Jeff Seid is one of my favorite YouTuber bodybuilders. He’s young, smart, super-positive, and seems to have an incredible attitude. Plus, he’s ripped to the nines. But is Jeff Seid on steroids?
This is a great question. And in this post, we’re going to go in-depth and look at the evidence.
A lot of bodybuilders these days are on performance-enhancing drugs. They’ve become almost a staple of many athletic sports… and bodybuilding is no exception. In fact, finding a world-class body-builder who hasn’t taken steroids is actually pretty rare.
But here’s the real question. Is Jeff Seid one of the ‘clean’ guys, or is he on steroids?
Let’s dig in.
Who Is Jeff Seid? – Background
Jeff Seid is, according to his YouTube channel ‘about’ section, a “25 year old natural bodybuilder who has dedicated 14 years to bodybuilding.”
According to a few sources, he was an athletic child while growing up. He was playing sports as early as 5 years of age, and started lifting weights at the age of 11.
He got so ripped as a child that even before puberty hit, he had an extremely healthy physique. He looked awesome, even before the extra testosterone from adolescence kicked in!
His parents helped him in his endeavors. They even gifted him with a bench press and weights on his 12th birthday.
Jeff Seid reportedly started weight-lifting to impress the ladies. But he soon got hooked in the fitness lifestyle. He went on to become a wrestler in high-school, and became one of the best ranked wrestlers in the United States. His muscled frame gave him a massive competitive edge, driving him forward to success.
He also played football… but his dreams of becoming a professional football player were shattered when he tore his ACL during his first game.
The injury stopped him from competing on the football field, so he went all-in in the gym and on the weight-bench, and he hasn’t stopped since.
He went on to become the Youngest IFBB pro in history, and went on to try out for the Mr. Olympia competition. He also started his own clothing line, wrote a book titled Guide To Aesthetics, and runs his own businesses…. Including his YouTube channel, ISSA certified online personal training, and selling other clothing and book products.
He’s been featured on the covers of such magazines as Iron Man, Muscle & Fitness, and FitnessRx, and shows no signs of slowing down.
My Personal Take on Jeff Seid
Personally, I really like Jeff Seid. I think that he has massive genetic potential, a super-positive attitude, and that he is an all-around great human being.
I love that he didn’t give up on his dreams when he tore his ACL and lost his football career. Instead, he doubled-down in the gym and made the most of it. In the process, he made himself highly successful, and now has several thriving businesses built on the very ‘broad shoulders’ of his hard work.
But, here’s the big question that everyone’s asking.
Is Jeff Seid on steroids?
To figure this out, I took to YouTube and dug up some dirt.
Let’s take a look at the evidence.
Is Jeff Seid on Steroids? A Hard Look at the Evidence
The First Piece of Evidence
The first piece of evidence is actually a video published on Infinissime’s YouTube channel.
In this video, Jeff Seid seems to talk rather candidly about steroids and about how taking them doesn’t make sense. He seems to be pretty outspoken about it too.
Here’s a quote from the video.
“People, they’ll take steroids to look like us… you know, to look like a physique competitor, to look like a fitness model. I mean, and it doesn’t make any sense to me, you know, to take steroids to achieve the physique that Lucas or I have. All that takes dedication and hard work… Training f*cking hard, eating like a f*cking beast, and living the f*cking lifestyle.”
Right away, we can see that he’s taking a pretty hard stance against steroids, at least to the camera. Also, by my calculations, he would have been 21 at the time that this video was made.
As you will see, this may be significant after we look at the next piece of evidence.
The Second Piece of Evidence – Coach Greg’s Natty or Not Video
Anyone who has ever looked into celebrity body-builders and steroids has doubtlessly seen several of Greg Doucette’s ‘natty or not’ videos. Greg Doucette is a published author, a Canadian IFBB Pro bodybuilder, a powerlifter, and a fitness coach. He’s also a pretty well-known user of PEs, so he knows his stuff when it comes to steroids and any other performance enhancer.
This is why so many people request ‘natty or not’ videos from him. His opinion can be trusted. And he just so happened to create one specifically about Jeff Seid.
