Rafael Brandao is a Brazilian IFBB professional bodybuilder who has rapidly ascended over the past couple of years. He is currently 28 years old and is 5'11'' and 255 pounds in contest shape. He is currently qualified to compete at the 2022 Mr. Olympia and we expect big things out of him if he can stay healthy. In this article, we will talk about his life, competitions and speculate on his steroid cycles.
Rafael was born in Garca, Brazil on June 24, 1993. The most popular sport growing up was soccer for him since it is the most important sport in his country, however, he also played other sports like volleyball and basketball. Being a skinny kid growing up and getting annoyed with team sports, he fell in love with weight training which was solo, because he wanted to stop being laughed at for being so tiny.
At 14 years old, he started to put on muscle quickly and would train for 4 years straight with no breaks. He decided he wanted to get into bodybuilding and get his diet and training on point.
Rafael did his first competition at 20 years old without any outside help or support from anyone. He did not have the money to spend on a coach, he only had the hours of training and the mirror to judge what he needed to improve on.
A couple of years later in 2016, he started to win smaller competitions and got well known in his home country of Brazil. He got 8th place at the 2017 San Marino Pro, which earned him a pro card.
In 2018, he had a very strong year. He placed 6th at the New York Pro, 3rd at the California State Bodybuilding competition, 5th at the Toronto Pro, and 4th at Muscle Mayhem.
In 2019, He got 7th at the Ohio Arnold Classic and 2nd at the Brazil Arnold.
2020 and 2021 were both good and frustrating for him. The bad news is he wasn't able to compete at Mr. Olympia due to a severe case of COVID-19 where he was having major breathing problems. The good news is he got 3rd at the Europa Pro, 2nd at the EVLS Prague Pro, and won the Romania Pro which qualified him for the 2022 Mr. Olympia. Sadly, he recently announced he had to pull out of the 2022 Arnold Classic, but we look forward to seeing him later this year at the Olympia.
Here is a popular video he did on his bodybuilder life.
Rafael credits his early start to weight training and the many mistakes he had to correct for learning a lot about his body. He has hooked up with coaches and mentors like Chris Aceto and Flex Lewis who have helped show him the ropes.
He believes in contracting the muscle when training and doing heavy weights when needed under load, while also maintaining good form.
A typical workout schedule for him during the week is a 5-day split routine where he focuses on different body parts.
Check out one of his training videos which have 1M views
Diet is very important to him and he likes to cook at home because it relaxes him. He has always said his metabolism is higher than other people so he can eat a lot more carbs than others and get away with it. He has talked about having days where he eats 400g of carbs with no problem but believes in balancing out his diet.
His favorite foods include rice, eggs, berries, oatmeal, turkey, and fish.
Rafael might not be known in the USA yet, but he is very popular in Brazil. He has 1.1M followers on Instagram and 400K on youtube.Click here Rafael Brandao Instagram channel.
His social media is littered with photos of himself and training videos. He also has a very large Brazilian fan base that comments frequently.
His wife is also a fitness competitor and has 500K followers. They are frequently seen together enjoying the beach, dinners out, and spending time working out.Click here Instagram
Rafael has the potential to go down as one of the best, if not the best, Brazilian bodybuilders of all time. However, I think it's make or break for him this year to do well at Mr. Olympia after missing out on it in prior years, and also missing out on the Arnold this year. It is good that his wife is also into the sport and can encourage him and provide him good guidance. He also is in very good hands with Chris Aceto as a coach. We all at Evolutionary.org wish him well this year and hope he can crack the top 10.
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Anabolic steroids are not legal in Brazil from the information we've gathered, but they are readily available via the black market and relatively inexpensive. To compete at this level you must use them, so we can speculate what Rafael may have used leading up to his win at the Romania Pro:
- 18IU's HGH per day
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- 10IU's Insulin per day
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- 1200mgs Trenbolone Acetate per week
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- 1000mgs Equipoise per week
- 600mgs a week Testosterone Propionate
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- 1000mgs a week Masteron Propionate
- 200mgs a day Winstrol
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DISCLAIMER: The following article is for entertainment purposes, Rafael Brandao 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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