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Is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Doing Steroids?

Tyler Sellers
Published by Tyler Sellers
Fact checked by Donald Christman, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: October 11, 2021

While Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is considered a household name both in the sports and entertainment arenas, it's still a mystery whether he used steroids to reach this level of fitness.

Because despite the many hats he wears, what remains the most remarkable thing about him is his incredible physique.

So, Is The Rock actually on steroids?

We'll shed some light on that in this article.

Does Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Use Steroids?

Johnson's WWE arch-nemesis, John Cena, has shown several signs of steroid use.

Naturally, many people wonder if a guy like Dwayne Johnson is also guilty of taking the same shortcut that so many other wrestlers such as Eddie Guerrero, Randy Orton, and Rey Mysterio have taken.

In an interview with Fortune, the wrestler turned actor admitted that he had taken steroids once with some friends when he was 18 or 19 years old.

He said they didn't know what they were doing back then and claims he has never used the drugs since.

Johnson even emphasized that anabolic steroids negatively affect performance and don't make you stronger.

However, many people raise their eyebrows at these claims, believing that Johnson has roids to thank for his chiseled physique.

On the other hand, some say that Johnson's genes played a huge factor in how he evolved into this massive, jaw-dropping figure.

Let's see if there's any truth to that.

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It Runs In The Family

Looking at his lineage, one can say that Dwayne Johnson was destined to be a mammoth.

His father, Alan "Rocky" Johnson, was an absolute beast during his pro-wrestling days.

His mother's dad, Peter Maivia, was a Samoan wrestler inducted into the "WWE Hall of Fame."

Knowing that Johnson comes from a long line of huge, powerful people, it's probably safe to credit his fantastic genetics—apart from other factors—for the way he is built.

You should also know that The Rock is Polynesian, a culture that produces the world's mightiest athletes.

Dwayne Johnson’s Body Transformation

dwayne johnson slim body and body builder body

Since his heyday in the WWE, Johnson has gained some quality mass without the added body fat.

This is quite remarkable, considering that he looks more ripped now than he did 20 years ago when he was slamming opponents on TV.

Putting on a significant amount of mass while decreasing body fat is a challenging feat, even for a professional weight trainer.

His muscles also sport a more synthetic and juicy look now than when he was a newcomer in the WWE. This "artificial" look can often be an indicator of someone on the roids. 

Notice also how it's not just his muscles that have gotten bigger; his head (skull) grew in size, too. It appears larger and more square than before.

Make sure to check out our article on Dwayne's workout routine and diet plan.

Here are other telltale signs of steroid use, as seen on The Rock.

Is He Showing Any Side Effects?

Here are other telltale signs of steroid use as seen on The Rock.

Flushed Skin

the rock wearing a blank tank top outdoors

Johnson's skin appears a lot darker now than it did 20 years ago, and sun exposure is an unlikely culprit.

This change in skin tone is possibly a sign of elevated body temperature.

In Caucasian men, a higher body temperature can make their skin look pink or red.

With black/Samoan individuals, it can make their skin look a few shades darker.

“There are two drawbacks to steroids: one is the potential problems with your health and the second one is that it’s very easy for people to dismiss everything you have put into it by saying, ‘yeah but he takes steroids’.” - Dorian Yates, Retired Professional Bodybuilder

Steroids increase testosterone levels which, in turn, cause blood pressure spikes and increased LDL levels (the bad kind of cholesterol) [1]. This blood pressure spike then leads to a higher body temperature, which is the reason it is often linked to the use of steroids.

This is also why men have higher rates of heart attacks compared to women. Their cholesterol levels are less ideal because of their superior testosterone levels.

Read More: How to Tell if Someone Takes Steroids?

Massive Traps

the rock and his back muscles

Johnson's traps have always been one of his most prominent muscle groups.

However, it's quite unusual for a natty to have such overdeveloped traps. But for juicers, it's a whole different story.

Typically, people who use roids experience massive growth in their trapezius region due to a high number of androgen receptors.

Therefore, when you hop on a steroid cycle, your traps will be the first muscle group to expand, especially if you're taking one with a high androgen rating.

Is He Still Using Steroids?

We see WWE alumni like Brock Lesnar, Batista, and Bobby Lashley who have possibly juiced, but is The Rock one of them?

Based on the physical evidence, it seems like The Rock is still on steroids, even though he claims to have led a steroid-free life since his brief experimentation on juicing.

If it's true that Johnson is still using steroids, here's what he's probably taking.

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The Rock’s Steroid Stack

needle injection and vial samples

Testosterone

Johnson may have had testosterone during his entire wrestling career, helping him pack on muscle and become an absolute beast.

Steroids are prevalent in the wrestling industry, and there is a good chance that he took them to look like the most intimidating alpha male in the ring.

This would also explain how he got his huge traps, which he's had since his WWE days.

Human Growth Hormone

HGH is probably what allowed Johnson to gain muscle and burn fat simultaneously. His skull increasing is another giveaway sign of HGH use.

Some may point out that he doesn't have the famous "HGH gut," which refers to a protruding belly [2].

However, many guys who take HGH don't get this "pregnant" look because they don't take it with insulin, which causes the bloated belly effect seen in many Mr. Olympia musclemen like Ronnie Coleman and Kai Greene.

A user and well-known bodybuilder, Chul Soon, managed to escape this side effect while using HGH.

Is The Rock On Steroids - Final Thoughts

If The Rock indeed used steroids, it doesn't necessarily negate all the hard work he has put in.

With his successful stint at the WWE, his gradual transition into the acting scene, and awesome mic skills to boot, it's safe to say that Johnson has built a worthy career.

And steroids certainly aren't the only reason for his amazing figure. His unrivaled training ethic, clean diet, and strong commitment to fitness have given him what no drug could ever have.

With this, Dwayne Johnson has earned the respect of gym rats, bodybuilders, and athletes worldwide for life.


References:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15248788/
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/palumboism

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