Ryan Terry is a famous IFBB bodybuilder and ex Mr Britain. Did this Brit build his signature physique with the help of steroids or naturally?
Ryan Terry is a popular British bodybuilder that has competed on both the Men’s Physique and Mr Olympia stages. The Brit is considered one of the best athletes in the men’s’ physique class. Within this class fitness superstars, Jeff Seid and Jeremy Buendia are his main competitors.
In 2014 Ryan placed 4th at Mr Olympia and in 2016 he almost took home gold when he finished 2nd in the same men’s physique contest. Buendia finished first.
As a kid Ryan Terry loved sports. He started with gymnastics and swimming. Later, during his teens, he became very interested in bodybuilding, because the sport increased his confidence.
Prior to winning his first bodybuilding competition, the bodybuilder won Mr Britain and Mr International. These are competitions focused on being the ‘perfect man’. It’s safe to say Ryan Terry loves the spotlight.
Ryan Terry has never commented on the use of anabolic steroids. He neither claims to be a natural or a steroid user.
In our opinion, the bodybuilder’s physique is definitely attainable in a natural manner. Ryan is 5″11, weighs 189 lbs, and sits around 5% body fat. However, as we’ve seen in the past this doesn’t guarantee someone to be natural. Therefore, in this article, we’ll discuss whether we think Ryan Terry has taken steroids or not.
Accused of Using PEDs
There’s a photo that has circulated bodybuilding forums for a while now which has raised suspicion in the bodybuilding community. This photo shows Ryan Terry his transformation from April 2013 to March 2014.
Many fitness enthusiasts argue that the bodybuilder has packed on more muscle than naturally possible.
However, there are two things people don’t consider:
1. Both pictures are taken in a gym. What this means is that the 2014 photo could’ve been taken just after Ryan’s workout, so he could’ve had a nice pump going making his muscles appear bigger than they actually were.
2. The before picture in 2013 was taken just before the bodybuilder competed in the UKBFF, so he was dieting hard. – Natural bodybuilders that diet hard in preparation for a competition are more likely to lose muscle mass since their calorie consumption is lower than usual. As a result, they’re likely to look flatter, because the muscles retain less water and Glycogen.
This picture of Ryan Terry earlier in 2013 proves point 2:
His pose might be different, but the Bodybuilder definitely had more muscle mass a few months prior to when the April ’13 picture was taken. Therefore, it’s assumable he regained his normal water and glycogen levels after competing.
Furthermore, if Ryan has taken steroids like Dianabol during this period he definitely did something wrong, because he should’ve had a lot more muscle mass than in the ’14 picture.
To be precise, Ryan Terry packed on approximately 5-10 pounds of muscle mass between April ’13 and March ’14. If he’d used steroids a lot more would’ve been easily possible.
What about Ryan Terry his drug testing history?
Well, Ryan has competed in a couple of UKFBB competitions. However, these competitions only test athletes when they come off the stage. This allows bodybuilders to be smart with their steroid use and stop just in time for a competition. Therefore, these tests aren’t enough to claim natty.
The IFBB competitions he competed in do not test at all. We guess this will only surprise you if you were under the impression that heavyweights like Phil Heath and Kai Greene were natural.
So, unfortunately, we can’t determine if Ryan Terry is juicing based on drug testing history.
There are no pictures of a really young Ryan Terry to be found online. However, in comparison to his Mr Britain days (2011), the bodybuilder has a similar physique. The only real difference is that he has packed on a few pounds of extra muscle. Considering the 6 year period we think it’s assumable that these gains are natural.
Ryan says he improves his physique with traditional bulking and cutting periods. If he were on steroids he’d be able to maintain his optimal physique throughout the year without the need to bulk up and then cut down.
Does Ryan Terry show any signs of steroid usage such as side effects?
No, as far as we can determine Ryan doesn’t show any of the typical synthetic steroid side effects such as hair loss, extreme vascularity, flushed skin, water retention, steroid gut, gynecomastia, huge traps or disturbed skin.
Ryan Terry has a great physique, and although he must’ve worked really hard for it we do think he’s got great genetics. He slowly gained some muscle mass throughout the years, likely not because of steroid use but by bulking every winter.