There’s no doubt that Ryan Humiston has achieved some great success from being a super strong vegan bodybuilder. And that kind of success always draws attention from people who immediately say it’s all down to steroids.
While steroid use is rampant in the bodybuilding and fitness industry, I find that making such allegations without any substantial research is unfair to the guy.
That’s why I’ve spent the last few days going through his YouTube and social media accounts to see if there’s any truth to the claims that his physique isn’t natural.
Here’s what I found.
Is Ryan Humiston Natty?
Ryan Humiston has admitted to not being natty. He’s regularly used testosterone and other PEDs throughout his career and has admitted this on his YouTube channel.
I have a lot of respect for Ryan for admitting this, as many influencers would rather lie to their audience to make themselves more relatable.
Why Does Ryan Humiston Take Steroids?
While Ryan Humiston hasn’t revealed why he takes steroids, it makes sense that he takes them to become stronger.
After all, Ryan is a vegan, and vegans tend to have lower testosterone levels than meat eaters.
And since testosterone is important for strength, then it makes sense that he takes PEDs to boost his testosterone levels.
Why Did People Speculate That Ryan Humiston Is On Steroids?
I looked at five key areas that would suggest steroid use to answer this question.
People that train for a ripped body always seek those popping veins.
They’re a good indicator of how much muscle and little fat you have.
But certain types of steroids will produce those vascular veins even if you’re not working out.
Looking at Ryan Humiston’s Instagram, it’s clear that he’s got very noticeable veins in many photos, which may suggest steroid use.
Large Breast Tissue
Ironically, anabolic steroids which increase testosterone and growth hormone have also been linked to men developing enlarged breast tissue.
It’s important to clarify that enlarged breast tissue and ripped pecs are not the same thing – here, we’re talking about soft breast tissue in the form of fat.
While it doesn’t look like Ryan Humiston has man boobs from recent photos, that’s not to say he hasn’t struggled with them in the past.
Fast Bulking Process
This is one of the easiest ways to catch out a fake natty.
No matter how gifted your genetics are and how much you train, building up muscle takes time.
To look like Ryan would take many years and the only way to significantly speed this process is through PEDs.
The fact that Ryan has managed to bulk up significantly while maintaining a low body fat on a vegan diet hints at steroid use.
Skin Conditions Like 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 an influencer who’s on camera a lot of the time.
In some photos of Ryan, you can see that he has suffered from body acne, which may be caused by the PEDs that he takes.
One of the most common problems with PEDs is that they may increase facial hair growth while decreasing head hair. Many steroid users mask this with a tightly cut hairstyle.
There’s currently no sign that Ryan is suffering from this side effect of steroid use, although his hairline is starting to recede.
- Ryan Humiston has admitted to steroid use and therefore isn’t natty.
- Achieving the strength levels of Ryan while on a vegan diet without steroids is almost impossible.
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.