IFBB Pro League decorated bodybuilder Lee Priest is one of the sport’s most vocal athletes and has a much respected voice in the community. In a recent video, the pastor reacts to the delayed death of Cedric Macmillan while addressing the dramatic rise in deaths among professional athletes over the past two years.
Lee Priest made a name for himself throughout the ’80s and into the 2000s in bodybuilding. An active competitor, the priest competed in many events and found his way to the prestigious Mr. Olympia Organized several times. Despite his competitive nature and massive arms, he was not able to capture the Sandow Cup during his tenure. However, he did what few bodybuilding athletes had the luxury of doing, which brought the sport to the fore.
After winning the 2006 Iron Man Pro and NOC New York that same year, Pastor was competing in his last bodybuilding event, winning the 1st place trophy again in the NABBA Mr. Universe 2013. Despite hanging up his pants, Priest is an active member of the bodybuilding community. announced that it will be transform his body In retirement, a process he has already begun. The certified professional recently showed his progress, and the priest’s arms look as big as they did during his early years of competition.
Last year, society was surprised after the sudden death of many bodybuilders. Witnessed this trend related to the former Mr. Olympia Shawn Roden Dies at 46. Before 2021 mr olympia It can go off, fan favorite George Peterson He also met his fate inside the hotel room, on suspicion of having heart complications. So far, 2022 was no different for the beloved Cedric MacMillan He died of unknown causes. The pastor didn’t speculate why bodybuilders die so often, but he did offer some insight into why he thought the problem had become so prevalent.
Lee Priest: It seems like a lot of people have died in the last two years in any sport
During a recent YouTube video, the Australian native discussed the trend of professional athletes dying over the past two years. Additionally, the pastor discussed his experience dealing with a diagnosis of COVID-19, a disease that found its way into the United States in 2019.
“It’s sad because like I said, CedricHe was loved by many people. Really good figure in sports. He was one of those guys you’ve never heard say a bad word about. Plus he was a father and had a family. Sad thing.
The reasons, we do not know. So, people can speculate and say whatever they want, say this and say that but we don’t really know why. It is sad that this happened.” Priest continued.
“It seems like a lot of people have died over the past two years in any sport. Football players on one team, fall dead. Some athletes in other sports have fallen dead. Whether it is for a particular reason or not, a lot of things seem to be happening in the last year or two when it comes to athletes in all sports. It is strange that the numbers have increased.”
Priest described to me his experience dealing with COVID-19.
I had it. I grabbed it. I didn’t even know I had it. I thought, ‘Oh, I’m just going to do a test’ one you can do at home. Rachel was really sick but, I had one side of my nose running for a day and I felt normal. I didn’t really know I had it. But like I said, some people can have it and have none, and then others can be brought down.”
Reflecting on the current state of bodybuilding, the pastor admits that the general lifestyle has risks. In general, the bodybuilding myth believes that athletes nowadays should focus on getting checkups, including heart checks.
“Bodybuilders, even food alone, eat a lot of food—proteins and stuff, then supplements on top of that. Sometimes it’s just good for peace of mind.
But sometimes, you can have indigestion or anxiety and feel like you’re having a heart attack but at least if you check your heart, there are no blockages, you know your cholesterol is OK, and suddenly you think you’re having a heart attack, and she says, “Wait a minute, I’m cute over there.” Sometimes I’d go to the hospital and think deep down I’m fine, but if I go to the hospital and they run tests and they say you’re fine. Hearing them say it, you feel better.”
Priest believes in lifestyle and genetics in a play on the increasing mortality in sports
The pastor recommends that all athletes, especially bodybuilders, have regular health checks. Life is fickle, and sometimes seemingly unhealthy people live longer than athletes who are seen as a ‘portrait of health’.
“People like to be like, ‘Well, what I don’t know, can’t hurt me. “But what you pretty much don’t know can hurt you. That’s the thing, too. Lots of people who fall dead, fall dead like owls. Without warning, by surprise, suddenly. Some of them don’t get, you know how people say if You’re having a heart attack, you might have arm pain, feel weak or numb, feel weird, that kind of thing. But sometimes people don’t, and they just go boom.”
“As I say whether Cedric in BodyBuilding Or other people in sports. When you look at them, you look at them as a picture of health. You think they go to the gym every day; They eat well. The priest added. “this is funy.
Lots of healthy people die, and those who drink and smoke…A certain lifestyle is a contributor and I think genes too. Sometimes, no matter what you do, your genetics will determine what affects you.”
In view of the many deaths in bodybuilding, such as prominent athletes Sith Virus And the Callie Muscle Continue to warn athletes of the lethality of steroids. Feroce has been upfront in his approach, stating that “steroids will kill you” and that bodybuilders are “playing with fire.”
Check out the full YouTube video below:
Given the community’s concern about deaths in the sport, the pastor believes that proper health checks are one of the best ways to combat this problem. The subject is undoubtedly delicate, but given his experience, seeing the priest is a valuable asset to the sport.