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In today’s article, we’re going to be looking at Sadik Hadzovic as we attempt to answer the question of is Sadik Hadzovic natural or on steroids.
For many decades now, bodybuilders and athletes all over the globe have been using anabolic steroids to help them build muscle, burn fat, and improve their athletic performance.
In fact, once upon a time.
Not only were they used, but they were completely legal and were prescribed by national governments and given to Olympic teams to help them get ahead.
Now, even though there are rumors of shady goings-on with Olympic teams and steroids with certain governments.
That practice is now very illegal.
Back then, however, prescribing your athletes with steroids was as legal as giving them a whey protein shake after training.
With more extensive research.
However, it was discovered that steroids, prohormones, and SARMs were very dangerous and soon after they were banned and made illegal.
That didn’t stop people from using them.
However, as people now knew just how amazing they were when it came to building muscle, burning fat, and promoting increases in strength and athletic performance.
With some people, it’s blatantly obvious that they’re using steroids to build muscle.
Yet in others, it’s harder to tell.
That’s why we are now going to address the question of is Sadik Hadzovic natural or on steroids.
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Firstly, the content you are about to read is based purely on speculation on our part.
And should not be taken as gospel truth.
We are not associated with Sadik in any way.
Nor will we ever be?
We have no evidence to suggest steroid use on his part so we will simply be using what we do know about Sadik and anabolic steroids.
To try to make our own minds up.
We don’t condone the use of steroids because they are dangerous.
But at the same time, we won’t judge anybody that happens to use them either.
So, with that said, let’s get started and learn more about Sadik.
Sadik Hadzovic is currently one of the most popular fitness competitors in the industry today.
He has competed in both the Men’s Physique and Men’s Classic Physique divisions and has won numerous IFBB pro shows against Chris Bumstead.
Having held his pro card for a number of years.
He was born in 1987 in war-torn Bosnia of all places.
He was able to overcome growing up in one of the most dangerous parts of the world and was able to travel to the USA to make his dreams of becoming a pro athlete to come true.
Sadik is now one of the most recognized names, faces, and bodies, in the fitness industry.
He has millions of followers on social media and is a real fan favorite when he does step on stage to compete.
Sadik is renowned for his incredibly small waist and large upper body.
While seemingly always able to dial in his physique and condition.
This, however, has to lead to people accusing him of using steroids.
But whether he has or not remains to be seen.
Sadik Hadzovic was born in a war zone.
And when we say a war zone, we really mean it.
He was born back in 1987 when violence in the region was raging.
To say that he had an unusual upbringing compared to most people would be a vast understatement.
While other children his age in the developed world were playing games, going to school, making friends, and having fun.
Sadik has literally dodged bullets, mortar fire, and bombs.
It was awful.
So awful in fact, that his family was forced to flee the country and head to the USA as refugees in a bid to escape the violence and give their children the best possible chance in life.
Sadik was raised in New York City.
By parents that were strict, yet very ethical and very hard-working.
They instilled these same morals into Sadik.
Which is one of the main reasons why he has gone on to become as successful as he is today!
Sadik always enjoyed sports and was a very physically fit and active child.
As he grew older, he would read superhero comic books and be always impressed by the overly muscular physiques displayed in the books.
He was so impressed that he himself wanted to one day have a body just like the superheroes that he admired.
Sadik started lifting weights in the gym and exercising to help sculpt his body and improve his physique.
He also used training as an outlet for stress and frustration.
As a kid, he was underweight and found it very difficult to build muscle.
By the time he was 15, his confidence was lacking due to a lack of muscle and he found it very upsetting.
His confidence suffered, especially as he was finding it so difficult to build muscle when he was training in the gym.
He decided to do more research and started reading, fitness magazines to learn more about getting in shape.
He put what he had learned to practice and started to see noticeable results in the gym.
As his muscles grew, so too did his confidence and he found himself with a new lease on life.
One of the main reasons why Sadik found himself struggling to build muscle in the early stages of his training was the fact that he was focussing on training.
He thought that the harder he trained, the more muscle he would build.
He made one fatal error, however, he overlooked his diet.
He was forcing 2000 calories a day down his neck but wasn’t eating the right foods at the right time.
He soon discovered that by spacing out his meals.
Focussing on quality proteins, and paying care and attention to his diet.
