The mere mention of the word conjures up images of enormous bodybuilders.
Ripped and vascular physiques, and gym PRs that even Larry Wheels himself would be envious of.
While steroids are indeed associated with all of those things.
Knowing who is and is not on steroids is a lot harder than people imagine.
It’s difficult to determine who may have used steroids in the past.
And it’s certainly tough to determine who happens to be using them at the present moment in time because there are so many different types out there to choose from.
Some steroids pack dozens upon dozens of pounds of muscle on in record time, whereas others ramp up the metabolism and burn fat.
Because of this, that skinny.
Yet super-shredded kid down at your gym could just as easily be riding a bicycle as that hulking great mass monster warming up with your max.
In Hollywood, steroids aren’t as stigmatized as they are in professional sports.
And actors certainly aren’t drug tested.
People often ask the question of ‘did Michael B Jordan take steroids for Creed 2.
Based on the fact that his physique in the movie looked better than ever.
While we can’t say for certain.
We can definitely try to find out.
Here’s a better look.
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Before we can look at the awesome Creed 2, and the equally awesome Michael B Jordan.
We must first clear something up.
The content of this article is based purely on opinion.
And not on proven fact.
We do not know whether Michael is on steroids or if he used steroids, and we probably never will.
We do, however, know a few tell-tale signs of steroid use or SARMs use.
Which is what we’ll be looking at today.
To help determine whether we believe Michael was in fact on steroids to get in shape for Creed 2.
Hollywood has seen some big and jacked stars over the years.
In the 80s there were muscle-bound action stars such as Van Damme, Sly Stallone.
And the GOAT in many people’s opinions Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Then things tapered off.
Nowadays, however, muscular is apparently back in fashion because even the formerly skinny dudes like Zac Efron and Chris Hemsworth are now showing off super-shredded and muscular physiques.
The biggest dude on the scene at the moment is probably The Rock, or Dwayne The Rock Johnson.
As you may know, him, but snapping at his heels are a number of other hungry actors.
One youngster with an incredibly impressive physique is Michael B Jordan.
Michael B Jordan is just 32 years of age.
Yet he’s been involved in Hollywood and shows business in general since he was in single-digit age groups.
He already has an impressive resume behind him.
Though most of you will know him from Creed, Creed 2 and Black Panther.
Michael is a talented actor who only really got his big break quite recently.
He has a very impressive on-screen presence.
Which is only enhanced by the fact that he has a very impressive physique.
He stands at 6 feet in height, and while we don’t know his precise weight.
He’s over 200 pounds, or at least, at his biggest he was.
Before we can answer the question of did Michael B Jordan takes steroids for Creed 2.
We first want to tell you a little more about his early life.
Born in Santa Ana, California, Michael’s mother was an artist, so he had creative blood in him right away.
He lived in Cali for two years.
Before his family relocated to New Jersey.
There, he attended Newark Arts High School.
He was an athletic kid who always stayed fit and active.
He showed a keen interest in basketball and he proved to be very talented.
He actually worked as a child model for a number of famous brands, including Toys ‘R Us and Modell’s Sporting Goods.
He worked as a model for a while but started to get the itch for acting.
Soon after, he pursued a career in acting and landed a few minor roles in popular shows such as The Sopranos and Cosby.
In 2001, aged just 14, he landed his first movie role.
Appearing alongside the never-aging Keanu Reeves in the movie Hardball.
He soon landed his first steady role, appearing in the critically acclaimed HBO series, The Wire, as Wallace in the first season.
He went on to land roles in other popular shows over the next few years, including CSI, Cold Case, All My Children, and Law and Order.
He even appeared in music videos.
As you can see from everything above.
Michael was already successful in most people’s eyes, but to him, he wanted to be bigger.
He may have appeared in some of the most popular TV shows in recent history.
But he wanted to conquer the big screen.
In 2013, his career really took off.
Now in his mid-twenties, he landed the role of Oscar Grant in the movie Fruitvale Station.
In it, he played a shooting victim, but it was a role that put him on the map.
He earned critical acclaim and was even compared to a young Denzel Washington, which in itself is an enormous compliment.
People and Variety named him as an actor to watch, and watch him people did.
In 2015 he appeared as Johnny Storm, AKA the Human Torch, in Marvel’s Fantastic Four reboot.
Sadly, the movie bombed big time at the Box Office and was panned by fans and critics alike.
It lost money and was ranked with 9% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Some naysayers said that Michael had blown it.
But later that same year, he rebounded big time.
As he appeared as Adonis Creed.
In Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky spin-off ‘Creed’.
This was the role that cemented his legacy and put him on the map.
In Creed, Michael played the son of Apollo Creed.
