Lee Hayward – Is He Natural Or On Steroids? Can you be 5'6" and 200 lbs at 6% BF naturally?

Lee Hayward is a popular supposedly natural bodybuilder with tremendous following on the Internet. He has a really thick and lean physique and most people would be more than satisfied to look like him. Question is, can you actually achieve similar physique naturally without using anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs (PED)?

How Big Is Lee Hayward?


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

Height: 5’6 1/2;
Weight: 195 lbs in contest model;

This is about 53 lbs over what our guide has determined for a 5’6″ tall natural bodybuilder in contest mode.

How does Lee Hayward compare to former professional bodybuilders?


In his prime, while competing shoulder to shoulder with Arnold, Frank Zane was 5’9″ and 185 lbs. He also won Mr. Olympia three times and to this day there has never been a natural winner of this competition. Even the first Mr. Olympia, Larry Scott, was not natural.

At 5’6″ @ 195 lbs Lee Hayward is bigger than a lot of former professional bodybuilders.

He is 3 inches shorter and yet 10 lbs heavier than Frank Zane and we are supposed to believe he is natural?

image via: www.bodybuildingfanatic.com;

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Lee Hayward is also bigger than another former Mr. Olympia – Sammir Bannout who competed at 5’7″ and 195 lbs.

Hayward has almost identical stats as Bannout who won Mr. Olympia 1983.

image via:mr-olympia2012.blogspot.com;

image via:mr-olympia2012.blogspot.com;

Lee Hayward also has bodybuilding stats similar to those of Chris Dickerson who won Mr. Olympia 1982 at 5’6″ and 190 lbs.

This actually means that Lee Hayward is 5 lbs bigger than Dickerson.

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 usage of anabolic steroids which can trigger hormonal imbalances. You can read more on this topic here: Gynecomastia And Anabolic Steroids


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

In conclusion

While Lee Hayward has helped a lot of people improve their body compositions, we have a really hard time accepting that one can get as big as former Mr. Olympias naturally.

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 we recommend this post: Steroids Used During The Golden Era Of Bodybuilding

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