Is Jim Stoppani PhD Natural Or On Steroids?

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?

How big is Dr. Jim Stoppani?

According to his bodyspace Dr. Jim Stoppani is:

6’1″ – 185 cm;
220 lbs – 100 kg;
5 % body fat;


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screenshot taken from: http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/JimStoppani/ on August 26, 2014;

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:

Serge_Nubret

6′ – 183cm;
200 lbs – 91 kg;
4-5% body fat;

source: http://www.simplyshredded.com/simplyshredded-exclusive-profile-serge-nubret-the-black-panther-1938-2011.html;

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.

Arnold, Serge and Sergio in Mr. Olympia 1972

Arnold, Serge and Sergio in Mr. Olympia 1972

Question: How was Dr. Jim Stoppani able to achieve the stats of some of the greatest bodybuilders on Earth naturally?

Dr. Jim Stoppani is not exactly young

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.

In conclusion

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.

32 comments

  1. David

    From my experience he is 100% natural
    He dieting and exercising with full knowledge
    In this age no one can be on steroids constantly
    So when you stop steroids body will Collapsein a week.
    And if you look as his body is very different from
    Other bodybuilders I mean form of musle.

    1. Mr. X

      David, how naive can you be? Diet and training can’t stop the NATURAL decline of your testosterone with age….

      1. FukNattyornot

        First of all, I am 36 years old and I am 6’1.5″ tall. My lean mass is 176 and I have only been lifting for roughly 1 year. according to your numbers, I only have the have the potential to gain 6 more lbs oc lean muscle? lmao. .Yeah right! You are missing out on some very important details.. Also, to the person that said a person can not reach a FFMI of 27.7 naturally, I think you are mistaking. Calculate the FFMI of some of the bodybuilders prior to the 1930’s when steroids didn’t exist. Some of them reached these numbers without proper nutrienal info, equipment, supplements and our latest discoveries..

  2. a

    Prob on trt and thinks its “natural” since his natural test levels are lower at this age. .. I have a feeling many of these guys think plain test is “natty”

    1. Max

      You are so right, the man is an Enigma, but we can all be that, if we follow his programs as I have. Glory to Jim.

      1. Jay

        I second that. Personally, I stay away from that crap. One of my old sparring buddies was a heavyweight (boxing) and he used that crap nonstop. Eventually, he no longer had balls and became permanently sterile. The man put on 40 pounds of mass just to stay at a higher weight class. We both sucked, but I chose not to wreck my future. Plus, having sexual relations is worth it 20 years down the road.

  3. Gym 3 times a week keeps me at my peak

    I cant believe this is even a question! Jim is def natural. 220 is a very reasonable weight for a 6’1″ weightlifter! Anyone who lifts weight like a man will confirm it just takes a smart diet and consistency im the gym to achieve his results, no supplements necessary. You dweebs ought to take a look at the thousands of articles Jim has written on bodybuilding.com; he literally has a doctorate in exercise. The man has spent his whole adult life researching and perfecting the science of weightlifting OF COURSE HES GOING TO BE JACKED! Its a shame people jump to a conclusion of steroids when they see someone in peak condition, and its usually those who arent putting in the work who cast those stones!

  4. Jeremy

    To the guy above me saying 220 lbs is normal for a 6 foot 1 guy. Yes sure it is especially if you have s bunch of fat on your body. Jim is 5 PERCENT BODYFAT at that weight at near 50 years old with full dense muscles. He is 10000 percent on steroids (yes TRT is still NOT natural.) even if he’s on TRT he’s using a plethora of other anabolic substances. No 46 yr old looks like that without the use of PED’s. His job is to take steroids, lie, sound science-y, and of course promote ingredients that are primarily found in supplements sold at….?? You guessed it..the company who pays him!! Bodybuilding. Com meanwhile he walks around and puts PH D on literally every single thing he talks about. You can’t talk to this guy without him mentioning his PhD. It’s his manipulative marketing point

    1. Phil

      I take a few JYM products. They’re fantastic in many regards (mainly flavor, pump, and mix-ability). But mainly I like the ingredient profile of his pre workout. For example, the pre was one of the first to include citrulline malate instead of arginine as a precursor to NO. So there’s sound science behind Jim’s supplements. However, there is no chance he is natural. His FFMI is 27.7 based on his bodybuilding.com profile stats. Not even the most genetically gifted athlete can attain that without gear, let alone a 46-year-old. That being said, he is a doctor. If anyone were to know dosing (and have access), it would be him. He looks fantastic, but it’s not achievable for the diet/exercise crowd.

    2. Tyler

      Do you know anything about weight training? Please look at James Harrison who is 38 years old and 6 feet tall and weighs 270 and is drug tested randomly for steroids all the time and passes…

  5. Alan Dyches Jr

    I’m 31 years old, 5’8, 180 pounds LEAN.. the only things I supplement my workout with is food and H2O..

    Based on the logic I’ve read above it is a reasonable assumption that I’m on steroids…..

  6. Lenny Foderaro

    I do not believe doctor Jim is on any type of performance enhancing drug. Do more digging into his background. Look I’m 54 years old and I’m not using roids I’m in the best physical shape of my life I am 5’10’ 224lb 13% BF. I follow and us Jims programs and just recently had a physical, thumbs up on all my lab work. So to think The Doc is on Roids….How bout NO!

