We all have see the pictures of our favorite pro bodybuilders, all huge and ripped.
But how do they look when the spotlight is gone and the photographers are not around?
Here’s some examples, that may change your perspective on what bulking – and steroid use – in pro bodybuilding really means.
Disclaimer: These pictures are presented as is. Some of them may be Photoshoped or otherwise altered. I have no way of verifying it. But every altered image should have an original copy somewhere on the Internet. So if you think an image is Photoshopped, just search for the original one, if you can find it.
Also, obviously off-season does not automatically mean off steroids. These are simply images of bodybuilders: some off-season, some off-steroids and some off both.
Not too bad. Still the Big Ronnie we know. Still quite ripped.
Water, water everywhere.
I guess at this stage it is all about ‘hugeness’
What’s up with the gut?
Gyno – the unfortunate consequence of being huge?
Big. Just so big.
Massive. As always.
Who could argue with this.
Leaner. Better definition. Less muscles. What happened?
What the hell happened? Oh, I see. The ‘cleaning’ cycle, right?
Back to bulking…and juicing.
Off the gear, out of muscles.
Shinny – yes. Big – yes. Ripped – not today.
It’s bulking phase, dude.
Who says bulking up means getting fat?
Getting bigger the Shawn Ray’s way.
Yep, it is a body of one of the best bodybuilders today.
Fat with stretchmarks. Slow down, dude.
Beauty and the beast.
What is it I am looking at again? Oh yeah, the mass.
Tribute to the modern medicine.
Turning into a sumo wrestler?
…when being huge means everything
Bulking up the Lee Priest’s way
Use it or lose it. Steroids, that is.
Back to being an average American.
The king of being huge – all the time.
Muscles and fat. Bulking by Dorian.
He’s got the look…but where’s the muscles?
Maybe it’s time to hit the gym again.
Too much of beach volleyball, too little lifting weights.
Reminds me the thug look from GTA San Andreas
Back in the gym.
Just resting his (not so) big muscles.
So happy and so…skinny?!?!
The body of an archer.
Arnold a Kevin Klein model?
Arnold never was ‘all work no play’ kind of guy.
Chris Cook – not the way we usually see him
Chris Cormier – keeps it together even in off season
Just two words: Egrifta Tesamorelin. Grows more than the muscles.
Dave Tate: Nice transformation…
Marcus Ruhl (with Jay Cutler): Is there anyone bigger?
Fouad Hoss Abiad offseason. 300 lbs of hugeness.
Johnie Jackson: Maybe I should have cropped the image up to his chest only.
Warren Branch: Big and bulky…everywhere.
Vince Taylor: Not in his usual form.
Iana Ionut: Why the open mouth? Hungry again?
Jay Cuttler: Let’s hope this image is Photoshoped. Or a bad angle.
Lee Haney: Off season and off competition. Still looking great.
Trevor Smith: Looks like he could eat his whole family for breakfast.
Nasser El Sonbaty: Good diet is 90% of success. Less, if you are a pro.
They say you are what you eat. Well, professional bodybuilders took this and ran with it.
Or they would have, if they could actually ran.
But one thing is for sure: There have never been bigger, and more ripped bodybuilders.
Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?
I’ll leave that to everyone’s opinion.