When you think of Vin Diesel.
What’s the first thing that pops into your head?
Is it his deep and gravelly voice?
Maybe it’s the Fast and the Furious movies, or the character of Riddick?
Or, and we’re just throwing it out here.
It could be his buff physique.
Vin Diesel is not your typical pretty boy Hollywood movie star.
In fact, other than The Rock and a select few others.
Vin is probably bigger and more muscular than 90% of the other Hollywood actors currently gracing the big screen.
Vin’s physique first started turning heads when he appeared in Pitch Black.
Playing the character of Riddick – an insanely violent criminal with the ability to see in the dark.
With his shaved head and spray on a black tank top.
It was clear that Vin was no slouch in the gym and that he took his training very seriously.
Since then he has appeared in countless other motion pictures and always seems to find himself wearing a vest of some sort.
But because of his muscular physique, large size, and lean condition.
This has resulted in some people questioning whether he is natty or if he is on steroids.
That’s why today, we are going to be looking at the question of is Vin Diesel on steroids or is he natural.
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The content found in this article is based purely on speculation on our part.
And should not be taken as factual.
We do not know for certain whether Vin is or isn’t on steroids, and we probably never will.
What we are going to do, however, is a look at some pieces of evidence both for and against the potential steroid use on Vin’s part.
Remember, steroids are dangerous, and we cannot condone the use of steroids with a good conscience.
With that said, we certainly aren’t going to judge those that use them either.
So, is Vin Diesel on steroids or natural?
Well, there’s only one way to try and find out.
Vin Diesel is a name that many consider being synonymous with the Fast and the Furious franchise.
Vin is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood at this moment in time.
And he has appeared in some smash hit blockbusters over the years.
Though Vin is mainly associated with action roles due to his tough man image, and indeed, his muscular physique.
Vin is a classically-trained actor that has appeared in a number of movie roles that some may find surprising.
Unlike some actors that found their way to Hollywood by accident.
Vin Diesel is a man that has always wanted to be an actor since he was a child.
He is a testament to the fact that if you follow your dreams and are willing to put in the hard work, big things will happen for you.
Playing roles such as Richard B. Riddick, or Riddick as you may know him, Dominic Toretto, and of course, lending his voice talents to the voice of Groot for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel is instantly recognizable.
Despite having an incredibly cool-sounding name.
Vin Diesel was actually born Mark Vincent, back on the 18th of July in 1967.
Born in California, Vin had a relatively normal upbringing.
His stepfather was a drama teacher and Vin and his twin brother were raised by their mother and step-father.
Encouraged by his stepfather to look into the drama.
Vin knew from age 7 that he wanted to be an actor.
He began acting at age 7 at the Theatre for the New City.
As he grew older, he continued to act on stage on theatrical performances.
Though surprisingly for a classically trained actor, he was forced to make ends meet by working as a bouncer at clubs and bars.
He was a bouncer for 10 years and claims that he would get into fights pretty-much every night he was working.
As he worked nights, this meant that during the day he was free to work on his acting and to attend auditions.
While studying in college, he actually dropped out in order to focus on creating a movie that he called Multi-Facial.
This independent film was actually screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995.
It was met with fairly positive reactions.
His next film was entitled Strays, and this movie was featured at the Sundance Festival.
While being screened, it attracted the attention of a director whom some of you may have heard of.
The director was a certain Steven Spielberg.
Who was so impressed with Diesel that he cast him in the 1998 Blockbuster WW2 movie Saving Private Ryan.
Following on from this, Diesel was now landing regular supporting roles in Hollywood.
But this wasn’t enough.
He didn’t want to be a supporting actor, he wanted to be the lead.
He got his wish when he was cast as Riddick in 2000’s Pitch Black, and then as Dominic Toretto in 2001’s the Fast and the Furious.
After this, he starred in movies such as XXX, the Chronicles of Riddick, a Man Apart, The Pacifier, Knockaround Guys, Babylon AD, and countless other Fast and Furious movies.
As well as another sequel to Pitch Black, entitled: Riddick.
He also has done voice work on The Iron Giant, and as Groot for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
He is set to start in a number of additional Fast and Furious sequels.
As well as a new XXX movie, and Bloodshot.
Right, so we now know about Vin’s career.
But what about his physique.
Vin is a physically impressive individual.
He stands at 5ft 11 inches in height and weighs around 225 pounds.
So, yeah, he’s a big dude.
But is his size down to hard work in the gym and kitchen alone?
Or is it down to something decidedly more anabolic?
