“This Is Stupid”: 21-Year-Old Steroid-Instilled Bodybuilder Advises Against a Popular Exercise Recommended by Most Bodybuilders

Published 10/08/2023, 6:00 AM EDT

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Doing a deadlift in bodybuilding is expected from every athlete since they are preparing to have a muscular, and jacked physique along with physical strength. Bodybuilders are not only judged by their abs but also by how much weight they can lift. Sam Sulek is a 21-year-old bodybuilder who used to be a gymnast and diver. He is 5’11” tall and weighs 240 pounds. He is popular on social media, but he hates deadlifting.

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The young man who follows the trading regiment of Mike Mentzer revealed the reason why he hated deadlifting and the reason might not be so far-fetched. Let’s see what the bodybuilding sensation had to say.

Sam Sulek gives reason for hating deadlifting

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Sulek likes to do a lot of old-school barbell exercises and also incorporates compound and isolation movements during his workout. However, even though he is not devoid of controversy, most of the bodybuilding world thinks that he takes steroids to bulk up. The bodybuilding star who is still studying mechanical engineering at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, talked about deadlifting in a YouTube short video.

The man who can do a 450-pound bench press for six reps revealed that he never deadlifts in the gym. He said, “I never deadlift. The most I ever deadlift was 405 in high school.” He also revealed that it used to strain his muscles and back, which was the case that happened the next week when he tried to lift more than 450 LBS. Sulek said, “I hit 405 then the next week I went for 455. Could not finish the rep and then just never deadlifted again. “

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He assured fans by saying, “I did not get hurt or anything I was just like this is stupid. When you’re doing dead lifts you are working your glutes, your lower back. Hamstrings are coming into play like crazy.” His logic was that working out needed a lot of strength. He did not want to waste it by doing a deadlift at the start of a workout. Sulek concluded by saying, “In a bodybuilding context you know. I want to just hit my lats with as much energy as I can muster. So I’d rather not waste a ton of energy to do a back day so only I want to hit back.” Sulek has given his own personal opinion on a lot of things before, such as hating the present fitness apps, and even hating vegetables. Another one of his opinions was regarding Mike Mentzer’s philosophy of taking rest. 

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Sam Sulek does not agree with taking too much rest

AEG Fitness uploaded a short YouTube video previously where the 21-year-old fitness icon is talking about how he does not agree to take too much just because it can affect your progress. He asked multiple questions to support his points and disagreed with Mike Mentzer’s philosophy of resting. He said, “How often do you need a rest week? How often are you taking significant periods off of the gym? That’s going to most certainly affect your progress”

He further added to his statement, “Consistency, is the number one factor. Let’s say you do lift maybe twice a week and you get the craziest workout ever. then you don’t go in the rest of your days, man. I guess Mike Mentzer might think that’s a good idea. One workout and then four days of rest I’m not so convinced.”

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The man who follows Mike Mentzer’s high-intensity training and claims to be a natural bodybuilder with a Herculean physique never shies away from giving his personal opinions. What do you think about his ideas? Do you think he is a natural? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Tanushree Bhowmick

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Tanushree Bhowmick is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from an eminent university. Gymnastics, Football, and Fitness have always intrigued Tanushree and inspired her in her professional writing career and lifestyle.
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