Now that steroids are found to be harmful to the human physiology, the trend now in sports is to train and compete without the use of this or other harmful so-called performance enhancing drugs. This holds true in the bodybuilding world where natural bodybuilding is now being emphasized. The term "Natural" now used to imply that the bodybuilder is not engaged in the use of performance enhancing supplements. With the popular clamor among Bodybuilding natural athletes for a level playing field, more and more companies are introducing to bodybuilding natural products and supplements.
Even the competitions themselves have begun to banner themselves as Natural Bodybuilding Competitions and the trend has given rise to National Bodybuilding Associations. Bodybuilders are now very careful with what supplements and vitamins they take because although accurate drug screening is expensive and many screening tests are not always held; and although drug-users are not always detected, a competitor who is caught taking the prohibited substance or supplement or fails the drug screening test is usually banned from competition for life. This makes it complicated for many because although a substance may not be banned by one sanctioning organizer of a competitive event, it may be banned by another. In the highly competitive world of Bodybuilding, genetic limitations on a person could very well mean the difference between winning and losing a contest. Many new bodybuilders wanting to be competitive are therefore confused between the so-called legal (natural) and the banned supplements. Even veteran weight training coaches are divided on the issue.
So goes this sad fact in the bodybuilding world which is still debated upon. Until a true all-encompassing association emerges that will settle this confusion once and for all, natural bodybuilding will remain divided at best.
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