Mike Rashid is a well known American bodybuilder, author, entrepreneur, boxer, and social media fitness guru. Does he use steroids or is he natural?
Mike Rashid was a boxing pro first, before becoming a celebrity bodybuilder reasonably recently. That’s because he got jacked pretty fast. He has founded and owns a gym dedicated to bodybuilding, called Iron Addicts, headquartered in Miami, Florida. He also has his clothing and supplement line which has been very successful.
People often think of Mike as the guy who has made the most muscle naturally possible on the body of a mere mortal. He is somewhat superhuman since his genetics have allowed him to accumulate that amount of mass.
Others, however, think he is an impostor who is using steroids to make those gains. These haters often leave comments on his Facebook page, which has more than 1.6 million likes, so he has to be doing something right!
Let’s examine the facts to find out whether Mike is using steroids, or whether it’s all natural, as he claims.
Does Mike Rashid Claim to Be Natural?
If we look at some of the comments people have made online, they often call him a ‘fake natty.’ Still, there are no sources that have Mike saying he is all natural.
What he has said is that he doesn’t want to associate with illegal substances such as steroids. However, Mike has never said that he hasn’t taken any. That’s a bit suspicious because a person accused of being a ‘fake natty’ and lying to people would go out of his way to prove he is legit.
Mike hasn’t done this. He said that people should stay out of his business. Therefore, we have cause for suspicion that Mike is not 100% natural. However, since he hasn’t claimed to be natural, we can’t call him a liar either.
The Iron Addicts Steroids Bust
In February of 2017, the police arrested Mike’s business partner who co-owns the Iron Addicts gym, Richard Rodriguez, on charges of selling as much as $10 million in illegal steroids.
Once this news generated on the Internet, the trolls had a field day. People called out Mike for selling steroids and mentioned that the gym was doing other illegal things as well.
However, an investigation by the DEA found that no illegal substances are available at the Iron Addicts gym. Rodriguez was importing these from China, and repackaging them in a laboratory in Arizona, before shipping them from an address in Miami.
Mike Rashid claimed at the time that he wasn’t aware that Richard was doing anything illegal, though he did have a bad feeling about him. He also said he wouldn’t have partnered up with Richard had he known about this.
At first glance, Mike’s body doesn’t exactly look natural. Many would say that his features closely resemble those of a person who is using steroids.
His shoulders are massive, his traps insane, and he has the classic bodybuilder gut.
However, all of these traits can occur naturally as well, if you have the genetics for it.
However, there is no way that an all natural bodybuilder will have a bodybuilder’s gut. The waist should be slim and tight. We have seen Mike’s stomach protruding in many photos.
His Gains Timeline
Another piece of evidence people cite when accusing Mike of using steroids is his rapid transformation. On careful examination, we concluded that those gains could be natural.
From the pictures, it seems as though Mike has lost about 8% of his body fat while keeping his muscles intact. That is achievable by natural means if you make the correct decisions. Still, that is not proof that Mike did it entirely naturally since steroids can help make the body leaner while increasing a person’s vascularity.
Mike Rashid has been dismissive of all natural competitions in bodybuilding. He claims that he could win those easily since those competitors aren’t even in great shape. That is a bit suspicious.
There are many great all natural federations out there, with ripped bodybuilders like Shane Raymond or Donte Franklin competing. These include the BNBH, the INBA, and the NANBF.
All of those federations have rigorous tests to make sure they catch anyone who uses steroids. That means that people who are using steroids would likely try their hardest to steer clear of those competitions. As for Mike, he has taken part in shows held by the WBFF, but they have no steroid testing policies listed on their web page.
To cut a long story short, it seems to us that Mike Rashid could have been taking HGH, or even steroids.
To back this up, we looked at the timeline of Mike’s gains. That’s arguably the most reliable way to tell whether someone is using steroids. We do this by compiling multiple pictures of the changes to a person’s body since their youth, and finding sudden growth increases. In this case, however, we weren’t able to see any pics of Mike in his teens or undergoing puberty.
Human Growth Hormone
Still, there is enough evidence in the pictures we do have to suggest that Mike has used HGH, if not something more powerful. There is one key feature that gives HGH and other substances away, and that is the HGH gut.
HGH enlarges the intestines of the user, which makes the stomach look very bloated when you aren’t tucking it in. You can see this in many bodybuilders worldwide, so check your local gym for this telltale sign if you want to know who is using HGH or other substances.
Still, even though the evidence is substantial that he took HGH, we can’t accuse him of taking steroids, since we don’t have enough proof. That is because we don’t have access to his teen pictures, to see whether he has gained more than 50 lbs in muscle mass since then, which would indicate steroid use.
Still, Mike hasn’t said he is against steroid use. That also means he hasn’t lied about not taking them. That is worth a bit of respect at the very least.
While he likely took HGH, it would still require him to train very hard. That sort of dedication is nothing to laugh about so we would invite Mike’s trolls to start hitting the gym themselves, instead of calling him out from the comfort of their chair and keyboard!