Don Long was born in Philadelphia on October 18, 1966. Don has an elder sister Michelle, an elder brother Cordell, and a baby brother Anthony. Don was raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. In 1985, Don moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where he joined a local gym and started lifting weights. Don initially got into weight training because he was dancing, and you needed to have a body for dancing.
In March 1991, Don entered into his first contest, the Mr. Pennsylvania Natural, where he placed second. A month after the contest, Don met his future wife, Yvette. It was love at first sight, and they were married eight months later on December 9, 1991.
In 1992, Don finished fifth as a light-heavyweight at the NPC Junior Nationals, where he weighed 194 pounds. In 1993, Don finished fourth at the NPC Nationals, weighing 224 pounds, In 1994 at the NPC Nationals, Don weighed 241 pounds, and although he was ripped, he lost to Paul DeMayo, and Craig Titus. And in 1995… Don became an IFBB Professional.
If you charted Don Long’s bodybuilding career, it would look like a spear spike—a rapid rise followed by a quick fade.
You see Don Long entered his first competition in 1991, and the next year he got viral and posed in many national outlets.
He won 3rd place in heavyweights NPC national in 1993 and then 1st place in 1995.
His success didn’t end there, he finished 3rd place at Night of Champions. And this moment he was ready to compete in the Olympia.
The DownFall of Don Long
After massive success in his career, he decided to not compete anymore. When 96 Olympia was around the corner he decided to not get involved. Sadly, all contents from this date went down the hill he never places anything higher than seventh place.
He did have powerful chest and arms but he was growing weak. The bad news came up in 1999 when he discovered that since his birth, only one kidney had been working proberly the other one is not functioning.
Don Long had to deal with 11 years of Dialysis treatment. In 2010 he was lucky to finally have a successful kidney transplant.
After his health and career struggle, he became a trainer and nutritionist in Florida.
Did Don Long Do Steroids?
Nobody knows for sure, in fact the only thing that is recently reported on the news is Don and Sarah Long (his wife) Busted for Steroid Manufacturing and Distribution.
Don and Sarah were arrested and charged with one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute, anabolic steroids on February 9, 2017.
The arrests were part of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation codenamed “Operation Total Package” that included cooperation between several federal, state and local agencies.
According to court documents, from January 2013 through September 27, 2016, Don and Sarah Long supplied many of their clients with anabolic steroids and human grown hormone (HGH) as part of their “Team Long” training regimen (1).
The Longs provided instruction, dosage, and direction to Team Long athletes on how to consume steroids and HGH to prepare for bodybuilding competitions and other athletic endeavors.
Baker was the Longs’ primary source of supply for steroids and HGH and imported raw anabolic steroids and HGH from China. Baker manufactured the steroids into consumable form, then branded the product “AxioLabs” and distributed it for the Longs and others. After the federal investigation became known, Baker rebranded his anabolic steroid and HGH as “Razors Edge.”
Here’s What You Need To Know Regarding Steroids…
- Becoming a top-level bodybuilder requires the use of powerful drugs which have been linked to organ failure and early death.
- There is use, misuse, and abuse when it comes to bodybuilding drugs. We’re now seeing the consequences of the latter on bodybuilders from the 90s and early 2000s.
- While anabolic steroids are obviously used heavily, other drugs may contribute more to health issues, such as insulin, HGH, and diuretics.
- There has been on the market much better alternatives to steroids that had major results without negative side-effects.