Chris Jones is the face of the popular YouTube fitness channel Physique of Greatness. He possesses a physique that many aspire to acquire.
Of course, similarly to other popular fitness guys on YouTube, Chris Jones is subject to controversy. People follow his routines and diet plans but rarely reach his physical greatness.
What’s the problem? Is Chris Jones truly natural like he says or is there more to the story?
Before making a decision consider the following:
1. Chris Jones looks composed in Photoshop
As you can see, Chris Jones carries an appreciable amount of mass at a very low body fat. True natural bodybuilders have a very hard time looking that full when they are 5-8% body fat.
2. Chris Jones’ bodyweight fluctuates too much.
Chris Jones seems to love dirty bulking and cutting phases. This means that he likes to gain a significant amount of fat when bulking and lose it during the leaning out stage. Experienced true natural bodybuilders hate this strategy and usually avoid it.
When you gain fat, you are adding more fat cells to the body. Those fat cells never go away. They stay with you forever. When you lose weight, they only shrink. If you have been fat in the past, it’s easier to get back to the same level of fatness. As always, doing something for the first time is the hardest. Each re-attempt is easier. You can call this fat memory if you want.
Why would a natural bodybuilder purposely add fat cells to his body? Yes, you can lose the extra weight later, but this strategy increases your fatness threshold and makes you more susceptible to future fat gains.
Additionally, true natural bodybuilders stay away from extreme cutting phases where you go from 20% BF to 8% BF. The idea is that when you spend so much time in a caloric deficit (eating fewer calories than you burn), you also lose some of the precious muscle mass and strength you’ve worked so hard for. Natties don’t have the luxury of using drugs to preserve muscle mass during diets.
3. Admitting to steroid usage equals money losses.
If Chris Jones, or another member of the aesthetic crew, was to admit to steroid usage, he would arguably lose a lot of fans and YouTube views. (I don’t believe that’s true actually, but many people seem to think this way.) This equals potential financial losses and publicly admitting to a crime (possession and usage of illegal substances).
For that reason, many fake natural bodybuilders keep their usage hidden. Don’t expect any of them to ever come out clean voluntarily.
4. It’s a ”mafia” out there.
All fitness YouTubers have their backs. For example, Chris Jones is found on the web page of TigerFitness, which is a property of Marc Lobliner – an obvious steroid user. The fitness channels on YouTube simply promote each other and their subsidiary companies.
5. Chris Jones relies too much on pumping routines.
The routines of Chris Jones are full of pumping exercises and vanity movements. It’s a well-known fact that similar workouts produce poorer results compared to programs built around solid foundation exercises.
6. Chris Jones rivals the muscular development of known steroid users.
It’s really hard to find accurate information on Chris Jones’ weight and height. After a lengthy research, NattyOrNot.com discovered that he is 5’7” (170cm) tall and weighs about 179-190 lbs (81kg) in shape.
In comparison, three times Mr.Olympia Frank Zane competed at 5’9″ (175 cm) @ 185 lbs (84 kg). Jones is 2 inches shorter and weighs about as much as Zane used to.
Question is, what’s the secret of modern natural bodybuilders? How are they getting to the stats of former pros?
You already know it.
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