Here are some pieces of evidence both for, and against, potential steroid use on Vin’s part:
First up we’ll begin by looking at his size.
Vin is just under 6ft in height and averages out at around 225 pounds.
The vast majority of his size all comes from muscle mass as well.
He is also fairly lean as he more often than not does have visible ABS.
Now, we’re not saying that you can’t get to 225 pounds naturally because you most certainly can.
But you can also get to that size if you use anabolic steroids.
So, while it’s obvious that Vin trains very hard in the gym.
He’s at the kind of size that could suggest steroid use.
Without it becoming painfully obvious.
In order to get in shape for the third installment in the Riddick franchise.
Vin needed to bulk up and add some considerable mass and definition to his frame.
The character of Riddick is a badass criminal that kicks some serious ass while wearing a black tank top that makes him look big and jacked.
Vin really wanted to look the part, and besides which.
He was also set to star alongside Dave Bautista.
Dave Bautista, who by the way, plays Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, is a former WWE wrestler who stands at 6ft 5 inches in height and currently weighs around 245 pounds.
Though he was around 290 in the WWE.
He is also ripped to shreds.
Vin, therefore, hired IFBB pro bodybuilder and personal trainer Stan McQuay to help him get in shape.
Now, it’s common knowledge that many IFBB pros use steroids.
We’re not saying Stan does or did.
But we’re almost certain that he knew people that did and therefore he could get his hands on them with no problems at all.
This again, however, proves absolutely nothing and certainly doesn’t mean that Vin used them himself.
When it comes to steroid use, bodybuilders are not in the public eye as often as Hollywood actors, so they often avoid the steroid questions and accusations.
Or if they don’t answer, not a lot of people will realize they’ve ignored the question.
A Hollywood actor on the Jay Leno show, however, has to answer, and that’s exactly what happened with Vin.
When on the show back in 2011, Jay asks Vin whether he has ever been tempted to use steroids.
Vin, says he hasn’t and that he has only used protein powder.
However, he didn’t answer right away.
Which some believe may have been a tactic for buying himself some time to think of an answer.
Vin says that he isn’t thinking of being a bodybuilder.
He’s just thinking like an actor.
The interesting thing, however, is his body language and the fact that he quickly changed the topic of conversation after giving his answer.
This is again in no way an admission of guilt, but it certainly does make you wonder.
Okay, first off, the symptoms we’re looking at today are not actually steroid symptoms at all.
They are actually HGH symptoms.
Human Growth Hormone is NOT a steroid, it is a hormone.
But it is a hormone that is used in conjunction with a lot of steroid cycles as it is very anabolic.
One tell-tale sign of HGH use is a bloated and distended stomach like Sylvester Stallone, Kris Gethin, and Kali Muscle.
The reason why bodybuilders using HGH gets bloated stomachs.
This is because the hormone causes their internal organs to grow and expand in size so that they push on the abdominal wall and make the man look bloated and pregnant.
It sounds disgusting, but it just shows the lengths that people will go to get big and jacked.
If you’ve seen Vin, he certainly does appear to look bloated.
He has visible ABS, but his stomach is distended a lot of the time.
What’s more, if you look at younger topless pics of him, and yes.
There are plenty, you’ll see that his stomach never used to look bloated.
His waist has also gotten much wider.
Despite the fact that he has very low body fat percentages.
One of the best ways to really get an idea of whether or not an individual is using steroids is to look at whether they have transformed their bodies any time recently.
Say, for example, somebody suddenly happens to pack on 40 pounds of muscle in a few months, this could prove that they have used steroids.
If they have gained 10 pounds of muscle over the course of a couple of years, however, their gains could be natural.
Vin has made some subtle changes to his physique over the years, and while sometimes he is more ripped and vascular than others.
He hasn’t undergone any incredibly dramatic transformations.
What’s more, if you look at him from his younger days.
He again was still fairly big then.
Vin is bigger than the average person.
There’s no denying that, but he isn’t huge.
When he appeared alongside The Rock for the first time in Fast 5.
The crew had to use special camera angles and tricks to make him look closer in size to Rock than he actually is.
Rock had a good 40 pounds on Vin.
And 6 inches in height, and suddenly his impressive physique looked decidedly less impressive.
What’s more, although Vin has some vascularity and visible ABS.
He isn’t ripped to shreds like some fat-burning steroid users happen to be.
Based on the above, we believe that Vin Diesel is NOT on steroids.
However, we do think that he has used, or is using, HGH, Trenavar or Turinabol to assist with his training and recovery.
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.