While the big headline today is around Ricky Garard’s failed drug test, CrossFit also announced that two Masters athletes who finished on the podium were also caught using prohibited substances.
Tony Turski, 56, placed 2nd in the Masters 55-59 division tested positive for Anastrozole. Josee Sarda, 52, won the Masters 50-54 division, but has tested positive for ostarine and testolone. Testolone is the same as one of the drugs that Garard was taking.
Anastrozole does have legitimate medical uses as it is used to treat breast cancer in women after menopause. and is sometimes used to treat breast cancer in men, although it has not been extensively studied. However, bodybuilders and other male athletes have used Anastrozole to reduce estrogen production, which is a side effect of steroid use.
After several Olympic Weightlifters tested positive for Ostarine earlier this year, we looked into that substance. In short, bodybuilders have been using ostarine for years in order to try out anabolic drug use before getting into full-fledged anabolic steroids and to get the anabolic benefit while minimizing the negative side effects. The idea is that SARMs help your muscle and bone tissue grow without damaging your prostate, liver and brain.
Testolone is known as a “Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator” or SARM and is meant to provide the same muscle building benefits associated with anabolic steroids, but without the side effects. While it potentially legal to take, supplement websites will indicate that you will test positive for doping.