Is Bryson DeChambeau On Steroids or Natty? (Signs Revealed)

Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC
Published by Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC | Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Last updated: May 10, 2024
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Bryson DeChambeau is one of the physically biggest professional golfers. He was big when he first got the attention of the golfing world as the lowest-ranked amateur at the Masters in 2016.

But his physique and muscle mass have changed a few times since then.

Most recently, people in the golf community have questioned whether he took anabolic drugs to bulk up after an injury, which caused a bit of controversy.

To get a better understanding of whether there’s any proof for the rumors of steroid use, I spent a few weeks going through hours of YouTube videos and hundreds of photos of Bryson’s amateur and professional career.

Here’s what I found.

Does Bryson DeChambeau Take Steroids?

As a professional MMA fighter, I've seen my share of steroid accusations in sports.

Like DeChambeau, who's faced such claims since joining the PGA tour, I understand the importance of maintaining integrity by rejecting performance-enhancing drugs.

 

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I’ve also heard his coach say in interviews that steroid use is not even a thought in his mind.

The accusations came mainly last year, when, after recovering from an injury for three months, he appeared bigger than ever at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

But just being bigger than before isn’t proof that he cut corners.

Let’s take a look at whether there’s been some physical evidence.

Why Do People Believe Bryson Took Steroids?

silhouette of a bodybuilder

To answer this, I looked for some common physical symptoms.

Extreme Vascularity

Steroids often make veins stand out big time, as per the Microscopic Research and Technique journal [1]. But, after eyeballing loads of pics of Bryson shirtless or on the green, I didn't spot this giveaway.

Large Breast

Tissue John Hopkins Medicine says steroid users might get soft breast tissue [2]. Bryson, though, even in his snug golf tees, doesn't show any signs of this.

Rapid Muscle Gain

Typically, beefing up like Bryson takes ages, leading some athletes to take steroids, says the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal [3]. Bryson did bulk up fast, but it seems more like he amped up his existing workout regime.

“Look, my body fat percentage has maybe gone up a percent or two, but it's not gone up that much at all. I would say a lot of it has been attributed to muscle. It's a lot of muscle.”

- Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau’s Stats And Accomplishments

  • Born: September 16, 1993
  • Height: 6’1”
  • Weight: 235lbs

While Bryson has come close on several occasions playing at the PGA Championship, it was his 2020 U.S. Open win that stands out as his biggest accomplishment. Along with that major title, he also played a significant role in Team USA winning the Ryder Cup in 2021.

What Would It Take To Bulk Up Like Bryson?

capsules and a man doing push ups

Drawing from my experience with clients, I can tell you that achieving a physique like DeChambeau's, admired by many golfers, requires a combination of two crucial elements.

Diet & Supplements

Start with a high-carb, high-protein diet [4]. Carbs fuel you up, and protein shakes aid muscle recovery.

Plus, natural testosterone boosters - think herbs, minerals, and amino acids—can give you an extra edge in strength and stamina. They're no magic pills, but they do give a decent push.

Tough Training

Hit the gym hard, like five days a week, and maybe chill on Sundays. Stick to this for about five years, and you'll be on your way to a Bryson-esque build.

Was Bryson DeChambeau Tested For Steroid Use?

A doctor holding a syringe

Yes, Bryson very publicly went through the process of a performance-enhancing drug test.

Coping with the mental strain of steroid accusations, which often involve intense public scrutiny and the risk of tarnishing one's reputation and career, the athlete took a transparent approach by recording and sharing the entire testing process, including the results, on social media.

The result was negative, and it was his aim to put an end to all the speculation once and for all.

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FAQs

Was Bryson Dechambeau Prescribed Steroids for an Injury?

No, DeChambeau has denied all steroid use, even for medical purposes. He says that he has only focused on his diet and working hard at the gym to get the results he’s achieved.

Does Bryson Dechambeau Have Health Issues Due to Steroids?

No, DeChambeau doesn’t have health issues from steroid usage. These are typically quite serious and include organ failure, severe acne, and even significant mood swings that wouldn’t help with golfing.


References:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12500264/
  2. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/gynecomastia
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10589853/
  4. https://cehsp.d.umn.edu/sites/cehsp.d.umn.edu/files/2the_role_of_protein_and_carbohydrate_in_gaining_body_mass.pdf
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Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC
Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC is an ex-National Soccer player turned MMA and Kickboxing champion, with ACE CPT and PN1-NC certifications. His advice is rooted in education and experience, ensuring that readers receive scientific and battle-tested insights. His mission is to empower his clients and readers to realize their potential and become the best versions of themselves.
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James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer & Senior Coach
James Cunningham, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Hertfordshire. He's a Health & Performance Coach from London that brings a unique blend of academic knowledge of health supplements and practical exercise experience to the table for his readers.
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