Argentinian PNBA athlete Matias Scopinaro compares his physique to last year’s Natural Olympia prep.
The most significant natural bodybuilding show of the year, Natural Olympia, is officially a month away. And competitors are putting it into high gear to prep their physiques for the Super Bowl of natural bodybuilding. One standout Natural Olympia competitor, Matias Scopinaro, compares his physique at the end of September last year to how it looks this year during his Natural Olympia prep.
Matias Scompinaro is a natural bodybuilder with the Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association (PNBA) from Argentina. He’s a 3x Natural Olympia competitor and placed in the top 10 in the Classic Physique category at the 2021 Natural Olympia.
On September 29, 2022, Scopinaro uploaded a physique update to Instagram and stated (translated to English):
“COMPARISON OF PREVIOUS PREPARATION WITH NOW ON THE SAME DAY (SEPTEMBER 29).
ALL THE PREPARATIONS ARE DIFFERENT, EACH MARKING BRINGS MORE DETAILS IN THE BODY YEAR AFTER YEAR. THE COMPETITION IS WITH YOURSELF. IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT IMPROVING YOUR OWN VERSION. I VISUALIZE EVERY TIME I GO ON STAGE TO HAVE NEXT TO ME THE VERSION THAT I PRESENTED THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND MY GOAL IS THAT THIS VERSION HAS NO CHANCE TO BE COMPARED WITH MY NEW VERSION.
TRYING NEW STRATEGIES, I AM MY OWN GUINEA PIG. THIS PREPARATION IS BEING VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS ONE. I ENJOY THE PROCESS OF TRYING NEW METHODS, PUTTING NEW IDEAS INTO PRACTICE. MY OBSESSION AND PASSION IS TO CONTINUE TESTING, CALIBRATING, LEARNING. I LOVE WHAT I DO.
44 MORE DAYS FOR @INBAPNBAGLOBAL_OFFICIAL NATURAL OLYMPIA!!!”
Matias Scopinaro’s Strong Views on Drug Use
As a natural bodybuilder, it’s no surprise that Scopinaro has been overt about his strong view against steroids. Scopinaro believes it isn’t healthy or logical for bodybuilders to risk their lives for “plastic trophies.”
He understands why it was an issue in the 60s when technology wasn’t as advanced, and people weren’t aware of the health consequences of steroids. However, he doesn’t understand why people abuse them today when they’re fully aware of the potential effects. He believes the whole point of bodybuilding is to improve your physical conditioning, health, and vital energy.
Drug Testing in the INBA PNBA
Fortunately for Matias Scopinaro, the International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) PNBA follow a strict drug testing protocol. They vet their athletes in-season and off-season through the most rigorous drug testing guidelines, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
WADA is the elite drug testing standard in professional sports, and the Olympics use it. WADA-compliant labs detect drugs that could otherwise go undetected through other testing metrics. For example, former Natural Olympia Women’s Bodybuilding champ Jill Kolivoski failed a drug test administered by the INBA PNBA when she passed a previous natural bodybuilding organization’s drug test.
Therefore, Kolivoski was stripped of her title and prize money, banned, and placed on the Hall of Shame–the digital wall INBA PNBA athletes are uploaded if they ever fail a drug test.