Jim Cordova – Natty Or Not?

Jim Cordova has great shape and structure for bodybuilding. He displays shredded six pack abs, small midsection, wide lats and 3D deltoids. Cordova claims to be a natural bodybuilder but it seems a little too good to be true. Let’s investigate.

Jim Cordova - Natty or Not?

via: bodybuilding.com

1.Jim Cordova has the Photoshop look

Cordova is not heavy. He only weights 170lbs. However, don’t let weight mislead you. Steroid usage does not always equal heavy weight. It’s the quality that counts. As you can see from the photos of Cordova he looks composed in Photoshop. Full, dry, lean, round. The total packaged.


In contest conditions natural bodybuilders don’t look like that. They are depleted and fragile.

2.Exception to the rule

Natties like Jim Cordova claim that their physique is the result of training, eating and supplements. How come very few of their followers attain that level of greatness? There are thousands of people who put a lot of effort without results even close to that. Is it solely genetics or is there more to the story?

3.Too heavy

Jim Cordova weights 170lbs at 5’7”. This may sound like lightweight to many but it’s not. Frank Zane won Mr. Olympia three times weighting “only” 185lbs at 5’9”. The muscle to height ratio displayed by Cordova is similar. When Zane competed steroids were legal and easy to get. All bodybuilders used them.

How come natty bodybuilders are starting to look like former Mr.Olympias? Protein and creatine? Seems too good to be true, but O.K.

4.Drug tests in natural bodybuilding are a joke

Technically, drug testing in natural bodybuilding does not exist. The  test are easy to manipulate with a little underground knowledge. Let’s just say that if they were to tighten the measures, there would be almost no competitors left. After all Layne Norton, Lazar Angelov, Jeff Seid, Simeon Panda…are all passing those tests.

5.Making money

100% lifetime natural bodybuilders will have very hard time competing against enhanced lifters. It’s borderline impossible. There is a lot of money on the line and many are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Steroids are just a small part. When money is involved people lie. Sad but always true.

To summarize: The size and conditioning of Jim Cordova are close to unreachable for natural bodybuilders.

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