How Do African Bodybuilders Get So Jacked Without Proper Gyms and Supplements?

| by Truth Seeker |


The proper description of traveling is running and searching. People don’t travel to see the Big Ben or the Great Wall. We do it because we need reassurance that the world is bigger than we already know. We are hoping that somewhere the formulas give different results. The ones that we already have are boring, depressing and unsatisfying. So, we travel. Those who don’t are labeled as losers with a limited understanding of the world.

“Which places have you visited,” said Becky to HarryTheBicepsFlexKilla with a ton seeking internal relief. She wanted to know whether the specimen in front of her was a man of mystery or a common fool. She was going to judge him harshly if he hadn’t visited the right patch of dirt or piece of stone. The cues were subtle, but he sensed it

One of the biggest revelations that travelers have after they pass through all the stages is that the places they visit are not nearly as different as they seem on the outside. Many principles and rules overlap. All people are slaves to the same mechanisms and laws.

Traveling is common for the fitness world too. The muscle constructors are looking for wonders all the time. Naturally, social media catalyze the process rather well by focusing on odd phenomenon. We live in times when the mind has acclimated to constant stimulation in the form of “new and exciting” info bombs. We constantly scroll through our feeds in the hope to find a satisfying dose.

An example of this process in the iron world would be the African bodybuilders who display extraterrestrial muscular development despite being limited to a gym facility that resembles a metal graveyard rather than a proper barrack for muscle forging. People look at those men and use them as an example of what can be achieved naturally if you have the right genetics and train hardcore. The logic behind this conclusion is fairly simple – if those men are so limited by the available resources, they can’t possibly be on drugs.

But as it often happens today, most individuals look at the presented information superficially. They see a man who lifts rusted brake rotors instead of proper barbell plates, conclude that there is nothing more to the story and let their minds suffering from a heavy attention deficit disorder catapult them to another informational stimulation. Then they come to me and ask  – “wtf…bro…this fella so big…no plates…no nothing…pls…explain”.

Are Steroids Available in Africa?

When a man sees one of those homemade gyms and the surroundings, it becomes very easy to conclude that steroids would be nothing but a luxury at a similar location. After all, the people there seem to be lacking proper housing. This makes the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs appear unlikely and even exotic.

Yet steroids are not exactly hard to access in some parts of Africa for more than one reason.

Over two-thirds of the people who have HIV/AIDS in the whole world are located in Africa. Many patients receive expensive drugs to treat their illness and then sell them on the black market. Anabolic steroids are part of the list since they prevent muscle loss.

Of course, there are other sources too. Saying that anabolic drugs are impossible to find in Africa due to the poverty picture is not true. Many countries in Africa are more developed and richer than what the average outsider thinks.

But steroids are expensive. Those bodybuilders can’t afford supplements let alone drugs…

It’s a common misconception that steroids are mega expensive and therefore unattainable. That’s what the muscle cartel wants you to think. In reality, a simple cycle could be far cheaper than what the average brainwashed muscle constructor spends on his cocktail of protein powder, creatine, glutamine and joint support.

More importantly, steroids’ prices are lower in the so-called developing countries. However, that comes with a high risk – the sources aren’t always pure. When you are buying from the black market, there are no guarantees.

How important is equipment for reaching your muscle goals?

The ghetto gyms are uncomfortable, unattractive and inconvenient. The machines and barbells look sketchy and potentially dangerous. Knowing exactly how much you lift requires a complex calculation that many probably avoid. Consequently, an accurate implementation of popular training programs becomes impossible.

While the difficulties associated with scrap metal equipment are undeniable, you can still get a workout and stimulate growth with less than perfect inventory. Sure, it’s somewhat nasty, but the muscles are working hard nevertheless. Your fibers cannot ignore the stress just because the source is not an aristocratic barbell. Besides, there are many simple exercises such as weighted dips and pull-ups that are even less affected by the lack of equipment worthy of residing in an expensive first world gym.

High-end tools can certainly make training more pleasant and prolong the careers of those tired of dealing with the edgy character of homemade iron but will not increase your hypertrophy shares as much as you think.

An expensive car offers greater comfort and extras, but if the speed limits are respected, an old rusty ride can get you to your destination in the same amount of time.

The poverty gyms are certainly holding people back but not really to the degree that the naïve minds think. It’s not like 50lbs of extra meat are awaiting the ghetto warriors if they join a modern facility.

