Nowadays we are living in such an era where media is having the greatest influence on us compared to any other era that humans ever lived in. For this reason, to a certain degree, it does influences how we are thinking and how we are acting. For example, if they are telling us to fear something then we are going to fear it. At least, will think about it as something that should be “avoided”.
On the other hand, if they are telling us that we do need something (whatever it might be), then we do convince ourselves that we actually do need it. And to be honest, I do think that this is something that it is not right and it is not how it should be. That is why, when the biggest part of the human race is hearing the word “steroids” then their blood spikes up, they start panicking and they automatically assume the worst. That’s what media thought us – steroids are the worst toxic substances in the world. Some think it doesn’t have any positive effects and it only gives you side effects, but that absolutely out of logic because if that would be so – why would someone still use it?
The word “steroids” instantly give the image in people’s heads of enormous bodybuilders, mood swings; heart issues; domestic violence; roid rage; extremely high blood pressure and many other side effects. In fact, that’s what would appear by searching in google images for “steroids”. That’s a way to influence how people think either. But with all of this being said, is this really fair to your opinion? I can tell you mine and I can tell you that this is not really fair and it is not how it should be.
The anabolic steroids have got a hell of a bad reputation by the media for a very long time, and especially over the last years for this reason people start losing their heads when hearing this word. But on the other hand we have other prescription drugs which are having the side effects listed as “may cause suicidal tendencies” and yet, nobody looks at it and they still think steroids are much worse (even though they don’t cause such tendencies).
I am not trying to defend steroids because they indeed can be dangerous and sometimes even life threatening (but it depends on how every user is taking it); nonetheless what I am trying to say is that they are by far not so dangerous as media tries to describe them and they are by far not so useless as, then again, media try to put it. We can guarantee that in case the anabolic steroids were still legal like they used to be many years ago then people surely wouldn’t look at them in such a negative light as they use to. Anyway, all of this brings us to the professional bodybuilding sport.
And as the title of this article says, we are going to be checking the Big Ramy steroid accusations and possible use from his part. In this article we are going to try our best to discover whether or not Big Ramy who is one of the biggest bodybuilders on the entire planet, and also one of the most exciting prospects for the world of pro bodybuilding, it is on steroids or he is all natural. So well, here we are going to try to give as much insight about Big Ramy, who he is; his early life; his training philosophies and obviously – whether the Big Ramy allegations are true or not. Hopefully, you’re going to find this article interesting.
Before we can continue with this article any further and will address Big Ramy’s potential steroid use, we need to get out of our way the legal stuff first.
So well, we don’t know Big Ramy personally and we don’t know anybody close to him and we have big doubts that we ever will. We are in no way associated to Big Ramy or to anybody who is close to him. That’s why we do not have and never had any of his personal information or medical history. Every piece of information; photo; video or whatever else used in order to write this article is public and can be found by anybody with an internet connection.
For this reason, the content that you are about to read here is based on our knowledge on steroids and their side effects and on the public information found on Big Ramy, that’s why it should be classified as an opinion content rather than factual content. This is why we are having absolutely no idea whether or not Big Ramy is using or has ever used any anabolic steroids.
We are not condoning or recommend the use of anabolic steroids since the steroids, as previously mentioned, are indeed very dangerous if not used properly, however, in the same time, we definitely do not try to judge anybody who is using them either. That’s why, anybody who uses steroids is up to their own decision – we won’t recommend starting, stopping or continuing using the steroids. Everything that we can recommend here is – if you do use them or think about starting to use steroids, then we can recommend you to do it safely, in a wise and controlled manner.
With all of this being said, let’s get back to our topic and try to determine who Big Ramy is and if there’s anything which can prove that he used juice or is actually a natty.
Who is Big Ramy?
Big Ramy is an IFBB pro bodybuilder who originates from Egypt who is so big that a lot of people are considering him to be the future Mr. Olympia in case he is going to be able to dial in his conditioning. Big Ramy, in fact, is his nickname, of course – his real name is Mamdouh Elssbiay; but in the world of bodybuilding he’s known as Big Ramy.
This guy, surely, is big. He’s huge, he’s a monster. He is definitely one of the biggest bodybuilders and human alive in the history of the sport and as much as I can guess – the entire history. With all honesty, I think that people should see this guy in person in order to appreciate how actually big he is. We all do know about Mass Monsters in the world of bodybuilding; however Ramy has taken this concept and has flipped it on its head. Getting to his numbers – this is the guy who manages to shock you both in real life and on paper. He stands at 5 ft 9 inches in height and he is weighing at 295 pounds! And yeah, this is only when he is competing and he’s even bigger when off season. Yeah, Big Ramy has a weight of 295 pounds when he is competing and is dieting down because only this way he manages to weigh 295 pounds.
