Hello fellow readers, today I wanted to make an article. We will talk about Anthony Mantello. Anthony has a remarkable physique. But is he natural? Is it possible to achieve his physique naturally?
Is Anthony Mantello natural?
Anthony Mantello does not look to be natural and to be honest he does not seem to be hiding from that fact.
This article is not just about another natty or not “call out”, but the answer to this question is that it does seem Anthony Mantello is using some sort of performance enhancing-drugs or SARMs.
Greg Doucette himself made a video stating that in his opinion, yes Anthony as an IFBB pro is using something.
Is Anthony Mantello’s physique achievable naturally?
I’ve been quite frustrated lately. My frustration comes from the fact that it seems we forget what’s really achievable naturally. In today’s society and in the case of today’s fitness industry, I feel like there are two sides of the natural bodybuilders.
Some who don’t have much standards in terms of what they can achieve naturally and others who are setting their expectations too high.
So today, I wanted to use the case of Anthony Mantello to illustrate my point!
I will differ in my opinion from for example, Greg Doucette’s opinion. Although Greg Doucette does say PEDs help a lot, I feel like he might be giving a bit too much credit to Anthony Mantello when he says his physique is extremely hard to achieve even with the use of PEDs.
While Anthony’s physique is certainly very aesthetic and shredded, it’s hard to deny it becomes far easier to reach this type of physique when you start using performance-enhancing drugs, if you have the right genetics responding to the drugs.
I do think it is possible for a few people to achieve this physique naturally. Yes, his physique at 17 years old of age would definitely be hard to reach naturally… but far from impossible if you are one of them young motivated bodybuilder starting at 13-14 years old!
I think people forget when you have the right genetics how much the drugs can help you out. I think this type of physique is pretty easily reachable at his age while using performance-enhancing drugs.
Now when it comes to his genetics and abs structure, etc… of course not everyone will be gifted with the same, but in terms of size and body-fat, it is pretty easily achievable.
If you look at Vincent’s interview on the blog, this guy is fully natural. His genetics in terms of muscle shape and body-structure is great. And his condition was awesome at only 18 years old. Imagine at the time if he had taken PEDs what he would look like!
The natural bodybuilders with low standards
I feel like in the modern fitness industry, a lot of people admire enhanced athletes for their physiques. I don’t say that because I think people should not admire or be inspired by athletes taking performance-enhancing drugs. There a lot who should be admired. I like Larry Wheels for example.
But I say that because I feel a lot of people do not realise the massive help performance-enhancing drugs gives to certain bodybuilders when they want to get shredded or put on size (in competitions for example).
We should not forget about that.
This results in people either setting low standards for themselves on what they can achieve naturally… or people thinking of using PEDs themselves without having given themselves enough years and hard work to see what they can do all natural.
Of course, diet will be important regardless if you take PEDs or not, but drugs like winstrol or trenbolone make you dry as hell and help tremendously! A lot of pros are actually able to maintain a super shredded physique with a terrible diet.
If you are going to follow a super diet while taking the drugs, you’re obviously putting all the chances on your side to succeed, but it does not mean you can’t be super shredded with a bad diet with that type of substances.
That is why there is then this movement of natural bodybuilders who will set low standards for themselves and think this kind of physique is unattainable without drugs which is not true.
Natural bodybuilders with high standards
Then there will be the side of natural bodybuilders who think they can probably achieve the Olympia stage without drugs, which is not true either. It is certainly better to be in this frame of mind as you will push yourself to train hard, but this can lead to bigorexia, other related mental health issues, injuries…
I have been in this position where it is never big enough… and that works, in a way. You always want more and always spend more time in the gym. It’s just that it can get tiring and at some point, you have to come to realization that a Calum Von Mogger physique just is impossible to reach naturally.
What was the goal of this article on Anthony Mantello?
The goal of this article was to remind people who start their bodybuilding/natural bodybuilding journey to not forget what they are capable of naturally. We do not give enough credit to these natural bodybuilders hidden in the local gyms who train 2 to 3 hours a day and have exceptional physiques.
The goal was not to point the finger at those who take PEDs either, we are a community as a whole. This article was not just a critic against Anthony Mantello, I just believe that we have natural bodybuilders of that age in the world with the same type of physique and we need to give them more visibility.
We do have some true natural monsters hiding all over the places who are very impressive!