In the movie, he plays a young up and coming boxer who doesn’t want to coast in his father’s footsteps or get any special treatment because of who his father was.
He teams up with Rocky Balboa, a friend of his late father.
Who trains rigorously for a Box Office title fight against pro fighter ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan, played by professional boxer Tony Bellew.
Needless to say, Adonis and Conlan go to war in the ring at the end of the movie.
And Creed impresses everybody with what he can do.
He has now cemented his place like a pro.
To prepare for the role of Adonis Creed.
Jordan trained incredibly hard for over a year.
He followed a super-strict diet, he worked out for hours every single week.
He transformed his physique, and he trained with some truly remarkable boxers and fight specialists.
In Creed 2, Adonis would take on the son of the man that killed his father in the ring, Ivan Drago, and would battle his son Victor Drago.
In preparation for Creed 2, he took things even further.
He looked to have gained at least 20 pounds of muscle and was ripped to shreds.
He looked so impressive in Creed 2, that people soon began to question whether or not he had taken steroids to build his physique.
For most lifters, being accused of taking steroids is a compliment.
Especially if you happen to be natty.
Those that aren’t natural however, often grow sick and tired of being accused of using the gear.
Even if they have used steroids, there’s still an enormous amount of work that goes into building muscle and burning fat.
When it comes to recognizing steroid use.
Sometimes it’s obvious that a person is juicing.
They look far too big and muscular to be natural.
They’re bloated, they have acne, they have huge shoulders and traps.
And they’re often red in the face.
Some steroid users are harder to pick out.
So, did Michael B Jordan take steroids for Creed 2?
Before he appeared in Creed, Michael was a pretty-skinny guy.
He had abs and he was lean, and you could tell he kept fit and worked out.
He didn’t however, have the type of physique to turn heads.
As a teen, he was skinny but ripped.
But as he aged, he didn’t gain much more muscle.
In Fantastic Four, he gained a little more muscle as he was playing a superhero but even so, he was hardly a big guy.
We’d say he was pushing 180 at the most.
His next role was Creed, and this is where he turned things around.
He trained and dieted for a year and gained around 25 pounds of muscle.
He lost fat at the same time.
Which made him look leaner and more ripped.
This was impressive, but it’s certainly nothing extraordinary.
In Black Panther, he really bulked up.
For his role as Killmonger, he needed to be a beast.
He bulked up and gained a further 15 pounds of muscle.
He was big and muscular and looked like an off-season bodybuilder.
In Creed 2, he looks bigger but in fact, he weighed the same.
He simply burnt off a little fat, got rid of the water, and brought a more defined look to the screen.
To cut a long story short, he gained around 40 pounds of muscle in three years.
Which is a big ask of any natty, no matter how great their genes are.
If we really want to find fault with his physique.
We’ll look at the fact that, when he bulked up to play Killmonger before Creed 2, Michael was a little bloated.
He still had abs but his face was definitely carrying water.
Many steroids cause water retention and bloating, so there’s a chance that this could be why his face looked a little puffy.
However, he certainly didn’t look ridiculously bloated so we aren’t sure.
After bulking up to play Killmonger in Black Panther, Jordan had to burn fat in order to look more like an in-shape heavyweight boxer and to perform more like an in-shape heavyweight boxer.
If you’ve seen Creed 2, you’ll notice how Jordan looks bigger than ever, despite being ripped.
This is because he burnt fat while preserving all of the muscle he built to play the jacked Killmonger for his previous role.
He was ripped, his jawline was defined, he had vascularity.
And his body fat looked to be at around 8 – 10% which is very low and very impressive.
What’s interesting is the fact that, when most bodybuilders cut and diet down, they burn fat, but they also lose muscle.
Michael didn’t lose any muscle.
In fact, we wouldn’t be shocked to learn that he had actually gained a pound or two of lean muscle tissue. To achieve this naturally would be tough.
When some guys use and abuse steroids.
It’s obvious that they’re juicing just by looking at them.
A few tell-tale signs of steroid use and abuse include:
From what we’ve seen, other than a very slightly bloated face in Black Panther, Michael doesn’t have any obvious signs of steroid use.
Michael trained like a beast to get in shape for Creed 2.
He already had the muscle thanks to his previous role, but he needed to get fitter and leaner.
He states that he would train as much as three times per day.
He would consume six healthy meals per day, and he would drink a gallon of water.
He states that he was virtually living in the gym.
That type of dedication does show that he put in the work.
Based on the info above, we believe that he MAY have used steroids to help him get in shape for Creed 2.
He gained around 40 pounds of muscle and stayed very lean.
He also will likely have ran PCT as there are no signs of steroid side effects at all.
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.