Another fact that people need to be aware of would be the presence of modern fancy gyms in Africa.

Many of the images and videos showcasing the hardcore training of African bodybuilders are from Ghana. Here’s an exercise for those who think that the only weights in Ghana are clutch disks – fire up an online search with the following keywords “gyms in Ghana”. You will see that there are many places, primarily in the capital, that are no different than the commercial gyms in a western country.

via:; Samuel Kulbila

Larger than Life

Samuel Kulbila is one of the popular bodybuilders from Ghana. He’s been featured in many videos, including Generation Iron. Let’s look at the stats of that man.

Height: 5’8”/172.72cm
Weight: 88.9kg/195.58lbs [off season] | 87kg/191lbs [contest ready]


Kulbila has the stats of a retro bodybuilder from the time of Frank Zane who was 5’9” and 185lbs in contest condition himself. Zane had access to the best gyms in the world whereas Kulbila is lifting pipes strapped with rotten metal.

The stats of Kulbila would be enough to compete during the 70s (the Golden Era of Bodybuilding), next to bodybuilders using anabolic drugs.

I am sorry to inform you, but most of you will never be 87kg and lean, even if you are much taller than 5’8”, regardless of your supplement protocol or program shenanigans.

In 2014, after 3 years and six months of training, Kulbila placed 3rd in the middleweight division of the competition Man Ghana National Championship – a big bodybuilding contest in the country. I doubt that all the participants were lifting in poor gyms. Yet Kulbila placed very high despite his relatively short career at the time and lack of professional equipment.

In an interview, Kulbila has stated that he doesn’t eat calories and is a heavy carb user. As a bonus, he doesn’t really know how much weight he is lifting due to the specifics of his training facility.

Do you really think that an average person can build an equal physique with a similar attitude? I don’t.

Kulbila (right) in an actual commercial gym. | source: Instagram [ ]

#No Excuses? What if I tell you that they are playing with your perception?

Similar stories usually come with #no excuses. This criticism is targeting people who have excellent resources for lifting and yet complain that they can’t attain results.

It’s true that some first world citizens are soft and spoiled, but there are also muscle apprentices who have put equal or even more effort into their careers than the African bodybuilders training in the slums. Many lifters take full advantage of their barbell house while following better diets than Kulbila and yet they fail to display a muscular development of the same grandeur. What are they guilty of? Should they lift concrete blocks to make it right? Maybe rusted metal has inherently anabolic properties?

In reality, the media is simply playing with people’s right brains. They want you to think that everything is possible as long as you have the proper motivation. That’s a lie. If the conditions demanded by your goal are not present, #passion will not do much for you. Motivation is probably the scam of the century.

But they’re black!

People of African descent can be great athletes, but there is also that thing called diversity within a race. You can be black without having the genetics of a top-class sprinter for instance.

But even if all black people were blessed with extraordinary unheard-of hypertrophy capabilities, it still doesn’t change the fact that all pros regardless of race are not natural. The natural limits apply to all.

At the end of the day, it comes down to your personal genetic makeup. You can have great or poor genes for muscle construction regardless of your racial origin.


Waiting For the Miracle

The kids still think that the world is bigger than it is. We want to believe that someone out there does not answer to the laws controlling us from the start. And since we live in a realm where we spend most of our time trying to distract ourselves from the modern reality, we are willing to believe in miracles. But those miracles, my friend, always have an explanation deprived of the magic we expect and loaded with the very same reality we run from.

As I told you in the previous post, if a result is present, the conditions that it demands are present too.

If someone can fly a plane, he was trained to do it.

If someone is as big as a pro, he has covered the requirements necessary to become one.

If someone drives a car like a F1 driver, he is a F1 driver.

For better or worse, the world is neither as vast as you think nor are people as different as we like to believe. The rules of nature apply to everyone.

So, how do the African bodybuilders get so jacked without proper equipment and supplements?

Those gyms may be primitive, but at the end of the day, the social plasticity found there reflects that of a modern, luxurious facility – some use steroids, some don’t. There are no unicorns or secrets that you are unaware of.

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  1. swabbie

    These guys on picturers are natty as oil rafinery
    They look way to much jacked for natural lifters – just another bunch of steroid junkies

    1. jim

      He’s one inch taller than me but 10kg more……100% not natural. Sandow was 5ft 9″ and about 84kg….

