Powered by hope with an unfathomable and yet intense source, natural knights from all walks of life have been pursuing the quest for growth with a peculiar intensity that starts strong, then gradually diminishes, and right when the warrior is about to relinquish the operation, a new source of faith appears, dives into the abyss and prevents the crash of the falling dream.
Almost every time, the vitality of the rescue impulse is found in a new training method and a mysterious nutritional protocol which together form a union capable of catalyzing the metamorphosis that the heart of the natty has been bleeding for.
As a result, the assassins of atrophy who have seemingly discovered the mystery behind natural growth are always producing tremors within the deepest layers of the natty’s soul. One of those warriors is Alpha Destiny – a strong lifter, a YouTube personality, and before all – a muscular individual claiming to have discovered the road to a high-level muscle synthesis that according to many inhabits only the world of the needle samurai.
Can you really break the lean mass calculator as a natural by starting a passionate affair with a heavy barbell?
Is this reality or just another stratum of the same fantasy?
Is Alpha Destiny natural or not? Let’s begin the analysis.
What are the stats of Alpha Destiny?
As of March 2017, the body stats of Alpha Destiny are:
Body fat: unknown, but visible lower abs and serratus anterior indicate body fat levels no higher than 12-13%
What does the Fat Free Mass Index (FFMI) calculator say?
The Fat Free Mass Index (FFMI) belongs to the class of bodyweight indexes and accounts for the amount of lean body mass that an individual carries in relation to his weight and height. The formula was originally created in 1995 after a sample of 157 male athletes (83 users of anabolic-androgenic steroids and 74 nonusers) underwent an analysis. The conclusion was that men whose FFMI is equal or over 25 are most likely taking anabolic steroids. As a consequence, the FFMI has served as a natty or not detector for a long time.
The FFMI of Alpha Destiny is hovering around 25 which technically makes him a non-natural.
However, the FFMI system receives a significant criticism, and many try to render it inaccurate and useless. In a video uploaded on YouTube, Alpha Destiny criticizes the FFMI approach himself. His major point is that the formula does not account for bone thickness. Thus, a short man who has extremely big bones could break the FFMI formula without knowing the difference between bananas and anabolic steroids.
To illustrate his point, Alpha Destiny gives as an example a man who is 5’5”/165cm tall and has a 10-inch (25.4cm) wrist. According to Alpha Destiny, a man with similar physical properties ”disarms” the FFMI completely.
In theory, somewhere in this universe, there may be men carrying skeletons of that magnitude. Yet a bone structure that thick would definitely be an anomaly rather than the norm.
Let’s see how common it is to have a 10-inch (25.4cm) wrist.
In the graph below, you see the results of a research published in a technical report entitled: 1995 Matched Anthropometric Database of U.S. Marine Corps Personnel: Summary Statistics
The conclusion is that out of 4447 males who took part in the study, 99% have a wrist circumference smaller than 7.67 inches (19.4818cm).
Note: A percentile means ”percentages below”. Thus, the people who fall in the 99 percentile form the top 1%.
In other words, it’s pretty safe to say that everything above an 8-inch (20.32cm) wrist is exceptionally rare.
The claim of Alpha Destiny that the FFMI is invalid by default because it doesn’t account for infrequent scenarios is subject to criticism itself because most statistical studies target the majority rather than the minority.
If a medicament causes side effects only in 1% of the patients, it would still be considered valuable because it helps the rest 99%, wouldn’t it?
Note: Even the wrists of a ”genetic freak” like the arm wrestler Denis Cyplenkov are not 10 inches. According to www.xsportnews.com, they are 9.4 inches (23.8cm).
Conclusion: To find a man who is 5’5”/165.1cm tall and has a 10-inch wrist, one would have to search for a really long time. Maybe forever.
Is Alpha Destiny part of that 1%?
No. The wrist size of Alpha Destiny is between 6.5-7.5 inches (16.5cm – 19cm). I say between because his wrists and ankles have mysteriously grown. According to old videos his wrist size was 6.5, but as of today, it has evolved to 7.5 inches as he says so in a comment.
We have to ask ourselves – can joints really get bigger without their owner getting fat as hell in the process? The answer, for the most part, is no. Technically, the tendons and other connective tissues can thicken and increase in size somewhat, but it takes many years of direct abuse.
A research from 2015 concluded that performance climbers with at least 15 years of experience have finger joints and tendons 62-76% thicker than those of non-climbers. Nonetheless, this is a result of active contact with a very rough surface area. I personally wouldn’t count on getting my wrists an inch bigger with exercise any time soon.