Well, I guess there’s no need to mention how shocking this is taking in consideration that some of the biggest guys out there who are getting on the stage are usually competing anywhere between 240 to 260 pounds. He’s 295 on the stage. That’s the weight that some bodybuilders don’t have during their off season. But Big Ramy is indeed big, he’s so big that when he’s in off season then he doesn’t even look like a human.
He looks rather than Hulk, than a human. He is huge, he’s enormous when is bulking as he is weighing around 310 – 315 lbs. Just think about this for a while. A man that has a height of 5 ft 9 and is weighing anything close to 300 pounds is already shocking; but Ramy managed to get over 300 with 15 LBS! and that’s without even trying.
With all of this being said – there’s already a fact that I can say here. Regardless if he uses steroids or not, he’s a freak of nature. He has world class genetics that out of 7 billion people on the planet, very few are gifted with such genetics. That’s because, regardless how much steroids an average genetic guy would use and how much he would try – he won’t get as huge as Big Ramy, I can guarantee you that. So, the thing that he has world class genetics is a fact, but either he uses steroids we are about to find out. Anyway, thanks to the way he looks – a lot of people are already considering him to be the future of the sport of professional bodybuilding and to be honest, that’s no wonder to me.
It is obvious that not everyone is agreeing with this. There are other people out there who are definitely not as keen on Ramy and as much as I found out, that’s because they are believing that he is actually ruining the sport of bodybuilding because he is promoting the Mass Monster look which has divided so many people in 2 “tribes”. Mass Monster look and Aesthetic look.
So, the research that I have managed to find out showed that Big Ramy has turned a pro back in 2012 and that’s quite amazing too because he has won his pro card after only 2 years of serious weight training. I am more than sure that by far not all bodybuilders got the pro card after only 2 years of serious weight training. Quite sure that many of them were only still dreaming of it after 2 years only of training.
So well, from picking up a set of dumbbells for the first time seriously, Ramy has already been able to get an IFBB pro card; and all of this has made him get numerous sponsorships and made his way to compete at some of the most prestigious bodybuilding contests in the world. So, let’s find out what has lead him to all of this fame and such a great body.
As I earlier said, Big Ramy’s real name is Mamdouh Elssbiay and he has been born in Alexandra, Egypt in September of 1984. Since he has been born in a family of fishermen; it is obvious that he himself worked that very trade up until the year of 2010. Ramy has grown up in one of the poorer parts of Egypt and that’s why, life was pretty tough to grow up for him. He was working very hard as a fisherman and he was used to work many long hours. This means that there were not very much time for him to do anything else than his fisherman’s work.
He has moved to Kuwait in order to fish and would regularly fish the Kuwaiti water. But then; as he grew older; he did showed quite a bit of interest in weightlifting and when he did have the time to himself; he would get a workout here and there, nonetheless this wasn’t anything serious, anything major or regular.
But I mentioned earlier that he has world class genetics. People with such genetics do not need to work out in order to be huge, they are already big by nature, so with Ramy’s genetics it is obvious that he was a naturally big man. But then, one day, he has taken the decision to attend the prestigious Oxygen Gym located in Kuwait. It is obvious that being such a big man, with such genetics, he instantly loved the gym; he loved the atmosphere out there and definitely loved the equipment and to workout. In fact, he loved the workout so much and was enjoying it to the level that he made a point of returning to training again and again.
It is obvious that for a man of his size he very soon started to build muscles and to increase in size and it was pretty clear that he has been genetically gifted when it is coming down to talk about bodybuilding. He was gaining amounts in months that other people couldn’t gain in years. But not only this, also the fact that he has been working as a fisherman he had also helped himself to become fit, to become big and strong which has given him a very big advantage.
Then later, Bader Bodai who is the wonder of Oxygen Gym has started to notice this guy and started to take notes of this Egyptian monster. He then started to encourage him to step up his training and to take it to the next level; to take it seriously and all of this as a goal to compete on serious stages. That’s all because Bader Bodai has been a former trainer and nutritionist for IFBB Pro named Dennis James and as Dennis did regularly trained at the gym; he has been encouraged to work out along with Ramy in order to help him out to unlock his hidden potential he has.
