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Anton Antipov: Steroids or Natural?

Anton Antipov was successful as a model and is even more successful as a bodybuilder. Did he build his physique naturally or with steroids?

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Anton Antipov is a professional bodybuilder that competes in IFBB competitions. He came to the United States in 97’ to pursue a modelling career, and he succeeded. Anton modelled for top agencies such as Wilhelmina models.

During his modelling career, Anton started working out and fell in love with lifting. The model gradually turned into a professional bodybuilder.

Not only his muscles got more significant, but his social media following also did as well. Nowadays the bodybuilder has over 1.000.000 followers on Facebook.


Height: 5 feet eleven

Weight: 186 pounds – 193 pounds

Body fat: 7%

Career Achievements

After a successful modelling career, Anton Antipov managed to become a successful bodybuilder. He has won several professional competitions with the IFFB and NPC.

The question on many people their minds is if the ex-model managed to win these competitions with or without the help of steroids.

Anton himself claims to be natural. If you comment that he’s a steroid user on his Facebook posts your likely to get a response from the Bodybuilder in which he defends his “natty-ness”.

However, bodybuilders lie about being natural all the time. To conclude if he’s juicing or not we have to look at additional factors.

From Model to Bodybuilder

Anton Antipov transformation

Anton was twenty one when he first went to the gym in 2004. Big natural bodybuilders build about 9/10 of their muscle mass in the first few years that they workout. During these years lifting has the most significant effect on muscle growth. That’s why gaining additional muscle mass becomes more difficult.

When you looked at Anton in 2002 (left picture), you’ll notice that he already had a bit of muscle mass as a model. Since this picture was before the bodybuilder started lifting it’s more likely that he’s natural because he had a good foundation of muscle tissue before he started working out.


Back in 2007, Anton got terrific results, to our surprise he supposedly partied hard at that time. He eventually stopped the party lifestyle, quit cigarettes and started paying attention to his diet. As a result, his gains got more significant from 2007 on.

Then in 2009, Anton Antipov seemed to have hit a plateau in regards to muscle gains. However, he did burn some body fat. This fat loss resulted in the bodybuilder going from lean-ish to absolutely shredded, which enhanced his physique.

We don’t see any gains that are suspicious; everything seems natural. Anton his earlier gains were crazy, he then bulked up a bit until he hit his max and maintained this physique since.

Anton Antipov Steroid Tells

Steroid users typically experience some form of side effects like skin that’s flushed, roid gut, huge traps, or extreme vascularity.

Anton doesn’t suffer from these examples. However, he does have the boulder shoulders you often see in steroid users. However, he already had these back in ’02, so it’s very likely he has these due to genetics.

Furthermore, Anton shows signs of Gyno. Gynecomastia, often referred to as ‘male boobs’ is another possible side effect of steroid use. Increased testosterone levels may lead to higher estrogen (female hormone) levels that make your nipples puffy.

Gyno doesn’t have to be the result of steroid use; it’s also prevalent amongst men going through puberty. Again, Anton Antipov was already suffering from puffy nipples back in 2002, so hormones rather than steroids likely cause it.


Anton Antipov doesn’t have any typical steroids tells, and he slowly built his muscle mass throughout the years. Furthermore, he doesn’t suffer from symptoms such as roid gut. He did suffer from Gynecomastia, but we think it’s very likely this is due to a hormonal imbalance, which many men suffer from during puberty.

A lot of people that think the bodybuilder’s on steroids seem to overlook the fact that the most significant part of his transformation is due to fat loss. As mentioned Anton Antipov his main progress was made cutting. The bodybuilder’s super shredded and the living proof that muscle definition plays an important part in looking huge.

Lastly, if he had taken a steroid like Dianabol between ’07 and ’09, he would’ve been a lot bigger.

About James Smith

James Smith is a personal trainer for professional bodybuilders. He uses his experience, knowledge, and understanding of all the intricacies regarding bodybuilding and anabolic steroids, to deliver detailed reviews for every new legal steroid on the market. As an author, he may receive some small compensation for some of them. However, we guarantee the neutrality regarding the evaluating of each of the products and the factuality of the information.