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The Most Hated Man in Bodybuilding
An Interview with Greg Valentino


To normal, untrained people, those who choose to lift weights to get bigger are considered freaks. Why, they say, would anyone put themselves through all that just to get bigger biceps and more defined abs? Are they obsessed? Do they suffer from low self-esteem? To the people who lift weights recreationally, professional bodybuilders are the real freaks. Why do they risk their health to look like that when most people think they look disgusting anyway? Do they have psychological "issues?" Body Dysmorphic Disorder? Small penises?

But who is it that the professional bodybuilders call a freak? Who is the freak's freak? Answer: Greg Valentino. If you don't know Mr. Valentino, check out the pics below (and no, there's no Photoshopping involved):

Greg is not a liked man. In fact, he's quite possibly the most despised man in bodybuilding. Mention his name on an internet forum and this is what you'll hear: "Why would he destroy his body with Synthol like that?" "Does he think he looks good?" "Who does he think he's fooling?" "He's a laughingstock." "An idiot." "An embarrassment to the sport." "He gives bodybuilding a bad name."

When TC told me that Greg had offered to do an interview with T-mag, I wasn't sure what to think. When I was asked to conduct the interview, I really didn't know what to think. You see, although I'd never spoken to the guy, I didn't like him either. In fact, I pretty much agreed with the statements above. I wondered if it would be wise of T-mag to draw attention to this guy. I wondered if he deserved a forum in which to speak. But I also couldn't help but wonder what he had to say.

The old psychology student in me has always been interested in the motivation of self-professed freaks. People with full body tattoos, people with ten pounds of piercings, women with breast implants the size of beach balls… I find them all fascinating. What would bodybuilding's biggest freak have to say? What motivates him? And most of all, is Greg Valentino a glimpse into the frightening future of bodybuilding, or is he the death nail in a "sport" gone too far?

It was time to find out.


Testosterone: Greg, I heard you were arrested, you're not talking to me from jail are you?

Greg Valentino:

T: I also heard the other day that you were dead.

GV:

T: Really?

GV:

T: I recall seeing some pictures of you from back in the eighties and you looked like a normal bodybuilder.

GV:

T: After so many years of natural training, why did you start using steroids?

GV:

T: Do you use steroids or other drugs now?

GV:

T: You're not using anything right now? No type of site injections or anything?

GV:

T: You were busted with steroids and they put you in a drug rehab program?

GV:

T: So after your initial experiences with steroids, when did you decide to go all out with the arms and site injections?

GV:

T: People always want to know why you do it because it's just not symmetrical.

GV:

T: So you're saying that much of your arm size is the result of genetics and if someone wanted to do what you're doing they probably wouldn't be able to get the same results?

GV:

T: Have you ever thought about doing an X-ray or an MRI to prove your critics wrong?

GV:

T: Now, you say you don't use Synthol, but I read where you said that you have your own blend of MCT oil and other stuff that you use. True?

GV:

T: Give us an idea of what you did exactly to get your arms that way.

GV:

Greg as a steroid free young man of 20, Greg right before be started using steroids (according to him), Greg with 23-and-a-half-inch arms, and finally Greg with 27- inch arms.

Now, I would mix up the drugs. I'd throw sten in there sometimes in place of the propionate. People give sten a bad rap, but I happen to love it. It made me hard and ripped. You seem to grow a little more body hair from it and it's definitely androgenic. There are some pro-bodybuilders who used to get drugs off me and they happen to love it.

T: Is selling drugs what got you arrested?

GV:

T: You owned a gym right?

GV:

T: What was that all about?

GV:

T: Now, you've told me that you know a lot of the pros like Ronnie Coleman and are friendly with them, but Lee Priest has said some nasty stuff about you, right?

GV:

Shawn Ray was fucking flipping out on me at the Night of Champions too, saying he didn't understand what I was doing. But you gotta' understand, I'm big all over. I'm a lot bigger than him. My arms were bigger than Shawn's before I did roids!

T: Have you lost much size since you were forced to go off?

GV:

T: You say that as if you don't like the attention.

GV:

T: So what's your motivation? You've got to expect that kind of attention.

GV:

T: Do you think you motivate people?

GV:

T: You know, I'm thinking about titling this piece "The Most Hated Man in Bodybuilding." No offense, but that's the impression I get from listening to people talk about you.

GV:

T: I have to ask, are there any daily activities you can't do because of your arm size?

GV:

T: Now, you have an arm-training video, but come on, it's not like you got your arms from just training alone. Isn't that being deceptive?

GV:

T: But when people see your arms, the smart ones say, hey, what does this guy know about training, he just shoots a bunch of stuff into his arms!

GV:

T: Any health problems from all this?

GV:

T: What about scar tissue?

GV:

T: Tell me, are you making money off of this?

GV:

T: If you don't do Synthol, why do you sell it on your website?

GV:

T: Where do you see yourself in 20 or 30 years?

GV:

T: Think you'll be around at age 60? I have to wonder given your past run-ins with the law and heavy steroid use.

GV:

T: Just out of curiosity, do you think Synthol should be allowed in professional bodybuilding?

GV:

T: What do you think about the state of competitive bodybuilding in general?

GV:

Bodybuilding is a terrible sport. I like it for me. I like being a freak because it makes up for the fact that I'm a little guy. But as far as who wins the Mr. Olympia, I could give a shit. As long as the Yankees win the World Series I'm a happy man.

T: Any last words for your critics and haters out there?

GV:

T: But if you're not making money off of it, why do you want the publicity?

GV:


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