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Dead Man Talking
Lee Priest responds to the Dead Pool



The Scene: Spring 2000, Arnold Classic Expo. Lee Priest has spotted me in my Testosterone T-shirt and press badge and starts walking toward me. He stops and immediately hits a big double biceps pose. Lee laughs and asks, "Not bad for a dead guy, don't ya think?"

Now there's an introduction! After talking for awhile about all manner of issues in the bodybuilding world, including the first Dead Pool article, he agrees to sit down for an interview. We keep talking about the interview but life gets in the way, including Lee's marriage early in July. The second Dead Pool article is published and this time Lee is upset. He doesn't think the anonymous author of the articles is fair, that Testosterone is hurting bodybuilding and pro bodybuilders by publishing the Dead Pool, and that much of the gossip/news in these articles is just plain incorrect.

His willingness to be open makes him an ideal candidate for a T-mag interview. Here's Lee Priest on a variety of topics.

T: Obviously, you're not too happy about the Dead Pool articles published here at T-mag. Go ahead and tell us what you really think.

Priest:

T: Are there any pros you think qualify for the Dead Pool?

Priest:

T: You stand about 5'4". People say drugs stunted your growth. What's your response to that?

Priest:

T: Fair enough. Let's transition to other matters. You're one week into preparation for the Olympia and you told me the other day you lost sixteen pounds last week! How much did you weigh a week ago?

Priest:

T: So this is a different situation from your true off-season program when you get up into the heavier bodyweights?

Priest:

T: But you obviously like to eat?

Priest:

T: Your approach has been called "old school."

Priest:

T: I think you're one of the few top pros that really does get big in the off season nowadays.

Priest:

T: Do you think your routine, training and dieting this way, allows you to make gains without some of the different odd drugs others are using?

Priest:

T: But you have to admit you have superior genetics. You seem to respond well to whatever you do to yourself.

Priest:

T: It sounds like they don't even know what's working.

Priest:

T: Did you try growth hormone just because you wanted to see what effect it would have on you?

Priest:

T: I've met guys who aren't competing bodybuilders who say they take phenomenal amounts of juice for long periods of time and they don't even look like they train.

Priest:

T: The Internet chat rooms have contributed to that, don't you think?

Priest:

T: What do you really use? What are your real cycles?

Priest:

T: Don't you think there are some people who are really doing that, though?

Priest:

T: You've got to admit, though, that he makes some poor decisions in his last-minute preparations.

Priest:

T: What about painkillers like Nubain? Do a lot of pros use Nubain while they work out?

Priest:

T: What do you think of Synthol?

Priest:

T: It's pretty easy to spot who's using Synthol when they're dieted down.

Priest:

T: Back to cycles. Let's get specific. When you do a cycle, how long is it?

Priest:

T: Nobody believed you.

Priest:

T: If you lost sixteen pounds last week, a good chunk of that must be water.

Priest:

T: How much cardio per day are you doing right now while dieting?

Priest:

T: Do you increase it as you get closer to the contest?

Priest:

T: You're in the Metabolic Thyrolean ads. Do you really use it?

Priest:

T: Does clen make you shake?

Priest:

T: Lots coming out of Mexico certainly is.

Priest:

T: How long do you think you'll compete?

Priest:

T: Why isn't this done?

Priest:

T: Hey, Shawn Ray tried it and it didn't get him a thing.

Priest:

T: Sounds like one big waiver for all the marketing rights.

Priest:

T: Yeah, that'd be pretty funny, wouldn't it?

Priest:

T: Do you think professional bodybuilding is growing, holding it's own, or what?

Priest:

T: Do you think the judging criteria should be changed, or should the judges follow the criteria set down?

Priest:

T: Speaking of asses, is there much hustling/prostitution going on with pro bodybuilders, especially in Venice?

Priest:

T: What's the oddest thing you've ever seen happen backstage during or before a show?

Priest:

T: Makes sense. It's a tense time backstage.

Priest:

T: Are there a lot pro bodybuilding groupies?

Priest:

T: Back to diet, what are you eating now on this diet cycle?

Priest:

T: You don't drink four or five protein shakes per day?

Priest:

T: Oh yeah, you look "normal" in clothes. Who are you trying to kid?

Priest:

T: You do a good job in the public eye, for someone who doesn't like crowds.

Priest:

T: Any special tricks in the last few days before a contest?

Priest:

T: All this depletion, carbing up and crap the last week?

Priest:

T: People say that was the best you've looked so far.

Priest:

T: But you have to compete to keep your visibility.

Priest:

T: Do you get paid when Weider magazines run articles "by you," when they obviously aren't written by you?

Priest:

T: You don't get paid for posing for a cover?

Priest:

T: Any heroes in the sport?

Priest:

T: Do you hang with Shawn Ray at all?

Priest:

T: If they have an IFBB blazer on, that is.

Priest:

T: Thanks for taking the time to talk and for the honesty, Lee.


Hey, I don't know about you readers, but we just became fans of Lee Priest's.


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