Why would someone who once fervently rallied the industry against steroids eventually succumb to their call? Why would a man who was proud to be 100 % drug-free for life give up this hallowed status? "Joe Natural" appeared in magazines throughout the 1990's and was one of a handful of well-known natural bodybuilders who did their best to convince magazine readers that steroids were deadly, and that using them branded you as a lazy cheater.

Somewhere along the way he slipped off the 'righteous' path, and began to use steroids. Why did he do it? What did he discover about using steroids? Does he harbor any regrets? What would he say to his fans and natural bodybuilders now? These were a few of the answers I was looking for when I sat down to talk to a man who betrayed his former ideals.

Testosterone: Let's kick this right off with the brutal questions. How could you use steroids after being such a crusader for years?

Joe Natural:

T: What was your first cycle?

JN:

T: Who knew you were using at that point?

JN:

T: How long did you wait before you went on again?

JN:

T: What other kinds of drugs did you try?

JN:

T: Why did you stop again?

JN:

T: Surely after all that time, everybody must have known you weren't natural anymore.

JN:

T: What was your response? Did you deck 'em?

JN:

T: What happened after the two years that made you start up again?

JN:

T: What do you have to say to other natural guys who might be pondering the same decision about trying?

JN:

T: So you're still moralizing, but now it's against other guys on drugs?

JN:

T: Now that you've done all these cycles, are you planning to compete again? And will it be in a natural show?

JN:

T: How many of those guys in natural shows do you think are really clean?

JN:

T: What would you say, from your experience, are the best and worst things about steroids?

JN:

T: Are you concerned about your health?

JN:

T: What about morals? Do you feel guilty about using steroids when you had been a role model for a lot of young natural bodybuilders?

JN:

T: If you could do it all over again, would you have gone on drugs earlier?

JN:

T: Now that you've been on both sides, what would you like to say to the two camps?

JN:

T: Will you ever come out and admit all this, or is this anonymous interview as close as you'll get?

JN:

T: Well, thanks for being as candid as you were.

JN: