If you’re relatively young and are fairly active when it comes to health and fitness online, you will probably already be fairly familiar with Jeff Seid.
For those of you who are not, however, let’s just say that, for a guy in his low 20s, he currently possesses a physique that many pro bodybuilders in their 30s would be envious of.
As you know, to build a single pound of lean muscle requires a lot of hard work and discipline, and sadly, many people out there just do not possess this drive or determination.
With social media now such a prevalent part of modern society, it’s very easy for people to spout negative comments whilst hiding behind the autonomy provided by a smart phone, tablet, or computer.
Needless to say, those in the public eye are always going to be on the receiving end of negativity, and in Jeff’s case, there is no exception.
With millions of followers on social media, all you have to do is read the comments on one of his videos or posts, and you’ll soon come across numerous “haters” crying ‘steroids’ and accusing Jeff of taking every anabolic hormone and drug under the sun.
This then begs the question of does Jeff Seid take steroids or is he natural?
Well, in truth, we’re not Jeff so we can’t answer this, but what we can do is look at the evidence for and against steroid use.
Jeff has an incredible body, there’s no denying that, but can it be achieved naturally?
Well, let’s take a look shall we, as we look at whether Jeff Seid takes steroids or if he is natural.
Who is Jeff Seid?
For those of you who have no idea who we’re talking about as of yet, things will soon become clear.
Jeff Seid is currently the youngest IFBB physique pro bodybuilder in history, aged just 23.
He earned his pro card aged just 21 years of age, and he has continued to improve ever since.
Jeff is quite the polarizing figure online, in that people either adore him, or they seem to hate him, and there really doesn’t seem to be any middle ground.
While his personality may not be to everybody’s tastes, one thing we can all agree on is the fact that, from a bodybuilding perspective, Jeff has an awesome physique and certainly one that many can only wish to attain, naturally or otherwise.
Jeff currently competes as a men’s IFBB pro physique competitor such as Jeremy Buendia, Mike O’hearn, Lazar Angelov, Steve Cook, Calum von moger and Bradley Martyn, he has numerous sponsorships, he has a very strong following on social media, he has competed in the physique Olympia, and he even has his own brand of active wear.
This is made all the more impressive when you remember that he is barely 23 years of age.
Many pros out there, natural or otherwise, didn’t even start lifting weights seriously until they reached their early twenties, yet Jeff has accomplished everything we just looked at, and much more besides.
The Early Years
Jeff’s physique is awesome, if it wasn’t, he wouldn’t have turned pro, he wouldn’t be sponsored, he wouldn’t be gracing the covers of fitness magazines, and he wouldn’t have an incredibly strong following in the online fitness community.
But how is it possible for a guy to just have turned 23 years of age, and to already look the way Jeff looks and have such an incredibly knowledge about diet, training, supplements, nutrition, and the industry itself?
Well, one reason for this is that Jeff has been lifting weights consistently since he was 12 years old.
That’s right, at 23 he has over a decade of lifting experience behind him.
While we don’t advocate lifting weights at such a young age, Jeff was a pretty stubborn kid, he knew what he wanted, and he went for it.
It’s also worth noting that a common misconception associated with bodybuilding at a young age, is that it stunts your growth and development as you get older.
Well, Jeff stands at 6 feet tall, and he weighs in at 210 pounds, so it certainly didn’t seem to harm his growth and development.
But, we digress.
Jeff has been always a very active kid and showed a keen interest in weights, athletics, and amateur wrestling in particular.
Jeff actually showed huge promise as a wrestler, as well as a track athlete and he actually broke several records at the time.
As he grew older and trained harder, he was offered numerous football scholarships and became a very good player.
He had aspirations of making it as a football player, but unfortunately he suffered a very serious ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury which required surgery and left him sidelined for months.
Jeff’s physique obviously declined as he couldn’t train, and he began to sink into depression and lack serious motivation.
As the weeks went by, Jeff was able to return to the gym and rediscover his love for bodybuilding, which he actually helped during his rehab.
Sadly, just 3 months after surgery to repair his ACL, he suffered yet another ACL injury, which again, kept him out of action.
During recovery for the second injury, however, Jeff maintained a positive attitude and was determined to recovery in the right way this time around.
Jeff And Bodybuilding
After suffering 2 ACL injuries, Jeff knew that that half a step he had lost would be enough to dash his dreams of becoming a football player, or an Olympic athlete.
Jeff instead, focussed all of his energy into bettering his physique, and by default, bettering himself.
Jeff jumped online, read all of the popular forums and magazines, asked for help and advice, and began making a name for himself on various bodybuilding forums and social media outlets.
When he started to dial in his diet and nutrition, Jeff really began seeing noticeable improvements to his physique, and this only spurred him on further.
Jeff competed in several amateur physique competitions and took first place, and by the time he had turned 21, he had earned his IFBB pro card, making him the youngest person in history to achieve such a feat.
