Jeremy Buendia is a successful bodybuilder who has been winning competitions since the age of 16. Is he natural or did he have some help from steroids?
Fun fact, the two athletes share the same trainer, Hany Rambod.
Jeremy Buendia his most popular features are his arm and waist. He’s incredibly vascular and super shredded. We’ve never seen any of Jeremy his competition (guys like Seid and Hadzovic) as lean as him. In competition shape, Jeremy Buendia probably sits around 3% to 5% body fat.
Buendia, his dad, was an amateur bodybuilder back in the seventies; this explains why Jeremy started lifting relatively young. He won his first competition, the NPC Excalibur in ’12 when he was only sixteen.
Height: five feet eight
Stage Weight: 165 pounds
Normal Weight: 195 pounds
At first glance, these measurements seem not too crazy for a professional bodybuilder. In our opinion, Jeremy looks bigger on stage than he weighs. The thing is, his signature big and full muscles make him appear more massive than he is.
Are these muscles the result of steroids? Let’s find out.
If only I had Jeremy his physique back in high school.
All jokes aside, 17-year old Buendia had more muscle mass than most of us can wish. Judging by pictures from that time Jeremy Buendia gained approximately 9/10 of his muscle mass back then.
The main difference is that back then his fat percentage was higher. Therefore, he didn’t look as shredded.
Natural bodybuilders pack on most of their muscle mass in the first few years of lifting. The longer you’ve been lifting, the harder it gets to keep gaining muscle mass. The reason behind this is that when you’re starting your muscles respond significantly stronger to the impulses you get from lifting weights.
Therefore, If we see someone like Bradley Martyn who packed on a lot of muscle mass later in his career, we suspect steroid use.
Our first guess is that if Jeremy Buendia had taken steroids like Dianabol in the last couple of years, he would have been much bigger by now. Considering how big he got in his first few years of lifting, he would likely be the size of Phil Heath.
Jeremy Buendia has no visible steroid tells.
Firstly, his shoulders are in proportion to his arms. Steroid users typically have massive shoulders and traps due to the androgenic receptors (these make certain muscle groups more susceptible to anabolic steroids).
Secondly, his facial structure remained the same throughout the years. Heavy steroid use may sharpen the jaw for example.
Furthermore, Jeremy Buendia, his skin isn’t flushed/ red, which also points towards him being natural. Some steroids are thermogenic, causing the user to turn red-ish.
However, Jeremy Buendia does have one steroid symptom, amazing vascularity; this doesn’t always have to be because of steroids though. Jeremy only is extremely vascular when he’s about to compete. Remember how much weight he cuts before competing? Having a low-fat percentage automatically makes you appear more vascular.
Steroid users often experience enhanced vascularity throughout the entire year, and this is not the case with Jeremy Buendia.
Lastly, the bodybuilder often competes in championships exclusive to natural bodybuilders. Federations he works with include NPC and INBF. These federations don’t mess around, and they test for drugs using different methods at different times. Random tests make it impossible for bodybuilders to plan steroid cycles before being tested.
We are pretty sure that Jeremy Buendia doesn’t use steroids. He shows no obvious signs of steroid use, and he didn’t start gaining tons of muscle out of nowhere.
Just have a peek at a photo of young Buendia, and you’ll realise that he’s just genetically blessed.
The only possibility we can’t exclude is if he has used cutting steroids, like Clenbutrol or Winstrol. These often come with fewer tells. The only typical thing you see with these products is that bodybuilders manage to get extremely dry when they use them.
However, even though Jeremy Buendia manages to get pretty dry for competitions, he doesn’t look artificial/ photoshopped.