Lee Hayward – Is He Natural Or On Steroids?

Lee Hayward is a popular bodybuilder with a tremendous following on the Internet. He showcases a thick and lean physique. However, can a natural lifter build a musculature of this magnitude? Can you be as big as Lee Hayward without steroids? Let’s look at the data.

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image source: www.nbpfa.com

How Big Is Lee Hayward?

According to the information available online, Lee Hayward has the following body stats:

Height: 5’6 1/2 – 171cm
Weight: 195lbs/88.6kg in contest condition


Conclusion: Hayward is about 53lbs over the estimated number in nattyornot.com’s guide.

How does Lee Hayward compare to former professional bodybuilders?

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In his prime,  Frank Zane weighed 185lbs at 5’9″. He won Mr. Olympia three times.

By the way, there has never been a natural winner of this competition. Even the first Mr. Olympia, Larry Scott, was not natural.

At 5’6″ @ 195lbs, Lee Hayward is bigger than many former professional bodybuilders.

He is 3 inches shorter and yet 10lbs heavier than Frank Zane.

How is that possible naturally?

image via: www.bodybuildingfanatic.com;

image via www.bodybuildingfanatic.com

Moreover, Lee Hayward is as big as another former Mr. Olympia – Sammir Bannout whose competitive weight was 195lbs at 5’7″.

image via:mr-olympia2012.blogspot.com;

image via mr-olympia2012.blogspot.com

In addition, Lee Hayward’s bodybuilding stats are similar to those of Chris Dickerson who won Mr. Olympia 1982 weighing 190lbs at 5’6″.

Lee Hayward Has Clear Signs Of Gynecomastia

In the image below, you can clearly see that Lee Hayward has/had gynecomastia which at his age is most likely caused by the use of anabolic steroids.

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Note: Lee Hayward also displays shoulder development that suggests usage of muscle elixirs.

In conclusion

I don’t think that it’s possible for a natural to become as big as former or current Mr.Olympia winners. Without a single exception, all Mr. Olympias were/are taking drugs. If you want to know more about the drugs used during the Golden Era of bodybuilding, consult this post.

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