The 6 most obvious signs that someone is a natural bodybuilder
Since the use of ster * id is widespread in the fitness and bodybuilding community, many people find it difficult to distinguish natural from “improved” bodybuilders. But the word “natural” is also not unambiguous. What does it actually mean to be a natural bodybuilder?
For people who have been in the lifting game for a while, it is usually not that difficult to make a distinction. But beginners who are just starting out can’t and see all these improved bodybuilders driven by unrealistic expectations because they think they too can achieve such a physique. This just adds up to an unnecessary amount of time and effort, which can ultimately lead to them giving up lifting weights altogether.
To avoid this, people need to be educated about what they can achieve naturally (if they so choose) and look out for the 6 most obvious signs that someone is a natural bodybuilder.
The 6 signs of being a natural bodybuilder
Traps are tiny muscles, but they can give off the illusion of a huge neck. Having a big neck is a symbol of power and can be very intimidating. The traps are great for filling in your t-shirts and can even be seen through them when viewed from behind. No wonder bodybuilders work hard to build their traps. You are really impressive.
If you see a man with huge traps, chances are he was using Ster * IDs. Numerous studies have shown that there is a correlation between the use of androgen-anabolic ster * ids and the androgenic receptor myonuclei of the trapezius, which are the main drivers of the growth and strength of muscle tissue.
Due to the lack of ster * id use, natural bodybuilders have significantly less developed traps most of the time, and you won’t often see a natural fall when its traps stretch his shirt.
A reasonably normal body weight to body fat ratio
For many, this is the most obvious. If you’re huge and shredded at the same time, something is “off”. It is of course not possible to be both. That’s not to say that you can’t be both big and shredded at the same time, but the key word here is “big,” not huge.
The combination of being huge and torn at the same time is just too blatant and we can instinctively recognize that we are seeing an advanced user. You can tell a natural one among improved users by the body weight they carry in relation to their body fat content. There is an area that is believable, and when that area is exceeded the body looks a bit “incredible”. Anyone who has been in the lifting game for a while can easily tell which is which.
Natural bodybuilders don’t have that odd “improved” look
You may have seen “naturals” look better, but somehow they managed to achieve that physique naturally, right? To be honest, there is a tiny minority who have done this with a lot of hard work and discipline, but the majority use PEDs and would lie to people who for various reasons did not lie to them.
The minority who managed to get a natural, great look all deserve credit, but those who claim to be natural and still use anabolic steroids can deceive the general population and trick them into buying some of the goods that they usually sell.
The way you spot these counterfeiters is that most of them tend to have a “3D appearance” (assuming they get it right) as every part of their body appears to be sticking out. A natural bodybuilder will look pretty good and look good (mostly based on body composition) but certainly never look like a professional IFBB bodybuilder.
A natural bodybuilder’s body changes differently
A key difference between natural and augmented is the physical changes a lifter who injects anabolic steroids experiences that a natural one doesn’t. For example, have you ever seen a juiced female bodybuilder? Any signs that are atypical of a woman, the deeper voice, the angular jaw, the superior definition, and the puckered muscles are signs of someone taking anabolic steroids.
Natural bodybuilders don’t experience these changes because they don’t add additional androgenic hormones to their bodies. Someone who lifts without ster * ids has no other noticeable changes other than muscle growth and fat loss.
Juicers tend to look “flat”
Another difference between enhanced and natural is the flat look that enhanced bodybuilders seem to get when they run out of water and carbohydrates filling their muscles. At the end of preparing for a show or cutting body fat, their bodies look flat.
Certain ster * ids can help here and help your muscle tummies look full. And that is no ordinary abundance. Improved bodybuilders have a great visual advantage over natural compounds that only medication can provide. A natural bodybuilder, on the other hand, would have to be careful at all times to keep his muscles full through proper nutrition and hydration.
Proportional head-to-body ratio
When you have someone jacked up and probably juiced up, you usually see someone who has a normal sized head on a huge, muscular body. This does not mean that you cannot find a natural bodybuilder with a small head compared to their body, but that it is very rare.
Usually they are very tall, juiced bodybuilders with tiny heads compared to their bodies. It is believed that the use of human growth hormone is the primary reason for a bigger looking face and head. This may be some truth, but in any case, having a smaller looking head is pretty normal when your body starts to grow and becomes a bit disproportionate.