Is Mike Rashid a Natural Bodybuilder?

Mike Rashid is one of CT Fletcher’s hardcore training buddies. He also claims to be a lifetime drug-free natural bodybuilder.

But Is this really the case? Can you acquire Mike Rashid’s physical development without taking anabolic steroids? To find out, we will have to analyze the body stats of Mr. Rashid.

1.Mike Rashid looks like Superman

Is Mike Rashid A Natural Bodybuilder?

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Mike Rashid has the following body stats:


Height:

5’11”

180 cm

Weight:

220lbs

100 kg

Body fat:

5-8%

In comparison, the popular bodybuilder from France, Serge Nubret had the following body stats during his prime:

serge-nubret-on-steroids

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Off-season weight:

212 lbs                         96.6kg

Competition weight:

200lbs                          91kg

Height:

6′                                   182cm

Conclusion: Mike Rashid is heavier and shorter than Serge Nubret who was an IFBB pro and used steroids throughout his career.

How are the natural bodybuilders of today surpassing the legends of the past? What is their secret? New ways to train and proper supplementation? Hell, no…

2.Mike Rashid has the Photoshop Look.

The physique of Mike Rashid looks otherworldly. He is thick, very powerful, full and shredded.

Similar physical development is classified as the Photoshop look and is never seen among true natural bodybuilders.

Moreover, when you are natural, the potential for growth is lower.

3. Mike Rashid constantly overtrains as advised by  CT Fletcher

In many videos, CT Fletcher and Mike Rashid are paying tribute to overtraining. According to them, overtraining is just a myth made up by lazy people.

In reality, overtraining is very real. As Louie Simmons from Westside Barbell has said – “People on steroids train way harder than people that don’t take steroids.”

Why do you think that is? It’s because steroids help you recover faster and increase your work capacity.

4.Mike Rashid is ignorant when it comes to programming

In one of his chest training videos with CT Fletcher, Mike Rashid actually advises people to always work up to a 1-3 rep max set. In the video, he also says that people should perform high rep warm-up sets as they are working up to that 1-3 rep max.

When powerlifters test their max strength, they try to save as much energy as they can during the warm-up sets. A powerlifter who is about to test his max strength won’t go all out on his warm-up sets. That’s counter-productive and potentially dangerous. You want to save as much energy as you can for your heaviest set. The video were are talking about can be seen here.

Conclusion: You make this one yourself.

References:

http://djgfitness.net/2013/03/30/featured-athlete-mike-rashid-wbff-pro-coach-at-metroflex-ca-better-bodies-sponsored-athlete/ Retrieved on May 11, 2014/
http://www.simplyshredded.com/simplyshredded-exclusive-profile-serge-nubret-the-black-panther-1938-2011.html /Retrieved on May 11, 2014/

2 comments

  1. Emiliano

    I agree that he is on steroids but completely disagree without the suggestion that a pyramid set is counter productive and potentially dangerous. How so? Surely doing higher reps with a lighter weight first is a very safe approach. Counter productive if you’re trying to set PRs and if you’re a powerlifter. Rashid is a bodybuilder.

  2. KROOOLP

    He is not 5’11” he is the same height as or shorter than phil heath (5’9″) (see youtube video of phil and mike) and he is TOTALLY A JUICE HEAD/STEROID/HGH/GEAR USER.

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