US bodybuilder Dusty Hanshaw has warned of the dangers of using quick-fix methods in order to bulk up for the sport.
It has taken years of determination, discipline and dedication for Hanshaw to make a name for himself in the sport, and he now enjoys a life of bodybuilding under the sponsorship of iForce Nutrition, whose products he stocks in his own chain of sports supplement stores.
On a daily basis, the 30-year-old puts himself through a rigorous training regime in order to get to competition standard. So it is hardly surprising that Hanshaw gets irked by those people who try and cut corners and shun traditional methods in favour of risky alternatives that often prove unsuccessful.
Hanshaw insists there is no substitute for good old-fashioned hard work and is adamant that, combined withÂ nutrition products and supplements from companiesÂ like the UK vendor Predator Nutrition, his approach will always produce the best results.
â€œEverybody wants the magic pill,â€ he said prior to this weekendâ€™s Bodypower Expo in Birmingham. â€œIf someone invented that pill there would be a line out of the door of the shop and the owners would be billionaires!
â€œThatâ€™s why theyâ€™re called supplements â€“ they supplement your diet and they supplement your workout. Thatâ€™s why supplements get a bad rap, because companies want to make their products sound bigger than they are, saying things like â€œtake this pill and because 10,000% strongerâ€, so then someone takes the pill but they donâ€™t do anything. They donâ€™t work out, they donâ€™t get stronger, then they say that supplements donâ€™t work. You need to match their work.â€
He stressed: â€œPeople donâ€™t understand what goes into bodybuilding.
â€œThey immediately think of hormones or that thereâ€™s some kind of quick fix and that just drives me crazy because I always tell people if they could keep up with me for a week – and Iâ€™m not even talking about the training, just the regimented lifestyle – and then multiple that by 52 weeks a year, every single year, then theyâ€™d realize what goes into the decision to do this.
â€œThis is definitely a 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year sport. You donâ€™t get to take time off.â€
For anyone who wants to get into bodybuilding, the American offers some straightforwardÂ advice.
He said: â€œItâ€™s not about how fast you can get there, itâ€™s about the consistency and pressing along and being patient.
â€œIf you look for a fast way out youâ€™ll find one because you wonâ€™t go anywhere.â€