Testosterone Nation: Chris, you were the science editor of FLEX, worked for Muscle & Fitness for several years, and made quite a name for yourself. Then poof! You disappeared. Where have you been and what are you doing now?

Chris Street:

T-Nation: Why'd you leave?

Street:

T-Nation: The last time we hung out you had some interesting things to say about that whole THG scandal. What the hell is really going on there?

Street:

T-Nation: Aha! That makes sense.

T-Nation: So how does Balco Labs figure into all of this?

T-Nation: How so?

Street:

T-Nation: Why is that?

Street:

T-Nation: Very interesting. We should note that we've attempted to get another interview with Conte about all this, but have received no response.

Okay, let's talk pro-bodybuilding. Governor Arnold was quoted a few months ago as saying that sports needed strict and tight controls, just like in professional bodybuilding "where they're tested so they won't use drugs." Is he senile already or what?

Street:

T-Nation: That's true. Arnold looked pretty good in Terminator 3. Think he's still using, maybe just for certain roles? Also, what were his stacks really like in the good old days? We've heard they were heavier than he let on.

Street:

T-Nation: I'd probably have to stop talking about Asian girls, group showers, and having sex in Banana Republic's dressing rooms.

Street:

T-Nation: I hope so. Let's switch directions a bit and talk about drug testing in bodybuilding and sports. Isn't drug testing like putting the fox in charge of the hen house? If pro-bodybuilding truly went drug free, it would go "out of business" so to speak and dry up. Could a magazine like FLEX survive these days in a truly drug free environment?

Street:

T-Nation: Many would say that Weider is at least partially responsible for the prevalence of steroids in bodybuilding because his magazines establish an ideal that can only be achieved with drugs.

Street:

T-Nation: Okay, but even "natural" bodybuilding isn't very natural, is it?

Street:

– Next week in part 2, Chris Street talks about drug use in professional sports. Highly recommended stuff!