Donte Franklin is a professional bodybuilder that has competed in natural competitions including INBA and NANBF. However, is he really natural?
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Donte Franklin is a builder that was recently awarded the prestigious title “greatest natural bodybuilder” by Generation Iron. As you might’ve figured this sparked a lot of fitness-enthusiasts interest in whether Donte Franklin is in fact natural.
The bodybuilder personally claims to be fully natural, in this article we discuss if this is, in fact, true or if he might’ve had some help from steroids.
Take a peek at Donte Franklin his Instagram profile and you’ll likely stumble across several comments in which people make hun of his natty claim. Are these people just trolls or are they on to something? Another thing you’ll notice is that the bodybuilder mentions him being natural in pretty much every post.
This mentality is not exclusive to Donte, many big bodybuilders that claim to be natural make sure everybody knows.
Donte Franklin His Measurements
Height: 6 foot
Weight: 215 pounds
When looking at these statistics one thing comes to mind, Donte seems pretty light for such a muscular guy. From what we’ve seen a relatively low weight is common in natural bodybuilders. However, we must look at additional evidence to decide if the ‘greatest natural bodybuilder’ is in fact natural.
It is perfectly possible to build a physique the size of Donte’s without juicing. You can’t conclude that Donte Franklin uses steroids merely on the size of his physique.
We’ve seen natural bodybuilders such as Chris Jones build similar physiques. One thing these guys have in common is great genetics.
A common way to get an idea if someone uses steroids is by looking at their ‘gains timeline’. When a bodybuilder suddenly packs on a suspicious amount of muscle, often in a short period of time it’s most likely due to steroid use.
According to the bodybuilder himself, he started lifting at just twelve years old. The older pictures we could find of Donte Franklin are 6 years old, he was eighteen at that time.
When we compare 18-year-old Donte with his 26-year-old self we can see that he’s definitely gained some mass. Considering the photos are taken 6 years apart the gains appear to be natural.
This idea is strengthened by the fact that Donte Franklin is famous for his aggressive bulking style. Every year the bodybuilder goes full beast mode during bulking season, rather than staying lean all year round.
Donte Franklin is associated with several bodybuilding federations including the INBA and NANBF. These have in common that they perform regular drug tests on athletes, including polygraphs, urine samples, blood and saliva analyses.
You can be sure that people that are actively associated with these two associations have not used steroids since they’ve become a member. Please be aware that not every natural federation has such comprehensive tests in place.
Donte Franklin has passed NANBF test and has won their novice championship, he supposedly only competed in the competition to prove that he’s natural.
The following video shows the bodybuilder at the 2013 NANBF Southern States Novice Competition:
Verdict: Donte Franklin Doesn’t Use Steroids
Donte Jackson was a beast at eighteen, however, if he’d used steroids he would’ve been much bigger than he currently is. Donte’s current physique is similar to that of Mr Olympia competitors such as Phil Heath before they started using steroids.
Furthermore, Donte was tested by federations that are known not to welcome steroid users, this is a very strong piece of evidence.
Therefore he definitely deserves his Greatest Natural Bodybuilder title which was awarded to him by Generation Iron. I mean, common look at his physique! There are steroid users that have a hard time getting in similar shape.