lie-detector-steroidsNatural bodybuilding organizations like the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation and the Natural Physique Association boast that their form of bodybuilding is better than any bodybuilding type because it is drug free, and therefore promotes healthier lifestyle.

And their way of ensuring their competitors are all natural and not some chemically-enhanced athletes? Polygraph testing.

Yup, natural bodybuilders are sometimes subjected to the same procedure some felons may undergo – the lie detector test. Take a look at the case of the natural bodybuilders joining the Natural Crystal Cup bodybuilding contest in Alaska as reported by the Anchorage News.
Competitors shuffled in a small conference room in a Midtown motel and one by one they sat and got wired up for the testing.

A sheriff’s deputy read out the series of questions, including their use of prohibited compounds. This was the first time in the state that an entire field of competitors was tested prior to a show.

In many natural bodybuilding contests, the polygraph is the ultimate judge whether an athlete is qualified to compete.

Natural bodybuilding federations have adopted polygraph testing as one of their means of catching users of illicit substances like anabolic steroids. Prohormones and diuretics are also included in their list of prohibited drugs. They also test through urine samples, but the lie detector test is the preferred method since it is a lot cheaper and gives immediate results. As far as accuracy is concerned, Northwest Polygraph Services, Inc., the firm hired to conduct the test in Alaska, said it is 98% accurate.

If an athlete tested for any of this prohibited compounds, he or she is banned from future competitions.