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Frank McGrath Steroid Cycle



Frank McGrath is a Canadian professional bodybuilder who became popular in the early 2000s. He is known for his sheer size and incredible vascularity. He also is known for overcoming injuries and car crashes to make his way back, making his story amazing. His stats are 5'11'' and 255 pounds in contest shape, and 300 pounds in the offseason, while sporting an incredible 28" waist.

We've updated Frank's information and this is the 2022 version of the excellent article written 8 years ago.  In this current article, we will go over his life, his successes, and his steroid cycle.

Before we get to that part, get to know Frank as he shows you his cooking abilities and his favorite way to relieve stress outside the gym.

Early years


Frank was born in 1978, in Newfoundland, Canada, and was super skinny as a kid and poor at sports. He idolized superheroes in movies and Arnold Schwarzenegger. As a teenager, he hit the weight room hard and started to get results quicker than his peers. He also spent his spare time learning about nutrition and wanted to be the next Arnold one day.

Early competitions

New found land loves bodybuilding, so naturally Frank was able to find some early competitions he could compete in. He dominated his peers in amateur competitions and that allowed him to move up to the Canadian Championships Super heavy weight category. His first time entering he got a disappointing 6th place, but he did not give up. In 2003, he got 1st place and officially became a professional.

Brief pro stint


Frank's initial professional stint was very brief when he got a disappointing 12th at the Toronto Pro Invitational in 2004. Although he was not successful in bodybuilding, he was making a name for himself online. He gained supplement sponsors like ANIMAL brand, owned by Universal Nutrition. He started to get featured on magazine covers including Sports Illustrated, Flex, and Men's Health.

In 2008, Frank was preparing to compete in the Arnold Classic when he tore his tricep in the gym.

In early 2010, Frank was T-Boned in a car accident and spent a month in the hospital. He lost 3 liters of blood, his lung collapsed, he damaged his shoulder, he lost his spleen, and his arm had to be stitched together. The doctors said he would never be able to bodybuild again.

Comeback and successes

Frank McGrath Gym

Frank was eager to prove his naysayers wrong and he worked even harder once he was healthy. Amazingly, the next year he got 3rd place at the 2011 IFBB Tampa Bay Pro Open, 4th at the Toronto Pro, and placed 16th at Mr. Olympia.

He also got 3rd at the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships in 2011, 4th at the 2013 Toronto Pro Supershow, and 6th at the IFBB Ferrigno Legacy. He retired from bodybuilding officially in 2018 without a huge contest record, however, he still was a huge hit online due to his personality and has focused on his social media. He left California, to move back to Canada, and moved on from promoting ANIMAL after 15 years as the face of the products.

Kidney issues


It was revealed in early 2022 that Frank was on dialysis. This is the reason he has been losing a lot of weight over the past few months. He also was born with 1 kidney and he will need a transplant in the near future or he may die.

1 in 1000 people are born with only 1 kidney, so it isn’t that rare. Also there are another 1 in 1000 who only have 1 of 2 functioning kidneys. Many people have either of the above kidney issues, but don’t know it because they never had an ultrasound, or it was never found out, and they lead perfectly healthy lives without ever knowing it.

Social Media

Frank has quite a social media following. His Instagram for example has 600K followers and he posts funny pictures, pictures of himself, him working out, and pictures of food.

instagramHe also is all over youtube. Check him out doing a workout with popular Youtuber Tristyn Lee

He is currently promoting HD Muscle, Wrath, and Iron Bull Strength.


Frank-Mcgrath-Hard Work

Although Frank admits his car crash still affects his training in some ways, he still pushes himself hard regardless. His training philosophy has always been to train heavy, even as a teenager he was benching 300+ pounds while his friends could barely do 1 plate.

Frank loves the pump on arm day, who doesn't? Check out a quick video on his bicep training.

His arms are his signature, and his secret is hitting them hard twice a week to force them to grow. He loves doing machines, free weights, and especially loves the EZ curl bar. His goal is to break them down and hammer them to the point where they are completely ripped apart. In total, we are talking 6-7 different arm workouts, which involve 3-4 sets each, and up to 20 reps per set. It isn't a workout for new lifters at all so don't try this unless you have some training under your belt first.

All in all, Frank is known to weight train a whopping 6x per week, taking just 1 day off.


Frank believes in eating as much food as possible, but believes in healthy and nutritious food. He shared a typical breakfast that he eats when he is traveling which involves eggs, pancakes, meat, and juice. He loves egg omelets and burgers when he is on the road.

At home, he is a very good cook and likes to experiment with different protein-based baked goods. Protein muffins, pancakes, and brownies are his specialty and he likes to add eggs, bananas, apple sauce, and chocolate chips to them.

He isn't a fan of just eating chicken and rice every day, he likes to have fun with his foods and keep things different.

Steroid Use

There is a picture going around on Reddit, that shows a picture Frank took of his meal, with a 3CC syringe under the plate. Joking aside, we all know that Frank uses steroids and likely started using them at a young age as they are much less stigmatized in Canada. Let's take a look at what he could have used ahead of his 2011 competitions to reach his peak.

    • 12-25IU's HGH, he would have adjusted this number lower ahead of the competition

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...

    • 10-15Iu's Insulin

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...

    • 1200mgs a week Testosterone, reduced to 500mgs ahead of the competition

The building block of all steroids, testosterone is a naturally-produced hormone in the body. It is secreted by the testes and is responsible for the balanced growth and maintenance of primary and secondary sexual characteristics in males - deepening of the voice, broadness of shoulders and narrowing of the pelvis, rapid hair growth (especially on the face, legs and pubis), and the production of semen for sexual reproduction. Read more...

    • 1000mgs Trenbolone acetate

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...

    • 1000mgs Masteron Propionate increased to 1500mgs ahead of the competition

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...

  • Winstrol 150mgs per day
  • Anavar 150mgs per day
  • DNP
  • Diuretics


Forums on our forums? read on:

I've done a lot of reading about HGH and will be running 2-3ius (admittedly a low dose) for 6-7 months with the goal of recomping. Read more...

Do men's physique competitor need insulin since its way more powerful than anabolic steroids. Any recommendations when would be the best and after how many cycles of steroids have to be done in order to use the insulin. Read more...

Guys, this is the deal. I am injecting myself some testosterone (cypionate 500 mgs per week), and now on week 5 I get really hungry, really fast. Read more..

More research on what is trenbolone acetate has given me mixed signals on what is an appropriate tren dosage. 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..


DISCLAIMER: The following article is for entertainment purposes, Frank McGrath 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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Steve Smi (Also known as Steve Smith), has over 12 years of experience in the bodybuilding and fitness industry. He's the co-Host of the popular Evolutionary Radio Podcast - over 500,000 listens! He has been a personal trainer and writer for the last 10 years with over 1000 articles written. He's been a moderator on forums for over 10 years. Steve holds the following certifications and records: NASM Personal Trainer NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist Florida Local Powerlifting champion Top writer for 2019 Fitness rated

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