Is John Cena Natural or on Steroids?

Written by Erny Peibst

Medically approved by Dr Thomas O'Connor

The time has come to do a steroid analysis on The Rock's wrestling archenemy, John Cena!

Aka the guy who says “you can't see me” whilst waving his hand up and down his face as a shield…


I'll stop taking the mick now, this is a guy who can deadlift 664lbs (301kg) or 4 of me… (1).

The WWE star initially wanted to become a bodybuilder after graduating with a degree in Exercise physiology (2). However that dream only lasted a year after he decided to become a pro wrestler.

John Cena's stats:

Height: 6ft 1

Weight: 114kg

Body Fat: 8-9% (approx)

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Due to the sheer size of the guy, many would presume he's on steroids. However when he was asked about his natty status in a TV interview, he strongly denied any steroid-use and vowed to be a lifetime natural.

Here's the interview below:

One thing that really stood out during this clip was the fact he licked his lip at 12 seconds in.

This can be a common sign when someone is lying. The reason for this is because your adrenaline levels spike when you tell a lie, and this stress hormone dehydrates your body – making your mouth/lips dry within a matter of seconds.

However, studying body language can only tell you so much…so lets take a look to see if John Cena has any steroid symptoms…

Signs of Steroids

Flushed Skin


John Cena can sometimes be seen with a pink colour to his skin.

This is a sign of an elevated body temperature, which is a common side effect of anabolic steroids.

This flushing especially appears in the upper region of the chest for many steroid-users and John has this in several of his photos.

The pink colour is a sign of warm blood locating itself near the surface of the skin. From there the excess heat can be lost in the air, cooling the body down.



Generally John Cena has an aesthetic physique with a reasonably small waist, however in some pictures you can see some mild bloating in the stomach area when he's not sucking it in.

This could be bloating from excess water retention or it could be a very mild form of ‘steroid gut'; due to HGH/insulin use.

Bloat like this is extremely rare in nattys, but very common in guys who juice.

Blocky Appearance

Here's a before/after picture of John Cena.

The first picture was taken when he was 18, 3 years before he graduated from college and decided to become a pro bodybuilder.


When comparing the two pictures there are many obvious differences:

  • His waist/midsection is considerably thicker
  • He's is more muscular
  • His skull has grown

Steroids make you more blocky looking, including your waist, which has grown significantly in Cena's case.

A tiny waist was one of the factors that gave Simeon Panda a natty verdict.

Simeon is almost the exact same height as Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Arnie admitted to taking steroids, but Panda swears he's natural. They had a similar level of muscularity, but the one thing that stood out as a major difference was that Arnie had a waist 3 inches bigger.

Steroids are notorious for causing this extra thickness around your hips/midsection.

More Muscular

The picture shows that he's got huge after the age of 18. John Cena actually started lifting weights when he was 12, being bullied at the time (3). This tells us that he'd been lifting weights for 6 years and thus by the age of 18 he would've experienced all of his newbie gains.

Huge guys who are natural have amazing gains when they first start lifting, then they pretty much stay the same size for the rest of their lives, with their progress tailing off. However, in John Cena's case he made huge gains after already lifting for 6 years.

A natty would have maxed out on his genetic potential by this point, so this immense growth is a big indicator of steroids.

Skull growth

John Cena's head has literally almost doubled in size.

You might be thinking:

“I didn't know your head was a muscle?!”

It's not.

The fact Cena's cranium has got much bigger is because of human growth hormone. Excessive levels of HGH cause bone and tissue growth in the body, enlarging the skull and even the nose.



Based on the evidence it seems like John Cena could be taking steroids.

  • He blew up AFTER 6 years of lifting weights
  • Has some bloating
  • Pink coloured skin
  • A much bigger head
  • Much blockier midsection.

Potential Steroid Stack:


It appears that John's likely to have used human growth hormone, which explains the enlarged skull.

He probably hasn't taken insulin in conjunction with HGH, hence how he hasn't got a  typical ‘HGH-gut' that's protruding out of his belly.

He wouldn't have gained much size/mass from taking HGH alone, so he's most likely taken dianabol or/and testosterone too.





Erny Peibst

Erny Peibst

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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    9 Comments on Is John Cena Natural or on Steroids?

    1. I like your posts, but just because John Cena has a pinkish colour to his skin that does not mean that he has been taking steroids, many fair-skinned people have pink skin.

    2. I like your posts, but just because John Cena has a pink colour to his skin that does not mean that he has been taking steroids because many fair-skinned people have pink skin.

    3. Perfect gentleman he said everything right way he answered the question I was born with big bones myself in my body

    4. He’s on steroids to this day, and there are guys he used to work out with that would help administer (one guy is dead now and Cena knows exactly who I’m talking about). None of them will say it publicly because (a) they are loyal to John and (b) he will destroy their careers if they did that. It’s kind of sad that Cena feels as though he has to continue to lie about this topic.

    5. Based on his stats, weight, body composition, and height he has a Fat Free Mass Index of 30.20 which is highly unlikely to be obtainable without steroids

    6. Is there a chance that young ‘before’ picture of him is photoshopped? His abs are perfectly symmetrical vs clear asymmetry in the ‘after’ photo.
      Even still, would be shocked if he’s never juiced!!

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