Denis Minin from Ukraine is a legendary practitioner of the so-called street workouts. He has gained large amount of YouTube fame thanks to his amazing skills. Denis is one of the most popular guys involved in the calisthenics movement and besides moves he also has a pretty decent physique.
Question is, did he achieved his looks naturally or is he on steroids?
1.Denis Minin is not a big guy.
Denis Minin is 5’11” -180 cm @ 152 lbs – 69 kg. As you can see he is not very heavy and the biggest reason for that is his poor leg development. Denis Minin is about 15 lbs less than what a gifted natural bodybuiler can achieve. You can read our guideline for natural bodybuilders here.
2.Denis Minin is very lean but he does not have the Photoshop look.
Denins Minin is very lean but unlike the obvious steroid users like Lazar Angelov he does not look composed in Photoshop. Denis basically disappears in clothes and without a pump. This is the true sign of a natural bodybuilder.
3.Denis Minin is focused on bodyweight training.
The bodyweight drills done by Denis Minin do not require heavy muscle mass but rather skill, precision and ‘functional fiber’. If he was to do a testosterone cycle and gain 20 lbs, his skills would not improve. Steroids may help him recover faster, but the weight gain will most certainly work against him due to the nature of calisthenics. Heavier people have harder time dancing on parallel bars.
4.Denin Minin has been training for a long time.
Denins Minin is not new to the game. He’s been doing his stuff for a long time. This means that he had plenty of time to develop his looks and strength. He is not an overnight sensation.
Conclusion: The physical development of Denins Minin can be achieved naturally without the use of anabolic steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs (PED). However, it’s advisable to also pay more attention to your leg development in order to have more balanced physique. Being Captain Upper Body is not as cool as the cartoons make it to be.