Chestbrah And Zyzz | The Shavershian Brothers
Chestbrah (Said Sergeyevich Shavershian) is the brother of Zyzz (Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian).
I'm sure some of you guys know who Zyzz is.
He was one of the inspirations I had to start bodybuilding back when I was in high school.
I used to watch his content and get inspired to get in the gym and build a physique.
He passed away in 2011.
Chestbrah has carried on the legacy of his brother after his passing.
Whenever you see Chestbrah, it's hard not to get nostalgic about some of that content you saw from the old Zyzz days.
Chestbrah's Steroid Use and Hair Loss Remedy
Chestbrah self admittedly has experienced an acceleration of hair loss via his use of steroids.
Typically, when bodybuilders start experiencing hair loss, they will attempt a hair loss prevention protocol to mitigate further miniaturization.
Most commonly they will add in Finasteride or Dutasteride, a topical anti-androgen like RU58841, a Ketoconazole shampoo, and/or Minoxidil.
The typical outcome is that bodybuilders continue using the exact same highly androgenic hormones that resulted in their hair loss accelerating to begin with, and they get bulldozed with further hair loss to the point that they give up entirely and just accept balding as their fate.
Frankly, if you have aggressive hair loss, you will quickly realize that there is no pharmacological intervention that will prevent you from losing your hair on androgenic steroids with incredibly high binding affinities, and the case is often the same even with what some would consider “mild” androgens.
I don't think Chestbrah has aggressive hair loss at all, in fact, he's in his 30's and aside from some blatant recession, his hair didn't even look that bad considering all of the steroids he's used over the years.
With that being said, miniaturization is still miniaturization, and the only option he had was to either pull WAY back on his androgen use, or pull the classic bodybuilder “I'll just let my hair loss continue and shave my head because The Rock and Jason Statham look good with it” move.
Stopping steroid use sounds simple enough, but for someone who makes their living off their physique, and has a huge legacy to uphold that was literally based around aesthetics, it would be difficult for most in that position to justify discontinuing hormone use.
It's a mental addiction too, and stopping your use of something that literally built your physique can be very tough for many to do.
One thing I've come to learn over the years that Chestbrah has clearly realized too is that you really don't need much to sustain muscle tissue.
I can hold onto my physique with 100 mg of Testosterone per week, which barely puts me on the high end of the therapeutic reference range.
Could I have achieved my physique only using 100 mg of Testosterone/TRT dosages?
Probably not, but the fact remains that the amount of exogenous hormone assistance needed to sustain a foundation once the muscle has been built is a lot less than most would think.
Most guys would continue blasting unnecessarily high amounts of hormones with unrealistic perceptions about how much gear they need to hold onto what they've built.
One of my friends linked me to Chestbrah's Instagram story where he posted before and after pictures of what his hair looked like on blasts of very androgenic steroids relative to after he completely stopped using them cold turkey and dropped down to a lose dosage of Testosterone.
Chestbrah's Instagram Story
Starts at 2:27 in the video below.
I think his physique more or less looks the same even though he went from blasting heavily androgenic hormones to just a low dosage of Testosterone and SARMs.
His physique might have even improved a bit from what I can tell.
Now, don't misconstrue things and assume that Testosterone and SARMs are hair safe, as they can both still miniaturize hair follicles, but this is dose-dependent, genome dependent, and their inherent androgenic effect on hair follicles can be largely attenuated via pharmacological intervention.
The fact of the matter is, the hormone profile necessary to sustain an aesthetic physique that women find attractive is a lot more reasonable than most assume.
How Much Do You Need To Use To Look Like Zyzz Or Chestbrah?
A lot of guys are out there blasting unnecessary amounts of hormones.
To get a physique that's appealing to women you very likely don't need to take anything to be honest.
Our perception of what a good physique is has been so unhealthily skewed by bodybuilders and fitness models on social media that we assume the bare minimum is 190 pounds shredded at 6 feet tall.
The reality is that you don't need anything at all if you have half decent genetics and an immaculate diet and training program.
However, for the sake of this article, we will be focusing on this topic from a bodybuilding/enhanced context
Even to get that “aesthetic” look, you can use a lot less than you probably think, and I want to persuade you to lower your risk profile if your goals align with building a physique like Chestbrah, or like Zyzz.
There are tons of recreational bodybuilders who don't compete using ridiculous dosages of veterinary drugs approved for horses, drugs approved for cattle, drugs not tested in humans, non-bioidentical hormones that they see promoted in forums, and they are brainwashed into thinking that these are all drugs they absolutely need to use in order to build an “aesthetic” physique.
To get to 185-190 pounds shredded, you don't need to throw the kitchen sink at yourself, trust me.