    1. lol

      That’d put you at an FFMI of above 28. Either one of your parents was a friggin gorilla or your wife is sneaking tiny needles into your body so your full natty gainz won’t fall apart mate.

    2. G

      You are so ignorant about the subject you’re commenting on. 1) You’re not 13%BF at 224lbs and 5’10”. How did you arrive at this conclusion? Did you get a DXA scan? Perhaps some underwater weighing? Or did you just decide that? If you had those stats, you would be in the same shape as bodybuilders using a plethora of AAS. 2) It’s clear you have zero understanding of natural limits or hormones. 3) Jim Stopping is a snake-oil salesman. Your blind devotion to a glorified supplement pusher also serves to highlight your complete ignorance on micronutrients and supps. You have no idea what you’re fucking talking about. I sincerely hope you don’t spout this bullshit to the people around you; you really need to gain a rudimentary understanding of human physiology/exercise/nutrition before you start popping off about absolute nonsense. I hate to imagine the misinformation you must have spread in your shitty 54 years of ‘life’.

  7. Eris

    the most anabolic thing I ever did for myself is talk to a successful power lifter/ bodybuilder that turned me on to anabolic eating… eating 6 small meals a day…as I asked many stron men , bodybuilders, power lifters..it became apparent this was a ” secret” many shared..nobody wants to beleive that you can naturally build a muscular body… really? when I started to eat like this and follow a simple not excessive work out I went from 120 lbs to 220 lbs over time…with an initial build up to 180 lbs in 1 year..then over the years I built up to 250 lbs

  8. Daniel

    All it takes is someones success and let the negativity flow. I cant confirm or deny if this man does or does not, has or has not, used steroids. BUT neither can any of you. Has anyone considered that this man is just very dedicated to what he does. This is all he does, I’m sure he has time to dedicate to nutrition and exercise.

  9. Harris

    If people who dont get paid for it take steroids, like average gym goers, then paid fitness people most definitely do.

    I think the whole PHD thing is what people see first and say, “well hes a doctor, we can trust his expertise” doctors do drugs too, pay for hookers,snort coke, rape and commit crimes like anyone else. You dont expect it from them but its happened.

    Just because he is a celeb trainer (and theyre so respected too) doesnt mean anything other than he is a personal trainer in high demand to rich people. He is good at it.

    Hes going t be 50. His body is juiced. Sorry to those who are quick to defend strangers but his full muscle mass is not natural. Not even Mike Mentzer looked like this before he died at the same age and he achieved a perfect score from judges.

  10. m

    Re any leanness claims: Anything less than a “Dexa-Fit” scan is virtually meaningless for a true reading. OK, even a bathroom scale’s fat% readout might tell you if you’re getting leaner or fatter, but even then, the numbers border on random.

  11. nicolas

    jim stoppani is a pussy and a liar, all your american bodybuilders and pro athletes are hyprocrits, we brazilians are full of steroids but we at least admit to it

    1. Mike M

      Le’Veon Bell is a beast, but do you know what 3% body fat looks like? It looks like muscle on a skeleton. Wherever he got that 3% figure from is very suspect.

      1. Jay

        If he was at 3%, I would suspect that would have been easily injured. I just wouldn’t think that would be healthy for a football player. Basketball on the other hand….

  12. Paul Kurgan

    The question I have for all of JYM’s products, is why is their a disclaimer stating that his products cause cancer only on users that live in California?

  13. William A Click

    I’m not sure if the dr is on steriods or not. I’m 62 years old I was on 5mg DHEA for a long time. But I ran out of my DHEA and can’t find anyone that carries the 5mgs. But hears the thing I do have the genetic to build muscle at 62. I had bilateral tears in both of my shoulders. I’ve not trained for many years now. I had only 6 days of therapy because my health insurance wouldn’t let me do anymore than that. The therapist ask me if I was on anything I told him no I wasn’t. I ask him why he ask me that. He said because your shoulders are getting bigger just in 6 visits that was just 2 visits a week for 3 weeks. I was shocked at what the therapist told me. To put it this way most all pro bodybuilders and athletes take steroids even high school kids for which they shouldn’t but they do. I’m not book learned or have degree. I take vitamins and protein that’s pretty much it. Yes test declines with age or so they say. But how is it that I was able 2 build my shoulders up in just 6 visits of therapy for 3 weeks? I’m not on any steroids or DHEA either. I started taking DHEA when I hit my 40s. This was in the 90s. So do we know about the human body more than we should or what science has taught us. Or does the human body hold secrets that science still hasn’t found yet. Like I said I’m not book learned or have a degree. I just know what works for me.

  14. Khizer

    He is natural and believe me by following his application on body building.com u get shape, u get a good strength and a healthy mind if you follow diet and exercises both.

  15. DeShawn

    Even if he’s not on steroids now he most definitely has been at one point in his life before. As a doctor who has dedicated his life to bodybuilding and the science behind it, being a trainer to a lot of celebrities who take steroids without any doubt, plus the impressive (naturally very! unlikely to reach) stats that he has, I can’t believe that he never even tried any kind of body-enhancing drugs. Even if you do steroids for only 1 or 2 years in your life the impact will always be visible and your results much better than those of someone who always stayed natural, even if it’s 30 years after the last time you did it. I think the likeliness of him having done steroids at least once is 99.9%.

  16. drew237

    I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal if he (or anybody) is natty or not. Who cares? Why should I care? On a sidenote: he takes steroids 1000000000%. But that’s his business not mine (ours)

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