Some people think he may have during the time he competed twice in the men’s physique category in the Mr. Olympia competition.
This legend stands 6’1, weighs in between 205 and 212 pounds, and his body fat wavers between 5% and 7%.
Is it possible that he achieved these results naturally though?
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He stresses doing everything naturally, i.e. without the use of anabolic steroids.
He advises his fans that they need to find a good balance of physical, mental, and spiritual in order to find happiness.
Steve Cook started out as a high school football star in Idaho who became enamored with physique building at a young age.
His father was an athletic director and coach who trained his son from a very early age.
Steve would go on to win many competitions, including the 2010 BodyBuilding.com Fit Body Competition, and is an Optimum Nutrition athlete.
Optimum Nutrition athletes use protein products containing whey, casein, and egg to bulk up.
Steve Cook has made many videos discussing what type of Optimum Nutrition supplements he takes for his training routine.
He recommends BMOC (Big Man On Campus) Advanced Stack (whey protein isolates and microfractions, plus glutamine and glutamic acid), creatine, multivitamins, and BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acid supplements).
It is a dream of many athletes to be able to have a jacked fit body, but many suggest that it is almost impossible to get a body that wins competitions without using anabolic steroids (which contain testosterone).
Anabolic steroids were banned by the International Olympic Council in 1967, followed by a majority of major sporting organizations in the mid 1970s.
Testing was not perfected until 1982 when an effective test could reliably detect excess levels of testosterone in athletes.
However, testing lagged far behind the doping strategies of many countries (in particular Germany) and they continued to use steroids, stopping only long enough to be able to pass a drug test.
There is no direct evidence that he did, but there is plenty of speculation on the subject.
Steve is quoted as saying: “I want to go down as having the best natural physique ever”, and he has continued to say that in his many videos online.
Truthfully, he has never admitted or denied that he has ever used any performance enhancing drugs.
In Steve’s defense, his body looks natural, and it bears no telltale signs of bloating or acne on his traps and shoulders.
His traps aren’t greatly overdeveloped when you compare them to the rest of his body. He also still has a somewhat baby looking face.
If he were taking anabolic steroids, they would likely make his face look wider, his jawline squarer, and his eyebrows thicker.
Some people claim that Steve failed a random drug test in 2013. Is there a connection with the fact that Steve stopped competing in 2014?
When asked about this topic Steve claims that he “never wanted to be too big” and that “Health is my main concern”.
According to many online sources, about 50% of people believe that Steve Cook attained his physique naturally, and the other 50% is convinced he took steroids, but don’t have any evidence.
Steve is extremely popular on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). He has never expressed an opinion about gaining the size necessary for competition for the largest bodybuilding titles.
Instead, he advocates building a body that is comparable to Steve Reeves – which consists of working toward the smallest possible waist, and an equal circumference of upper arms, calves, and neck.
To sum it up, it is illegal to use steroids in the US without a prescription and is banned by most sporting organizations.
Many contracts threaten termination and expulsion if a person is discovered to be using steroids. Steve Cook is the beneficiary of excellent genetics and a trainer/athlete father.
He has put an incredible amount of effort into his physique and should be congratulated for managing to keep the Steve Cook name free of any suggestion of steroid use.