Have you ever noticed how some people are blessed with god-tier genes?
While others look like potatoes.
No matter how hard they try to work on their diets and in the gym?
Some people can build muscle for fun.
By simply lifting weights when they feel like it.
Yet others bust their asses and have little to show for it.
This isn’t fair, but then again, life isn’t.
Life just seems to deal with people better hands than others.
And David Laid is one of those people.
If you’ve not yet heard of him, then trust us, you soon will.
The kid, and yes, he is a kid, is a genetic freak and honestly.
He doesn’t look real.
He looks like a bad photoshop where people superimpose a tiny head onto a huge muscular body as a parody.
The only thing here is that David really is that big that he looks photoshopped.
This is one of the many reasons why people ask is David Laid on steroids or is he natural.
He has one of the most aesthetic physiques ever created.
And perhaps most startling of all is the fact that he is only 20 years of age.
Many pro bodybuilders hadn’t even trained seriously at 20 years old.
Yet David is already taking the fitness community by storm.
Perhaps best known for his online presence.
Particularly on YouTube and Instagram.
David Laid has marketed himself very smartly.
And if he continues to train and stay injury-free.
There could be big things in the future.
But, does David Laid take steroids or is he natural?
That’s what we are going to attempt to find out.
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The content of the upcoming article is based solely on speculation.
We do not know for certain if David Laid is on.
Or ever has been on anabolic steroids and we probably never will.
We don’t know David personally, and the aim of this article is simply to try to figure out whether we think he could be natty or if he’s juicing.
We don’t condone steroids.
Nor do we judge those that use them?
So, with that said.
Let’s now take a look at is David Laid on steroids or is he natural?
David Laid is considered the child prodigy of the bodybuilding and fitness community.
Despite barely being 20 years of age.
Facially, if he told you he was 15 you’d believe him until you saw his physique of course.
David stands at 6ft 2 almost like Jeff Seid's size.
And weighs around 200 pounds, though as he is shredded to the bone but not like Mike Thurston.
He actually looks bigger than he is.
He has made a name for himself in the world of social media and is fast closing in on 1 Million subscriptions on YouTube.
He made a name for himself due to his amazing transformation video from when he was a teen.
As a teen, he weighed less than 100 pounds.
Despite being close to 6 feet in height at that time.
He looked scrawny and malnourished.
The video begins when he was 14, and ends when he was 17.
In 3 years he had grown a few inches in height and had put on around 100 pounds of solid muscle.
All while looking extremely aesthetic and ripped in the process.
He was a classic ectomorph.
In that, he couldn’t seem to build muscle no matter how hard he tried.
He was tall, skinny, and undersized.
At the end of the video he looked awesome, and the video quickly went viral in the fitness community.
To this day it has over 30 million views on YouTube.
Which is why he has so many subscribers.
He is an inspiration to ectomorphs all over the globe.
He not only looks awesome and has an impressive social media following.
But he is also sponsored by Gymshark beside Steven Cao.
Who are now one of the biggest providers of athletic wear in the fitness community!
Not only is he jacked, but he is also very strong and is not far off of a 405 bench press.
Which at 190 pounds, is insane.
David’s story is your typical rags to riches story.
He was born in Estonia and sadly lost his father from a young age.
And so he was raised by his mother in the USA.
At school, he wasn’t your typical jock that gets all the chicks and excels in football and any other sport he tries.
He was actually scrawny and geeky.
He was often bullied and picked on for being skinny and geeky.
And so he, unfortunately, developed self-esteem issues.
By the way, don’t forget that he is only 20 years of age.
So we are only talking about things that happened six years ago or so.
At 14 he received another blow.
In that, he suffered from scoliosis.
In a bid to help treat his condition and to feel better about himself.
He took up bodybuilding and started to lift weights.
His 98-pound frame slowly started to respond to the weights he was lifting.
And he found himself starting to feel better, despite the bullying still continues.
He found that the main thing holding him back was himself.
And so he decided to look for positives.
Instead of focussing on the negatives.
David becomes obsessed with bulking up and improving his physique.
And so he set out to build as much muscle as possible while trying to stay lean.
He began browsing YouTube and started looking at videos of how to build muscle.
He watched lifting videos.
He watched videos on diet and nutrition.
He watched motivational videos.
And slowly he began picking up the things he was watching.
He said that he’d eat, go to school, watch fitness videos, go to the gym, eat, and repeat the process over and over again.
