Did Zac Efron Take Steroids for Baywatch?

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Pretty boy Zac Efron has stirred up a lot of interest over the last couple of months in the build up to his new film Baywatch.

Why could this be?

…Oh yea, because he’s gone from being in fairly good shape to being ripped as a mother!

He looks like he’s dropped his body fat from about 9% down to 4%. And he looks like he’s added some quality muscle mass at the same time. And us natural lifters know how extremely difficult it is to build muscle and burn significant amounts of fat at the same time – unless you’re a newbie or on steroids.

And it’s quite clear that Zac isn’t a foreigner to the weights room, bulking up considerably from his early high school musical days.

It’s like the Tom Hardy effect all over again. The average man gives zero cares towards Zac, then all of a sudden he gets jacked and you’ve got every gym bro copying his workouts and googling his diet plans.

However, doing the exact workouts and following the same dieting strategy won’t necessarily guarantee you the same results if you’re not taking steroids…

First, some stats

  • Height: 5’8″ (1.72m)
  • Born: October 18, 1987
  • Age: 33 years

Did Zac Efron Take Steroids?

First of all, I’d like to point out that Zac’s impressive physique IS attainable for a natty.

After all, he’s ripped to shreds but he doesn’t have a tonne of muscle mass. So with hard work and smart dieting this transformation is perfectly possible for someone without drugs, with years of hard work.

Here’s the evidence that Zac Efron was on Steroids:

It only took him ‘months’ to undergo this transformation

efron tweet

A transformation like this simply doesn’t happen in a matter of months if you’re natty.

Unless you have incredible genetics, which Zac doesn’t appear to have. Instead he has a naturally small, skinny ectomorph frame.

the rockIt’s known that Zac trained with the Rock for Baywatch

The Rock’s steroid use is well-known and with Dwayne Johnson personally training Zac for Baywatch it means Zac could be ‘guilty by association’.

Although this isn’t ‘evidence’ that Zac is on the juice, it is still a link that could increase the likelihood of him using steroids.

Testosterone jaw/more masculine face

Steroids will give your face a more blocky/wider look. Your chin will become more broad while your jaw will also get noticeably bigger and defined.

Steroids simply make your face look more manly and attractive to women.

If you browse through a few pictures of Zac you’ll see that his face has become a lot more blocky-looking.

Aged face

zac efron aged face

Zac’s face has aged dramatically between his films Bad Neighbours in 2014 to the pictures of him training for Baywatch in 2016.

Steroids have been linked with causing premature ageing (1). The theory behind this is that several steroids can reduce collagen production, meaning your skin will become less elastic, thinner and more prone to wrinkling.

This could explain why Zac’s skin has aged so much in a such short space of time.

In this picture of him doing a pull up he literally looks like a 40 year old man.

This skin-thinning effect will also increase a person’s vascularity, as there is less skin covering your veins. In other words they will be positioned closer to the surface of your skin.

This combined with increased blood cell production can explain why steroid-users become so vascular compared to natural lifters. Coincidentally Zac looks very vascular in Baywatch, with bulging veins flowing through his biceps.

Deeper voice

Listen to the interview below of Zac onset in Bad Neighbours 2014:

Now listen to his interview in 2016 onset in Baywatch. His voice in the video below has become noticeably deeper. Why is this? A deeper voice is a symptom of higher testosterone levels.

And steroids = higher test.

Increased body hair

Zac Efron has always been known for having baby smooth skin, with no hair follicles in sight…even on his legs!

However, during Baywatch filming Zac is sporting a furry looking chest that even Wolverine would be proud of.

This is the sort of hair growth where you shaved it the day before, but your test levels are through the roof, so it’s grown back by the next morning.

Thinning/receding hair

zac efron steroids before after

Since his last film, Zac’s hair also looks noticeably thinner and more receded towards the sides.

This is usually due to an increase in the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is arguably the greatest hormone for building muscle mass, being 3.5x stronger than testosterone (2). Boom!

However this hormone also kills hair follicles (how evil), accelerating hair loss. Do you ever get a really sore scalp, like all the time?

This is the sadistic work of DHT and the soreness you’re feeling is inflammation from the damaged hair follicles.

Some guys use DHT-blocking shampoos such as Rogaine and Propecia, but the problem with these products is that they lower DHT levels in the bloodstream. The result? These guys struggle to build muscle because their most androgenic hormone is sapped.

The answer: Get a scalp massager.

Using a scalp massager daily will increase blood flow to damaged hair follicles, reduce inflammation and stimulate new hair growth. This can reverse the process of male pattern baldness.

And it feels bloody amazing!

Zac’s Diet

For Baywatch Zac’s personal trainer Patrick Murphy fed him a whole food diet. Including chicken, turkey, pork fish, steak, oats and seeds. Veggies are okay too but stay away from your starches!


Based on the evidence it seems like Zac Efron has taken steroids. However, we want readers to understand that Zac’s physique in Baywatch is attainable without the use of anabolic steroids. 

Potential Steroids Taken:

  • Winstrol

Zac hasn’t gained a huge amount of size, but he has got shredded and is super dry.

Winstrol’s three main benefits are:

  • Burns fat (3)
  • Builds muscle (small amount) (4)
  • Sheds water

Zac has experienced all three of these, especially winstrol’s diuretic effect – as he’s extremely dry. Winny is also a DHT-derived steroid, explaining Zac’s steroid jaw and thinner hair.

The most obvious giveaway is that Zac’s muscles also look depleted, which is typical of winstrol. In comparison, anavar causes a dry/ripped effect like winstrol but gives the muscles a pumped up, fuller look.

So, if guys like Zac are on the sauce…who on earth is it going to be next?

Please don’t let it be Bieber.

justin bieber bodybuilder

(1) http://forums.steroid.com/anabolic-steroids-questions-answers/86648-do-steroids-make-you-look-older.html

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2096617/

(3) https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Stanozolol

(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3668427

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Ernst Peibst

Ernst Peibst has spent over 3,000 hours researching anabolic steroids and PED's. He's also dedicated the last 7 years educating people about their effects, with hundreds of thousands of people reading his articles. He's studied countless science papers, read several expert books and has consulted some of the finest doctors in the world - on the topic of steroids.

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