Is Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) On Steroids?

Written by Erny Peibst

Medically approved by Dr Thomas O'Connor

Now judgment time has come for Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock.

You know, the guy who inspired you to howl, “CAN YOU SMELL…WHAT THE ROCK…IS….COOOOOKINGGGG!!!” every time you make your girl breakfast in bed.

He's also the reason why you yell “FOCUS!!!” to gym rats who happen to be texting instead of lifting.

Some could say Dwayne was destined to be huge, with his dad Rocky Johnson being an absolute beast in his day as a pro wrestler. And his mother's father was Peter Maivia, a Samoan wrestler who's now included in the WWE hall of fame…it's fair to say he also had a fair bit of meat on him.

Peter Maivia (left) and Rocky Johnson (right)

The Rock's WWE arch-nemesis, John Cena, had several signs of steroid-use…Is Dwayne also guilty of taking shortcuts?

Lets see!

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The Rock has admitted to taking steroids…

In an interview with Fortune, Dwayne revealed that he took steroids once when he was 18 with some mates, not knowing what he was doing…and claims to have never touched them since.

There's two possible reasons for why he's said “he's never touched them since”:

  1. Because it's true – he hasn't used steroids since his teen years
  2. It's a lie. Possibly because he doesn't want to set a bad example to kids across the world.

Dwayne Johnson's Transformation

dwayne johnson transformation

Since Dwayne Johnson's WWE days, he's bulked up an gained some quality mass, without adding any fat.

In fact, he looks more ripped (lower body fat) now than he did 20 years ago wrestling on TV.

Adding a significant amount of mass, whilst burning fat is unrealistic for any experienced weight trainer.

Also take note at how it's not just Dwayne's muscles that have grown, but also his head (skull), which appears larger and has a more square look to it.

The Rock's muscles in the after picture now have a more synthetic/juicy look compared to before. This synthetic look can often be a giveaway sign of someone using anabolic steroids.

Flushed Skin

Also notice how The Rock's skin looks a lot darker now than it did 20 years ago. This isn't because his skin has actually got darker, but a sign of an elevated body temperature.

In white men, a higher body temperature can make their skin look pink/red.

With black/Samoan descent it can make your skin look a few shades darker.

The reason why a higher body temperature is linked to steroid-use is because steroids spike your blood pressure due to them increasing testosterone levels. An increase in testosterone results with an increase in LDL levels (the bad kind of cholesterol). As a result blood pressure spikes and a higher body temperature often follows.

This is why men have a higher rates of heart attacks compared to women, because their cholesterol levels are less healthy due to superior testosterone levels.

Huge Traps

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Dwayne's traps have always been one of his most dominant muscle groups.

It's rare for a natty to have overdeveloped traps, but it's extremely common for juicers to experience huge growth in the trapezius region, due to them having a high number of androgen receptors.

Thus when you hop on a steroid cycle, your traps will be the first muscle group to blow up, especially if you're taking steroids with a high androgen rating.

Is Dwayne Johnson on Steroids?

Based on the evidence it seems like Dwayne Johnson IS taking steroids.

The Rock admitted to taking steroids for 2 weeks when he was 18, but it seems he's lying when he stated he hasn't touched them since, because he's blown up and has several steroid side-effects since.

But what exactly has the Rock been cooking?!

The Rock Steroids Stack:


Dwayne's may have testosterone in his wrestling days, helping him pack on size and look BIG. Steroids are rife in the wrestling industry, so if you did manage to get big NATURALLY, you'd almost certainly take them to dwarf your competition and make yourself the biggest alpha male in the ring.

…especially if you've already experimented with them as a teenager (which the Rock admitted to doing), as this shows you have a care-free mentality

Test would also explain his huge traps, stemming back during his WWE days.

Since finishing his wrestling career he's focused more on bodybuilding and has gained a significant amount of size. However he hasn't gained a huge amount of size as he was pretty jacked before. He's also lowered his body fat and achieved a more ripped look simultaneously.


HGH is the compound Dwayne's likely to have used to gain moderate amounts of muscle AND burn fat at the same time. His skull increasing in size is another sign of HGH use.

