Last year, national bodybuilding champion and winner of Mr Pakistan 2011, Shehzad Khan Afridi, suddenly died of a heart attack just a few days after winning a gold medal at the National Championship in Karachi. It is widely understood within the community that the real cause of death was the use of deadly and illegal steroids – and this wasn’t an isolated incident.
For many lower class kids in Pakistan today, bodybuilding has become an obsession and a route out of the abject poverty in which they were born. But time spent at the gym brings them into contact with unscrupulous actors feeding off their dreams, and supplying them with steroids.
VICE World News is in Pakistan to explore firsthand the obsessive culture of bodybuilding among frustrated lower working-class men and how, after investing more than they can afford in this competitive and unforgiving sport, they end up gambling with their lives for a shot at wealth and fame.
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30 thoughts on “Why Pakistan's Bodybuilders Are Dying”
If I was the police I will just look for some buff guy doing a hand-to-hand LOL
LMAO everyone sounds like ogre
😂 I'm crying
No matter what you do there's always somebody there waiting with a handout. Even if you have a hobby that you like to dress up like a blue Martian. Somebody's going to be there to try to sell you something that it's going to not help you but hurt you.
From which angle they look like body builder
using steriods to not even be that big
5:00 I'm honestly a bit shocked to see man training a woman in a gym like that in Pakistan, I thought it was more conservative than that!!
All these body builders look like animals
Bruhh 😂😂😂 they don’t need to get smeared in brown cream.
The world is already overpopulated, these steroids would be making the world a massive favour
Its the dose which we took
All that gear and look like awful, need to eat more
The fitness industry in pakistan needs to be regulated
Congratulations to the top Pakistani Natty
Steroids cuts your workout, but it also cuts your life.
Safe & effective strikes again
I grew up in southdakora eating steak for most meals and mashed potatoes…. like 70 percent of my diet im five 10 210 pounds lean and muscle bound… fit also i can actually lift weight not get hurt 37 never been injured or limmped yet natural
I did 12 years in prison on instant coffee oatmeal and peanut butter would mopppp the floor with these skeletons
pakistan has bodybuilders??
It´s that ha1a1?
Wanted to watch this video. Oh shi its vice.#corruptjournalism #dogs
bro you guys are doing for these respect you need to make a body but to make a body you should not used anything
Indian construction workers can easily compete in Pakistan.
It’s Pakistan. Everyone is dying.
not just steroids, but diuretics, they dry their organs out, it's the most dangerous sport there is
thumbnail guy is my trainer lol
Drugs aka steroids .that's why
Steroids use doesn't harm your. Misusing steroids does.
I am myself from Pakistan and had been avid sportsman and workout enthusiast. This is exactly what my elder brother's friend had advised me once when I had decided to compete. I was only 20 on that time. He had said, "If you will play fair then you won't win, if you will play like them it will cost you your life. So just workout for yourself and for your own aesthetic satisfaction".
This is why now I do it only for myself and for my marital partner's preference to see me fit.
Why kill yourself over this?
Great, because if there’s one group of men on the planet that could really use a bit of chemically induced rage…..
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