It seems the best way to start rumours is to become a famous fitness influencer.
In this case, I’m talking about the Ross Dickerson steroid rumours that have been circulating online.
While anabolic steroid use is widespread in the bodybuilding industry, I find that making such claims without any substantial research is unfair to the guy.
So, I spent a few weeks researching his background and social media accounts to see if there’s any truth to these rumours.
Does Ross Dickerson Take Steroids?
There’s no conclusive evidence to suggest that Ross Dickerson currently takes steroids.
And as you can see, he hints at being natural in the below tweet.
Having analyzed Ross’ physique in-depth, I’ve found many features which support his natural claims, but a couple which may hint at some PED use.
Let’s take a look at these in more detail.
Reasons Which May Suggest Ross Dickerson Is Natty
No Evidence of Acne
In developing teenagers, acne is often caused by fluctuating hormones, like testosterone. And the same thing can happen to people who take anabolic steroids.
With steroid use, the skin change is quite sudden and noticeable and not easily hidden, especially if you’re a famous wrestler who’s on camera a lot of the time.
It doesn’t look like Ross Dickerson suffers from skin problems, suggesting that he could be natural.
No Sign of Hair Loss
One of the most common problems with PEDs is that they may increase facial hair while decreasing head hair. Many steroid users hide this with a tightly cut hairstyle.
Looking through Ross’ Instagram, it’s clear to see that his head hair is still well intact and there’s no signs of baldness/hair loss, which may imply that he’s natty.
Natural Shaped Pectorals
Ironically, PEDs which boost testosterone and growth hormone have also been linked to men developing enlarged breast tissue.
It’s important to point out that enlarged breast tissue and ripped pecs aren’t the same thing – here, we’re talking about soft breast tissue in the form of fat.
While Ross has large pecs, there’s no evidence that he suffers from gyno or enlarged breast tissue.
Reasonable Body Fat Levels
One of the easiest ways to catch out a fake natty is to see how their body fat levels change when they bulk.
No matter how gifted your genetics are and how much you train, bulking up whilst maintaining a sub 10% body fat is nearly impossible.
The fact that Ross seems to hover between 12% – 15% body fat after a bulk suggests that he doesn’t take steroids.
He would be much leaner if he did.
Lack of HGH Gut
Many bodybuilders take human growth hormone (HGH) as part of their steroid cycle.
One of the side effects of this is that organs can swell up, and that pushes out the so-called HGH gut.
Looking at recent photos of Ross, it appears that he doesn’t suffer from HGH gut which suggests that he doesn’t take HGH.
Reasons People Believe Ross Dickerson Takes Steroids
Popping veins are a solid indicator of how much muscle and how little fat you have.
But certain types of steroids will produce those vascular veins even if you’re not working out.
Looking at Ross’ Instagram profile, you can see that he has veins popping through multiple muscle groups, including his abs, which can be a sign of steroid use.
Oversized shoulders are one of the most common signs of steroid use. The deltoids and traps in the upper back have a large number of androgen receptors.
As a result, you often see shoulders and traps that are out-of-proportion, and that’s something Ross seems to have.
Is It Possible To Bulk Up Like Ross Dickerson Naturally?
In my opinion, it’s possible to achieve a physique like Ross Dickerson naturally.
While it will take a lot of time, patience, and persistence, it’s certainly achievable.
It’s clear that Ross eats a clean diet and trains consistently, so with the help of natural supplements and some good genetics, there’s no reason why he couldn’t have achieved his physique without steroid use.
- Ross Dickerson has never admitted to taking steroids and has hinted that he’s natural on twitter.
- Having analyzed his physique in depth, I believe that he is indeed natty.
- Ross is yet to publish any drug test results, so there’s no proof that he takes steroids (or is natty).
Thanks for reading!
I’ve been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I’ve gained 30 pounds of muscle, written hundreds of articles, and reviewed dozens of fitness supplements. As for my educational background, I’m a currently studying for my Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.