Many gym goers take testosterone boosters with a goal of increasing their T levels.
But can you take testosterone boosters in natural bodybuilding competitions, and are they classed as natty?
Here is the answer to whether testosterone boosters are natty:
Testosterone boosters are natty since they’re allowed to be taken in natural bodybuilding competitions. But a small subset of bodybuilders believe that to be natty, you can’t take any supplements.
In this post, we will define what natty means, whether testosterone boosters are steroids, whether testosterone boosters are banned, and much more.
What Does Natty Mean?
‘Natty’ is a slang term used by bodybuilders to describe something/someone as natural.
But depending on which bodybuilder you speak to, natty can mean different things.
Some people think that no supplements are considered natty.
But to me, this makes no sense.
Well, many supplements like amino acids and caffeine are natural found in food and drink.
So you can’t really call something unnatty if it’s part of what humans consume on a daily basis.
On the other hand, most people agree that to be natty, you don’t take any banned PEDs (Performance-Enhancing Drugs).
I.e., your physique is achieved solely by diet, resistance training and supplements that are approved by the world anti-doping agency.
Are Testosterone Boosters Steroids?
When discussing steroids in the weightlifting community, people are usually referring to anabolic steroids, like Deca, Dianabol and Anadrol.
These are synthetic versions of male testosterone, which help increase size and strength.
Whereas testosterone boosters are supplements made from different natural herbs, like tongkat ali and ashwagandha.
So no – testosterone boosters aren’t steroids.
Are Testosterone Boosters Drugs?
Well, it depends on how you define the word drug.
According to Dictionary.com:
A drug is a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.
So by their definition, you could argue that testosterone boosters are a drug since they enhance physical well-being.
Whereas Yourdictionary.com define a drug as:
A chemical substance, such as a narcotic or hallucinogen, that affects the central nervous system, causing changes in behaviour and often addiction.
By this definition, testosterone boosters aren’t a drug as they don’t affect the central nervous system.
Are Testosterone Boosters Banned Substances?
Testosterone boosters aren’t banned by the 3 large sport’s governing bodies – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), or the NCAA.
3 Examples of Unnatty Bodybuilding Substances
Ok Robb… So if testosterone boosters are considered natty, then what isn’t?
I’m glad you asked!
Here are 3 substances that are most certainly not natty.
The WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation) has banned hormone precursors like DHEA, which converts into testosterone in the body.
Growth hormones include Insulin, HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor-1).
These are also banned by the WNBF.
There are many different varieties of anabolic steroids, including:
They are all banned from natural bodybuilding competitions as they help spike your T levels.
Interestingly, Testosterone itself is banned in most forms.
(It’s often sold as gels, cream and patches.)
SARMs are becoming more and more popular amongst bodybuilders.
Unfortunately, SARMs are not natty as you can’t take them in natural bodybuilding competitions.
6 Other Natty Supplements
Creatine helps skinny guys gain muscle strength and size fairly rapidly.
You are natural if you take creatine as it’s allowed to be taken in natural bodybuilding competitions.
Many people take pre workout for that extra kick.
(Some even take pre workout instead of coffee!)
Pre workout is natty as it isn’t currently banned by the leading governing bodies.
One of the most overrated (at least in my eyes) supplement out there is mass gainer.
Mass gainer isn’t a steroid and you are natty if you take it.
Some gym goers take BCAAs mid workout to help fuel their muscles with access to rapidly absorbing proteins.
BCAAs are considered natty as they’re natural compounds and can be taken in natural bodybuilding competitions.
Protein powder is arguably the most popular supplement on the market.
Protein powder is natty as it’s not banned by NCAA or WADA.
Another supplement which I don’t have much time for are fat burners.
Fat burners are considered natty as they’re made from natural compounds, like coffee extract and l-carnosine.
Wrapping up, most people would class testosterone boosters as natty.
They’re made from natural herbs and include no anabolic steroids.
Well, that’s all for today folks!
Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this article.
I really hope I’ve answered your query as clearly as possible, but if you have any additional questions regarding testosterone booster use, I’ll get back to you in the comments below.
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.