We’ve had several questions if Kris Gethin is natural? Did the CEO of Kaged Supplements take steroids? We’ve found out that:
If you have heard of Kaged Supplements, the supplements company, then Kris Gethin, a Welsh bodybuilder and CEO, is no stranger to you.
Even though his transformations have gained a lot of publicity online, Kris Gethin is now a subject of a bigger controversy. Whether you are an amateur or a professional bodybuilder, you must have wondered just how did he do it. How did he go from a chubby guy to a lean and mean beast in just 12 weeks? And, of course, the big question is – did he use anabolics
However, let’s look at his stats.
At 5 ft 8, Kris weighs about 185lbs while it’s contest season. That number goes up to 220lbs during the off-season. However, if we ignore the numbers for a moment, we just cannot say that Kris looks like your typical bodybuilder. He is a great deal more.
Because he is not as buffed as many others, he is able to inspire many bodybuilding enthusiasts. His smooth physical appearance appears to be a result of great genetics and extreme bodybuilding diligence. It would take years for an amateur to get to this stage, but it can be done.
However, we cannot help but wonder if he has had a bit of help. Let’s find out.
Is He Lying?
If you go to Kris Gethin’s site and try to find some clues about whether or not he is using steroids, you might be disappointed. Although it is an obvious choice to state that he is a natural or “natty” bodybuilder, Kris does not even mention it anywhere.
However, his profile on Bodybuilding.com states otherwise. Clear as a day, Kris’s description says that he is a “lifetime natural pro bodybuilder”. Interesting.
However, maybe you should not trust everything you see on that particular website. Let’s not forget that in 2012 they were sued by the FDA. The lawsuit was worth $7 million and the reason was not charming either – they were adding anabolic steroids into supplements that were marketed as 100% natural. A big no-no in the bodybuilding community.
So, let’s think about Kris’ motivation to use steroids. Given the fact that he is the CEO of a supplements company, we have to talk about the money aspect. The more fandom he creates, the more profit he makes. Simple as that. And, if you are a natural bodybuilder, that fan base grows into millions really fast.
However, don’t judge him yet. Even though that might be a solid reason for claiming he’s all natural, it still does not prove anything. Let’s continue.
Can Kris’ body show us that he is using some sort of a not-so-natural supplement? Well, let’s investigate.
The first thing you should notice are his ripped abs. Many already know that thicker abs are a trait of the frequent steroid users. Therefore, the abdominals will look bigger and more prominent.
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Another natural bodybuilder, Rob Riches, has amazing abs that are similar to Kris’. Or so it seems. Upon closer inspection, we can notice that the thickness of Kris’ abdominal muscles trumps those of Riches’.
Bear in mind that these two are about the same size. Kris Gethin is even 2 inches smaller than Rob Riches, so he will obviously look bigger because of his shorter frame.
However, Rob is known for his ab exercises, and, on top of that, he does bigger compound lifts which also enhance the abdominal muscles. Kris, however, cannot be doing the core exercises. Not in the same amount, at least.
The Bloat Factor
Another thing to remember is that steroid use leads to a bloated stomach. Now, a helpful tip. You have to differentiate between a steroid gut and the bloat. The first one looks like your belly is beginning at the bottom of your stomach. The second one makes your whole midsection look really noticeable.
Natural bodybuilders often have a really flat and solid midsection, without any bloating happening. Take Jeff Seid for example. However, when you use steroids, you can’t just suck in your stomach. The anabolics increase the size of your internal organs. Furthermore, they can even lead to a considerable water retention.
If we compare Kris Gethin’s abs to Dorian Yates’, there are similarities.
Yates took a mix of steroids in the 90’s, therefore he looked rather bloated. Just like Kris Gethin looks today.
What About the Competitions?
Everyone knows it by now: you cannot take steroids and expect it to not show up anywhere. So, if you claim you are a natural bodybuilder, you should be able to compete in many federations, right?
Those organisations implement various random tests in order to remove any drug users from their competitions. A polygraph, a urine test and a blood test are the only tests you have to pass. Pretty simple, right?
Well, not so much if you are using steroids. So, when we took a look at the competition history of Kris Gethin, we found only two ‘natural’ competitions.
However, there is a catch. Kris competed in the Natural Idaho Championships and the Natural World Bodybuilding Championships. Those require the contestants to be steroid-free only for the last 7 years. You can do the math here. There is a chance to win the competitions even if you have been using steroids for 20 years. Just come off of them for another 7 years and you are good to go.
The interesting thing is that Kris Gethin hasn’t really competed in any drug-free bodybuilding shows, such as the BNBF, that require you to be completely steroid free since birth.
All the Muscle Gains
Now, let us inspect Kris’ pictures a bit more thoroughly.
It’s important to remember a well-known fact about newbie gains. A newbie bodybuilder will gain all the muscle he can in the first few months. The bigger the amount, the better. However, later on, he will have a bit of trouble and the muscle gain will slow down.
So, how does Kris Gethin compare? Well, for a natural bodybuilder, he sure does not look like one. At least, not when it comes to muscle gains. If you compare the newbie picture with Kris today, there is a fair amount of lbs added to his body. About 50 to 60 pounds, to be precise. Now that is not something you will see often in a natural bodybuilder.
Did Kris Gethin use Steroids?
To sum up, based on all of the evidence and photos, it looks as though Kris Gethin could have had a little chemical help. Maybe not recently, but certainly at some point in his career.
Kris probably took steroids early on in order to gain a lot of muscle. However, he might have stopped taking them and just trained a lot to keep most of his gains. That would explain how he could have competed in those championships that require the contestants to be 7 years steroid-free.
The evidence is in the midsection and the muscle gain. No natural bodybuilder would have gained that much without any help. They also would not have bloated abdominals.
However, many should not be surprised. Kris is Welsh and Wales is known for having a high percentage of steroid use. 7 out of 10 people use some sort of ‘help’, then spend all the time they have lifting weights.
Testosterone and Dianabol are probably what Kris Gethin used. Both of these can create that thicker looking midsection Kris has. On top of that, these steroids may also help when building lean muscle. Furthermore, they particularly enhance the deltoids and traps, which are prominent on Kris’ body.
However, Kris’ work is still something we should admire him for. He has made it possible for a regular man to become a ripped dude in a matter of weeks. He inspired many to go out, get to the gym and transform their physique.
And, if you even think about taking some sort of a steroid supplement, remember that you cannot just pop a pill and be done with it. Kris’ body took time and he made every workout count.
Furthermore, just because this might have been his path, it does not mean that you cannot achieve similar results without using steroids. Just look at Jamie Alderton.
The point is that Kris is working very hard to burn off the excess fat while trying to keep the muscles he already has. This is a tough job, but it could look as if he has gained a lot of muscle. However, that is not what happened here.
A great diet and a rigorous exercise plan are all you need to burn off the unnecessary fat and retain those muscles you have worked hard for.