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Does Steve Cook Use Steroids?

Steve Cook is popularly known for his aesthetic physique. In this article, we’ll analyse if he’s built his body with or without the help of steroids. 

Steve Cook steroids

Steve Cook is a famous American bodybuilder who competes in the “Mens Physique” division. This division focusses mainly on Aesthetics. The best-known bodybuilder in this Mr Olympia division is Jeremy Buendia.

Together with his many ventures bodybuilding is Steve Cook his full-time job. The athlete has sponsorships with supplement manufacturer Optimum Nutrition and bodybuilding site bodybuilding.com. Furthermore, Steve Cook owns his own clothing company “Swoldier Nation”, a name that refers to his followers.

Currently, the bodybuilder has acquired over 900.000 Facebook fans. As you can image, the queues at his meet & greet at expos are enormous.

For those wondering how Steve Cook has acquired such a huge fan base, we think it’s due to the following three factors: 1. he’s super jacked, 2. Steve claims to be natty, and 3. he is a genuinely nice guy.

His Measurements

Height: Six foot one

Weight: 212 pounds

Body-fat: Seven %

Arms: Nineteen inches

Natural Bodybuilder

Steve Cook shredded

Steve Cook doesn’t share his view on steroid use. However, he does, indirectly claim that he’s a natural bodybuilder via his body space page. On his profile, he states that it’s his goal to develop a natural physique similar to that of legends such as Frank Zane.

He doesn’t say “I’m natural” or “I don’t use steroids” on this page. However, it’s clear that he’s trying to communicate that he’s natural.

In this article, we’re going to find out if he’s indeed a natural bodybuilder. In the past, other athletes have lied about being natural for various reasons. For example, some bodybuilders deny steroid use because of their image, or they don’t want to promote steroid use.

Gains Throughout the Years

Steve Cook transformation

When we look at older pics of Steve, we notice that he build the most significant muscle mass during his High School years when he played football. His arms even appear slightly more prominent than they are nowadays.

According to Steve Cook himself, he weighed 235 pounds in this photo, which is approximately 20 pounds heavier than he’s now.  As a bodybuilder, he mainly learned to cut and become more shredded.

Because his muscle mass remained similar since this photo, we guess that he didn’t use any steroids.

The possibility does exist that Steve Took steroids to build muscle in high school. But we don’t think it is very likely. Someone that uses performance-enhancing drugs as a football player would even more likely do so as a bodybuilder.

Symptoms of Steroid Use

If you look at any photo of Steve Cook you’ll see that he always appears natural, he doesn’t show any typical signs of steroid use such as bloating, steroid gut, acne or gynecomastia. However, as most of you know, a natural appearance doesn’t have to mean someone doesn’t use steroids.

Drug Testing History

As we’ve stated, Steve Cook has participated in the Men’s Physique division of Olympia. Additionally, he has competed with the NPC.

The NPC directly states on their website that they’re a federation of natural bodybuilders, but they don’t mention drug tests on their website. Pretty shady?

We did find some info in regards to NPC’s drug tests on bodybuilding internet forums. The Federation supposedly tests for steroids via piss tests when athletes come off stage after competing. These tests are far from conclusive since they’re both easy to manipulate and not conducted at random.

If you want to pass tests like these but keep using steroids all you need to do is plan your cycles in such a way that the substance is out of your system on the day of the test.

The Men’s Physique division of Mr Olympia also doesn’t share any information about drug tests on their site.

To conclude, it’s likely that Steve Cook passed tests for steroids at some point in his career, but these tests probably weren’t conclusive; this, of course, does not indicate that Steve has used steroids. However, it would’ve been easier for our verdict if he’d competed with a federation known to test for drugs thoroughly.


The bodybuilder didn’t pack on any muscle after his high school football career; this is something we often see in big natural bodybuilders. They gain a lot of mass when they innately start lifting and slowly their progress comes to a stop.

Furthermore, Steve Cook shows zero signs of steroid use. Therefore, we have to conclude that it’s doubtful that Steve’s used steroids.

About James Smith

James Smith is a personal trainer for professional bodybuilders. He uses his experience, knowledge, and understanding of all the intricacies regarding bodybuilding and anabolic steroids, to deliver detailed reviews for every new legal steroid on the market. As an author, he may receive some small compensation for some of them. However, we guarantee the neutrality regarding the evaluating of each of the products and the factuality of the information.