fezzik wrote:Firstly, I'll state that I am a Dodger fan...
Secondly, most of the reports I've read say he's gained 20 pounds of muscle...officially, on the Dodgers site at MLB.com he is reported as gaining 25 pounds of muscle.
Thirdly, if it's not muscle, he's not going to be able to lie about it for long...hence, why lie in the first place...and since Lo Duca is a stand-up guy in my book, I can't see him lying or using steroids period.
Gaining 20 to 25 pounds of muscle in 6 months, using only natural supplements, is not a medical impossibility...nor would I say it's even a medical improbability if the person is dedicated enough...I've gained 20 pounds of muscle in 3 months before, drinking only whey protein shakes to supplement my workouts...of course, I went from 170 to 190, while Lo Duca's gone from 185 to 205/210...and while I have a few inches on Lo Duca, he wore out and lost weight during last season, so some of that weight was replacing former mass he already had.
I think someone wrote that professional body builders can't gain 30 pounds of muscle in a year...I completely agree...but because body builders have already nearly maxed out the possible muscle that they can obtain, they are less likely to put on more muscle mass at any sort of significant rate...a normal person can gain muscle with relative quickness, with a large calorie intake, lots of protein, and a rigorous workout regemine.
Lastly, I'm sure he was disappointed the way he's tailed off the past two seasons after the break. I think it's logical that he would try to make himself stronger/more fit. And Lo Duca using steroids just seems absurd to me. He is a role model for Italian-Americans and he is fully aware of the responsibilities that come along with that job. He is constantly giving back to the community and I have seen or heard nothing that would indicate to me that he is using.
First of all, regarding the issue of is it muscle or fat: Just because he says it’s muscle and the Dodgers say it’s muscle doesn’t make it an “official” fact. In sports, people and teams lie about weight, age, height and anything else that cannot be independently verified. Heck, we don’t even know if it’s 20 lbs.
Secondly, unless you know a ballplayer personally (like you have regular contact with them) don’t try to vouch for his character and integrity. You don’t know him. You only know his public persona. Many people have said similar things about many of the players connected with BALCO. In this forum, people have sworn up and down that Bonds was not juicing. So, unless he’s your childhood buddy, you don’t know what you are talking about on that level.
In terms of being dedicated enough to gain weight like that. If you do in fact body-build or lift weights you know that your muscles build themselves when you are resting not when you are lifting. As such there is a certain threshold for every bodybuilder. No one (that isn’t on steroids) can lift every day. You would never see any results because your muscles would not have time to recover. So during the offseason, LoDuca has only a set number of days/opportunities to bulk up. No amount of extra effort will yield any extra results.
Lastly, in terms of the fitness you mentioned: Athletes put on muscular weight at a much slower rate than guys who are just lifting to bulk up. Someone like LoDuca can’t just lift weights and call that conditioning. He has to balance that out with cardio exercise. Otherwise it’s not likely any weight gain will be pure muscle. Similarly, to maintain flexibility, he has to stretch out and lengthen his muscles. Otherwise, we won’t even be able to swing a bat for a full range of motion or stretch for a ball at first base. Stretching and cardio significantly slow the weight gain process. So to compare results that an athlete can attain to those of a pure weightlifter is not really appropriate.
I don’t know what happened this off-season with him, but chances are there’s something fishy somewhere in this scenario.