But even if the wrist size of Alpha Destiny has truly increased thanks to special joint thickening techniques, it’s still not 10 inches. Thus, Alpha Destiny is not part of the rare breed he is talking about.
He doesn’t have the skeleton required to break the FFMI calculator. Only his hypothetical hero does, but that hero is a rarity.
Why would Alpha Destiny claim that his joints have increased in size when we all know that only muscles grow?
There are a few possible explanations:
- He measured them wrong the first or the second time.
- He has upgraded his wrist and ankle circumferences artificially so that the calculators measuring the natural potential output believable data corresponding to his current size.
But people say that an FFMI over 25 is 100% possible naturally!
Yes, people used to say that in the 90s until Dr. Harry Pope, MD at Harvard, came to the conclusion that the average FFMI for steroid users was actually about 23.3. Therefore, Alpha Destiny’s FFMI of 25 or so does not equal a natty status by default.
Let’s assume that Alpha Destiny is 100% natural despite the significant amount of muscle mass that he is carrying. What would hypothetically happen if this man decides to do a few mild steroid cycles and gain 20-25lbs (9-11kg) of muscle mass?
If Alpha Destiny was to do that, his stats would upgrade to:
Bodyweight: 176lbs (current weight) + 20lbs (gain from a few mild steroid cycles) = 196lbs/89kg
Bodyfat: 12% (I will keep it unchanged although his body fat percentage should technically drop if his gains are lean. )
In that situation, the FFMI of Alpha Destiny would rise to about 28.
Serge Nubret had an FFMI of 25.9 at 6’@200@5% body fat.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had an FFMI of 28.9 at 6’2@235lbs@5% body fat.
Franco Columbo had an FFMI of 29.4 at 5’5”@185lbs@5% body fat.
In conclusion, Alpha Destiny is a few cycles away from acquiring an FFMI that would classify him as an elite bodybuilder during the 70s when steroids were legal and therefore widely available and used.
In case you don’t know, a cycle or two don’t make a professional bodybuilder – neither today nor in the 70s. It takes more time in the drug zone to acquire that much mass.
The Diet of Alpha Destiny Would Make Almost Anyone Fat
In one of his videos, Alpha Destiny described his diet as follows – 4,000 calories with an emphasis on carbohydrates.
The maintenance calories for a man who is 5’5”@175lbs are around 2100-2800 depending on his activity levels. Therefore, the remaining 1200-1900 calories are an excess. I can tell you with certainty that a man consuming 1200 calories over his daily needs will gain a significant amount of fat if he preserves his dietary habits for a long time.
Honestly, most people don’t need calculators to comprehend that 4k calories will turn almost anyone into a lard collector. And while Alpha Destiny is not shredded, he is definitely not fat.
This leaves us with a few possibilities:
- Alpha Destiny gets away with an extreme amount of calories because he is carrying an unnatural amount of lean body mass speeding his metabolism.
- The calories he consumes do not amount to 4000 calories, and he is just providing a boosted number.
- He burns a lot of energy. (Unlikely, since he isn’t an endurance athlete. Weightlifting does not burn that many calories unless you are a professional spending an entire day in the gym. For example, a heavy deadlift may leave you drained for days, but the act itself does not burn a lot of calories.)
Alpha Destiny Defends His Natural Status with ”Right-brain” Arguments
In a video entitled ”Is Alpha Destiny natural?”, Mr. Destiny explains his ability to gain muscle mass with classic arguments such as – full body training, proper nutrition, special lifting tactics…etc. And while we all know that dedicated training and healthy nutritional plans are beneficial, the lifting houses are infested with naturals who don’t manifest an exceptional muscular development despite following the teachings of the muscle scholars. A man capable of coherent thought would demand a more thoughtful explanation. Yet the video does not contain one.
At the beginning of the clip, Mr. Destiny declares: ”Do I look like a goddamn, juice-head?” in an obvious attempt to use the common perception of a juice-head as a way to defend his natural status.
I have a question. How does a ”juice-head” look like?
Since the online realm has been infested with an endless amount of fake naturals, many have formed an incomplete and unrealistic idea of the natural body. Muscle constructors often wrongfully assume that every big man who isn’t super lean, dry, ”veiny” and muscular is carrying a natural physique.
