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NATTY OR NOT CALLOUTS: DOES ANYONE EVEN CARE ANYMORE?
By Matt Weik, November 20th, 2020



Over the last few years, we have witnessed a bunch of people (particularly on YouTube) posting natty or not callouts. I understand they are trying to help people understand that many people who claim “natty status” aren’t really natty and, in fact, using performance-enhancing drugs, SARMS, and steroids to achieve their look. My question is, “Does anyone even care anymore?”


Natty or Not is Played Out
I’m not going to specifically name the people and YouTube channels who are doing these natty or not callouts (you know who they are), but for the love of God, enough is enough. I truly don’t think anyone cares anymore. It’s pretty easy to spot someone who is using drugs to achieve their physique. Many of them walk around 365 days a year with 6% body fat and are unusually jacked and ripped. Or you have the people who in a very fast period of time completely transform their physique. Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t outliers out there where people ARE genetically gifted but that’s not the norm.

It seems pretty obvious when people are constantly claiming natty status as well. I mean, why would you need to put it in your social media profile or constantly talk about it in interviews that you’re natural, all-natural, or natty for life? I understand that they need to keep their secret safe in order to get certain jobs in television, media, etc. where they are in front of the American people, but why feel the need to keep talking about it? Maybe if they keep saying it, they’ll believe it themselves?


Does This Mean I Don’t Appreciate the Truth from People?
Nope. I appreciate those who come clean and explain their success. But do I feel they NEED to? Absolutely not. Look, there are professional bodybuilders out there who don’t even talk about their drug use and why should they? It’s commonly used in the sport and you don’t see those in the IFBB talking about it. And last I checked, steroids are ILLEGAL. So, speaking about using them is clearly not the best idea. So, why the witch hunt? What are you trying to prove?

One individual on YouTube blasts people with his natty or not callouts and HE HIMSELF uses SARMS and steroids. Kind of hypocritical, no? This individual got his start and audience from building content around the natty or not topic and his in-person callouts at shows, expos, and events.


What Would the Industry Look Like Without Steroids?
I, for one, would not go (or even pay) to watch a natural bodybuilding show. I’m not a big guy, but I’m not going to pay to watch a show where I’m bigger than the people on stage. That’s not to say they don’t have great physiques or that they haven’t put in the work. It’s simply a preference of what I (and many others) would pay to go watch. And go look at natural shows and compare them to IFBB events.

Think about it – people go to IFBB bodybuilding shows like the Arnold and Olympia to watch freaks. The bigger the better. It’s like paying for tickets to the circus. You go to the circus to see “the freak show” (I say that with the utmost respect) and see the “unusual.”

You aren’t going to go to the circus just to see clowns, jugglers, and lions walk around. Heck, you could go to a kids’ birthday party to see clowns or the zoo to see lions. You go there to see sword swallowers, dangerous fire shows, tightrope walkers, and people flying through the air. Take those away and it would be boring, right? It turns it into a carnival. The same thing applies to the bodybuilding and fitness industry. You want to see mounds of muscle, 3% body fat where every muscle and striation is shown, and the best of the best where people are taking their physique to a level unimaginable.

Therefore, we need to stop drawing negative attention and press to our industry and the people who make it up that we love to go watch and follow. Heck, even bikini competitors are using steroids and SARMS these days – that says something.


Let’s Just Put This to Rest
I’m not going to beat a dead horse here, but enough is enough. It’s played out. If you want to draw more negative attention to the industry, these natty or not callouts are going to do just that. We already have a target on our back, we don’t need more negative press. Do we want police knocking on every IFBB pro’s door because there is a reason to believe they have possession of steroids in their home? Come on now, that’s just ridiculous. But stranger things have happened. So, what’s not to say it won’t or can’t happen?

And I’m 100% of the position that people should be able to use steroids and SARMS. Look at the evidence of how many people have negative health effects or die from its use. It’s LOW! Now, compare that with everything else out there being used and abused that is illegal. I’m not dismissing the illegal use of steroids or that it’s “ok” but look at the research and decide if we are really putting our focus where it needs to be. I’d love to see steroids become legal. I think it can help a bunch of people. But these natty or not callouts are doing a disservice to our industry.


Related CJM Article from November 22nd, 2018 >>>> Fake Natties Who Compete at Natural Shows
 

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1000%!!!!!!
The only time I care if anyone decides to lie about their use is if/when it is related to a tested event aka natural BB show.
Other than that I don't care if you should choose to use gear or not, if you are of sound mind and can make rational decisions for yourself then you should be free to do as you please.
I think it's as much of a joke for people to make videos on the topic as it is for some people to try and claim a natty status.

I think the comments from the ignorant, the " oh he is big because he is on gear" crowd bug me more.
That IG crowd that wouldn't know the meaning of heavy weight, consistency, discipline sacrifice if it rolled off the bar and crushed them.

I'm with you Dr.J, let's put it to rest.
 

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i only care if juiced guys pretend to be natty and sucker people into their programs or sup lines saying they too can look this way. or as fellow above said...contest for natty guys being won by fake natty.

other than that and a few similar type scenarios i couldnt care less if people blast.

im still hopefull that when the stigma is fully gone people will stop trying to claim natty ...again with exception of above scenarios...

but people claiming natty for no reason like above...just because they dont want the stigma....no one cares anymore. just say ur enhanced .stop hiding. no one cares anymore

me personally the ONLY time i deny is to my poor elderly mother,,, bail/parole/probation officer/s
but i dont say im natty i just say its my TRT . its obvious im on SOMETHING so i cant say im natty. i just tell them im a hyper responder to my trt.
new guys in gym i never try and say im natty and you can get this jacked too. i tell them i was lifting for years and now im getting older and im on trt yr round and i blast once or twice a year now. why lie?
 

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i only care if juiced guys pretend to be natty and sucker people into their programs or sup lines saying they too can look this way. or as fellow above said...contest for natty guys being won by fake natty.

other than that and a few similar type scenarios i couldnt care less if people blast.

im still hopefull that when the stigma is fully gone people will stop trying to claim natty ...again with exception of above scenarios...

but people claiming natty for no reason like above...just because they dont want the stigma....no one cares anymore. just say ur enhanced .stop hiding. no one cares anymore

me personally the ONLY time i deny is to my poor elderly mother,,, bail/parole/probation officer/s
but i dont say im natty i just say its my TRT . its obvious im on SOMETHING so i cant say im natty. i just tell them im a hyper responder to my trt.
new guys in gym i never try and say im natty and you can get this jacked too. i tell them i was lifting for years and now im getting older and im on trt yr round and i blast once or twice a year now. why lie?
THIS.. is exactly how I feel about it. I hate when people pretend to be natty to sell some shit there is a special place in hell for those people who trick all those poor kids and desperate people.

not everyone has a background in nutrition or in even excersise as basic as that sounds so people who don’t know get conned I know I did when I was a kid.

Blamed my genetics and it actually turned into some inward hate that pushed me in the wrong direction. It was a dangerous time for me, new injury every month.
 

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I'm not even big but often get asked if I'm on gear (not at the gym, just by people I know) and I don't hesitate to tell them the truth that yes I cycle once in a while. The only people I don't tell are my parents because they wouldn't understand, I mean my mom literally asked me if I was buying any supplements at Popeyes "with steroids in them" ....

I think the e celebrities that are obviously juicing and claim natty do it for legal reasons so they don't ruin their contracts with certain companies.

Nobody I've admitted to has cared that I take gear, whether they think I don't work hard or not is up to them and doesn't matter to me.
 
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