January 19, 2022
American strongman Robert Oberst breaches the shadows and opens up about steroid usage. Oberst took to his YouTube channel to open up about his personal experience with hormone therapy and said there's plenty more to come.
It's rare to see a public figure in sports speak up about steroid usage. However, we think it's great that a man with Oberst's credibility is stepping up to dispel misconceptions and help educate people on how to safely engage with the thought of hormonal supplementation.
Robert AKA "The American Monster", is a professional strongman from Santa Cruz, California. He was always a big guy, and at age 12, he stood 6'1" 220 lbs. He now clocks in at 6'7" around 400 lbs. Oberst ended up going to Western Oregon University, where he played football. He tried to make it to the next level but had a brief NFL experience. Oberst was introduced to the sport of strongman and won his pro-card at the 2012 Dallas Europa Amateur Strongman Competition.
He has qualified for World's Strongest Man competitions from 2013-2021, with his top finish being 8th place in 2018. Oberst held the American record for the overhead log press until Rob Kearney, "The World's Strongest Gay," took the title, which switched hands again last year in 2021 with the current title holder Bobby Thompson. Last year for Oberst wasn't stellar as he had a last-minute withdrawal from the Shaw Classic due to a shoulder injury. With more eyes on Oberst largely due to his social media, Joe Rogan Experience appearance, and his Youtube channel; we think 2022 will bring him more success.
Oberst starts the video by speaking directly into the camera and whispering about the topic of the video, which is steroid usage. He tells us that this is generally an unspoken topic, although many men use steroids, not just athletes.
This big man has a personality that matches his size. He holds up a blank piece of paper showing all the notes he prepared on the subject matter. You can check out his YouTube channel American Monster Productions where you get to see the World's Strongest man competitor regarding how he lives, trains, and eats!
Oberst has been avoiding the topic of steroids for 10 years now as he said he's had people ask him every day about testosterone and steroid use. He talks about different types of steroids, from inhalers to testosterone. Instead of labeling everything as steroids, he said he would speak about beginner hormone usage such as testosterone.
Describing a time in most men's lives when they begin to feel less than their peak some time the mid-'30s, he says, "as a professional-strength athlete, he can't let his performance dip." But, once again, he reiterates that he's only speaking about his experience and how he's learned a lot along the way.
With several tears in his shoulder, Oberst talks about his comeback as Strongmen rely on shoulder strength. He wants to prove the doubters wrong by returning and competing in the intense sport of strongmen. Oberst uses this hate or doubt as fuel to his fire.
Now is the best time to discuss this subject because Oberst details the current climate of society and how everyone, including himself, is a coward. People are scared of being canceled, so they shy away from controversial topics, well, not anymore for Oberst.
Shooting it straight, Oberst will cover; testosterone, hormones, getting blood levels checked, what's optimal for strength athletes and for the everyday person. Oberst is setting the stage of giving it to us in the raw from here on out. We believe this is the first of many videos to come; think of it as a prep and warning.
He closes out the video saying there's plenty more to come on this subject and that he wants men to feel like there are safe and affordable options out there.
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