Anti-doping is not just something that exists in elite sports; its increasingly being applied to recreational gym users. While most countries focus on prevention and education
, a handful have taken the drastic step of introducing doping controls in commercial gyms. In 2003, Belgium became the first country to introduce such measures. Sweden, Denmark and Norway soon followed their lead.
Since the early 2000s, recreational trainers in Belgium – especially in Flanders – have been forbidden from using substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), which governs elite athletes. They also face the same sanctions as elite athletes. To vet people, anti-doping officials use muscle profiling
. Although doping controls are meant to be random, it is often male weight trainers with a more muscular appearance who are tested for the use of steroids.
Police are able to conduct a home search based on a positive test, and an athlete may be subject to both a doping and a drug investigation for the same offense. These people face criminal prosecution for the use or possession of illegal substances and they also face sanctions from the Flemish national anti-doping organization (NADO). If a person tests positive, and its a first offence, they may be banned by NADO Flanders for two years from every gym and any form of organized sport in the region. Andronite Enhanced They may also receive a fine of, on average, 1,000-2,000, although fines can be as high as 25,000.
any person training in a gym that has entered into a collaboration agreement with Anti-Doping Denmark (the countrys national anti-doping organisation) may be subject to doping controls. Gyms in Denmark must indicate at their entrance and on their website by means of a happy or frowning icon whether or not they are part of this agreement.
also has doping controls at training facilities and Norways anti-doping strategies have an element of monitoring and policing
. For instance, fitness centers that adopt the anti-doping programme in Norway receive a license to carry out tests on members suspected of doping. There is no legal obligation to sign up to be a Clean Centre, but gyms that do are perceived to have a reputational advantage. About half
of Norways fitness centres now have a Clean Centre certificate.