Dennis James is one of the most well rounded professional bodybuilders thanks to his unique background of having an American father in the military overseas and a German mother. Being from Germany, you can tell he has an interesting accent when you listen to him speak on his podcasts.
His stats during the mid-2000s when he was in peak form was 5'8'' and 260 pounds. Today he is in his 50's and spends a lot of time involved in bodybuilding since he enjoys it so much. Check out this article where we dive deep into his career and steroid use.
How he got into bodybuilding
James admits he is blessed with great genetics because his father was also a tremendous athlete and he encouraged his son to play football and other sports.
James got an early start to serious bodybuilding at around 17 years old and fell in love with it. He was still a teenager when he won the South German Championship and the next year won the German Grand Prix. What was amazing was he only trained for a little more than a year and was already beating his peers who had years of experience. At 20 years old, he won the New York State Championship All Juniors. Since he was not a German citizen he could not join the German Nationals so he stopped training.
In 1990, he went to Thailand to enjoy the beaches and his friends teased him about his belly fat which inspired him to get back into shape. He made a bet with them that he would change his physique in just 6 weeks and he ended up easily winning the bet. After that, he was hooked again on training and set his sights on competing but the gyms in that part of the world were not the best.
James was able to avoid going through a complicated qualification process to get in a major competition by gaining an invitation from one of the organizers, he ended up getting 4th place at the Night of Champions in 1993. Later that year he returned to Thailand and opened up his own gym and named it "Universe" because he wanted to win that competition. The next year his dream came true as he took 1st place at the 1995 NABBA Mr. Universe and got his pro card. This meant endorsement opportunities where he could make more money.
After winning the NPC USA Championships in 1998, James became a regular in competitions during the 2000s competing in at least 33 major competitions and placing in the top 10 in almost all of them.
In 2000, he was 4th at the Arnold Classic and top 3 at both the England and Hungary Grand Prix. At the Mr. Olympia that year he finished a respectable 11th place.
The next year in 2001 he won the Grand Prix Hungary and improved to 7th place at Mr. Olympia.
In 2002 he fell back at Mr. Olympia to 10th, but then improved to 4th in 2003 which was his best Mr. Olympia showing.
At the 2004 Mr. Olympia he was 8th, then 6th in 2005, 9th in 2006, and 11th in 2010.
He won the 2009 IFBB Tampa Pro and 2009 Europa Super Show.
Views on bodybuilding
James believes bodybuilding is a form of exercise and it is a way to redeem yourself from life's indulgences and feel great. He also believes it makes you feel and look younger and that there is no age limit to get into it, unlike other sports.
When it comes to competitions James is a serious fan and commentator, whom a lot of people respect. He has talked about who he felt deserved to win competitions, and also talked about how some bodybuilders are treated unfairly.
James has 1.3M followers on Instagram. He also has many videos on Youtube where he conducts interviews as mentioned earlier in the article. He is well respected and loved by most bodybuilders.
You can see him hanging out with Mr. Olympia champion Big Ramy Click here
Get to know him
James has done many interviews, and some have been light-hearted to get to know him at a personal level. His openness is part of his personality which makes him unique to many other bodybuilders who are more anti-social and guarded to talk much.
- *He gets motivation from watching bodybuilding videos online and being pushed by workout partners
- *He wants to get even more involved in bodybuilding as much as possible and steer it in the right direction
- *He values honesty in other people and finds himself too honest which rubs people the wrong way sometimes
- *To unwind he likes to relax at home or on a quiet island
- *His favorite style of music is rap, soul, and blues
- *His favorite cheat meal is tuxedo cheesecake
- *He loves Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Tucker movies
- *He hates when people are not punctual
- *His favorite person in the world is his daughter
- *If he wasn't bodybuilding he would have been a professional soccer (futbol) player
Whether you agree or disagree with James you have to respect his love for bodybuilding, because many hate the sport strongly, even former bodybuilders. I think it is very cool how much he is an ambassador and enjoys interviewing some of the biggest names in the industry. I also love how he isn't afraid to give his opinion on who he thinks should have placed where in each competition. We need more people like that who can bring entertainment to bodybuilding if we are to grow the sport.
James believes that steroids are overrated in terms of what they can do to a bodybuilder and also how dangerous they are. He strongly believes that steroids are not to blame necessarily for the deaths of athletes in bodybuilding.
We can speculate on what his steroid cycle may have looked like when he was in peak form in 2004:
- 15IU's per day HGH
Growth hormones stimulate cell reproduction and cell regeneration in humans and animals. In the fitness world, it is used across the spectrum as a performance enhancing drug, and in the non-fitness world it's used as an anti-aging compound. Read more..
- 3IU's insulin before each large meal
Insulin is a peptide hormone produced by beta cells in the pancreas. It regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats; in addition, it stores fat to be used for energy later. When you eat, your blood sugar increases, which causes insulin to be released. Read more..
- Trenbolone Enanthate 1000mgs a week
Trenbolone, the most famous steroid for amazing gains, meets Equipoise, the most misunderstood steroid. In this article, we'll be going over the facts on how and why you need to stack Tren and EQ; in addition, we'll cover the fine points of bulking vs. cutting cycles. Read more..
- Masteron Enanthate 1000mgs a week
Masteron (Drostanolone) is a unique anabolic steroid because of the way it is derived from DHT (dihydrotestosterone). It is altered by the addition of a methyl group at the carbon 2 position. This structural change is what makes masteron anabolic, and what makes it function the way it does. Read more..
- Primobolan 1250mgs a week
Primobolan (primo), chemical name Methenolone, is by far the most popular injectable anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) for cutting cycles. Read more..
- Winstrol 200mgs a
Winstrol or Stanozolol is an anabolic steroid used to get lean and hard, it's mainly used as an oral during cutting cycles to lose body fat. Read more..
- Proviron 200mgs a day
- "Dennis James is awesome"
- "He is a cool guy, I got an autograph from him"
- "he is a nice guy, don't know why guys bash him"
- "great coach, great bodybuilder, and good interviewer"
Forums on our forums? read on:
Proviron will free up more of the testosterone and prevent it from binding to sbhg. Read more...
Do men's physique competitor need insulin since its way more powerful than anabolic steroids. Read more...
I have started my first trenbolone cycle, and my urine got really dark – like rust color. I do drink a lot of water – around 2 gallons per day, so I don't think this has to do with hydration. Read more..
I've read of things like this happening but I am skeptical. you said you dropped 6 pounds.. that would mean after 10 days you would lose 60 pounds? not going to happen. Read more..
Muscle cramps are very common when using steroids. It usually happens with oral steroids like dbol but it can also happen with steroids like primo and sust. Read more..
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- Insulin and Insulin Resistance
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- The effect of mesterolone on sperm count, on serum follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, plasma testosterone and outcome in idiopathic oligospermic men
- Exploring the Polymorphism of Drostanolone Propionate
DISCLAIMER: The following article is for entertainment purposes, Dennis James has not publicly admitted to using steroids and HGH as far as we are aware. His cycle is not a fact and it's our views on what he used and what steroids he took. This is for information purposes only.
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