Helmut Strebl is a popular fitness model who has become quite famous for his solid physique and before all insanely low levels of body fat. According to the available information he maintains body fat under 5% while being well over 40 years of age.
Since the majority of the general population is more interested into looking like him instead of a mass monster bodybuilder, Helmut Strebl has a large fan base consisting of people aspiring to reach his levels of leanness and impressiveness. As always the question is: can you reach that level of leanness naturally without the usage of anabolic steroids or other PED (performance-enhancing drugs) ?
The answer is: ‘Yes, you can be as lean as Helmut Strebl without taking anabolic steroids or PED. However, there is much more to the story.
At 6’3” and about 200 lbs Helmut Strebl does not seem to be a mass monster. At the same time, however, many people are forgetting that he is below 5% body fat pretty much all the time. This means that he can easily go to 215 lbs and still be plenty lean.
Everybody and their grandmother seems to be underestimating their body fat levels. People who are 25% think they are 15% and people who are 12% think they are 8%. Having a body fat percentage below 5% at such age (over 44) seems like an illusory goal to achieve naturally while maintaining so much muscle mass.
While there is no doubt that a natural bodybuilder can achieve Helmut Strebl’s level of leanness naturally, you can’t have both – his mass and his conditioning at the same time with a little help. A good example of natural athletes with really low body fat levels would be Milko Georgiev and Bruce Lee. While they are both insanely lean, none of them posses the quality mass that Helmut Strebl brings to the stage.
The reason the body cannot maintain below 5% body fat and large amount of muscle mass naturally hides in our pre-programming to survive. While you may be doing a lot of things in your life, your body has only one goal – to continue its existence on planet Earth.
That’s why the organism does not want to reach such low body fat levels while having all that mass. In order to reach 5% or below naturally you need to be on a super strict diet, especially if you don’t have favorable genetics for this game of leanness.
When you are on a diet you are also losing muscle mass because the deficit of energy is not compensated only through fat cells. Some muscle mass and other active weight is being lost as well.
In simple words – you can’t drive a Ferrari when you can’t afford the gas.
Steroids, however, are very powerful and do change the game. It’s a well known fact that anabolic steroids help you maintain and even increase your muscle mass when dieting and that’s what competitors use to have both – size and unreal definition.