Now, keep in mind… if there is anyone who knows the signs of steroid use, it’s Greg Doucette. I myself am only a casual weight-trainer, and I’ve never taken PEs. So I refer to experts like Coach Greg when I’m looking in-depth at athletes in an attempt to figure out if they’ve actually taken anything suspicious.
Let’s break down what he says in the video and go over the evidence.
His Early Years
The first evidence of the ‘Jeff Seid on steroids’ question shows up in his younger years.
As Greg Doucette points out, he has amazing potential. Even at the age of 12, he had abs and muscle. Even before puberty, he looked really good.
At 13 years old, it was pretty easy to see that he was already putting on some pretty serious muscle. You can see how his body has fantastic potential for muscle growth. He literally has one-in-a-million genetics. He’s just a lean, muscular guy with a fantastic body for body-building.
What are the odds that he was taking PEs at the young age of 13? Greg Doucette gives it a 99+% chance that at the age of 13, Jeff Seid was totally natural.
Thus far, no steroids.
“This guy’s [Jeff Seid’s] genetics are through the roof insane! So he’s obviously going to be able to build a lot of muscle naturally.” -Greg Doucette
His Young Athletic Career
Not only did Jeff Seid look good as a younger man, but he also had the athletics to back it up.
He did a lot of wrestling, and he was also playing football.
He was literally ripped at 14-15-17 years old. He was also super lean. You can see this in pictures where he is running. His abs just look totally ripped.
His body is the perfect type of body, to where he almost can’t help but to be ripped. This guy literally has massive genetic potential. It’s just unreal.
What are the odds that he was on steroids during his young athletic career? According to Greg Doucette, he was still natural, without a doubt.
By the time he was 18 years old, he was in freaking ripped shape. He looked so good that he really put most men even a few years older than him to shame, even at such a young age.
But, according to Greg Doucette, he was still totally natural. Yes, he put on a lot of muscle through these teenage years. But he also went through puberty and was growing. This means that his muscle gains were natural.
There’s really no reason to suspect any kind of steroid use at this point.
Jeff Seid’s IFBB Pro Career
At the age of 19, Jeff Seid began his IFBB pro men’s physique competition career.
Now, keep in mind, this was back in 2013. He was extremely young to be competing at this level.
Does this mean that he wasn’t natural?
Actually, Greg Doucette believes that Jeff Seid, at this point, was indeed entirely natural and not on any steroids at all.
Here’s the thing. Nowadays, guys who compete in these competitions are enormous.
Because they’re all on steroids.
But you’ll also notice that Jeff Seid doesn’t compete anymore… and that may be why.
He competed in his first pro show, but he didn’t win.
Why didn’t he win?
He wasn’t lean enough. But he definitely wasn’t on steroids.
But a month later, he competes at the Valenti Cup.
And this time, he wins.
How did he manage to win the Valenti Cup?
He got a little bit leaner, and increased his fullness.
But was he clean this time? According to Greg Doucette, this time, he may not have been.
Here’s What Happened, According to Greg Doucette
According to Coach Greg, Jeff Seid probably took something in preparation for this second professional event to help him cross the gap and level-up just enough to be able to compete with these other guys.
Does this mean that he was on all kinds of steroids, and took everything?
No, it doesn’t.
More likely, he took a small bit of an oral PE. It could have been a SARM, or something similar. Nothing too big. Just something to give him that little competitive ‘edge’ to really shape his look.
Long story short… Was he natural when he turned pro?
Yes, he was.
But was he natural when he won?
The likelihood of this is actually pretty small. He was most likely on steroids (just a little bit… just enough, nothing too crazy) when he won his first professional title.
He probably wasn’t injecting anything. He probably wasn’t taking anything too seriously. He probably just popped a couple of pills to help him perfect his aesthetic and look.
One Year Later, He Looked About the Same
This would indicate that whatever he took for that month to get him ready for his first pro-show, he stopped doing it after the show. He didn’t get massive. He hit his off-season, then started training again.
In fact, he went to Mr. Olympia in 2014, and he didn’t even win, because he just wasn’t big enough. He wasn’t as big as the other guys.
