by Christian Duque
Whenever someone asks if someone is nice or not, I have reached a point where I don’t even look up. It’s just such a stupid question. And yes folks, there are lots of stupid questions – and stupid people too. I mean, who cares if someone uses equipment or not? Does the use of PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) affect you in any way, in any form, or in any form? No. But what if you compete against someone who uses it, you have a leg to stand on, right?
Well, maybe in this limited situation, but more likely it will be competition. If you are participating in an untested event, it is your own fault when you compete against improved athletes. When you’re on a tested show, the search for scammers rests with the organizers and the people who hired them to handle and test samples. The big takeaway message is that it doesn’t concern you in one way or another.
I also think that social media really got rid of the little tact in this industry at first. The fans used to be much more careful and respectful. 10-15 years ago, the topic of equipment was taboo. It didn’t matter whether you met a competitor at a competition or exhibition, or lost serious money to attend a full-day training camp or seminar – some questions were never asked. If you watch YouTube, there is a seminar where Ronnie was asked about equipment. He distracted the question with a bit of humor and the fan who asked the question was socially outlawed. Nobody clapped for him, nobody asked further questions along his lines, and at least some spectators (I’m sure) might want to lay hands on the guy. The truth is that the fans showed a lot more reluctance back then. I also think they probably knew better; Why would you ask a competitor to say the obvious? The only reason I could think of would be a troll, perhaps to bring the competitor to an uncomfortable place.
I’m afraid trolling is alive and well. When I hear questions like the ones above, the first thing that comes to my mind. No matter how you disassemble it, it trolls.
That being said, the situation at Mike O’Hearn is somewhat different. He invites a lot to this trolling because he has set himself the goal of letting the world know that he is natural. It is both good and bad. I love the guy, I am a loyal fan and I think he has had one of the most interesting careers in the fitness industry. It is timeless, it is always relevant and it is constantly reinventing itself. That is the recipe for success. Many try, but few can hang as long as O’Hearn. He has been at the top since his days as an American gladiator and has never looked back.
The transmission of your nattiness is bad simply because it invites trolls to test the accuracy of the statement. The main role is often “influencers” who are looking for clout. Does anyone remember how Luimarco made it famous for the first time? He made call-out videos, and as his following grew, the boys he targeted felt the more of his Schtick’s brunt. Luis’ reach grew so big that he began to curl the feathers of the thin-skinned bodybuilding champion of all time. There is an Olympia in which one of the first things Phil “The Gift” Heath did after victory was the Luimarco interjection, which basically said, “I told you.” I’m surprised that someone at Phil’s level would be interested in what a guy said on his webcam thousands of miles away, but that’s the power of social media. Only by mentioning the guy did Phil give him much more power and encouraged his efforts and those of his troll armies. That being said, if Phil had looked at the bigger picture, he could have used the negativity to keep pushing.
If you let these people get under your skin and just flog them, only they will win. O’Hearn has been in the game long enough to turn haters into fans by not giving in to them. He never loses his coolness. He only makes them hate him more by always preaching his shabby gospel, even in the face of the biggest non-fans. Believers and critics. That being said, he’s not a punk. Just because he’s always cool, nobody with a clear mind would come face to face with some kind of stupidity.
Now if I told you that all the haters in question were bums with internet connections, it would only describe the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, some of the greatest haters are natural athletes who, for some reason, could not give up Mike’s strength, physique, or lifelong commitment to power building, 4:00 a.m. training, and / or never. There are people who may lack genetics or frankly lack the will to win. These guys don’t usually speak publicly, but they talk behind his back and often talk confidently to fitness networks.
These are the reasons why interviewers must maintain anonymity at all costs. Sometimes their faces blur, they speak from a shadow, or their voices change. If only I was fun, but I’m not! There are some real drama queens with big mouths who issue large checks whose asses cannot cash. It’s one thing to be a bum who never accomplished anything, never competed and claps, but it’s quite another to break bread with someone, compete side by side, and know firsthand that he is telling the truth but trolling anyway. This is called sour grapes and many people have them in the fitness industry. After all, this is a realm of vanity, so a guy like Mike who is timeless and gets better with time will surely have some contemporaries who only hate him for it. Welcome to reality.
However, the good thing about the radiance of nattiness is that there is a lot of inspiration for many people who don’t want to use equipment. It used to be that nice boys couldn’t break 200 pounds on stage, but this threshold has long been exceeded. For example, check out RD Caldwell Jr. and talk about a lifelong natural bodybuilder who can train with the strongest, be ultra-torn, and win pro shows without ever taking equipment, diuretics, growth, or sli. Definitely takes longer! Does it need much better nutrition? Naturally. Natural titans like Caldwell, O’Hearn, Willet and LaCour have invested so many years and earned the highest awards and great titles through their diet and training.
While some might argue against swagger, don’t you want the world to know you did it all by yourself? The guys who have to pin in the morning, noon, and evening rely on these connections to take them to the next level. These guys take their creatine, some aminos, and go to the races. They take considerably longer, but what they have achieved is theirs.
I’m honest with you, I don’t care whether a competitor is smart or improved, I love physical-based sports and at the end of the day I am impressed by symmetry, balance and stamina. That being said, I have no problem saying that if a person is really natural and they look so good (that’s the key) like the improved athletes, I respect that on a different level. It’s just what it is; It is much more difficult and most people who go on the nice path fail. You’ll probably take equipment, but some, like Caldwell and O’Hearn, don’t.
Check out Keone Pearson and everything he did without drugs. It was pretty amazing. But even when Keone tried to take his body to the next level with equipment and tried to convince RD in an episode of Iron Debate that it was necessary, RD didn’t want to give in. When Keone talked about muscle density, RD pushed the workout. If Keone poses problems related to hardness, RD will respond with a diet. At no time does a guy like RD or Mike O’Hearn say that drugs will do it for them. Jeff Willet was the same. He naturally competed in the US in bodybuilding and fought for the top 3. Can you imagine driving free of drugs and taking 4th place in the USA? In bodybuilding? This is pretty crazy, but absolutely doable !!
Mike O’Hearn won the Natural Universe 4x in one of the strictest nature organizations in the world. If that’s not proof that he’s a lifelong natty, I don’t know what it is.
So there you have it. There are good and bad that come from broadcast nattiness. This new Generation Iron video will certainly not disappoint. These guys live for great productions. I have never seen any of their films and I am not really impressed !!
So what do you think Mike O’Hearn? Natty or natty? How much do you love this guy and everything he’s about?