When it comes to bodybuilding, you’ll no doubt all have your most and least favourite bodybuilders.
In the past, when people spoke about bodybuilding, they made reference exclusively to the IFBB Pro leagues.
However, times have changed somewhat and nowadays, there are countless sponsored bodybuilders appearing at expos, and gracing the covers of health, fitness, and bodybuilding magazines, despite the fact that they don’t actually compete at all, and don’t actually own a pro card.
Social Media and the Fitness Community
Social media has revolutionized the bodybuilding community, and this is generally a good thing as it now means that anybody and everybody can potentially make it in the fitness world, despite the fact that they may not possess a pro card, or may not have a lucrative multi-million-dollar sponsorship deal.
One person in particular, who has benefited hugely from social media is Kali Muscle, whom you may recognise from YouTube, beside other bodybuilding celebrities like Bradley Martyn and Calum Von Moger.
Kali Muscle is a name that is synonymous with the bodybuilding community these days, despite the fact that he has never actually competed at the Olympia, or any other high profile shows or competitions.
He is a star who has made it, thanks to his physique, his personality, and his own perseverance.
Despite this, wherever he goes, and whatever he does, people will always question whether Kali Muscle is natural, or whether he is taking steroids.
Obviously, we can’t provide a clear-cut answer for you, but what we can do is look at the evidence.
Here’s a look at whether or not we think Kali Muscle is natural, or if he is taking steroids.
Who Is Kali Muscle?
Kali Muscle is a bodybuilder, a social media expert, an actor, and just generally a pretty awesome guy.
He grew up in Oakland, CA, where his childhood was, shall we say, slightly turbulent.
His story growing up was a typical case of wrong area, wrong people.
Kali began associating with the wrong people, and he, along with his brother, would often find themselves in trouble with the law.
Kali is a former prison convict who served 7 years in jail for burglary, and used bodybuilding to turn his life around.
Today he has millions of followers on social media, he is a regular on the bodybuilding circuits, and he is helping countless individuals worldwide, turn their lives around for the better, with the help of bodybuilding.
As mentioned, when he grew up, Kali would often associate with the wrong people and would regularly get into fights, vandalize property, and just generally act up and act anti-socially.
As he was growing up, his brother sadly lost his life through recklessness with a firearm, and shortly after Kali was arrested for burglary, and was sentenced to 7 years in jail.
Ironically, jail didn’t actually break him at all, it made him who he is today.
You see, like many other inmates, there was very little Kali could do each day, other than exercise and try to stay in shape.
He had access to primitive workout equipment, plus he would often perform calisthenics in his cell.
To this day he still favours bodyweight exercises and workouts.
In jail, his diet sucked, but he was able to keep his caloric intakes fairly high.
His claims that on average, his daily diet consisted of ramen noodles, cans of tuna fish, and whatever food the prison would serve him each day.
He states that he was taking in around 4000 calories, which for a man of his height, was enough to take him in a caloric surplus so that he was taking in more calories than he was burning off.
As you know, to build muscle your body needs to be in a caloric surplus, otherwise you would struggle to add any size at all.
Kali claims that it took more than a year of consistent training for him to notice a real difference in his physique, but he claims that once he did, this only spurred him on and motivated him further.
Training Inside And Out
When in jail, Kali used bodybuilding as an escape, training to better himself every day.
He would regularly train with prison equipment, and he made some great gains.
However, it was deemed that prisoners could no longer use the prison gym equipment to train, due to safety concerns, and so Kali was forced to improvise.
He would perform calisthenics, would use cans of food, cans of garbage, and he and the other inmates would even use one another, I.E squatting with another inmate on their backs.
When he was released, he had an incredible physique and decided to use this to his advantage.
He would pursue a career in acting and landed numerous roles in music videos and in commercials.
He would also give motivational speeches to troubled teens, talking about his experiences and how he was able to turn his life around through bodybuilding.
He also took up competitive bodybuilding and won numerous NPC shows, including Mr California, back in 2012.
Is Kali Muscle Taking Steroids Or Is He Natural?
So, now that we know a little more about his early background years, it’s now time for us to address the elephant in the room and to look at whether or not Kali Muscle was able to build his muscle naturally, or whether he is, or was, on steroids.
For the record, Kali has claimed to be natty on numerous occasions, to the ire of many a social media user, who regularly call him out on what they claim to be “blatant use of steroids”.
