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;
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Question is, what’s the secret of modern natural bodybuilders?
You tell me.