Doctor Jim Stoppani is an expert in the field of training and nutrition. He has a solid physique and has trained many celebrities such as LL Cool J, Dr. Dre, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mario Lopez and others. On bodybuilding.com, he is also presented as a supplement guru. As always, the question is – can you acquire the physique of Jim Stoppani without anabolic steroids?
How big is Dr. Jim Stoppani?
According to his bodyspace, Dr. Jim Stoppani has the following stats:
6’1″ – 185 cm
220lbs – 100kg
5% body fat
Unfortunately, the guide for natural bodybuilders puts a 6’1″ tall man at about 190lbs natural weight at 5-8% body fat. This means that Dr. Jim Stoppani is 30lbs over what nattyornot.com considers possible for a truly gifted and dedicated natural bodybuilder.
Of course, one could argue that the guide is largely underestimating the human potential for muscle growth, but the majority of the people who have expressed a similar belief have been fat or not natural.
To illustrate how big Jim Stoppani Ph.D. actually is, I am going to compare him to Serge Nubret – a professional bodybuilder from the Golden Era of Bodybuilding.
At his best, Nubret had the following stats:
6′ – 183cm
200 lbs – 91 kg
5% body fat
Conclusion: Jim Stoppani is 20lbs heavier than Serge Nubret while being about as lean and 1-inch taller.
Note: Wikipedia lists Serge Nubret at 220lbs bodyweight, but he has said himself many times that his weight was 200lbs in most competitions. But even if Serge was 220lbs, that still means that Dr. Jim Stoppani is about as big as a legendary bodybuilder who competed with Arnold Schwarzenegger. And by the way, there’s no doubt that Arnold took steroids despite having good genetics.
In the image below, you can see Serge Nubret, Sergio Oliva, and Arnold Schwarzenegger next to each other. Sergio Oliva and Arnold have both admitted to using anabolic steroids. Serge claimed that he was natural, but according to some of his old gym buddies, he was using the powerful anabolic steroid Primobolan as well as many others.
Dr. Jim Stoppani is not exactly young
Dr. Jim Stoppani is 46 years old, and as we all know, age is a huge factor. As we age, the natural production of testosterone decreases, which limits your growth. It seems, however, that Dr. Jim Stoppani does not have similar problems and carries a massive physique even at 46.
Nattyornot.com is not going to fall into the trap of making a definitive statement in regards to Dr. Jim Stoppani’s natural status. However, consider the following:
1. The greatest bodybuilders from the Golden Era were not natural despite having great genetics.
2. Modern natural models and bodybuilders are as big the greats from the Golden Era.
3. Anabolic steroids alter the synthesis of muscle protein in the body. This results in growth beyond the natural potential. Training and nutrition cannot do that and therefore fail to produce steroids-like results on their own.