Is Chris Jones From Physiques Of Greatness On Steroids?

Chris Jones is the face of the extremely popular YouTube fitness channel Physique of Greatness. He possesses a physique that many aspire to acquire, and are willing to dedicate all their waking hours to achieving equal level of muscular development.

Of course, similar to other popular fitness guys on YouTube,  Chris Jones is subject to controversy. People follow his routines and diet plans, but rarely reach “greatness“.

What’s the problem? Is Chris Jones truly natural like he says or is there more to the story?


Before making a decision consider the following:

1. Chris Jones looks composed in Photoshop;

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image credit: http://physiquesofgreatness.tumblr.com/

As you can see Chris Jones is very muscular at a very low body fat while also looking decently thick and full. True natural bodybuilders have very hard time looking that full when they are 8% or so body fat.

Related article: Truth: Natural Bodybuilders Remain Skinny And Small Forever

2. Chris Jone’s bodyweight fluctuates too much.

Chris Jones seems to love dirty bulking and cutting phases. This means that he likes to gain significant amount of fat when bulking and lose it later on during the leaning out stage. Experienced true natural bodybuilders hate doing this and usually avoid following similar plans.

When you gain fat you are adding more fat cells to the body. Those fat cells never go away. They stay forever with you. When you lose weight they only shrink. That’s why if you were fat in the past, it’s easier to get back to the same level of fatness. Like always – doing something for the first time seems to be the hardest. Each next attempt seems easier. You can call this fat memory, if you want.

Why would a natural bodybuilder purposely add fat cells to his body? Yes, you can lose the extra weight later but this increases your fatness threshold and makes you more susceptible to future fat gains.

Additionally, true natural bodybuilders stay away from extreme cutting phases where you go from 20% BF to 8% BF. The idea is that when you spend so much time in a caloric deficit (eating less calories than you burn) you will also lose some precious muscle mass you worked so hard for. As a natural bodybuilder you don’t have the luxury of using illegal substances during your cutting phases and muscle preservation is a priority.

image via: bodybuilding.com

image via: bodybuilding.com

3. Admitting to steroid usage equals money losses.

If Chris Jones or another one part of the so-called aesthetic crew (Lazar Angelov, Matt Ogus, Jeff Seid, Kali Muscle, CT FLetcher…etc) was to admit steroid usage, he would lose a lot of fans and YouTube views. This equals financial losses and publicly admitting to a crime (possession and usage of illegal substances).

For that reason many fake natural bodybuilders don’t even tell their significant other they’ve been using steroids.

As you can see admitting usage would be like shooting yourself in the foot. Don’t ever expect any of them to come out clean voluntarily.

4. It’s a mafia out there.

All fitness YouTubers out there have their backs. For example, Chris Jones is found on the web page of TigerFitness which is property of Marc Lobliner who is an obvious steroid user.

The fitness channels on YouTube promote each other and their subsidiary companies. That’s why very rarely there is someone willing to tell the truth about the industry.

On top of that Chris Jone sells his own pre-workout supplements called PreOG. What would he gain, if he was to admit that he is not natural?

#More on why bodybuilders deny steroid usage can be found here.

5. Chris Jones relies too much on pumping routines.

By the looks of it the routines of Chris Jones seem to be full of pumping exercises and vanity movements. It’s a very well known fact that similar workouts produce less results than programs built around solid foundation exercises.

Related article: The Pump In Bodybuilding – Does It Equal Progress

6.Chris Jones rivals the muscular development of known steroid users.

It’s really hard to find accurate information on Chris Jone’s weight and height stats. After a lengthy research the team of NattyOrNot.com was able to find out that he is 5’7” (170cm) tall and weighs about 179-190 lbs (81 kg) when he is in shape and his body fat levels are low.

In comparison, three times Mr.Olympia Frank Zane competed at 5’9″ (175 cm) and 185 lbs (84 kg). As you can see the difference between a natural bodybuilder and a former Mr.Olympia from the Golden Era seems to be non-existent and even in favor of the first one.

