When the Internet Accuses You of Using Steroids

March 21, 2018 by
Alexis Johnson

The story.

Four days ago, Alexis Johnson posted a throwback photo from January 2013 when she weighed a staggering 88 pounds. Alexis had struggled through four dark years of an eating disorder. Every so often she shares old photos like this and this to share her struggles with others to let them see how far she’s come and hopefully be a light to other athletes who struggle with eating disorders and body image.

I love that, but where do the roids come in?

Because of course, no one could achieve these gains after five years of eating healthy, working your A-Double-S off every day, and pushing your body to its limit without the use of some good ‘ol fashioned pump juice – AKA steroids.

That’s at least what the Internet trolls were out saying. Here’s one: “My wife is a PhD in biochemistry. Also in the fitness industry…not an attention seeking steroid eating insta whore though. Only idiots believe the woman in this pic isn’t on steroids…not that anyone needs a PhD to know this woman is on anabolics….lol wtf.”

So how’d Alexis respond?

She called their bluff.

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On a recent post, (more than) several people made comments accusing me of using steroids. It was a heartfelt post about my struggles with an eating disorder, and how I used @Crossfit to overcome it- something that’s not easy to talk about. You can think whatever you want, but I find it very insensitive to share these thoughts on a post that was meant to inspire those struggling with body image and/or issues with food. For the remainder of my @crossfitgames career, I offer you the following- at any time that you wish, you can pay to drug test me. If I test positive, I will refund you for the test and give you $5,000. If I don’t, you must donate $5,000 to the charity of my choice. ?- @sierra__prime

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“For the remainder of my CrossFit Games career, I offer you the following – at any time that you wish, you can pay to drug test me. If I test positive, I will refund you for the test and give you $5,000. If I don’t, you must donate $5,000 to the charity of my choice.”

We asked Alexis if anyone had taken her up yet. “I wish” she said. If anyone does, we’ll be sure to let ya know.