#1 Nancy Reagan warned us to “just say no.”
But one bodybuilder didn’t heed Mrs. Reagan’s warning.
#2 Denise Rutkowski strived for the ultimate bodybuilder’s body.
And she decided that getting there naturally was impossible.
#3 So Rutkowski began a regimen of massive amounts of steroids.
At first, Rutkowski enjoyed both success and accolades as a bodybuilder.
#4 Rutkowski was a champion in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
From 1988 to 1993, Rutkowski took first place in 8 major professional bodybuilding competitions.
#5 In 1993, Rutkowski won silver at the international Miss Olympia contest.
It would prove to be Rutkowski’s high-point on the professional bodybuilding circuit.
#6 In 1994, Rutkowski decided to leave bodybuilding behind.
She enrolled in a Bible College with plans to become a minister.
#7 But by then, chemical dependency had already set in for Rutkowski.
Her life spiraled out of control. In addition to abusing steroids in a vain effort to return as a professional bodybuilder, Rutkowski was abusing other substances as well.
#8 No doubt Rutkowski began to wonder whether her foray into the world of professional bodybuilding was worth it.
Before she started competing in 1988, she had been a healthy and happy young woman.
#9 Rutkowski is now getting her life back together and onto a positive direction.
She’s in recovery and working toward physical fitness the natural way.