bodybuilding veteran Chris Cormier led a successful career for more than two decades starting in the 1980s. In a recent video, Cormier reflected on Synthol’s shot in his calves and gave his thoughts on competitors using the compound today.
Site enhancement oils have been used for many years to alter an athlete’s physique. While some have used the compound and gone unnoticed, others have misplaced or lost contests due to egregious use. Judges are trained to specifically look for imbalances in a bodybuilder’s physique.
One of the latest cases involving site enhancement oils occurred in June during the Musclecontest Brazil Pro 2022. At the end of the contest, competitor 212 Thiago Santisteban placed 8th. Many believe he finished last after the judges flagged him for imbalances, which were suspected to be caused by using Synthol.
Popular bodybuilder and trainer Milos Sarcev knows Synthol well. He used it in his biceps and to this day remembers it as the biggest regret of his career. And it looks like he’s not the only elite bodybuilder to have dabbled in such compounds. In his latest admission, Bodybuilding Hall of Famer Chris Cormier opined on the use of Synthol and warned upcoming talent against using it.
Chris Cormier warns Synthol users: “You destroy muscle”
In the latest episode of Primetime MuscleCormier warns bodybuilders against Synthol, suggesting it muddies the physique and destroys muscle tissue.
“In my opinion, it’s probably not even necessarily Synthol but definitely [they] do a lot of useless site injections. Some things are just plain unnecessary – it seems very strange and even humanly impossible to build muscle like that. Like some muscles are normally flat, if they look at anatomy but actually now it’s like 3D or it’s something like that. Some of them are just unnecessary,” said Chris Cormier.
Cormier doesn’t think site-enhancing oils can be eliminated from sports altogether, but said athletes should take more pride in building muscle in the gym instead of artificially creating the look.
“I think it really blurs the physique and I think you can look a lot better…you know – I’m not going to say it’s something that can be totally wiped out, but calm down and be a little bit proud of you that you I’ll put on some muscle in the gym, not the bathroom.
He warned that injecting Synthol into the calves would cause the muscle to “disintegrate” over time and athletes would not know the true extent of the damage until years later.
“Yes. You destroy the muscle. The calves are one of the muscles that a lot of people like to work. The calves are one of the worst places you can do it because it will slowly damage that muscle. That muscle will disintegrate and won’t be nothing in a year or two, or you know something. So if your calves are really high, you just have high calves. Just let it. Just train it.
Cormier on ‘Real Damage’ of Using Synthol in Calves: ‘You’re Not Going to Get Circulation’
Cormier understands the damage Synthol can cause after using it in his calves throughout his bodybuilding career.
“Yeah, so I’ve used it in my calves before, that’s why I know the damage is real. And not only that – when you get older, you need circulation. Guess what you’re doing to the muscle, you’re damaging all the nerves – you’re not going to have circulation – your nervous system is going to be completely over-excited When you get older, you need that circulation.
According to the bodybuilding veteran, athletes damage their backs by regularly injecting site-enhancing oils into their trapezius muscle.
“You see a lot of competitors today, with a lot of back damage because they’re pinning [injecting] in the middle of the trapezium [muscle]. You see the swelling; you see the trapezius swollen, and then you see the neck is very small and flat,” says Cormier.
Recently, Cormier spoke with Big Ramy and his trainer Dennis James about their preparations for Mr. Olympia 2022. Dennis James clarified that the champion was struggling to “activate” his trapezius muscle in his back. He said it was one of their main concerns for this year’s season.
While there’s no concrete evidence that Big Ramy used Synthol, fans were quick to point the finger at the defending champ following a dodgy physical update. Specifically, many pointed to Ramy’s pointed delts/shoulders. However, Ramy dispelled those rumors a week later with another update, where his shoulders looked much flatter and less inflamed.
Given Cormier’s experience using site-enhancing oils, he continues to caution others against the practice. Bottom line, Cormier doesn’t think substances like Synthol are worth it given the health risks associated with its use over time.
Watch the full video below:
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