Zef Zakaveli is one of the most popular bodyweight masters. His online and offline presence has had a tremendous impact on the street workout movement. People are impressed not only by his skills but also by his muscular body.
As a result, many begin to wonder whether a physique can become a reality without anabolic steroids. Let’s find out.
How big is Zef Zakaveli?
The official Facebook page of Zef Zakaveli says that his weight is 153lbs/69.5kg.
However, there was no information regarding his height, and I had to perform a small investigation. In the photo below, you see Al Kavaldo and Zef next to each other. It’s obvious that Zef is at least 1 inch (2.5cm) shorter than Kavaldo which puts him between 5’9″ and 5 10″ (Al Kavaldo is 5’11”).
This means that Zef is under nattyornot.com’s estimations for natural bodybuilders.
Does Zef Zakaveli have the Photoshop Look?
I went through a lot of photos and clips of Zef on the Internet. Honestly, he does not display the classic Photoshop look, especially in videos.
What stands the most in Zakaveli’s case are his arms. They are big.
That growth is the result of two main factors:
– his arm tendons are very short
The shorter the arm tendon, the longer the muscle belly. When the muscle bellies are long, there’s more potential for muscular growth.
If you look at bodybuilders famous for their enormous arm development, you will discover that a vast majority of them have/had long muscle bellies and short tendons (e.g., Serge Nubret, Arnold, Sergio Oliva).
Conversely, the lifters with shorter muscle bellies and long tendons often have poor arm development, albeit their “bicep peaks” are often more pronounced.
– most of the exercises that Zakaveli does are arm/shoulder girdle dominant
The movements in street workout are upper body dominant. When you train your chest, arms, back, and core at the expense of your lower body, similar abnormalities happen.
If you look at Zakaveli with clear eyes, you will see that besides his arms and chest he is not that big. Zef’s legs and calves are certainly small. He also has a pencil neck and lagging traps – something rarely seen among users of anabolic steroids.
Nothing indicates that Zef Zakaveli is using anabolic steroids. You can achieve a similar physique without drugs. However, you can’t look exactly like him since people have different muscle insertions and bone structure. Even if you can do everything that he does, you won’t look like him.