Skip La Cour – Natty or NOT?

Skip La Cour is one of the most popular natty* bodybuilders. Many beginners aspire to attain his physique. However, is it possible to achieve such big muscles naturally? Do you need anabolic steroids?

Is Skip La Cour natty or not?

The personal website of Skip La Cour reveals that in his prime his body stats were:

Skip La Cour - Natty or Not?

Height:

5’11” (180 cm)

Weight:

216 lbs (98kg)

Off season weight:

Up to 240 lbs (110kg)

The numbers reveal tremendous muscular development. The size of Skip La Cour rivals many former bodybuilding champions. One of the best ways to learn if someone is natty is to compare him to IFBB pros who competed in the Golden Era of Bodybuilding.


Surprisingly to many this method works nicely. There is no need for a lab and the results are very accurate.


Note:
All famous bodybuilders from the Golden Era took steroids. Mike Mentzer, Frank Zane, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbo, Serge Nubret…all of them. At that time steroids were legal and available in abundance in gyms. Let’s go!

The first bodybuilder to which we will compare Skip La Cour is the legendary Mike Mentzer. Mike had the following body stats in his prime:

Skip La Cour - Natty or Not?

Image via: bodybuilding.com

Height:

5’8″ (173 cm)

Weight:

225 lbs (103kg)

Off season weight:

unknown

To summarize: Mike Mentzer was 3 (three) inches shorter than Skip La Cour and ONLY 9 (nine) lbs heavier than him in contest shape. If we assume that both athletes were about 5% (standard), their respective LBM* (lean body mass) was:

  1. Mike Mentzer – 213.75 lbs (95% of 225 lbs);

  2. Skip La Cour – 205.2 lbs (95% of 216 lbs);

The difference in LBM between the two is about 7-9lbs. Isn’t it weird that “natty” bodybuilders are getting so close to former champions? Is whey protein getting as good as Deca (Mentzer used tons of this steroid) ?

{you decide}

Another bodybuilder from the Golden Era to which we will compare Skip La Cour is three times Mr. Olympia Frank Zane.

In his prime Zane had the following body stats:

Skip La Cour - Natty Or Not?

Off-season weight:

200 lbs (91kg)

Competition weight:

185lbs (83kg)

Height:

5’9” (175cm)

Arms:

18” (45cm)

To summarize: Skip La Cour is 2 inches TALLER than Frank Zane and weights 16 lbs more in CONTEST shape. If we assume that both athletes were about 5% (standard), their respective LBM (lean body mass) was:

  1. Frank Zane – 175.75 lbs (95% of 185lbs);

  2. Skip La Cour – 205.2 lbs (95% of 216 lbs);

The difference in LBM is 30 lbs. Isn’t it weird that there are “natty” bodybuilders who weights 30 lbs more than former Mr.Olympia? Why aren’t those “natural wonders” competing in IFBB competitions and shocking the world with their muscle genetics? What’s going on?

{you decide}

The next bodybuilder we will use as comparison is Sergio Oliva a.k.a. The Myth*. The body stats of Sergio Oliva were:

Skip La Cour - Natty Or Not?

Height:

5’10” (178 cm)

Weight:

225 lbs (103kg)

Off season weight:

unknown 

To summarize: Sergio Oliva is an inch shorter than Skip La Cour and ONLY 9lbs heavier. If we assume that both athletes were about 5% (standard), their respective LBM was:

  1. Sergio Oliva – 213.75 lbs (95% of 185lbs)

  2. Skip La Cour – 205.2 lbs (95% of 216 lbs)

The difference in LBM between the two is about 7-9lbs. Does it makes sense to you that “natty” bodybuilders today are getting as big and as thick as Sergio Oliva? What are they putting in that protein powder?

{you decide}

In the end we will compare Skip La Cour to Flex Wheeler who used to be the symbol of symmetry and great lines. Unfortunately, due to steroid abuse Flex suffered kidney failure.

In his prime Flex Wheeler had the following body stats:

Skip La Cour - Natty or Not?

Height:

5’9″ (175 cm)

Weight:

210-225 lbs (95 – 102kg)

Off season weight:

265-275lbs (120-125kg)

To summarize: Flex Wheeler was an inch shorter than Skip La Cour and ONLY up to 9 lbs heavier than him in contest condition. The difference in LBM between the two is about 7-9lbs.

Does it makes sense to you that “natty” bodybuilders are getting as bis as IFBB pros?

{you decide}

*natty – “natty” is a bodybuilding slang for “natural”;

*LBM – the percentage of total body mass that is lean (muscle, bones, water, organs..etc.)

*The Myth – Sergio Oliva was called The Myth because everyone who saw him at the 1967 Montreal World’s Fair said he was “Just unbelievable”;

References:
1.SkipLaCour.com – visited on March 8, 2014;
2.Wikipedia.org – visited on March 8, 2014;
3.Bodybuilding.com – visited on March 8, 2014;

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