Chris Jones is a bodybuilder and fitness entrepreneur. In this article, we discuss if he has built his physique with or without the help of steroids.
Chris Jones is the founder and owner of the popular fitness Youtube channel ‘Physiques of Greatness’.
The bodybuilder often referred to as Chris “beastmode” Jones has a humongous social media following; 408.000 Facebook fans, all interested in his bodybuilding journey.
Furthermore, Chris works as a personal trainer next to operating his own clothing company ‘Pump Chasers’ and supplement company ‘Physiques of Greatness’.
We’ve got a few requests to determine if Chris Jones has used steroids. He hasn’t competed in bodybuilding competitions, so there are no public drug test records of him.
So today’s question is: “Did Chris build his signature physique with the help of steroids?”
Height: five foot seven
Weight: 177-200 pounds
Chris has been asked about steroids a lot. Therefore he decided to dedicate a Youtube video to the topic. In this video, he claims to be entirely natural. In theory, this could be a lie. However, most times people this transparent have nothing to hide.
People that have used steroids, but don’t want this to be known usually try everything in their power to avoid the topic. Take Phil Heath for example. On the other hand, you’ve got guys like Simeon Panda going the extra mile to prove they’re natural.
In other words, if you were natural and people asked you if you’ve used steroids, you’d likely have no problem telling them you didn’t; this is precisely what Chris Jones has done in the following video:
In our opinion, Chris seems to be very sincere in this video. However, this is not enough evidence to conclude. Therefore, we need to look at additional factors.
Signs of Steroids Use
When we look at Chris Jones physique, we can’t spot any typical steroid tells such as flushed skin, ridiculous vascularity, gynecomastia, monster traps or bloated gut.
‘Beastmode Jones’ doesn’t have the typical steroid user’s physique, he looks very natural. He’s both not cut enough or massive enough for his physique to indicate steroid use.
However, bodybuilders can juice without looking like typical steroid users. People that moderately use products such as Dianabol and Testosterone can get away with a natural appearance.
Take Arnold Schwarzenegger for example; he arguably had the best physique ever. The Austrian didn’t suffer from any effects such as void gut or flushing, even though he is known to have used various steroids. Like most steroid users from his prime, he didn’t have an artificial appearance.
Chris Jones posted a transformation picture of himself earlier this year that shows him both in fat and shredded shape. This transformation, especially the fat loss raised suspicion amongst some of his followers.
Some figured he might have used steroids since it appears as if he packed on a lot of muscle mass for the after picture.
However, this is not the case.
What these fans seem to forget is that Chris has a similar amount of muscle in the before picture, but his body-fat percentage was much higher. Therefore, his muscles were not defined at all.
In the after pic, the bodybuilder has a very cut physique that allows him to show off his defined body. Cutting and retaining lean muscle mass is accomplishable by any athlete that knows what they’re doing.
Let’s say Chris had added 10 pounds of muscle mass next to burning away his fat; then this would indicate possible steroid use since packing on muscle during a cut is much simpler with steroids. Jones, however, did not pack on any additional mass.
Taking a peek at someone their ‘gains timeline’, their results throughout the years is a great way to spot potential steroid use.
Let’s say, someone starts working out and gets excellent results, then they hit a plateau, and after a while, they experience massive gains again. In this case, steroid use is likely.
Natural bodybuilders tend to peak after a few years. After this point, they can only pack on a bit of additional muscle mass each year.
Above you can see a couple of pictures of Chris Jones throughout the years. He already was in great shape back in 2009; then he is said to have bulked for an entire year which becomes evident in his 2010 picture as he packed on fat as well. This progress is possible natural, if he were to have gained the same weight in pure lean muscle something fishy would’ve been going on.
One year later in 2011, Chris was in great shape, and he’d lost 33 pounds, from the picture we can tell that it’s apparent that he had shredded the fat he’d packed on when bulking.
Chris Jones is someone who believes in eating to get big as he’d packed on quite some fat in 2010. One reason people use steroids is that they don’t want to or can’t get that fat for a bulking phase.
Black males on average have higher natural testosterone levels compared to Caucasian and Asian men, allowing them to pack on muscle mass a bit quicker. When this gift from nature is combined with hard work and dedication a lot of muscle mass can be built. Take Terry Crews for example.
Chris Jones has never shown any typical steroid tells, and his measurements are nothing crazy. Secondly, his gains were made steadily throughout the years, not within a short period. We do think genetics have played a role in his success.