For example: I always hear people saying that the only way x bodybuilder is big is down to steroids however that just is not the case. For sure, steroids can help you along the way – quite significantly in many cases – however it is not the only contributing factor by any means. If you just take steroids and do nothing else then you aren’t going to get any sort of worthwhile physique.
However, what about the assumption that people feel cheated or disappointed in some of their favorite bodybuilders taking steroids? Personally I have never really felt this way unless the person was lying about their regime. By all means, take whatever you want to bulk up but do not hide the fact that you do – saying that your workout is all natural when it clearly isn’t is just going to disappoint people and turn them against you when they try to follow in your footsteps and come up short. That being said, many of the most famous bodybuilders in the world have used steroids at one time or another and I am going to present a few of them below with some shocking but fascinating before and after pictures.
‘Arnold’ was hardly a small guy before was he? However he went from having a lot muscle to being super ripped. While I wouldn’t doubt the guy’s bodybuilding credentials, after all he basically helped to pioneer the art, he has admitted to using steroids in the past most notably in the 1970’s when they were legal in the US.
Bertil Fox went from being of average build to vein throbbing pure muscle. I certainly haven’t seen many transformations on this scale without the use of something and Bertil went on to win the Junior Mr. Britain at 18 and the NABBA Mr. Universe in 1978 and 1979.
Even in the 10th grade Coleman could be described as ‘big’ however he took it to another level as he grew older. The Louisiana native has a record eight straight wins as Mr. Olympia however in 2011 he admitted to using steroids to further add to his massive build.
I always thought that, at 15, Jay Cutler had that ‘lumberjack’ type of look about him however in addition to his 6-8 high protein meals a day he revealed that he was a steroid user. Judging by the before and after pictures it took a lot more than 8 meals to gain that amount of mass.
He may have decreased in size a little of late but at his peak Dennis James was massive. However I believe that some of this was down to good training and a high protein diet a large part was also from steroids as his 2004 arrest in Thailand for possession proved.
Personally, Dorian Yates is the epitome of going from skinny to massively built. He advocates pretty different and unique bodybuilding techniques and he himself admits that he lacks the genetics to build himself up in a traditional way and he has talked about his steroid cycle in the past.
Levrone currently advocates a natural and healthy route to fitness however he has been documented as using steroids in the past. How do you get from before to after in the pictures above without them? He is massive and I for one don’t believe that it is achieved naturally.
Lee Priest, quite skinny but toned to Lee Priest uber built and pumping with muscle. Was it a natural occurrence? Not according to this author. While Priest admits that he does use steroids he also states that he uses only minimal amounts. You be the judge.
Marcus Ruhl has some of the biggest shoulders ever in bodybuilding history so how was this achieved? Ok, I’m not saying that he doesn’t do some natural bodywork but have a look at the before and after? No way is that all natural and rumors of steroids and other enhancers abound.
Whenever I hear the name Nasser el Sonbaty I also picture the glasses however he has been a fixture in bodybuilding for some years now. Although doubts persisted over whether or not he used steroids, his good friend Greg Kovacs confirmed it in 2011.
The Lebanese bodybuilder has that 1970’s perfect shape about him however this is also supplemented with steroid use. The proclaimed Lion of Lebanon and 1983 Mr. Olympia winner didn’t start off taking steroids however his big and toned physique has been supplemented by them.
From fairly average body to mega ripped, Platz, now retired, admitted that he has taken steroids but sought to downplay their role but suggesting that while they do not create champions or the ultimate body, they do go a long way to helping.
Still fairly young, Trey Brewer made some waves with his physique over the last few years however rumours of his steroid use have never been far away. Getting as big as he did at a relatively young age raised some suspicions