As we can see, he did had a huge potential and Bader Bodai was right because it didn’t took too long for Ramy to become a sensation. After only 2 years of training from that point, Ramy has stepped on the stage and has won the Kuwait Golden Cup in 2012. Shortly after that, he has competed at the Kuwait amateur and has stopped on the stage ripped to the shreds where he was weighing 286 pounds!
Here he has won the first place once again and it also was this moment when he already won his IFBB pro card; this was only his second show and he already received it. Since it required only 2 years of serious training and only 2 shows in order to get the IFBB pro card; it was already clear to everybody else that Big Ramy has something special. He has managed to gain more than 100 pounds of pure muscles after only 2 years of training; nonetheless, it has been a year later in 2013 when he really exploded onto the scene where he has won the New York Pro.
It was something new to everybody. There’s nobody in the US or outside of the Middle East who had really seen Ramy before; and yet here he appeared out there, close to 300 pounds of pure muscles only and dominating the stage while managed to win one of the most prestigious bodybuilding contests in the entire world and that’s while it has been only his third competition. So far so good for him because the first 3 shows he ever competed where all won.
The first time he has ever lost the first place was his fourth show when he competed (the same year) alongside the biggest guys on the planet at the Mr. Olympia stage. He compete alongside Phil Heath and Shawn Rhoden after only 3 years of training. In that show he still got a very respectable 8th place; however there are many people who believe that he should have been in the top 4 but thanks to politics he didn’t got there. Since that moment; Ramy has been competing at the Olympia every year since and each year he has been placing better and better.
He has then missed out on the first place where he took the second and solidifying the fact that he is nearly for sure going to be a future Mr Olympia winner if he is going to manage to stay healthy. He managed to gain quite a lot of muscles and his muscle gain is pretty obvious. Here’s a photo below which you can compare his gains over the years.
Big Ramy Steroids Use
So well, now that we do know who Big Ramy is and we know his history and training history; I can guess that we can now start addressing the Big Ramy Steroid rumors which seem to get more and more over the years and simply won’t go away. We would try to find it out.
Big Ramy is definitely a freak of nature; there’s no doubt in that because it is just not possible to get as big, with or without steroids, if you are not a genetic freak by nature. But I also think that there is no way that any man should be that size and weight at his height. With this being said, I guess we can all understand why the steroid accusations over the Big Ramy are being thrown around so much, however are they justified or not? I think we should take a much closer look to it.
So well, here are several evidences which are indicating both for, and against the potential steroid use on Ramy’s part.
So well, the first thing that we are going to do it is to start with the basics. Big Ramy is not being nicknamed like that as “BIG” Ramy only to be ironic, he has got this nickname thanks to the fact that he was able to gain 100 pounds of muscles in less than 2 years. So, over the years, being a man less than 5 ft 10, he managed to weight more than 300 pounds of solid muscles. You can check his transformation in the youtube video that I found below. You can see every appearance of Big Ramy from 2012 to 2019.
But what I am really trying to say is the fact that if there would be a man who would stand 6 ft 5 inches tall then he would already be considered a huge guy if he weighed 300 pounds, but what should we say about big Ramy who is only 5 ft 10? It is obvious that for a man with that height, that amount of size is just freakishly big!
And right away, we are starting to call the steroids due to the fact that even with the best genes out there in the world; surely to get that big would be impossible?
Big Ramy Transformation
Below, I am going to share another youtube video link with Big Ramy transformation. You are going to get an idea of how much this man has changed over the years. in the video you can see Big Ramy transformation from only 5 years all the way up to 32 years old!
In order to get quite a good idea of whether or not a person is on juice, or if they have ever taken steroids at all, it is a very good idea to check if they have undergone a physical transformation in a short period of time. That’s because natural bodybuilders are gaining 90% of all of their muscles in the first few months of training and then they stop. This is different for steroid users as they keep on growing further. There are a lot of steroid users who are gaining anywhere between 20 to 30 pounds per cycle and that’s over the course of around 12 weeks or so and this would simply not be possible to be done when you’re all natural.
So let’s get to the facts. When Ramy has firstly started to train seriously, he was weighing less than 200 pounds. Only around 2 years later or so, he had to shot up in weight by more than 100 pounds all of solid muscles and was already one of the biggest guys out there in the gym.
So once again, that much amount of size of muscles to get when natural it is virtually impossible and that’s why, it just doesn’t look very promising for Big Ramy when it comes to being natural. There’s no doubt that he is big by nature, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he got a little bit of help to become even bigger.
