“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
Jeff Seid is one of the most popular natural bodybuilders out there. He carries quality muscle mass and a solid set of shredded six-pack abs. Consequently, many of his followers aspire to have his body and be him in general. Young men believe that acquiring a physique like his will get rid of all their problems. However, is it really possible to achieve this state of perfection without the use of anabolic steroids?
Is Jeff Seid a natural bodybuilder?
One of the best ways to find out whether someone is natural is to perform a simple comparison between him and a known steroid abuser.
According to the official web-site of Jeff Seid his body stats are:
205 lbs (93 kg)
Body fat level:
18 inches (45.7cm)
Update: I wrote this post in 2014. Since then many people have informed me that the stats of Jeff Seid should be lower. However, the official site of Jeff Seid claims that he has the following stats:
Height: 6’0 • 183cm
Weight: 210lbs • 95kg
Age: 22 years old
source (checked in April 2017)
As you can see in the table above, Jeff Seid has very impressive measurements and lean body mass.
Now, let’s compare him to a well-known user of anabolic steroids who competed in the Golden Era Of bodybuilding – the legendary French bodybuilder Serge Nubret.
In his prime as an IFBB pro, Serge Nubret had the following body stats:
212 lbs (96.6kg)
The data reveals that Jeff Seid has pretty much the same body stats as one of the most aesthetic and admired bodybuilder the world has ever seen – Serge Nubret a.k.a. the Black Panther.
Of course, many would say that the advancements of modern natural bodybuilders and fitness models like Jeff Seid are due to improvements in nutritional science and training, but this is simply not true.
Most of the research is funded by nutritional companies trying to market their own products. Even one of the most popular supplements out there – whey protein – is not all that helpful.
There are many true natural bodybuilders who follow the programs of the pros religiously and yet never get remotely close to the same level of development. Why? Because the natural potential for growth is lower that the development presented by the mainstream muscle media.
The fitness crowd needs to understand that popular fitness icons like Jeff Seid have a reputation to protect. Admitting to the use of anabolic steroids is considered a crime in most countries.
Additionally, fitness sponsors are not very happy when a promoter of theirs talks about steroids. It hurts their credibility and sales.
Those are the facts.
Whether you choose to believe that Jeff Seid is natural and gives good training advice is up to you, but in five years, when you are nowhere near the level of Jeff Seid despite training religiously as a natural bodybuilder, remember my words.