I am almost sorry to inform you that a man has to pass through various stages to acquire the look of a modern pro or even a YouTube muscle celebrity. It’s not like you inject and wake up with an otherworldly body the next day. It’s a gradual process that begins with low doses just like training starts with light weights. Moreover, you don’t have to be ”shredded” to be a juice-head. A body fat on the higher side does not make a man natural. There are many grotesquely fat powerlifters who take more steroids than an amateur bodybuilder. But since people refuse to activate their left-brains even for a second, statements such as: ”Do I look like a goddamn, juice-head?” continue to serve as a successful defense argument. In reality, however, a similar claim has zero value since the mainstream perception of ”natural” and ”unnatural” is altered significantly.
Look at Jason Blaha – another popular YouTube muscle man. He has admitted to drug use, and yet he wouldn’t have a hard time convincing the unaware beginners that he is 100% natural and owes his physique to some sort of wicked programming. Why? Because he is far from lean and doesn’t have the required muscle insertions and frame to satisfy the modern ”steroid look”.
In conclusion – looks can be deceiving, but the amount of muscle mass that one carries never lies.
People Are Constantly Making Alpha Destiny Fatter Than He Is
Many unaware souls are of the belief that unless you are 5% body fat with rivers of striations covering your entire body, you are fat. When the online professors fail to locate those properties on Alpha Destiny, they conclude that he is on the fat side. He isn’t. In all of his videos, he maintains ab visibility. He isn’t above 12-13%. And while this level of conditioning is far from contest leanness, it doesn’t represent fatness. Yet some people treat him like he is an obese whale that will have to lose 60lbs/27kg to get shredded. Sorry, but no.
Alpha Destiny Believes That the Natural Limit Is Almost Endless/Unreachable
Many people laugh at the idea of a natural limit and treat it as a topic that only losers bring up. Yet the natural limit is very real. You have to understand that the body has natural ”brakes” that prevent protein synthesis (growth) beyond a certain point. The body is built to survive – not to satisfy your desire to acquire an aesthetic physique.
He Is Big Because He Is Short
I have never heard an argument as dumb as this one, but since it seems to be the dominant opinion in regards to Mr. Destiny, I have to address it.
Where is the logic behind this statement? Being short does not make you a hypertrophy machine. A 5’5” man does not possess better muscle building faculties than a man who is 6’2” tall. The only difference between the two is that the short man will have to gain less weight to fill out his frame. However, this doesn’t mean that the short man can build more mass than the tall man, nor does it mean that short men have a better natural potential.
If the statement is modified to ”he looks big because he is short”, it would make a little more sense. However, the reality is that even a man who is 5’9”-6′ tall would look like he lifts if he was to borrow the lean body mass of Alpha Destiny.
Bottom line: Being short does not make you better at building muscle. It makes you more efficient. Nevertheless, the world is full of short ”hardgainers” who would be lucky to break 140lbs/63kg at 5’5”/165cm in a lean condition.
According to Alpha Destiny the physique of Zyzz is 100% attainable naturally
Alpha Destiny has written an article entitled How To Look Like Zyzz Without Drugs where he outlines what it takes to build a physique like Zyzz’s naturally.
As you may already know, Zyzz wasn’t a fake natty. He was a straight up steroid user and even posted his cycles online. He didn’t lie about his natural status.
Is his body attainable naturally? Absolutely no.
”But he was not that big,” screams the dreamer.
205lbs/93kg at 6’1.5”/187cm shredded to the bone is not big? On what planet are you living, my friend.
The reality is that Zyzz was HUGE. The only reason why anyone would say otherwise is emotional conditioning. You think he is ”small” because your brain has been bathing in images of over-roided bodybuilders on YouTube.
Back in the day, I spent a month analyzing only IFBB pros in order to prepare a post. After that period, physique competitors started to appear small to me even though in real life they would dwarf me beyond belief and will look absolutely huge in any gym they go to. Yet they looked ”small” because my mind had been overloaded with images of IFBB pros who are even bigger. Guys who say that Zyzz was small are often victims of the same conditioning.
Alpha Destiny Says That Zyzz Was Weak
The fact that there are naturals who can replicate Zyzz’s numbers does not mean that his physique can be achieved naturally too. Let’s not forget that Zyzz neither trained for strength nor followed a proper regime outside of the gym. Besides, who has the better chest? The guy benching two plates or the guy benching three plates? After a certain threshold, it’s all about genetics and drug use.
One of the biggest chests that I have seen was owned by a man who was not natural and routinely benching a little over a plate. The most I saw him lift was 240lbs/110kg for a double.
