What Steroids or Body-Enhancing Drugs Are Allowed/Banned for Mr. Olympia?

The sport of bodybuilding is continuously evolving every year. The changing standards of the sport make it even more dangerous than before. While there was a time when bodybuilders looked impressive yet normal, some of the open-class athletes of today’s times look purely out of this world. The sheer size that modern bodybuilders carry, along with well-defined, paper-thin skin, is almost next to impossible without the use of steroids.

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Over the years, countless former Mr. Olympia champions have admitted their steroid usage. This makes people wonder if Mr. Olympia allows the use of performance-enhancing drugs. As we are approaching this year’s contest shortly, let’s take a look at all the substances that are banned by the federation.

Are anabolics allowed in Mr. Olympia?


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There is no denying that bodybuilders do use PEDs and steroids to present a perfect Greek-god physique on the stage. Almost all sports federations forbid the use of these pharmaceuticals. Even though all major bodybuilding federations deny the use of PEDs and steroids by their athletes, we all know that this is far from true. The International Fitness and Bodybuilding Federation (IFBB) is strictly against the use of steroids. However, athletes tend to find loopholes to bend the rules and use certain drugs regardless.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has a list of these banned substances that bodybuilders are randomly tested for. Whenever an athlete is caught using such substances, he or she faces strict consequences. With that being said, let’s take a look at the banned substances by WADA.

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List of prohibited substances

Anabolic Steroids

Bodybuilders typically use anabolics, which are available as orals and injectables. These compounds include testosterone, trenbolone acetate, anadrol, oxandrin, etc.


These are stimulating drugs that help pile on extra muscle mass and strength. Clenbuterol and formetrol are the best examples of this.

Growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor

Growth hormone, commonly known as HGH, is a compound that is used to spur growth in children. Athletes frequently use the compound to increase their appetite, which results in bigger muscles.


These drugs are used a few days before the contest to get a dry and grainy look. These compounds are extremely harmful, as they instantly dry out the body.


These include substances that stimulate and help enhance an athlete’s performance, including cocaine and amphetamines.


EPO promotes the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow. It also helps boost the cardiovascular capacity of athletes.



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Cannabis contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While not proven, THC can have potential performance-enhancing effects during training and in competition.


Like GH and IGH, glucocorticoids also boost stamina and endurance. However, they do not affect muscle mass.


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While bodybuilders continue to use performance-enhancing drugs and steroids for their own benefit, the truth is that these substances are illegal and pose a serious risk to the health and well-being of the athlete.

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