      Steroids add an extra 10-15kg of muscle to your frame no amount of training/diet can ever do.

  2. Jai

    Awesome awesome post my friend.. U Rock… Ur an amazing writer. Hugs to u

  3. Wladimir

    Can you do an article on the use of steroids and PED’s in basketball, and particularly Lebron James?

  4. Wladimir

    Can you do an article on Lebron James and use of PED’s in basketball?

  5. JardaH

    Great article.

    I have visited Gambia, and I was surprised that a lot of beach boys (just sprinting around a beach and doing pushups) are looking great. And yes, your body is more photogenic when ripped 65 kg guy than 90 kg bulked out natural fatso bodybuilder 🙂

    Also Motivation may be affected genetically:

    So, if you know people that do have a lack of will and cannot get motivated, it may not be their fault, you cannot beat genes.

    1. jim

      except he was nearly 90kg and ripped which puts him at an unnatural level. If he was 77kg he’d be natural…not at 87kg

  6. Luciano

    There is this famous nigerian guy here in Brazil, he competes in IFBB and claims to be natural, all his contenders using drugs of course. A youtube channel even took him to a doctor, did exams, and the doctor said that he sees nothing that points to steroids use, the guy even had low test in the 100s ng/dL. But only a anti doping test would really confirm this ( and even then… ).

    His instagram is obinnanignatural, he is a great guy, very good person, but it’s difficult to believe.

    I also did a “steroids buy nigeria” google search and found telephone numbers to buy with ease.

    By the way I have your three first books. Love them, but can’t get the others because 1$ equals 4 brazilian reais, really fucked economy. lol One day I will be rich enough to read them. Thanks for everything

  7. Robert

    New Natty or Not article = dopamine hit

  8. Eduardo

    Just to add some info related to steroids availability in underdeveloped countries, I live in Brazil and here you can find pharmaceutical grade testosterone cypionate (labeled as Deposteron) for R$ 40,00 (approximately US$ 10,00) a box with 3 ampoules of 200mg. As the sale is only permitted with medical receipt, it is almost impossible to buy it in big drugstores without a medical prescription. However, it is not that difficult to buy it in smaller drugstores from poor neighborhoods (where there is less surveillance of the government). You probably will need to pay anj additional cost to buy in these places thought, maybe around R$ 60,00 (US$ 15,00) per box).
    This means that an 8 weeks/400mg per week cycle would cost approximately US$ 90,00, and you would still have 2 remaining ampoules for your next cycle.
    I imagine that in Africa this cost would be even lower, because most of its countries are poorer than Brazil and because there is less money available for governmental control over the sale of medicines, which makes it easier to buy them in drusgtores without a medical prescription (in Brazil, until the mid-2000s, you could step into any drugstore and buy deposteron without a prescription).

    1. realitybites

      You probably meant vials (10ml), not the 1ml ampoules.

      1. Luciano

        Vials only in the black market. In Brazil we still use ampoules.

    2. Fatman

      Two problems with that. One, in most African countries there is no local supply of testosterone, and indeed many other much more needed medications. Any steroids coming in would have to be imported, therefore cheaper. Two, bodybuilding is not very popular, with the exception of Western African places like Nigeria, Senegal and Ivory Coast (I guess you could include Ghana there too). You can literally walk around for days and not see a single jacked person. So the costs of juicing in many African countries would be significantly higher than in Brazil.

  9. Arun nt

    The thing is you don’t need fancy equipments or protein ocd to build muscle,I would even say they r’s completely possible to build muscle with minimum protein this lying moron is a steroid junkie.without steroids he would weigh 70 kg approx ripped ,don’t firget for his height even thats good naturally and steroids r powerful enough to give him that extra 15 kgs and unnatural musculature.even a stupid Dianabol only cycle equals 2 year natural bodybuilding cycle. I hail from india which is a poor country but not that everyone is poor here and steroid usage is rampant among gym rats you told,motivation is the biggest scam but not in this century alone.if African genes r unnatural why normal African looks like a couch potato and why there r no African bodybuilders in ancient times.they would not have been slaves in the first place if every African is a test oozing macho man as claimed by gullible morons.

    1. Fatman

      That’s not a great analogy. The states that today form India produced some of the strongest and most exemplary specimens of bodybuilders in ancient times, and physical culture was widespread. Yet they got subjugated by a handful of British soldiers recruited from the very bottom of the genetic barrel (poor and often diseased slum-dwellers).