A couple of years on and Jeff is now one of the most respected names in the physique leagues and he is a figure instantly recognizable amongst keen online bodybuilding fans.
Jeff Seid And The Aesthetic Movement
When people refer to the ‘Golden Age of Bodybuilding’ they are referring to the 1970s, when you had guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Lou Ferrigno, Franco Columbo, Ken Waller, and many more, all competing and making names for themselves on the Olympia stage.
The reason why people look back at this era, so fondly, is because the physiques back then were so aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Nowadays, pro bodybuilding is a very niche sport, because of the fact that bodybuilders nowadays appear to be more concerned with getting as big as they can.
Back then, bodybuilders competed at around 240 – 260 and had great symmetry and lines, their conditioning was consistently great, and they had very narrow and tight waists.
These days, bodybuilders often have distended guts, which make them look pregnant, not to mention the fact that athletes around 5ft 10, will reach weights of close to 300 pounds during the off-season.
Many believe that the ‘Mass Monster’ movement was started by Dorian Yates in the late 80s and 90s, as he would consistently blow up every time he competed, and would bring enormous size and mass to the stage.
Since then, to compete with one another, bodybuilders would train with the goal of getting as big as they could, often sacrificing aesthetics along the way.
It appears, however, as if the aesthetic movement is back, and it is thanks, in part, to Jeff Seid and other similar bodybuilders.
An aesthetic physique to them, is a lean and a narrow waist, great symmetry and conditioning, with not a GH gut in sight.
Rather than competing at 265 – 275 pounds, when dieting down, physique competitors will instead compete in the low 200s, and the crowd absolutely loves this.
Jeff is shredded, he has good size, he consistently shows up in the condition, and what’s more, he doesn’t look pregnant, or as if he may collapse on stage at any minute due to hypertension, organ failure, or a heart attack.
People also seem to appreciate Jeff and his physique, due to the fact that he, and other physique competitors, are sporting physiques which do look attainable by the average Joe.
IFBB pro bodybuilders however, look insanely big and are in an entirely different league of their own.
So, does Jeff Seid Take Steroids Or Is He Natural?
Ah, the billion-dollar question.
Well, as we explained earlier, we can’t give you a definite answer because honestly, we do not know.
What we will be doing, though, is looking at supporting evidence for or against steroid use.
So, let’s look at the evidence, shall we?
Ordinarily, when you look at people that have been lifting weights for a few years, then suddenly they decide to take steroids, you’ll see that their physiques will blow up in a matter of weeks.
While they may make slow and steady gains while training naturally, as soon as they start a steroid cycle, you’ll see them, adding 10, 20, even 30 pounds of muscle, in a matter of weeks.
Steroids are incredibly powerful and they provide very fast results.
If you look at Jeff’s progress since he was 12 however, you will see that the changes to his physique have been slow and consistent.
There is no year where he suddenly blew up, seemingly out of nowhere, instead, he has added lean muscle gradually, and has slowly got better and better with each year.
This, then, would suggest that he is natural, but there is more to consider.
Jeff Seid has an incredible physique, there’s no question about that.
If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have turned pro at such a young age.
As great as he looks, however, at 6ft tall and weighing in at around 210 pounds.
Such as Simeon Panda, he is hardly a genetic freak like the pros you see gracing the stage during the main event of the Olympia.
Jeff has a lot of lean muscle, there’s no denying that, but he is far from enormous, which would surely rule out the use of powerful steroids like Tren.
Many agree that, as great as Jeff looks, his physique is still very attainable naturally.
No signs of usage
Obviously seeing somebody blow up seemingly out of nowhere, is one tell-tale sign of steroid use, but there are also many more signs.
To begin with, steroid users will often suffer from “backne” which is basically acne on their backs caused by the hormones being put into their bodies.
If you look at Jeff’s back, you’ll see it remains acne-free.
Jeff also actually looks his age, as opposed to other young steroid users, who could easily pass for being twenty years older because of the drugs they are taking.
He also has no gyno on his chest, no hair loss, his skin isn’t flushed, his blood pressure doesn’t appear to be elevated, and there are no injection marks visible on his skin.
He Has Stated Outright That He Is Natural
Obviously there are bodybuilders out there who claim to be natural for fear of losing sponsorships or simply by being viewed in a negative light.
Many, however, rather than giving a straight answer, will do their best to avoid the subject altogether.
Jeff however, often gets called out online for steroid use, and he often responds stating, quite calmly and concisely, that he is 100% natural.
So, Does Jeff Seid Take Steroids Or Is He Natural?
If you view the evidence listed above, it does indeed appear that Jeff Seid is natural.
Obviously we can’t state for certain that he is natural, nor can be ruled out less potent steroids and fat burners such as winstrol, or ephedrine.
From the looks of things, however, Jeff Seid is indeed natural, and has simply been blessed with a strong work ethic, and some pretty awesome endomorph genetics along the way.