How Chestbrah Reversed His Hair Loss
Chestbrah recently shared how he reversed all of his visible hair loss with Finasteride, Minoxidil, Nizoral, LLLT (low-level laser therapy), a hair transplant, and lowering his androgen usage.
Obviously the main factor that brought back his youthful hair line was the hair transplant, but the greatly lowered androgen usage in particular is what is sustaining his current position, prevented further loss, and probably resulted in some significant regrowth as well.
All of that in conjunction with lowering his systemic androgen index significantly by dropping down to only a low dose of Testosterone made a massive difference.
In addition, his Finasteride use prevents a fair bit of the 5-alpha reduction of Testosterone into DHT, which further lowers his androgen index.
On top of that, his use of SARMs may serve as a makeshift systemic anti-androgen by binding to androgen receptors that would otherwise be occupied by DHT and Testosterone, which are far more androgenic.
Of course, this is all dependent on the dose that he's using, which SARMs he's using, etc.
But essentially what he's done is significantly lowered his risk profile, and it has paid off.
Granted, those with aggressive hair loss would not experience the same results as him, especially with exogenous Testosterone in their system (likely still in supraphysiological amounts), but I digress.
The point of this article is less to touch on how aggressive his prevention regimen is, and more so to touch on the happy medium that can be achieved with modest amounts of anabolics, while still taking steps to minimize your risk profile.
Sustaining a physique that's still fitting the ideal mold of what “aesthetics” are has proved to be just as sustainable using low dosages of Testosterone relative to high dosages of very androgenic hormones.
Do I think Chestbrah could have achieved his current physique had he only used low dosages of Testosterone and SARMs from the get go?
I believe so.
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If my old 20 year old self would step into a time machine back then and see my current new self I would have not believed it was possible. I started with some of the shittiest genetics for bodybuilding. Naturally a narrow frame and skeletal structure weighing in at only 55kg’s on the left. Currently sitting at 85kg’s and 7% body fat Demi-God mode. My biggest piece of advice to all of you that follow me, enjoy the journey and trust in the process, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was this sickcunt you see before you. Work hard, be consistent, get your meals in, train like a fucking animal…then have the whole fitness world Mirin on your gains bruh. Goodluck my army of supporters, I believe in you all, if i did it so can you! I will lead us all into the path of aesthetic enlightenment, but the passion and fire must come from within….this simply cannot be taught. You must possess a burning desire to change and be something great, otherwise most just give up after a few years. Now which do you wanna be? A quitter or a champion? Well then you know what to do ya cheeky Kent’s ?
He weighs 185 pounds.
You don't need to be on Testosterone with Tren and Masteron to look great and weigh 185.
To be clear, I'm not trying to fear monger steroid use.
If you want to get to 260+ lean then yes, your requirements will be a lot more demanding than someone like Chestbrah.
However, if you are someone like me who's just trying to maximize your aesthetic appeal to feel good about yourself and be confident, you don't need to be using steroids with high levels of androgenicity, or abusive dosages of steroids in general.
I used to use 200 mg of Testosterone per week as my “TRT” to sustain my physique because I was afraid of lowering my dose below that.
I truly believed I needed 200 mg of Testosterone to hold onto my 215 pound 10% body fat frame.
That dosage kept my Testosterone levels supraphysiological at all times, and was beyond unnecessary.
Eating at maintenance while on 200 mg of Testosterone yielded no additional muscle retention that hasn't been accomplished with the 100 mg of Testosterone Propionate per week I use now.
However, my hair loss risk profile is substantially lower using 100 mg per week.
I was using double the dosage I needed just because I truly thought I would whither away into nothingness on less than 200 mg of Testosterone.
To be frank, if you're not 240+ lean, you VERY likely don't need 200 mg+ Testosterone per week to hold onto what you have.
I have no idea what Chestbrah's Testosterone dosage is, but his drastic reduction in his androgen use has clearly proved to help attenuate his progression of androgenic alopecia, and the lower his androgen index gets, the lower his risk profile will continue to get.
Just be aware of your actual limitations and keep things realistic.
Don't go overkill and burn your hair out, burn your health out, or do things that are unnecessary to achieve something that could have otherwise been achieved with less drug abuse, and more training consistency, diet, and patience.
I could have ended up exactly where I'm at now with way less than I used, but with more hair on my head.
And so could Chestbrah.
He likely could have avoided needing a hair transplant entirely if he was more calculated about his use in the past.
If you're going to use PED's and your goal physique is someone with a very realistically achievable physique like Zyzz or Chestbrah, don't go over the top with unnecessary drugs and dosages or you will regret it in the future.