  10. wittgenstein

    I wont consider this concluded until we hear what does Bosko to say about freedom of black people cognitive faculties.

  11. Jackhammer

    I came across these guys on the internet and the first thing that popped into my head was “here’s a perfect topic for NoN!”

    And here you are..

    You nailed it, Natty Brah.

    Robert (above) said it… new article = dope hit.

  12. OlfactiveT

    Love your pessimism. A great eye opener.
    My take aways:
    1. The rules of nature apply to everyone
    2. Motivation is probably scam of the century

  13. Boskothearistocrat

    Truthseeker, great observation. And we should mention that, and never ever ever forget,
    THE special pumping before fotosesions . Doing high reps totalbody to pump blood there, before contest bodybuilding stuff you know. Best regards

  14. Rafael

    I don’t believe for a day that this guy trains on that junkyard, that’s certainly only to create this BS narrative and to show off on the internet to get fans.

  15. Creag Bozz

    Hey Truthseeker. Quality work as usual. I love it when I check the site and see there is a new article up. Would be good if you could make then more regular so we don’t have to wait so long for new content.

    Could you do an article on Charles Bronson’s Solitary Fitness book? I’d like to hear what you think about it. He’s completely insane and so an article on him could be highly comical, but he says he is massively against steroids. Being in solitary confinement he is prob genuine natty too.

    1. swabbie

      Quite unusual and maybe the best fitness book (also very cheap) that you can get along with Never Gymless – particulary interesting is that Bronson put lot of isometric exercises in his workout program, lots of good advices for cheap and minimalistic training with minimum money and equipment and somewhat funny and bizzare ideas, yet original

  16. sLaYeR

    Thank you capitalism. It is funny to see roid junkies in Saudi Arabia, Africa and third world countries. The pharmaceutic cartel is making more money from the steroids than with the other illegal drugs.

  17. Creag Bozz

    Have you read it then Swabble? I must get it. I heard some people complaining there was too much volume… Only really viable time wise if you are in solitary confinement lol.

    Bronson is certainly big, but not ripped. Though you souks say he looked muscle bound as opposed to fat overall. I hear he holds the prison record for bench press too. Dunno whether that’s a rumour, but if true maybe he is breaking natty limits?

  18. Brett

    Sometimes its just hard to accept that someone out there is better than you.

    I once saw a black man selling crappy Chinese goods at a stop street. He was quite ripped, and vascular and noticibly muscular. I live in South Africa where poverty is ripe.

    I doubt this individual was taking steroids, when quite honestly his day job was walking down the centre line in between cars and selling fake sunglasses.

    Don’t get me wrong. I really wanted to blame it all on steroids. Because, how else could he look better than me? I put in so much hard work, over ten years, right?

    That would of been the easy thing to do. But instead I chose to accept that he was just genetically gifted and swollow my pride.

    But that’s just my opinion. Some times the truth hurts just as much as the truth hurts.

  19. Wittgenstein

    Thruth hurts when you are living a lie, Brett, after ten years i have not faced a big and ripped natty, yeah i met guys doing anphetamines, caffeine, nootropics. Ye, very ripped visible muscles despite clothes, but still they didnt have the steve reeves shape, when you have been 10 years in the game you know whos using, from test, dbol wet looks and halotestin, tren, winny grassy backs. Go all do trt, adex gonadotropin and sarms for the prostate, end of misery.

  20. 3U66S

    NattyorNot, I was going to re-read the article you’ve made that was about the calisthenics illusion of getting bigger and it says that the page was blocked by Kerio Control and the content is gone. I wonder what happened to it, censorship maybe?

    1. Truth Seeker Post author

      No, idea. What’s Kerio Control?

  21. Nico B

    Great article, very informative, as always

  22. MB

    Interesting article.
    And how do people who are in prison get jacked? Or is that only in the movies?

    1. Truth Seeker Post author

      They get jacked the same way people outside get jacked.

      1. MB

        But if people are in prison, how can they have access to drugs?

        1. Truth Seeker Post author

          Through smuggling.

          1. MB

            Oh.. ok. By corrupt guards then or with a present or so…

  23. Occam

    What the author has written about anti-AIDS drugs being anabolic steroid is true. Look at this old homeless Aids patient:

    Do you think he became so jacked just bodyweighting in the street and eating at the soup kitchen?

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