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Jean-Claude Van Damme: Steroids or Natural?

Jean-Claude Van Damme, The Muscles from Brussels is a martial artist and actor with a super fit physique. Does he use steroids or is he natural?

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Who remembers watching Jean-Claude Van Damme kicking ass as a kid? We definitely do. His movies rank amongst the best action-themed movies ever made.

In the rare case, you don’t know who Jean-Claude Van Damme is, he is a Belgian actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, and director best known for his martial arts action films.

Our favorite movie of his is either Bloodsport (1988) or Kickboxer (1989).

Even though Jean-Claude Van Damme his physique looks natural the actor has always been surrounded by steroid allegations. Today we’re going to find out if there’s any truth to these or not.

His Stats

First, let’s have a look at the actor’s stats from back in the day.

Height: 5”11

Weight: 185 pounds

Body-fat: Approximately 6-8%

Arms: 17 inches

Did you know that JCVD was able to bench press 365lbs as a nineteen-year-old (source)? Where Arnold has always been an inspiration for steroid users ‘the muscles from Brussels’ motivates natural bodybuilders.

Gains Timeline

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When people stop using steroids their muscles will decrease in size. A good example is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Arnold managed to get back in shape after this photo was taken, but he is nowhere as muscular as he used to be.

Another example is ex-Olympia bodybuilder Victor Martinez. He was sent to jail for 7-months for selling synthetic steroids. When he was released he had lost a lot of muscle.

If we look at JCVD we see that his physique has remained nearly identical for the last 30 years. This is hard evidence that he’s natural.

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Furthermore, steroid users are able to steadily grow muscle without hitting plateaus whereas natural bodybuilders will inevitably hit a plateau. Jean-Claude Van Damme is still the same size as in his teens.

Not many people are aware the JCVD used to be a bodybuilder before getting into acting. In the late  70’s he won the Mr. Belgium competition.

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No Side Effects

Jean-Claude Van Damme has never shown any typical side effects of steroid use. We’ve never seen him suffer from Gynecomastia, red skin or steroid gut for example.

The only thing that’s obviously changed for JCVD is that he’s gotten older, mainly in his face. Some people have mentioned that he has aged at a quicker rate due to steroid use.

Although steroids can make someone look older due to decreased collagen levels we think it’s obvious Jean-Claude Van Damme aged naturally given his age.

Conclusion: Jean-Claude Van Damme Didn’t Use Steroids

The muscles from Brussels has got great genetics. From the moment he started bodybuilding he was in shape.

JCVD didn’t spend 10 years bulking up and cutting down to build his physique, he started lifting and got fit.

Keep in mind that despite his great genetics Jean-Claude Van Damme had to put in a lot of work to get where he is. His daily workout alone includes 2 hours of cycling, 1 hour of cycling, 1 hour of martial arts and 1-2 hours of lifting.

We think Jean-Claude Van Damme has one of the best natural physiques. Not only does he look great, his muscles are functional as well. Therefore we consider him a great example for everybody that wants to go the natural way.

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