10k to prepare for just one show. Even if the competitor won this show, the prize money could amount to 20-35% of the money that is only needed for the preparation, provided that it is a professional. The same competitor also does not receive a bonus for the profit, since most bodybuilders also had no sponsorships in the mid-90s. The truth is that cam and other types of work can be disapproved of by some, but it pays the bills and allows many competitors to continue on stage. I'm not saying that all muscular women do this because many don't, but many do. This also creates an interesting source of income for women who can experiment with synthol.
If someone like “Synthol Girl” actually started seeing a lot of money from fetish and worship sites, it could easily create a wave of other women looking for the same quick fame and fortune. The adult side of fitness is so lucrative that many budding models have chosen it more than ever. Even popular social media platforms like Instagram have launched their paid membership websites for adults like Only Fans. In fact, I know first-hand people who earn more than $ 100,000 a year from Only Fans alone. If someone could make that kind of money by buying and modeling clothes, publishing content that can be seen on pretty much any cable network late at night without ever meeting anyone, then the appeal of this simple income would be for some tempting. This type of money is unknown in today's fitness industry and very few competitions pay that much. However, the question remains whether the synthol can look for women and make money in this niche within the bodybuilding subculture. This is one of those questions that can only be answered over time.
Anyone who misuses these substances and is stupid enough to reach a bodybuilding stage is the last to be killed. The judges don't even have to ask the competitor to do any poses – they'll see the injection sites and the silly-looking shapes a mile away. That doesn't mean that the actual synthol has no place in sports. Actual synthol or actual SEOs that are used in moderation so that it becomes practically impossible to recognize them can actually work. I know a lot of people who use such products for the stage and / or for high-quality photo and video shoots or not, but it's a very different situation than the one that many people around the world do with these homemade creations. For this reason, the terminology used to refer to these oils as “synthol” creates some confusion. That being said, anyone who misuses these underground oils to create comic looks would be laughed at on most stages. But what if the competition is furthest away for them?