Sunday, April 14, 2024

Christian Guzman Ruined His Physique — For What? – IronMag Bodybuilding & Health Weblog

by Matt Weik, BS, CSCS, CPT, CSN

It wasn’t all that way back that I wrote an article about how I believed each Christian Guzman and Chris Bumstead had been the way forward for our trade. Each had nice personalities, large manufacturers, and a world following that had all eyes on them. These two greats will do no matter it takes to attain their objectives, and sadly, I really feel that one among them took issues somewhat too far.

On this article, I’m going to voice my opinion on the “new” Christian Guzman, and it might ruffle a number of feathers. I’m not personally buddies with Christian, I’ve by no means frolicked with him or spoken with him, and he most actually most likely has no concept who I’m (though I’ve revealed a ton of nice articles that includes him over time).

Disclaimer: This text is predicated on my opinion. You could have your individual opinion, and that’s fantastic, however that is mine.

Christian Guzman Builds Issues — Simply Not Muscle

First off, that heading alone might be sufficient to have me getting some hate in my DMs (and I’m fantastic with that). However let’s be sincere right here: Christian Guzman has by no means had a large physique.

Now, I say that and wish to comply with it up with this… Christian Guzman had probably the greatest physiques within the trade. That’s, earlier than he determined to go for his IFBB professional card and use sure steroids (which he has overtly talked about earlier than all the haters on the market inform me he’s “natty 4 life, bruh”).

I perceive that there are individuals on the market who consider an IFBB professional card is like sporting a badge of honor. However we’d all look somewhat foolish if we didn’t perceive that getting a professional card immediately in comparison with again within the day is drastically totally different. We now have bodybuilders getting professional playing cards nowadays that (in my view) don’t deserve them. The IFBB is giving out professional playing cards like Christmas presents on December 25th.

Whereas I applaud the truth that Christian Guzman desires to get the “coveted” IFBB professional card — at what value? Clearly, as you might have seen in his movies and posts, his well being isn’t precisely the very best at the moment. He could also be working to repair that, however what injury has the anabolics already performed?

Companies That Have Created a Legacy

For a person who has constructed an empire from the bottom up, what does he need to show? He doesn’t want an IFBB professional card so as to earn my respect and even the respect of others. The person has constructed multi-million-dollar companies from scratch. Every part from Alphalete attire to Alphalete Gymnasium to now Alphaland. What does he really achieve from damaging his well being in an try and get a ridiculous card (that you must pay to maintain annually) that reads “IFBB PRO CARD.”

Does that not appear somewhat foolish?

The companies Christian Guzman created can be his legacy — particularly the Disney-like attraction of Alphaland (minus the pedos). Alphaland is a health fanatic’s moist dream with regards to every little thing they need, all on one property. Bodybuilders geek out over the considered visiting Alphaland and even getting to fulfill Christian in individual.

With over one million followers on social media and over one million subscribers between his YouTube channels, the affect he has on the trade and people who are on their very own health journey is insane. Sadly, his steroid use appears to have opened the door to some hate and folks strolling away from his content material as a result of decisions he made. However once more, I couldn’t care much less if somebody makes use of steroids or not, I simply don’t perceive the reasoning for why Christian Guzman determined to go that route.

A Fading Physique — Suppose About Longevity, Not A couple of Trophy

Even when Christian Guzman wasn’t open and sincere about utilizing steroids up to now earlier than making a video telling the world he’s been utilizing anabolics in an try and “do no matter it takes to get a professional card,” his physique a number of years again many would tip their hat to and could be one thing they wished to realize.

Christian was by no means the largest man on the market, which is a cause he by no means received his professional card. However his physique was one thing many individuals aspired to construct for themselves. It was extra attainable in comparison with what we see on levels immediately. And greater than something, Christian appeared wholesome.

I truthfully thought Christian had his shit collectively. He had the companies, the physique, the checking account, the household, the automobiles, and the woman. In the event you ask me, he’s checked all of the bins a dude would hope to attain of their lifetime. However the place is he now?

A number of months in the past, I used to be texting with Nick Trigili about his take care of Alphalete and congratulating him. I additionally talked about to him that one thing didn’t appear proper with Christian, and he talked about he believed he was underneath plenty of stress with every little thing occurring.

Whereas Nick could have been proper, I consider there was extra occurring within the background and that Christian was utilizing “sure issues” that brought about him to fumble his phrases, nearly as if he was having an nervousness or panic assault. He appeared drained, he appeared confused, he appeared, nicely… tweaked out. If he was or wasn’t, that’s none of my concern. However as somebody who, fairly frankly, seems as much as him, this was extraordinarily laborious to look at.

Whereas I don’t wish to say Christian’s steroid use is his “downfall,” I most actually don’t assume it has helped him in any respect. His well being is at the moment a problem. His physique seems nothing prefer it did (and never in a great way). And whereas he received engaged to Heidi, I’m unsure he’s finally really comfortable. I could also be unsuitable, however sometimes, everybody performs it off that they’re nice when, deep down, they’re battling one thing.

General, I really want the very best for Christian Guzman and hope he can flip his well being round and can come to the belief that he doesn’t want a professional card. Within the grand scheme of issues, it means nothing after every little thing he’s achieved. Getting a professional card is not going to make him more cash, and I actually don’t consider it is going to make him any happier. It’s like when he purchased the R8. Certain, it made him comfortable initially, however that ultimately fades. I simply hope he doesn’t permit his well being to proceed to fade…

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