Doctor Jim Stoppani is an expert in training and nutrition. He has a really solid physique and was the trainer of many celebrities such as LL Cool J, Dr. Dre, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mario Lopez and others. On bodybuilding.com he is also presented as the ‘supplement‘ guru and expert on the topic. While all of this is pretty good and makes up for a loaded CV, our question is: Is Dr. Jim Stoppani natural or on anabolic steroids?
According to his bodyspace Dr. Jim Stoppani is:
6’1″ – 185 cm;
220 lbs – 100 kg;
5 % body fat;
Unfortunately, our guide for natural bodybuilders puts a 6’1″ tall man at about 190 lbs (5% BF) natural weight. This means that Dr. Jim Stoppani is 30 lbs over what we would consider possible for a truly gifted and dedicated natural bodybuilder. Of course, one could argue that our guide is largely underestimating the human potential for muscle growth but it doesn’t change the fact that the majority of the people who have expressed similar belief were not natural.
In order to illustrate how big Jim Stoppani PhD actually is we are going to compare him to a professional bodybuilder from the past who competed in Mr. Olympia and without a shadow of a doubt took anabolic steroids.
Our comparison of choice is Serge Nubret who at his best had the following stats:
6′ – 183cm;
200 lbs – 91 kg;
4-5% body fat;
Conclusion: Jim Stoppani is 20 lbs over Serge Nubret while being about as lean and 1 inch taller.
Note: Wikipedia lists Serge Nubret at 220 lbs bodyweight, but he said himself many times that he was about 200 lbs. Even if Serge was 220 lbs, that still means that Dr. Jim Stoppani is about as big as a legendary bodybuilder who competed head to head with Arnold Schwarzenegger and there’s no doubt that Arnold took steroids. He admitted so himself many times.
In the image below you can see Serge Nubret, Sergio Oliva and Arnold Schwarzenegger compete next to each other. Sergio Oliva and Arnold have both admitted to using anabolic steroids. Serge claimed that he was natural but according to some of his old gym buddies he was using the powerful anabolic steroid Primobolan as well as many others.
Question: How was Dr. Jim Stoppani able to achieve the stats of some of the greatest bodybuilders on Earth naturally?
Dr. Jim Stoppani is 46 years old and we all know that age is a huge factor. As we age the natural production of testosterone decreases. That’s why it’s highly unlikely that you can be more muscular in your late 40s compared to your younger years. It seems, however, that Dr. Jim Stoppani does not have similar issues and he is able to maintain his massive physique even at 46.
We are not going to fall into the trap of making a definitive statement whether Dr. Jim Stoppani is natty or not. However, we advise our readers to really think how is it possible for someone to acquire naturally the body stats of a legendary bodybuilder who took steroids. So far we haven’t been able to find the answer but if you have something in mind, feel free to inform us.