Santi Aragon opens up about his retirement – claiming that the risks are starting to outweigh the rewards of bodybuilding.
Last month, bodybuilder Santi Aragon announced that he was retiring from the sport. At just 33 years old, this was a very surprising statement. Many bodybuilders compete well in their forties and, in some cases, their fifties. It was the most shocking reason. He had no major injury or health problems. He wanted to leave at the top of his head before long-term damage was done to his head. In our latest interview with GI Exclusive, Santi Aragon opens up about how the risks of steroid use and competition preparation led to his retirement from bodybuilding.
Santi Aragon has been quite open and candid about steroids and other drug use in bodybuilding for quite some time now. Having built his own business and no longer sponsoring other brands – he felt free to speak up without thinking badly of any of his obligations. So it’s no surprise that Santi has been so open and detailed as he talks to us about his reasons for retiring.
First things first, Sante Aragon doesn’t want anyone to think he was against PEDs in sports. He knew the risks of entering and was willing to take them. He was not naive to the reality that high level bodybuilding demands. However, as he got older, he felt that the risks began to outweigh the rewards.
On top of that, he was witnessing several deaths in the sport during 2021. While he acknowledges that these deaths have no real connection – he also recognizes that drug use in the sport can lead to long-term health damage and even death. His own coach has had heart problems last year (good news: he’s recovered), which “really hit the house” for Santi, how distressing these health conditions can be.
While he did not confirm or state whether the heart problems were related to the steroids, the reality became clear. This is the risk of what can happen down the road from continued steroid use. Sante Aragon has been on top of his health in recent years, with blood tests done every three months, and his heart and blood pressure all in good health. He wants to keep it that way for as long as possible. So he decided to retire.
But for Santi Aragon, the danger goes beyond just drugs. Santi believes that the complete lifestyle required in high-level professional bodybuilding is dangerous – especially scaling up to meet the higher weight demands of the biggest sections.
“It is very difficult for a 5’5″ guy to carry more than 200 lbs. At least for me,” Santi Aragon stated in our interview. continue:
“I’m not built to 200 pounds. I’m 175-180 max. But when I started pushing 212, when I was trying to get 212, I had to force everything. I had to force training, I had to force food, I had to force Drugs are on such a high level that I couldn’t see myself keeping that for over a year…this reality starts really fast.drugs and food and you know – when you force yourself to do things like that and push your body that far, there’s no light on the other side “.
Santi Aragon goes on to say that most bodybuilders don’t realize this until it’s too late. They only realize how dangerous their health can be once the long-term effects are seen. Santi didn’t want to be one of those people. That’s why he changed the path.
Santi Aragon also wants to point out that nothing is constant everywhere. Like cigarettes, some people can smoke their whole lives without problems. Others can smoke for a year and get lung cancer. Genetics and random luck play a big role. It all comes down to how much the individual is willing to pay that risk.
You can see Santi Aragon’s full comments about his retirement and bodybuilding health by watching the latest GI exclusive interview clip above!