Another thing that people have to consider are leverages. Unlike Alpha Destiny, Zyzz is tall. There is a big difference between a 6’1” tall man benching and a 5’5” man benching. Once I saw a 125kg/275lbs fat powerlifter miss a 308lbs/140kg bench press. Why? Because 308lbs/140kg are not exactly light for a man who is 6’5”/195.5cm tall and has very long arms.
Alpha Destiny also claims that the legs of Zyzz were small, but that ain’t true either. His legs were lean and mean. Most natties would kill for quads like that.
A note on muscle quality
You can ”out-lift” Zyzz. You can ”out-diet” Zyzz. You can follow the routines of Alpha Destiny or Beta Destiny for that matter, but you will never have the muscle quality of Zyzz for two reasons – he was on drugs and had very good muscle insertions.
Why is this important?
It’s important because it shows the mindset of Alpha Destiny. He gives false hope to people. He says that the sky is the limit for naturals armed with the right program. Not true at all.
There Isn’t a Program That Can Help You Break Out of the Natty Prison
What is muscle growth? In a nutshell, muscle growth is the synthesis of extra protein. Whenever your body synthesizes more muscle protein, you get bigger. Therefore, if you want to grow, you have to make your body produce muscle protein. How do you do that? You lift.
However, just like your body has a limit on how tall it can grow, it also has a limit on how much protein synthesis it can sustain. Eventually, the fun has to end because the hormones in the system don’t allow further growth.
No amount of training can stimulate protein synthesis beyond the limit allowed by your current hormonal profile. Period. This is why women are smaller than men. This is why steroids work. They alter the normal processes in the cell and allow further protein synthesis. You can think of steroids as a bribe given to the cell to catalyze extra synthesis of protein.
Training cannot do that. Once you have maxed out, growth will not happen even if you continue to train very hard. Yes, when you lift, you will tear the muscle, but it will recover without getting bigger. Therefore, there isn’t a training program that can give you a body like Zyzz’s naturally.
I am bloated. Therefore, I am natural.
Many of Mr. Destiny’s fans try to protect the natural crown of their leader by claiming that he is not only fat but also ”bloated”, and consequently a large part of his lean body mass is water.
Mr. Destiny explains his watery condition with a Mediterranean diet calling for large quantities of pasta and bread which promote water gain due to a rich content of carbohydrates.
Do you know what else promotes weight gain? The so-called ”wet” steroid compounds. Steroids such as testosterone, Deca Durabolin and Dianabol aromatize in the body and convert to estrogen which in return causes a buildup of water between the muscle cells. The extra water boosts the muscles’ repair faculties and promotes strength gains at the expenses of muscle definition. In short, you don’t have to be lean and dry to be a roid user.
Since Alpha Destiny puts a lot of emphasis on strength and the so-called Big Popa/bear look, it would be logical for him to rely on wet compounds instead of dry compounds such as Winstrol.
”Dry” steroids are dangerous when your primary goal is strength development since they dry the fluid in your joints. This is why so many people report joint pain when taking Winstrol, Trenbolone…etc.
This partially explains why Mr. Destiny could be on roids without looking like Zyzz or Jeff Seid for example. Yet the kids are too delusional to realize this possibility. They think that all roid users look exactly the same – shredded and vascular. Taking steroids is a complicated science. Much more complicated than training.
“Alpha Destiny is not that big. He is a sculptor who builds the proper muscles to create the illusion of extreme muscular development,” says the dreamer.
How about no? He has big traps, legs, arms, forearms, chest, lats… etc. His whole body is developed. He has zero weak body parts. There are no illusions other than those in your head.
Factors suggesting that AlphaDestiny is natural.
1. He doesn’t have the Zyzz look. (This isn’t concrete evidence as already explained.)
2. He tells you that he is natural. (IFBB pros do the same.)
3. He has a special training program. (Training programs do not have the capacity to break the natty limits, for they are incapable of stimulating an unnatural synthesis of muscle protein. You can’t break the natty limits with cheated T-bar rows. Sorry.)
4. The FFMI calculator is flawed. (It has flaws, but the argument provided by AlphaDestiny is invalid. More often than not, the FFMI calculator is efficient.)
Factors suggesting that AlphaDestiny is not natural.
1. He is simply too big – 176lbs/80kg @ 5’5”/165cm and fairly lean.
2. Premature aging of the face and accelerated hair loss. (Debatable and far from a solid argument but worth mentioning)
3. Ideas based on broscience.
4. An incentive to promote broscience.
In short, there is a very high chance that he isn’t 100% lifetime natural.
One thing is certain, though. Most people don’t have the capacity to build that mass 100% naturally.