Chris Kellow has been working out for six years and does it the natural way.
Chris Kellow has been working out for six years and does it the natural way. Contributed

Steroids rife in Gladstone gym, bodybuilder says

GLADSTONE bodybuilder Chris Kellow says half the 'big boys' walking around local gyms are on steroids.

The 27-year-old Bechtel employee has been working out for six years.

He says he has never touched steroids but knows they aren't hard to get.

His comments come as Saloon Protein and Tea Bar owner Trent Morris faced court after police and customs officers raided a Gladstone house and his business, allegedly finding performance enhancing drugs.

"It definitely is a problem in Gladstone," he said. "You can tell when someone comes to the gym and they get as big as me in six months and I've taken six years," he said.

Mr Kellow competed in his first body building competition in September and he placed second and fifth.

He admitted it was hard to tell who used drugs in competitions.

"When they stop using it they lose the muscle and become caught up in a never-ending cycle to keep their muscle."

The born and bred Gladstone man said using the drug set a bad example for other young men.

"You always see before music festivals they come into the gym looking good and then their size just increases hugely just before the festival," he said.

"That can be very unhealthy and the kids need to know you can do it the natural and healthy way."