Sadly, but there are a lot of men out there that weight under 6 ft in height and they are weighing approximately 300 pounds. But there’s a huge problem and a huge difference here. Most of them are weighing 300 pounds of fat, not of pure muscles as Ramy. So while there are lots of men with height less than 6 ft and 300 pounds, they are obese, not bodybuilders.
Big Ramy it is not only carrying a great deal of bulk and mass, but he is also in an extremely good condition either. Even when Ramy is bulking up to 315 pounds then he is still having visible abs, he’s still having vascularity as well as low body fat percentages. It is obvious that all of this is even more seen when he’s cutting down and get his body fat percentage even lower.
In order to simply get abs at any weight is an accomplishment in itself, to my opinion, because a lot of people out there only dream about it. But I guess there’s no need to mention how huge of accomplishment it is when you are weighing more than 300 pounds in off season, that is just amazing to my opinion. What’s even more than this, is the fact that when Ramy is getting to compete on the stage, he is weighing approximately 295 lbs and is being ripped to shreds walking around at only 4 % of body fat, or perhaps even less than that. I just think that this is something astonishing for a man in this size.
In order to get down to such a condition, and in order to stay relatively lean with some visible abs at over 300 pounds is something purely awesome, but that’s something that we don’t really think that it is being possible to be achieved naturally.
Steroid Cycle Leaked?
Not a very long time ago, you may remember, if you’re a pro bodybuilding fan, that there was quite a little bit of controversy that was surrounding Big Ramy steroids accusations and as it is being believed that’s because one of his steroid cycles has been said that it has been actually leaked online. It was believed that it got leaked by a former trainer at Oxygen Gym, during the time that Big Ramy has been training there and trying to bulk up.
The cycle has been believed to be one that he used when he was bulking, that’s what helped him to get him from around 180 pounds to around 280 pounds in his weight. We do understand very well that there might be anyone who could post a steroid cycle and then to pass it off as being genuine, but if that cycle is indeed what Ramy has been using then the amount of drugs that he was/ is taking is absolutely insane, and with such a cycle it is no wonder that a naturally big man transformed into real life Hulk. For those who are interested, you can check it more carefully online, but here’s how it looks like:
Signs of Steroid Use
Other than the fact that Ramy is so huge, we also should check for signs of steroid use which it is very hard to avoid when you are using steroids, especially so many steroids that Ramy is supposed to be using. By checking many of his photos and video it does look like his body show some signs of steroid use. There are some common side effects of steroids and they include: flushed skin; very rounded shoulders (which seem to keep on getting bigger); acne as well as very mild signs of gyno. But in addition to all of this, one of the most seen side effect is that Ramy seem to have the growth gut, and this could all be down to the excessive use of HGH that he allegedly is using.
What’s the Verdict?
After we have analyzed everything, then I can say that based on the evidences that I have managed to find out Big Ramy does indeed seem to be using steroids. I guess few people out there would be shocked to hear that we do believe that in fact, Ramy is actually using steroids. This is why I think that those steroid accusations that Big Ramy got are indeed true. Usually, I am giving the natty verdict to those bodybuilders who do not have any evidences which could prove that they are on steroids. There are some bodybuilders who is pretty hard to give the verdict given the fact that they are having a bit of evidences which could prove they are on juice, but they are just too little and too mild.
But that’s not the case with Big Ramy because there is just too much evidence to think otherwise. He didn’t stop from growing in size even after years of hard training which means that he already long ago plateaued from newbie gains. Yet, he still was growing. In addition to that, he is having steroid signs. And they are just way too many to simply think that he got them naturally. Taken in consideration how fast he was growing; how big he is; how he continued on growing and all of the common side effects of steroid use that Big Ramy has, we are pretty sure that our verdict is true. Big Ramy got this nickname for a good reason as he is not only huge; he is simply unnaturally huge.
Anyway, please do not make the huge mistake of thinking that taking so many steroids that is believed he does (we still don’t know if he indeed used all of those compounds earlier mentioned) would make you as huge as he is. First off because that might kill you as steroids are dangerous if you do not use them wisely and secondly, because you most likely never will reach his size. Taking steroids just help you to get bigger; but if you’re not a freak by nature then you won’t get to such a huge size as Big Ramy has. Plus, we do not judge him for taking them and we definitely do not want to take away from his hard work. Regardless of how many steroids you use – without hard work and dedication, but in and out of the gym – that’s all worthless.
Write down in the comments what do you think about Big Ramy. Are you still thinking that he is all natural? Write down why. Thanks a lot to the following sources which greatly helped me in writing of this article.