Steven Cao, the twenty-two-year-old bodybuilder, is admired by thousands for his fantastic physique. The question is, did he use steroids or is he natural?
At just twenty-two, Steven Cao is a pro-bodybuilder and social Rockstar. He’s got an enormous fan base with over 300 thousand followers on the gram. It comes as no surprise that various sports brands want to work with this fitness icon. His 85k YouTube subscribers get to see him wear sponsored gym gear and use BPI Sports supplements.
It’s obvious that Steven Cao has a huge following, as many of you requested us to research if he’s used steroids.
Steven Cao his v-taper is likely his most popular feature, his lats are humongous, especially combined with his slim waistline. You’d almost think he could fly, that’s how wide he appears to be.
Let’s have a look at his statistics:
Weight: 179 pounds
Fat percentage: 4-6%
Now it’s time to determine if he naturally achieved his physique or if he’s juicing. Fact is that if he’s juicing it’s not too noticeable, which can’t be said for Chul Soon for example.
He Doesn’t Claim to Be Natty
We typically see guys that deny steroid use to make sure we all know, for example by:
- Using hashtags such as #natty or #natural all over the internet (Mike O’Hearn)
- Having a page on their website about not using performance-enhancing drugs (Helmut Strebl)
- Mentioning it in their social media profiles (Jeff Seid)
Steven Cao doesn’t do any of these things; this doesn’t immediately mean that he’s on steroids, of course, many bodybuilders don’t feel the need to communicate that they’re natural or don’t care. Some are not suspect to using steroids, so why would they.
Steven Cao, on the other hand, gets accused of juicing every single day. Just have a look at his insta pic comments.
This suspicion is a red flag, he gets accused of steroid use on a daily basis but doesn’t communicate if he is using steroids or natural. But again, the fact that he doesn’t respond to these accusations doesn’t mean that he’s a user of anabolic steroids. So, we’ll have to dig a bit deeper.
As previously mentioned there are no big tells that stand out on Steven his physique.
The only thing worth mentioning is that his veins are incredibly visible for a 22-year old, this is because guys his age have a naturally thick skin due to peak collagen production. It’s a known fact that steroids enhance vascularity because they increase muscle mass and thin the skin.
It is, however, possible that Steven his skin is thin due to genetics. Just pointing out his vascularity is not a solid argument to claim that Cao is juicing. However, we’ve never seen such great vascularity in other natural guys of his age.
Analysing someone their transformation is often the most reliable way to determine steroid use. Fortunately, we’ve found some of Steven Cao his older bodybuilding pictures. He started working out when he was 16, and as you can see he was in pretty good shape as a teen (left pic).
If his size remained similar to his teen physique, there would be no red flags; this is because most significant muscle gains are during the first few years of working out. Those wondering why that is, it’s because during this period the stimulus has the most impact on your muscles. Later on, even the most experienced natural bodybuilders don’t pack on a lot more muscle.
Steven Cao however, has approximately gained an additional forty to fifty pounds of lean muscle mass in just 5-years. Furthermore, his body fat percentage decreased significantly. This result is about the same amount of muscle someone would be able to pack on within this timeframe if on steroids.
In our opinion, there is no logical explanation for his vast size increase except for steroid usage. Steven, however, says that’s it because he got better and more efficient at working out the older he was. Therefore, his mass increase could be due to an enhanced diet and workout plan.
We find this unlikely because even if you’re not working out at full capacity, or don’t lift daily, your body is still going to be affected by the stimulus. As explained, this is the reason why the most gains appear when you start with fitness.
So Did Steven Cao Take Steroids?
We believe Steven Cao has likely started experimenting with steroids around the age of eighteen. His first serious gains date back to when he was 16, but it wasn’t until he turned 18 that he started packing on pounds of muscle mass.
Steven does have a natural appearing physique and doesn’t seem to be bloated or anything. Therefore it’s unlikely that he has used many steroids. We guess that he used something like a testosterone booster to pack on the forty to fifty pounds of muscle mass because testosterone doesn’t have that many side effects. Furthermore, testosterone is a great fat burner, which would explain his vascularity.