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Is Triple H on Steroids or Natural? (Revealed)

Tyler Sellers
Published by Tyler Sellers
Fact checked by Donald Christman, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: April 20, 2022

Paul Levesque, better known by his ring name Triple H, is an actor and one of the biggest names in WWE pro wrestling.

His popularity as a wrestler has increased over the years, as has his physique and strength.

After studying his development for weeks, I suspect that he might have taken the help of anabolic steroids during the course of his career.

So, we will analyze some observable signs that’ll help us figure out whether Triple H ever took PEDs.

Quick Summary

  • Triple H admitted to taking steroids in the early 2000s to treat a quad injury.
  • Triple H’s nutritionist, Dave Palumbo, vehemently denies that he took any banned substances to build his impressive physique.
  • His physique has seen a massive improvement during his course in professional wrestling.

Reasons Why Triple H Could Have Been on Steroids

chest muscles

Before we get into the meat of the subject, here’s two important things to keep in mind.

Firstly, in 2006, WWE’s Wellness Policy gave three strikes to all wrestlers who failed random drug tests.

Secondly, Triple H’s nutritionist, Dave Palumbo, stated that it’s pretty common for WWE wrestlers to take very minimal doses of human growth hormone (HGH), provided they had therapeutic exemptions.

However, Palumbo’s comments vehemently denied Triple H’s steroid use.

Regardless of that, here are a couple of observable signs that indicate his potential steroid use.

Putting on Muscle Mass

man flexing back muscles

Triple H’s muscle growth only seemed to improve in quality over the years.

I’ve carefully observed his physique from the late 90s to the mid-2010s, and the changes are pretty evident.

Triple H has maintained the same size but developed a more shredded look compared to his earlier physique. This is most visible in his forearms, biceps, and core.

This seems to look like the effects of HGH, which is used for both fat shredding and muscle building [1].

All this makes me suspect that his later physique could have been molded with the potential use of PEDs.

High Vascularity

Triple H has an almost-bodybuilder-like physique. Out of all his muscles, his calves caught my attention. In one particular photo (before a match), the veins on his calves look highly prominent.

Such vascularity cannot be the result of a water cut or a pump because he’d have required his full strength to perform on the ring.

The only other possible explanation could be the effect of corticosteroids — something many athletes take for recovery. These have the effect of increasing vascularity [2].

This indicates that Triple H possibly took PEDs to enhance his performance on the ring after training.

Triple H Stats

  • Age: 52 (born on 27 July, 1969)
  • Height: 6'1" (1.85 m)
  • Weight: 242 lbs (110 kgs)
  • Chest: 50 inches (1.27 m)
  • Wasit: 35 inches (88.9 cm)
  • Biceps: 21 inches (54.3 cm)

Here are his significant achievements:

  • World Heavyweight Championship (5 times)
  • WWF/WWE Championship (9 times)
  • WWF/WWE Intercontinental Champion (5 times)
  • WWF European Championship (2 times)
  • WWE Tag Team Championship (2 times)
  • Royal Rumble Winner (2 times)

Is It Possible To Obtain Triple H’s Strength and Physique Naturally?

You can obtain his body without the use of drugs if you have the genetic predisposition to do so.

Additionally, you’ll have to put in a lot of work with bulking and cutting if you want Triple H’s lean and ripped look.

The best way to go about this with the help of a safe, natural, legal, and well-rounded steroid alternative.

It will allow you to push past your genetic muscle-building barriers without the adverse side effects of anabolic steroids.

What Would It Take To Bulk Up Like Triple H?

whey protein and a man at the gym

Diet & Supplements

Triple H has switched around with different diet plans throughout his career. To him, food is simply fuel. On some days, he goes low on carbs and high on protein and fats; on others, he switches it around. He claims that a cheat meal helps him keep his metabolism going.

Whey protein, creatine, and fish oil are his go-to supplements.

Tough Training

Triple H uses heavy weights and his own body weight to build and maintain a highly muscular physique.

He focuses on different muscle groups every day. This gives his muscles a chance to relax and not overwork. To ensure that his muscles get the rest they deserve, he takes off-days to recover and recuperate before the next workout cycle.

Was Triple H Ever Tested for Steroids?

Most probably. WWE’s Wellness policy was implemented to ensure that wrestlers would not abuse PEDs (many of them were on hormone replacement therapy).

I suspect Triple H's transformation raised suspicions about possible steroid use. This could have led the federation to administer the Wellness Policy drug test on him. However, there is nothing official that says he was tested.

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FAQs

Didn’t Triple H Admit to Taking Steroids?

Yes. He told ESPN radio that he used steroids to recover from a quad injury back in the early 2000s. He hasn't admitted to using them for other purposes.

Does Triple H Have Medical Conditions Due to Peds?

Neither Triple H nor his nutritionist has reported any health issues from PEDs. But he does suffer from an unrelated genetic heart issue.

Did Triple H Take Steroids?

On the one hand, Triple H shows some strong signs of PED use, such as high vascularity and bulky muscle mass. On the other hand, he has never been tested positive for PED use.

However, we can’t be certain he’s drug-free because hormone replacement and PED use are allegedly common among WWE wrestlers.

For readers and clients who want to look lean, muscular, and ripped like Triple H, my number one recommendation is to go with safe alternatives to anabolic steroids.

It will give you the necessary testosterone to build muscle quickly and enhance your strength, minus the adverse effects of anabolics.


References:

  1. https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-about-hgh-for-weight-loss
  2. https://academic.oup.com/cardiovascres/article/41/1/55/317156

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