Professional bodybuilding has long been associated with unregulated hormones, steroids and diuretics. Now, this doesn’t mean bodybuilders don’t put in the hard work to look the way they do; they still have to train hard, eat right, and get sufficient sleep. But these supplements certainly do help and provide athletes with an edge. Some substances help increase the rate of fat burn exponentially, others ensure that weight gain solely comes in the form of lean tissue, others do a combination of both. So it is without a doubt that they do work, otherwise why would farmers pump their cattle and chickens full of them? While steroids are a male hormone, what happens when a female decides to become a professional bodybuilder?
Injecting a male hormone into a female body can have a lot of side effects. It can not only alter your physical appearance but also your internal organs as well.
Here is a look at some female bodybuilders who may have taken it a bit too far.
1. Brigita Brezovac: Brigita is a professional bodybuilder from Slovenia. Standing at just 5’4” her stage weight is close to 143 lbs where she is diced to the socks! As a pro, her most impressive win was at the 2011 Toronto Pro Show. At the age of 14 years old she decided that she wanted to be a fitness competitor. When she saw the pictures of male bodybuilders up on the wall of her then-boyfriend’s small gym, she became obsessed.
Training for a mere three months for her first fitness competition, she ended up placing fourth in 2001. The judges then told her that the bodybuilding category would suit her better due to her large frame and v-taper. She ended up going pro in 2010 and retired in 2013.
2. Heidi Krieger, now known as Andreas Krieger. He originally participated as a German shot putter in the women’s East German athletics team. He claims to have been unknowingly doped with anabolic steroids by East German officials during his time as a shot putter. His steroid abuse began when he was merely 16 years old and in one year, 1986, he took 2,600 milligrams of steroids.
By the time he was 18, he was exhibiting certain male characteristics such as a pronounced jaw line, facial hair growth and enlargement of genitalia. Krieger later underwent gender reassignment surgery and changed his name to Andreas. Although he admits that he was already feeling ‘like a boy’ prior to the doping, he has said that he regrets not being able to make the transition willfully without the steroid abuse.
3. Denise Rutkowski: Most notably, she came second place in the pinnacle of female bodybuilding, the Ms. Olympia, in 1993. She retired from bodybuilding to attend bible college and in 1996 became an ordained minister. She attempted a brief return in 2001 but since then she’s changed drastically.
Over 2 decades of steroid abuse, combined with bipolar disorder and other drugs, pushed her to gain a beard and many other masculine attributes. In 2012, she was arrested for evading arrest and her mugshot speaks of the drastic transformation.
4. Joanna Clare Thomas: The youngest IFBB pro to win her pro card at the tender age of 21. She is a professional British bodybuilder who now lives in Florida. She fell in love with bodybuilding at the age of 14 after catching a glimpse of a bodybuilding magazine from a friend who was staying with her family. Since then she’s been training hard and has since added a ridiculous 90 pounds to her 107 lb body!
5. Candice Armstrong: A former barmaid who was born with body dysmorphic disorder. When she was 28 she began spending numerous hours at the gym and became obsessed with building huge biceps. After purchasing trenbolone online and ‘pinning’ herself, she noticed facial and belly hair growth along with enlarged genitals. She currently lives as a man and has considered a career in drag.