Steroids Before And After Bodybuilders

When you speak to most people about bodybuilding then one of the first comments is usually centered around steroids or performance enhancers that are designed to add a great deal of mass and muscle in a short space of time. Many believe that the whole industry is fuelled by steroids. This is my view of things anyway and I believe that for the most part many bodybuilders use steroids to bulk themselves up – a 7 week cycle and improve your muscle gains by up to 20% – however I do not believe that it is the be all and end all.

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 Schwarzenegger

‘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

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.

Ronnie Coleman

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.

Jay Cutler

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.

Dennis James

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.

Dorian Yates

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.

Kevin Levrone

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

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.

Markus Ruhl

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.

Nasser el Sonbaty

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.


Phillip Heat
Watching Phillip Heat playing Basketball for the University of Denver you wouldn’t have thought that he would grow to be as big as he is. He probably didn’t even think so and steroids has undoubtedly played their role although his hard work and dedicated have as well.

Samir Bannout

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.

Tom Platz

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.

Trey Brewer

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

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  2. ironthumb says:

    You should have included Gregg’s before and after photos
    He was already lookin good even before roids.
    Same as Coleman you should have taken his shot while posing with Dobson, he was already huge.
    Generally these pros used roids to go through their natural genetic potential like priest who has won several contests who suggests against using roids unless you have reached your full genetic potential and off course you are competing somewhere against freaks.
    Damn man you should have gotten their “Best” non roid photos.
    Somewhere where they were at their biggest without drugs.
    Anyways nice article, man.

  3. roids says:

    actually it will be best to see ordinary people change after one steroid cycle. these bodybuilders are on gear for long time.

  4. Christian says:

    Disgusting. Their hearts will explode soon…if they haven’t already

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