What happens after stopping steroids?


In this news piece, you will be able to discover the startling physical transformations of some of the famous bodybuilders as they go through cessation of steroid use.

This deep dive exhibits the rarely discussed realities confronted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Flex Wheeler, Mustafa Muhammad, and Paul Dillet.

You will have a chance to witness the dramatic shifts from their peak physical form to their natural body condition, illustrating the strong effects of steroid use and termination. Join us as we reveal the real significance of body muscle, illuminating a side of bodybuilding that is frequently overlooked.


Discontinuing the use of performance enhancing drugs can cause the most significant changes in one’s godly physique. It is quite startling to witness someone’s transition from an exceedingly muscular symmetry to their natural form. Indeed, it is a great challenge for steroid users to maintain the same level of physical performance and muscle mass achieved with the aid of steroids. Even after developing a safe transition plan, the body will not form in the way it was with steroids.

Let's discuss some of the well-known bodybuilding personalities who terminated steroid use.

The Unseen Reality of Bodybuilding Legends

Paul Dillett

Bodybuilding Background

Paul Dillett was a prominent bodybuilder in the 1990s and was widely regarded as an unofficial Mr. Olympia. He first competed in a professional bodybuilding contest of the 1991 North American Championship. He took second position in the heavyweight division in the 1991 contest. He then acquired sixth place in his first Mr. Olympia back in 1993. In the same year, he competed in his first Ironman Pro Invitational, where he took fourth place. Later that year, Dillett entered the Arnold Classic for the first time and acquired fourth place. He ended his professional bodybuilding journey in 2012 yet still, he has been recognized as a bodybuilding legend. Paul has been featured in several bodybuilding and fitness-related articles due to his bulked physique.

What happened when he stopped the use of steroids?

The most drastic body transformation was noticed in Paul Dillett after he ceased the use of steroids. Moreover, he also discontinued his training regimen due to which his appearance altered significantly.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger began his bodybuilding career at the age of 15 and earned the title of Mr. Universe at age 20. He was the only one to consecutively win the Mr. Olympia title seven times. Schwarzenegger is widely recognized as one of the finest bodybuilders of all time. He has accepted that he was on performance-enhancing anabolic steroids while they were legal, writing in 1977 that:

"The steroids were helpful to me in maintaining muscle size while on a strict diet in preparation for a contest. I did not use them for muscle growth but rather for muscle maintenance when cutting up."

He has said that steroids are the substitute for "tissue building."

Afterwards, we look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, who continued to have a strong physique even after quitting steroids, albeit not as much as we have come to expect.

Mustafa Muhammad

Mustafa Mohammad is a retired IFBB professional bodybuilder, known for his exceptional thigh development and thickest physique ever. Born in Jordan, Muhammad achieved his greatest success in non-IFBB competitions, taking home two world titles in 1992 at the age of 26.

It was observed that after he ceased the use of steroids, his body altered from an exceptionally lean build to an average middle-aged man. That was a striking change from his previous build. His journey seems to be a mysterious tale for the bodybuilding followers due to his body transformation and long career break.

Flex Wheeler

Kenneth "Flex" Wheeler is an American retired IFBB professional bodybuilder. Arnold Schwarzenegger once termed him one of the best bodybuilders he had ever noticed, and he set a record four times to win the Arnold Classic. Moreover, Ronnie Coleman also seems to be the biggest fan of Flex Wheeler, as he stated that Wheeler was the best bodybuilder he competed against.

Flex Wheeler cherished the most aesthetic physique historically. The termination of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs from his fitness regimen impacted his physique drastically.

Therefore, it has been said that “Complete deterioration is not inevitable.