Is Mike Thurston on Steroids?
Today, anyone with a moderately chiseled physique is usually suspected of using steroids. Perhaps, most people do not want to give credit where it is due. A person could bust their ass off on the gym as well as in the kitchen for years, only to be suspected of being on the sauce.
Nonetheless, to the experienced eye, it was relatively easy to tell whether someone was on the juice just by looking at them. However, with science allowing us safer products that can dramatically enhance the rate of muscle building, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell whether someone is juicing just by looking at them.
Social media, especially Instagram, has allowed numerous gym addicts to awe the social media masses with their spectacular gains. Among these social media stars in Mike Thurston. The young Brit has amassed over 500,000 Instagram followers and over 800,000 YouTube subscribers due to his otherworldly physique.
Most people who follow him wouldn’t mind if they were to look like Mike. And with such a large fan base, there isn’t a shortage of skeptics who believe that Mike couldn’t have possibly achieved such a physique naturally.
So is Mike Thurston on steroids or not? Let us try and find out.
Who is Mike Thurston?
People who are into hardcore fitness and bodybuilding are a rare breed of individuals. Steroids or not, it takes an insane amount of mental fortitude to push yourself through the kinds of workouts you have to go through on a daily basis to achieve and maintain a physique that turns heads. As such, reviewing the background of an individual suspected of being on the juice is essential to help you determine whether they have what it takes to attain such a physique naturally.
Born in 1990, Mike Thurston has mostly been an athletic individual all his life. A picture of him at only ten years old shows him having a physique that would put most if not all, weekend warriors to shame.
As a teen, Mike was actively involved in athletic endeavors. He was a multiple-sport athlete participating in cricket, track-and-field, soccer, and rugby. However, his main passion was rugby.
In case you have no clue as to what rugby is, you can consider it the equivalent of American Football, but without the pads, helmets, and other gear. It is a violent sport, and just like in American Football, the bigger and faster you are, the better it is for you.
As such, it is incredibly difficult to cut it into the team if you are small and scrawny. Being a fairly skinny kid in his teens, Mike Thurston embarked on a mass-building campaign since he wanted to play rugby at college. His dream came to fruition and went on to play the sport at college.
However, the young lad soon discovered that he enjoyed spending time at the gym more than he did at the pitch. Subsequently, he abandoned the sport for his new love, and the rest, as they say, was all she wrote. Mike pursued his passion for fitness and became a fully-qualified personal trainer in addition to starting his own fitness company.
At his best, Mike stands at 6’0 and weighs 215 pounds of lean muscle. No wonder people are quick to think he’s on the sauce. Could he be?
Is Mike Thurston on Steroids?
To determine this, let us look at how he measures up to the typical signs of an anabolic steroids user:
- Massive gains in a short period
This is perhaps the best indicator of anabolic steroid use. Anabolic steroids are called so since they create an anabolic environment inside your body. Anabolism refers to a state of enhanced muscle synthesis and is typically caused when one has high levels of the muscle-building hormone (testosterone) coursing through their body. Most anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone.
As such, when someone uses anabolic steroids, their muscle-building rate quadruples. What would have taken you years of consistent hard work to achieve can be attained in only a few months if you get on the sauce.
So, if you know someone that suddenly ballooned up within a few months, chances are they are on steroids.
When it comes to Mike Thurston, it can be hard to tell whether he’s on the sauce using this parameter since he’s been actively sculpting his physique for over 10 years. Moreover, he comes from an athletic background meaning that he naturally had high testosterone levels from the get-go, as well as the passion for training, which are the prerequisites for sculpting a fabulous physique.
Popularly referred to as ‘gyno,’ it is a term used to describe the development of breast tissue in males.
It is no laughing matter and is irreversible.
People who use steroids typically develop this condition due to hormonal imbalances. As mentioned, anabolic steroids work by increasing the amount of testosterone in the body. When there’s too much of it, the body might start converting it to estrogen through a process known as aromatization.
Estrogen is a female hormone that is responsible for giving women their feminine characteristics. Males also have estrogen in their bodies, but in such minuscule quantities that it doesn’t usually cause any physiological changes. However, when on the juice, a male’s estrogen levels can get so high that it causes physical changes.
The most common physical change is enhanced breast tissue development, where they start looking like those of a woman.
Obviously, Mike Thurston doesn’t display any signs of gyno, and this further strengthens his claim that he is all-natural.
- Signs of acne
If you were to walk into a room full of bodybuilders and start counting those that had acne, chances are more than 70 percent of them will have some form of acne breakout on some part of their body, especially their back. And that is being generous. A more accurate estimation would be around 90 percent.
Acne, therefore, is one of the easiest ways of telling whether someone is on roids. This is because anabolic steroids usually stimulate the sebaceous glands on your skin into producing sebum. Sebum is the oily substance that your skin sometimes secretes. It serves to protect your skin from bacterial infections.
Being a thick and waxy substance, sebum can easily clog your pores. However, we produce it so infrequently that it is rare for it to have any adverse effect on a regular individual. For a steroid user, however, it can be an issue of real concern since they are continually secreting large amounts of the substance.
When that happens, the sebum is likely to clog the pores, thus resulting in the accumulation of dirt and waste inside the skin. This is usually the cause of acne in steroid users.
Mike Thurston has a skin that is as flawless as it gets. Again, he passes the natty test using this parameter.
- Huge traps and delts
Impressive as they are, trapezius and deltoid muscles are notoriously difficult to sculpt. Even with years of heavy lifting, getting a pair of 3D delts and traps is something most people don’t easily achieve.
For steroid users, however, it is the exact opposite. You see, your traps and delts have the highest concentration of androgen receptors in the body. As such, when you use anabolic steroids, they are the muscles that will be most responsive to the effects of the steroids.
This is why first-time juicers tend to have abnormally big shoulders and traps as compared to the rest of their body. These muscle groups grow at an abnormal rate in the presence of steroids.
While Mike does have a pretty impressive set of traps and delts, they are nothing to write home about when you compare them to what monstrous delts and traps look like. Mike looks like they are achievable with a good training program. We, therefore, cannot accurately determine whether he’s on the juice using this parameter.
- Tremendous Vascularity
Being shredded is one thing, but having vascularity that makes your body look like a collection of road maps is another.
First off, have we mentioned how incredibly difficult it is to be over 200 pounds of pure muscle and be minus ten percent body fat, especially if you are below 6’0? This is the only way to achieve that kind of vascularity, and even so, it is nothing like what you see on pro-bodybuilders.
Steroids, however, make achieving vascularity a breeze. Mike, on the other hand, is incredibly shredded but doesn’t have the kind of vascularity to make you question whether he is a mutant.
Is Mike Thurston on Steroids?
Admittedly, to the untrained eye, this lad does look like he’s on the sauce. After all, how is he able to maintain that level of muscle mass and low body fat all year round? However, we can’t use opinions to declare whether someone is on the juice or not. Are there chances that he could be on anabolic steroids? Yes, there are.
However, attaining a physique such as his is not out of the realm of possibility, especially if you use legal steroids. Legal steroids are a group of products that mimic the muscle-building effects of anabolic steroids but without the gnarly side effects. In fact, it is highly likely that they are what Mike Thurston uses, but that remains hearsay until actual drug tests are done.