Because he wasn’t really taking steroids. For the most part, he was natural. And this really gave his competitors (all of whom were probably on steroids) a competitive edge.
In fact, this is probably why he doesn’t compete anymore. He probably just wasn’t interested in getting as ‘massive’ as these other guys. So he quit doing the competitions.
In 2016, He Went Back to the Pro Tournament in Stockholm
When he walked out onto the stage in Stockholm, he looked good. He was a little bigger and a little leaner. But he wasn’t massive.
Keep in mind that the sport of bodybuilding is evolving. Guys are getting bigger and bigger. But the Jeff Seid on steroids myth doesn’t really hold up here… because he’s just not getting that much bigger.
He was probably on that small oral cycle like he was the second time he competed. Again, not much. Just enough to get him the win in Stockholm. Then, he was off to his second Mr. Olympia.
During This Time, He Reportedly Trained For 5 to 6 Hours Per Day
His plan was to bulk for 2 months to add mass, then to cut for 2 months for definition.
But here’s the thing. According to Greg Doucette, this is an absolute nail-in-the-coffin moment that tells us, once and for all, that from this point onward, that the Jeff Seid on steroids myth became reality.
“As soon as someone says they trained 5 to 6 hours a day to prepare for something bodybuilding related, you know they’re not natural. It’s like code. It’s like saying ‘what did you do to put on all that muscle?’ ‘I ate chicken, rice, and broccoli 8 meals a day.’ That’s code. It’s silent code for ‘I’m on some stuff.’” -Greg Doucette
After this stint, where he was preparing for his second Mr. Olympia, what are the chances that he was totally natural?
Very close to zero!
I’m not a bodybuilder. I wasn’t training with him, so I can’t be 100% sure. But according to everything I know, and with my opinion being backed up by guys like Greg Doucette… I’m pretty sure I’m 100% right that Jeff Seid was on steroids during the time that he was training for the Mr. Olympia.
Wrapping up the Evidence: Is Jeff Seid on Steroids?
Let’s look at the highlights of what we know.
- Jeff Seid published a video where he claimed to be all-natural, where he dissed bodybuilders who were taking steroids. This gives us a peek into his mindset, that he doesn’t see steroids as the ‘real deal.’
- He literally calls himself ‘natural’ in his YouTube bio. This is another clue about his outspoken ‘natural’ mindset.
- He started out very natural. He had strong gains early on, but these could easily be explained by powerful genetics and being born with a fantastic body to start with.
- Then, he starts competing. At first, he doesn’t get super-great results. Then, we see a small bump in his performance. He gets a little bit leaner, and a little bigger. These results seem small, but they happen at a pretty rapid pace, and it really looks like he’s probably taking something orally… just a small ‘booster’ to get him those gains he needs.
- He starts training hardcore for the Mr. Olympia. This time around, he wants it bad. He says that he’s training 5 to 6 hours per day. How is he not overtraining during this time? This is the point where it really seals the deal. According to Greg Doucette, nobody trains for that long without taking performance enhancers of some kind.
P.S. When it comes to steroid use, see what we think about Thomas Delauer and Bradley Martyn.
I love Jeff Seid. I think he’s incredibly handsome. I think that his rise to fame in the bodybuilding industry has been incredible. And for the most part, he did it all without the use of steroids.
But when he started competing hard-core for world titles, he needed a bit of a competitive edge.
And so, he probably took some SARMs or something orally… just enough to gain that competitive ‘edge’ he was looking for, that would help him to come out on top.
Is Jeff Seid on steroids? Our official verdict is yes.
Jeff Seid has been mostly natural for his entire career. But he did take something while prepping for those weight-lifting competitions.
Has he taken anything since? Maybe, maybe not. He certainly isn’t on a ‘bunch of stuff.’ He’s not taking all the steroids he can get his hands on. He probably just took a few orals to give him a boost… but it really looks like he took something to help him get those gains.
You can argue it if you want, and there may be a teeny tiny chance that I’m wrong about it. But the evidence is pretty solid in my opinion.
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