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Evolutionary.org Special [Tribute #1] Ric Drasin Death and Steroid Cycles

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Ric Drasin was a California based wrestler, personal trainer, bodybuilder, author, actor, and stuntman. He is most known in the fitness industry for his youtube videos where he shares 'old school' stories from his years training around the best bodybuilders in the world in Southern California. He also is popular for his interviews with the top fitness celebrities and bodybuilders past and present, and for his numerous tips, he gives to the 'younger guys' as he puts it. You can take a peek at his youtube page here which boasts over 100K subscribers: https://www.youtube.com/user/ricdrasin

Early life

Ric was born Richard Alan Drasin in 1944 in a Bakersfield, California (which is 1-2 hours north of Los Angeles). His parents were in the children's clothing business and he has 1 sister. His father would take him to watch professional wrestling when he was very young which drove him to one day want to become a pro wrestler.

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Ric gained an interest in all things weight training and bodybuilding as a teenager. However, he also had a major interest in music and he was a member of a band called "The Epics". He spent 2 years of college focused on the arts, and he would then join the Army Reserves for 8 years, serving as a Sergeant as a clerk and driver.


Starting in 1962 at a young age, Ric spent a lot of time at the YMCA teaching classes about fitness and nutrition. He was able to parlay that into a personal training gig and then managing a local gym for a couple of years. Ric's main passion though was wrestling and he met one of the best female wrestlers of all time Johnnie Mae Young, who helped train him and get him some networks in the business.

Ric wrestled under the name "The Equalizer" and his listed stats were 6 feet tall and 222 pounds. His wrestling accomplishments include AWF Heavyweight Champion, CCW Champion, and GCW Junior Heavyweight Champion.

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While having a wrestling career both as a wrestler and a promoter, Ric also hustled in other things to make a living. He posed as a model, including some adult work. He was in several short films, shows, and commercials including a film about a gym manager attacked by rats, a guest star role in the show 'Incredible Hulk', and a movie role as an Olympic weightlifter. His artistic work included the World Gym logo of the gorilla holding the heavy bar.

Senior accomplishments

It can be argued that Ric accomplished quite a bit in his life but even in his later years he still did a lot of cool projects. In 2002, he invented a handheld personal security device, and In 2004 he published a book called "So, You Want to Be a Wrestling Promoter". Ric also promoted Gold's Gym as a speaker and as a guest at special events, he would also work the same role for a razor company.

Ric also trained wrestlers here and there and spent a lot of time building his social media presence to gain viewers to his videos online. Although he developed a bad bout of carpal tunnel syndrome and had difficulty gripping weights, that did not stop him from working out as much as he could, and he still kept in very good shape for a guy in his 60's and 70's.

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Bodybuilding and cycling

Ric frequently speaks about his experiences training in the old school era of the 1960s and 1970s in Southern California. He specifically recalls his workouts with guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger at the original Gold's Gym in Venice and how he was good friends with most of the greats of that era. He talks about how they trained all week hard, ate clean, and then on Sunday would have a cheat meal of ice cream and cheeseburgers.

Ric was not a bigtime bodybuilder in that era as he was more focused on wrestling, art, and acting. However, we can speculate his cycle during this time was something like this:

When we talk about bulking cycles, there isn't a more popular and well known stack than the classic Testosterone-Deca Durabolin-Dianabol cycle. Therefore, in this article we will investigate each compound, and learn how to properly implement this cycle for best results. Read More..

  • 800mg per week Deca Durabolin
  • 600mg per week Primobolan
  • 20-40mg a day of Dianabol
  • 50mg a day Proviron

Senior cycle:

Ric made it a point to continue to eat clean and workout as hard as he could even as a senior. His senior stack we think he ran looked something like this:

  • 4IU's per day HGH
  • 150mgs per week Testosterone Cypionate
  • 250mgs per week Primobolan

For the injectable version, Primobolan Enanthate, the half-life is around 10 days. The oral version has conflicting evidence about half-life. There are some studies that claim Primobolan Acetate has a 4 hour half-life, while others claim 6 hours. Therefore, to be safe, oral primo has a 4 to 6 hour half-life. Read More..


Ric announced on July 18, 2020, that due to the COVID virus he stopped doing interviews because he did not want to get sick, that is why he had been uploading older interviews. (Video 1) To complicate matters he also mentioned he had been having kidney issues and also his knees were giving him problems. He said he would continue to be positive even though he was injured and sick.

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One month later on August 17, 2020, Adam Drasin (one of Ric's children), (Video 2) said his father was having complications from kidney problems and a knee replacement he had received so he was in the hospital. He asked for everyone to keep him in your prayers and said the doctors were doing a great job.

On August 30, 2020, a post was made on his Facebook page from his children. https://www.facebook.com/ric.drasin "This is Sami, Adam, and Shane. It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of our father. He was everything to us. A father, role model, and friend. Not only was he an inspiration for countless people, but he truly cared for those around him. His life was steered by the desire to uplift and share his positivity. He always found a way to brighten the room with his humor. Ric’s immeasurable presence will be with us all forever."

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He was 76 years old and what we know so far was his kidney's failed and he had a tough time breathing when he died.



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Steve Smi (Also known as Steve Smith), has over 12 years of experience in the bodybuilding and fitness industry. He's the co-Host of the popular Evolutionary Radio Podcast - over 500,000 listens! He has been a personal trainer and writer for the last 10 years with over 1000 articles written. He's been a moderator on forums for over 10 years. Steve holds the following certifications and records: NASM Personal Trainer NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist Florida Local Powerlifting champion Top writer for 2019 Fitness rated

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