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Another Bad Day for Banned Substances in CrossFit. Garard, Pennacchio Test Positive

June 12, 2019 by
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Ben Garard and Manila Pennacchio both tested positive for banned substances and received a four-year ban from competition. Garard is the older brother of Ricky Garard, who also tested positive for a banned substance after placing third at the 2017 CrossFit Games.

Here’s the funny thing: Both the Garard brothers — as well as Pennacchio — tested positive for the same substances: endurobol.

  • Garard was drug tested on April 16, 2019 after withdrawing from the Down Under CrossFit Championship. Pennacchio was tested the same day at the CrossFit Italian Showdown.
  • Garad will be banned until May 17, 2023. With the new Sanctionals system, it would be possible for 30-year-old to qualify for the 2023 CrossFit Games. Ricky Garard will be able to compete in the 2021-2022 CrossFit Games season.


Also causing waves yesterday was the re-emergence of Bryan Miller, a 2013 individual Games athlete and member of the 2014 Invictus team that won the CrossFit Games. Miller admitted to completing a 12-week cycle of testosterone cypionate in 2016 when he was an individual Regionals athlete.

  • Miller: #fbf to when I did a 12 week cycle of testosterone cypionate. Steroids work just in case you were wondering. The main reason I did it was to see the results firsthand, use the knowledge I gained for any future endeavors, but mostly to make this post, and to chase the Crossfit?.”

The substance Miller admitted to taking is testosterone cypionate – an anabolic steroid often used in testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), and is taken via injection and sometimes orally. In many cases it’s used in conjunction with other anabolic steroids as well.

Why come clean now? We reached out to Miller to ask this and several other questions about his decision to publicly acknowledge taking steroids. After initially agreeing to answer questions, we received no further response but one of his comments is telling:

  • Miller: “I’m writing a book about it.”
  • It’s clear from his follow-up Instagram post that Mller’s personal life is in turmoil and is taking to the social channel to vent.

Important to note: Miller exonerates his former gym, CrossFit Invictus. “Had nothing to do with CrossFit Invictus this was a solo endeavor,” Miller wrote in the comments.

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