Note: When Frank Zane competed steroids were even easier to get. He and Arnold Schwarzenegger have admitted to steroid usage.

Related article: Steroids Used During The Golden Era Of Bodybuilding

Question is, what’s the secret of modern natural bodybuilders?

You tell me.

References:

#This article was written after a special request by J.B.
#All web-sites visited on April 19, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/user/PhysiquesOfGreatness
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=152153563&page=21
http://www.tigerfitness.com/POG-Army-Page-s/1193.htm
https://www.facebook.com/PhysiquesOfGreatness/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Zane

15 comments

  1. Turbine nugga

    Mate ur a hater go find white people to talk shot about I wanker y I comparing black to white we are not d same an dat nigga is not even dat big clearly I have shot genetic s cus all I do is talk shot about niggaz we was born great I lazy white have shitty ancestors that enslaved black u thick probably white an weak no drive no dedicated acts

    1. Truth Seeker

      Sup, bra.

      Ur spelling is amazing, brah. Thank u for da info. I really appreciate it. You know what I am saying.

    2. joomby

      sup nig nig you one true nig aye bruh! u so ghetto u forgot how to English. Yo nig nig do us a favor and gtfo here with that race stuff u fkn racist piece of crap.

    3. Mk

      You talk even more shit than him. Genetic pools exist, but in locale, not skin color. For example, Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans are clearly strong and East Africans are great distance runners. You’re skin color may be black, but you’re not the same race, nor do you have the same genetic connections as every black guy on the planet.

      As for Chris, he’s obviously a steroid user. His obsessive and insecure personality more so than his physique tells us that.

  2. Sayyid

    To be honest, his physique is not that impressive if (!) you compare him to the well known steroid users. Look at his shoulders for example, if you were to apply his program on a steroid user, he would’ve probably become Kingkong. And it’s wellknown that steroid users have very big 3D shoulders, while this guys’ shoulders are ‘normal’ if you compare it to that. Also if you look at other parts of his physique like the inner chest, triceps, you don’t really see a steroid user. But hey, God knows best

  3. pillysbury doughboy

    It’s hard to say whether CJ is natural or not. Either way, I don’t view him any differently. He’s great entertainment, works his a$$ off, and provides free advice on an array of topics in bodybuilding. I really have to question why you spend your time gossiping about something you don’t even know is true or not. Pretty childish if you ask me.
    You don’t even do that good of a job at it. You forgot to bring up the fact CJ always covers his receding hair line by wearing a hat or do-rag. But then again he could have poor genes when it comes to having a good set of hair and he’s just self-conscious about it. Either way, find some new way to make money because spending your time discrediting people who work way harder than you can’t be something you should be proud of.

  4. Nicco

    The fact that this website believes everyone is on steroids is a joke. Jim Stopani and now Chris Jones. These 2 are obviously natural. Please stop comparing the height and weight with former Mr. Olympia competitors. People are different. This website is horrible.

  5. Kitty Willow

    My OH is 48 and has been bodybuilding on and off since he was 16, but recently got back into it, with his son and they bodybuild together. My OH came across Chris Jones on YouTube and showed me a couple of his videos, and we both like him. He talks a lot of sense and puts a lot of things into perspective, and I for one am a fan. I have been inspired to take up bodybuilding even though I am a 30 year old woman, and Chris Jones has been invaluable in the advice his youtube videos have given us. He clearly works hard to achieve the way he looks so I don’t see why there is this article. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I think this is just jealousy.

  6. Lifterx

    Commenters over talking about “jealousy” may want to watch out, they’re gonna cut themselves with those deluded, edgy lies lol.

  7. Asd

    Besides he always compares it to unnatural bodybuilders, especially frank zane. Brah, do you see how lean Frank Zane is? And do you see clearly how Chris Jones and the others are not so lean? It means they might have more body fat. Your statement ” has a low body fat” is innacurate. Did you know how much a difference 1-2% of BF can make?

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