Some may point out that the Rock doesn't have the famous ‘HGH gut', where your belly starts protruding. However, many guys do take HGH without ever getting this ‘pregnant look', because they don't administer it with insulin.

Chul Soon (a well-known bodybuilder) also manages to escape this dreaded side effect whilst using HGH.

The combination of HGH and insulin is what causes this bloated belly effect, seen in many Mr Olympia bodybuilders such as Ronnie Coleman and Kai Greene.  It's rumored that quite a few men's physique guys even take HGH…and those guys are the most aesthetic guys in the world with tiny waists.

Other steroids Dwayne Johnson could have used over the years are:

  • Dianabol
  • Trenbolone

Dianabol works very similar to testosterone, being one of the best steroids around for increasing muscle mass and strength. The main differences is it's more powerful than test for building muscle and can cause more side effects (and water retention).

The Rock may have used trenbolone at some point over the years, especially as his traps and shoulders are quite big in proportion to the rest of his muscle groups. Trenbolone causes more growth in these areas as it's a very androgenic steroid. These muscles have a significant amount of androgen receptors, so they tend to get swole from steroids like tren. However, the Rock's deltoids aren't overly huge, which makes me think that if he has taken trenbolone – he hasn't taken a very high dose; because otherwise his shoulders would be even bigger and have a more 3D effect.

Also the Rock's muscles are big but pretty smooth-looking, which isn't a sign of someone on trenbolone. Tren will cause your muscles to look insanely dry, with veins and striations (for users who are lean). This is because it flushes out a load of water from your body, acting like a diuretic. However, Dwayne looks like he's holding some water, which points to him using other AAS.

Regardless of whether Dwayne Johnson has taken steroids or not, he'll remain a hero to many men all around the world (similar to Arnold). It's also important to remember that taking steroids won't automatically give you a physique like Dwayne's. He's blessed with awesome Samoan genetics from his father and his dedication and commitment to training is second to none.

Thanks for reading 🙂 Do you think the Rock is on steroids? Have your say in the comments section below!

Dr Thomas O'Connor MD, LLC

Dr Thomas O'Connor MD, LLC

Dr Thomas O'Connor is the first physician in the world to specialize in the treatment of men who've used steroids. He's known as the "Anabolic Doc" and has 15 years experience, improving the health of AAS users.

Dr O'Connor's the author of best-selling book: America on Steroids - A Time to Heal, and has worked with many elite bodybuilders. He's also been featured in Muscle & Fitness, Muscular Development and is set to appear in the bodybuilding documentary Generation Iron 3.

US President Donald Trump has also acknowledged Tom's great work in the industry, improving the health of thousands of men worldwide; and thanked him for "Making America Strong Again".
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    Erny has over 5 years of experience of steroids and PED use in bodybuilding, Erny uses as a platform to share his valued knowledge and expertise.
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      18 Comments on Is Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) On Steroids?

      1. Hey Erny,

        Getting a total kick from reading through you site. I must say it is very entertaining. I am hoping you can do one on Steve Cook. My inclination is to say he is Natty but I am too lazy to do any research. Keep up the great articles.


        • Hey Michael, thank you for the kind words! I’ll try and get an article up on Steve Cook hopefully in the next 24 hours.

      2. Look at his delts, when guys get those cannonballs for delts they’re juicing 100% for certain. If those images aren’t enhanced he is hitting the dbol and who knows what else. Not that I care but the idea that he’s all natural is a laugh

        • Your an idiot there’s nothing wrong with taking legal steroids. Protein shakes are just like taking legal steroids. Except there not as affective and millions of athletes around the world take these supplements that the rock takes. Your an idiot there is nothing wrong with taking legal steroids. Or supplements if you wanna call them that.

      3. I’ve started working out a lot more recently. I’m getting leaner and a little stronger but not getting any size at all. My diet is high protein and fiber low carb lots of chicken fish and vegs. Is there anything natural I can take to get a little size and definition?

      4. Try eating like the biggest animal in the world… an elephant. Green green green. Watch you grow. Look up at McDougal. He’ll show you the right way.

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