He responded very well to the training that he was doing.
He now educated himself on diet and nutrition and the results quickly followed.
Once Sadik had nailed the art of tracking macros and watching his diet, with an effective training routine in place, he began piling on the muscle.
For a decade he trained his ass off and ate the right foods at the right time.
By the time he was 25 he was now bigger and more ripped than ever and decided that he wanted to pursue a career in bodybuilding.
In 2011 he entered his very first show, and although he didn’t take 1st place, he still placed 3rd and proved that he could more than hang with the best.
He now knew what he needed to do to take 1st place next time and so he went back to the drawing board, worked on his flaws, and trained and ate harder than ever before.
People started to really appreciate his aesthetic physique and work-ethic, as he was always in the gym and eating right, no matter what.
He entered an NPC show in 2012 and took first place (such as Julian Smith), and now he had a taste for success.
He entered several more shows and again took first place each time.
By the time he was 25 years of age, he earned his pro card and was now an IFBB pro bodybuilder.
This, however, didn’t slow him down.
Not content with earning a pro card, Sadik wanted to continue to dominate the stage.
In his pro debut, he took 2nd place and by now.
People were really starting to take notice.
He earned the nickname ‘The Physique’ due to his tight waist and aesthetic physique.
By the time he was 28 he had entered countless pro shows, won several.
And had even competed at Mr. Olympia in the classic physique and men’s physique division.
His physique is one of the most impressive in the industry.
So much so in fact, that people often question whether he is natural or on gear.
Now is the time for us to evaluate Sadik’s physique and what we know about his past.
In order to determine whether we believe he is on steroids, or if he is natural.
Here’s a look at a few pieces of potential evidence both for.
And against, steroid use on Sadik’s part.
Many people know Sadik due to the fact that he competes in the Men’s physique division.
Unfortunately, as great as he looked, each time, a certain Jeremy Buendia always looked that much better.
Sadik decided to add more mass to his frame and compete in the classic physique division.
This division is where bodybuilders attempt to build a physique similar to bodybuilders from the 70s and 80s before mass monsters took over.
Sadik was able to add a significant amount of mass to his frame in a relatively short amount of time.
He states that he simply upped his calories.
He made some tweaks to his macros and followed a different training routine.
However, some believe that he built that extra muscle mass through the use of anabolic steroids.
Sadik is 5ft 11 and weighs around 205 pounds off-season, and 185 – 195 pounds when he competes on stage.
As you can see from these stats, he isn’t as big as guys like Lou Ferrigno or Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But he is as big, if not bigger, as a certain Frank Zane.
Frank was the first man to win the Mr. O at under 200 pounds.
And he had admitted to using steroids at the time.
So, Sadik is therefore slightly bigger than a man that has admitted to using steroids.
So that could indicate that he himself has used steroids.
That’s not proof by any means, as there are plenty of naturally bigger guys out there that are free of drugs and still pretty swole.
From 2012 – 2016, Sadik underwent quite the transformation.
He added a decent amount of muscle mass to his frame and he certainly made some noticeable improvements.
Many people online quickly cried steroids.
Though others were still skeptical.
You see, in some images, Sadik looked huge.
Whereas, in others, he didn’t look anywhere near as big as you might have thought.
Camera angles, muscle pumps, and lighting all play important roles in how large a person actually appears to be.
What’s more, his delts and traps didn’t suddenly blow up either.
These muscle groups have the most androgen receptors.
So they respond very favorably to steroid use.
Sadik’s however, didn’t suddenly balloon up.
Sure, he added a good amount of size.
But nothing ridiculously huge.
With some bodybuilders, all you have to do is glances at them to tell whether they’re on steroids, for example, Kali muscle, Bradley Martyn.
They have flushed skin, veins popping everywhere, huge 3D delts and traps, acne, they sweat.
They look like they’re about to pass out, and they may even have gyno.
Sadik however, actually has none of these things.
He is in shape and has added some size to his frame.
But there are certainly no visible signs of steroid use on Sadik’s part.
What’s more, when he was just starting out.
There are images of him, modeling and you can see he was fairly big and clearly has great genes.
Based on what we’ve looked at.
We believe that Sadik is actually natty.
He is big, but not huge, he has never admitted to using steroids.
And there are no signs of steroid use on his part.
Therefore, we’re going with Sadik being natty.
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.