For years, people wondered how it was possible for someone to get into Rich’s size and shape. His fitness routine included eating a whopping nine meals a day and drinking multiple protein shakes. He finally admitted in 2016, though, that he had also been using anabolic steroids for the past 27 years. He felt no shame about it, and spoke openly about how it was sometimes necessary if someone wanted to become a bodybuilder. “If you have the choice to stay natural or do steroids, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re only hurting your body, you’re hurting yourself,” he explained in an April 2016 YouTube video . “If you want to become a professional bodybuilder, guess what – you’re probably going to have to f——’ do ‘em. You’re not going to have a choice.”
Dallas McCarver, known as “Big Country” burst into the bodybuilding scene when he was 21 in the summer of 2012. At the IFBB North American Championships in Pittsburgh. Becoming the youngest overall national champ in the history of bodybuilding. (That record fell three years later to Cody Montgomery) At 242 pounds, Dallas was a diamond in the rough. Spending his time toiling away, building muscles at the gym. Ready to smash his IFBB debut at the 2015 California Pro at 260 pounds. By the time he stepped onstage at his first Mr. Olympia that fall, Dallas was 272 pounds! Continuing to grow, by 2016 Mr. Olympia McCarver was 284 pounds and found his way into the coveted top 10, placing eighth. Back in March 2017, he collapsed on stage due to bronchitis.