After Fitness Influencer’s Refusal To Eat for 48 Hours Lands Him in Hospital, IFBB Pro Coach Drops a Controversial Opinion

Published 07/30/2023, 4:30 AM EDT

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Thanks to his chiseled physique and exceptional strength, Alex Eubank has undoubtedly made a name for himself in the Bodybuilding world. However, most recently, the 23-year-old bodybuilder was rushed to the hospital on a stretcher, leaving everyone wondering about what went wrong.

Even the IFBB Pro fitness coach, Greg Doucette, expressed concern for the young bodybuilder. In a recent video, one can see Doucette trying to figure out what went wrong in Eubank’s case and give his viewers tips on how they can prevent such incidents. Considering how Eubank professes to be a natural bodybuilder, Doucette’s theories might be a tad controversial.

Greg Doucette on Alex Eubank’s medical emergency


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Greg Doucette picks up on Eubank’s 48 hours without food, which eventually ended up with him in the hospital. It is to be noted that Eubank follows a strict diet in order to detoxify his body.

Doucette starts the video by saying, “I was making a video talking about how he’s having chest arrhythmias and how problematic it is.” The coach mentioned how the unfortunate event occurred before he could get around to making the video. His concern was evident.

Doucette picked up on what went wrong: “It all began with him saying it’s time to detox my body. I’m not gonna eat for 48 hours, and he states this is for religious reasons, but it could also be because he was having these heart arrhythmias.” He addresses the fact that Eubank was taking some sort of performance-enhancing drug, and the fast might have been only to detox his body from it.

Alex Eubank, in the video that Doucette refers to, is seen stating that he has had breathing issues and heart palpitations, and he thinks that his anxiety is hitting back. To this, Doucette adds, “Now listen, he may be having some heart palpitations or breathing difficulties because of the anxiety or perhaps because he’s having problems with his chest breathing because of something else.” Doucette suggests a rather controversial opinion about what happened to Eubank.

He says, “so one of the problems with taking steroids is that it increases your sympathetic drive. You’re more on edge you’re more aggressive. It becomes harder to sleep.” Doucette believes the increase in sympathetic drive could have been a major factor in what happened to Alex Eubank. He went on to share a simple trick that will keep bodybuilders safe.


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Greg Doucette has a tip for Eubank and his viewers

Greg Doucette goes back to the time when Eubank’s testosterone level rose to its highest, which is 932. He says, “What if that increases sympathetic drive caused him to have these heart palpitations getting arrhythmias and it led to an SVT.” SVT is Supraventricular tachycardia, which implies a very fast heart rate.

Coach Doucette even adds that if this ever happens to anyone, it is important to apply the Valsalva maneuver. This helps the body go from the sympathetic state to the parasympathetic state, which means you go from being in a fight-or-flight mode to a restful and relaxed state.


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This could have helped Eubank, as per Doucette. What are your thoughts on Alex Eubank’s hospitalization? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Written by:

Aheli Chakraborty


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Aheli Chakraborty is a pro writer for Bodybuilding at Essentially Sports. From staying tuned to Cutler’s latest podcast, to delving deep into Dorian Yates’ recent Instagram post, Aheli has hit the ground running. With extensive experience in the sports and entertainment industry, she likes to keep her readers coming back for more.
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Sheldon Pereira