Soon he began bulking up and his confidence grew with his physique.
David documented his transformation and to this day.
He still regularly posts content on his YouTube channel and IG page.
His transformation video went viral as he became a positive role model for young kids being bullied all over the globe.
His story proved that bullies never win and that if you work hard and want something badly enough.
You can achieve it.
He picked up a sponsorship with one of the biggest athletic apparel companies in the world.
He has close to a million subscribers online.
And he has one of the most aesthetic physiques the fitness industry has ever seen.
Oh, and don’t forget that he’s only 20 years of age.
Right, so, we’ve looked at all of the positives.
But are there any potential negatives here?
Though steroids still require heaps of hard work and dedication.
A lot of people do see them as a cheat’s way out.
Surely young David hasn’t crossed over into the dark side?
Well, we’ll now attempt to find out as we look at whether we believe he is juicing or if he’s natty.
It seems fitting that we begin with his transformation story.
After all, it was this very story that puts him on the map in the first place.
David Laid aged 14, weighed just 98 pounds.
Despite standing at around 5ft 8 inches in height (not that big like Mike O'hearn).
He looked ill, he was so skinny.
3 years later he was 6ft 1 and weighed close to 200 pounds – gaining around 100 pounds of solid lean muscle mass.
For most people, 100 pounds of muscle in 3 years is impossible.
But don’t forget how skinny he was to start with.
If he had bulked up from 160 pounds to 260 pounds.
Then we’d scream ‘steroids’ until we were blue in the face.
As he was so skinny to start with, however, we’ll let this one slide as, technically.
It would certainly be possible.
David is often asked whether he takes steroids.
And he has denied this on numerous occasions.
He has also been asked whether he ever would use them, and he says ‘no’.
However, when he gives, his answer:
"He does so with no real conviction and looks decidedly uneasy when answering the question."
His body language is also off slightly.
As he does appear to show the tell-tale signs of somebody lying.
Or bending the truth at the very least.
He also gets defensive when asked about steroids and says that people aren’t bad for using them.
And he even tries to make out that they’re good for you.
It’s like he’s almost trying to convince himself.
At a fitness expo not too long back.
David was spotted sporting a hoodie which said ‘half natty’ on it.
Now, this was more than likely to rub his haters up the wrong way and to get reactions out of people.
Though some have read into it a little more.
A half natty is founded by Matt Ogus.
And also is either a person who once used steroids but who is now clean or a person that is on very low doses of steroids.
We have to figure, however, that nobody would be stupid enough to wear an item of clothing admitting by way of admission of guilt.
So again, this one doesn’t really prove anything.
Okay, David has a small head.
Which on his large body.
It makes him look bigger than he is.
He is also ripped and vascular.
Which again makes people look larger than they are.
David Laid, however, is not actually all that big.
Yes, his transformation is impressive.
And that perhaps adds to the illusion that he is bigger than he is.
He weighs less than 200 pounds, at around 6ft 1 in height, perhaps a touch more, almost like Chris Evans.
On paper, these stats are nothing hugely impressive.
As there are plenty of 190-pound bodybuilders out there who are natural.
By the way, you can have a general idea about Steroids Vs Natural bodybuilders.
Can you look like David if you train naturally?
Can you look worse than David while on steroids?
Remember, just because you CAN look like this naturally.
That doesn’t mean that David is natural.
It also doesn’t mean that he’s using roids either.
Okay, we get that some people are stronger than others.
But if you saw David in a baggy sweatshirt you wouldn’t know how jacked he was and you certainly wouldn’t think he looked very strong not like Brad Castleberry.
Despite this, however, David is close to benching 405 at a weight of around 180 – 190.
He also sumo deadlifts 635 pounds.
His training features a lot of heavy compound exercises and lifts and it’s clear that he is much stronger than the average 20-year-old.
In fact, he’s stronger than the average natural bodybuilder.
As you probably know, however, steroids have been found to promote increases in strength and endurance.
Could David’s freakish strength be through genetics alone or could it be due to the fact that he may have used steroids for a little assistance?
At 17 years of age, he benched 315 pounds by the way.
Which is a figure most adult lifters won’t even come near to achieving.
Right, so, based on everything listed above, and with what we know about David in the first place.
We believe that he could possibly be using steroids, though we aren’t convinced.
He has no obvious signs of steroid use, so if he is using them.
He is only on something very mild, perhaps HGH for men at a low dose, with a touch of Test-E and Anavar.
Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.