Steroid Man

Confessions of a Powerlifter from the Golden Age of Enhancement


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About the Book

Three years of resolute weightlifting had not gone as planned for this scrawny 18-year-old. But it was 1980 and a legal prescription for the magic elixir, anabolic steroids, was just $20. Now he would transform himself while away at college and return home with trophy-winning strength and a body like a Greek god—a Charles Atlas magazine ad come to life. That didn’t go quite as planned either. This revealing memoir recounts an athlete’s experiences with performance enhancing drugs at a time when the public and law enforcement knew little about them. Venturing into the “steroid underground,” the author used and sold them, was featured in muscle magazines, went under a surgeon’s knife and faced interrogation by a federal marshal.

About the Author(s)

Adam Frattasio is an adult education teacher and author of Steroid Man: Confessions of a Powerlifter from the Golden Age of Enhancement (McFarland, 2016). His first book, GOON: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, was adapted into the motion picture GOON and a sequel, GOON: Last of the Enforcers.

Bibliographic Details

Adam Frattasio

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 196
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6745-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2647-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 5
1. The First Year 9
2. Education 33
3. The Second Year 67
4. The Third Year 83
5. Tony Fitton 100
6. The End, Beginning and End Again 115
7. Aftermath 145
8. Here to Help Out 161
Epilogue 167
Chapter Notes 177
Bibliography 181
Index 183

Book Reviews & Awards

“Frattasio tells the story of taking and selling steroids during the 1980s, a period when steroid prescriptions were legal and law enforcement ignored their use. Writing from the perspective of the average athlete, he describes the different drugs he took and their effects, how he was featured in muscle magazines, faced interrogation by a federal marshal, and other experiences”—ProtoView.