There is a quote doing the rounds of social media at the moment, from Kali himself, who claims that, while in prison, he was completely natural, as were the other inmates.
He claims it is virtually impossible to get steroids in the inside, but as we all know, this is not strictly true at all.
Kali claims that he doesn’t even use supplements to this day, and that the reason why he doesn’t is because he is simply bigger than 90% of the population anyways.
Now, he could very well be telling the truth, and he may have amazing genetics, though you can understand why some people are dubious.
After all, he stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs in at more than 240 pounds, while maintaining a year round body fat percentage of less than 10%.
Regular people just cannot hold that amount of size, and that amount of conditioning for that duration of time without any chemical assistance.
Now, as mentioned, we don’t know if Kali Muscle is natural or if he is using steroids.
What we can do, however, is a look at some potential tell-tale signs of steroid use:
Okay, HGH, or Human Growth Hormone, isn’t actually a steroid at all, but it is still highly anabolic, it is used for building muscle, and it is commonly stacked with other steroids to achieve optimal muscle growth.
If you take a look at Kali, you will see that he has, what is known in the bodybuilding community, as a growth gut, or an HGH gut.
This isn’t a fat gut, no, it is the exact opposite.
As mentioned, Kali is shredded year long, and often has a body fat percentage of around 7%.
He has a shredded set of ABS but his stomach looks swollen and distended, as if he is pregnant or very bloated.
The reason why people that abuse HGH get this side effect, is because the HGH causes the internal organs, including the intestines and liver, to become enlarged and swollen.
They then press against the stomach, causing the gut to look distended and swollen when relaxed.
Kali does indeed have a bit of a gut at times, so it could be down to HGH use.
His Freaky Size
As mentioned, Kali is less than 5,10 in height, yet he weighs in at upwards of 240 pounds of solid muscle. Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime, weighed in at 240, and we all know he big he was.
What’s more, Arnold was 6ft 2, making him 5 inches taller than Kali.
This goes to show how huge Kali actually is, as reaching 240 pounds at less than 5,10 in height, is incredibly tough when using steroids, making it virtually impossible to do naturally.
Strange things may have happened, but unless Kali was blessed with god-tier genetics, many believe that there is no way in the world that he could reach 240 pounds of solid muscle naturally.
It isn’t simply the fact that Kali weighs upwards of 240 pounds virtually all year round, that has people up in arms.
No, another reason why people believe that he is in fact, using steroids, is the fact that his conditioning is so amazing all year round.
As you know, getting in shape is tough, yet staying in shape is even tougher.
Simply losing a few pounds takes discipline, but maintaining ABS?
That’s a real challenge.
Not only does Kali Muscle barely gain an ounce of fat, he seems to continually build lean muscle.
Building lean muscle while simultaneously dropping fat and not putting any on, would put him in a very elite class of his own if he did this naturally, as many IFBB pros struggle to do this when prepping for the Olympia.
He Continues To Get Better
As you know, once you reach a certain age, muscle maturity fails to work for you and gravity and genetics start to work against you.
Kali is getting older, as are we all, yet his physique seems to get more and more impressive with each passing year.
His size increases, his body fat drops, his body get more symmetrical, plus his vascularity is scary and is off the chart.
Age does appear to simply be a number for Kali, but why is this?
Well, some would argue that it is steroids.
You see, steroids can turn an impressive body into an incredible body, regardless of age.
There are bodybuilders out there in their forties and fifties, that have far more impressive physiques than they used to have in their thirties, all because of steroids.
As Kali seems to look better and better with each passing year, this could indeed be an indication that he could be using some form of steroid to help him reach his goals.
Kali Muscle Steroids
As we have stated numerous times, we have no idea whether Kali is indeed using steroids.
What we can do, however, is look at his physique and look at some common steroids currently available and what they do, and see if their results would indeed match up with Kali’s physique and performance in the gym.
A steroid cycle he COULD be using MAY include:
- Testosterone Enanthate
- Deca Durabolin
- And Clomid or Nolvadex for Post Cycle Therapy
So, is Kali Muscle Using Steroids Or Is He Natural?
Gain, for the hundredth time, we can’t give you a precise answer to this question because honestly, we do not know.
All we can do is look at the evidence, go with our own inside knowledge, and of course, follow our gut instincts.
You probably won’t be surprised to hear then, that we believe Kali Muscle to be non-natty as we believe he is, or has, used steroids before.
We do not, however, have any concrete evidence to back up this hypothesis, so for now, all this is, is our expert opinion.