“Liar in an Industry Where Trust Is Crucial”: Bodybuilding Community Rallies Behind Fitness Sensation Rebuking IFBB Pro Greg Doucette

Published 01/21/2024, 12:00 AM EST

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Former IFBB Pro, bodybuilding coach, and fitness influencer Greg Doucette is no stranger to controversy. In fact, over the years, Doucette has become infamous to a section of the fitness and bodybuilding community for his ‘natty or not’ videos. Online feuds with other influencers aren’t uncommon, and earlier, fellow influencer Sean Nalewanyj called out Coach Greg.

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Over the years, calling others ‘fake natty’ has repeatedly landed Doucette in hot water. Recently, Doucette had to take down a video about another influencer, Paul Saladino, and make corrections before reuploading it. On the other hand, Nalewaynj uploaded a clip of Doucette justifying calling someone fake natty and argued how it’s problematic. Many in the bodybuilding community agreed with Nalewaynj.

Nalewaynj counters Doucette’s argument

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In the clip, Greg Doucette said that calling someone a fake natty is perceived as an insult. However, the person getting labeled as a fake natty has two options. The 48-year-old explained the person could either get offended or take it as a compliment. However, that is where Nalewaynj has a problem saying it’s a “cop-out” and justification for Doucette “potentially getting it wrong.”

 

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Is this a reference to the Paul Saladino fiasco? While Nalewanyj didn’t clarify that, he said the fake natty “compliment” is a double-edged sword. Although Coach Greg confidently makes his claims and supports them with extensive research, nearly all of it is visual, taken from old pictures or videos.

While Doucette breaking down blood work provides more tangible evidence, that only happens when the other person shares it online. Hence, Nalewaynj said that accusing someone of being a fake natty without concrete evidence might harm that individual’s reputation. Especially when the former IFBB Pro has millions of people following him on social media.

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The bodybuilding community agreed with Nalewaynj

Popular fitness content creator and natural bodybuilder Jeff Nippard commented on the Instagram video. “Yeah. Calling someone who is actually a natural a fake natty is obviously defamatory because you’re calling them a liar in an industry where trust is crucial. If you’re just trying to give someone a compliment, just say they have a great physique. LOL!” said Nippard. In the past few years, Jeff Nippard and Greg Doucette have clashed on the internet more than once and don’t agree on a lot of things.

Some fans praised Nalewanyj for presenting his perspective. “15 years later, Sean sticking to his value system of NO BS info, love it!” wrote one fan. One fan considered Doucette’s perspective but also agreed with Nalewaynj. “If someone publicly lies on your name, you don’t have to take it personally, but you should NEVER take that as a compliment,” wrote the fan.

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Another fan left a similar comment. “I actually would have had Greg’s opinion but I never thought of it like that. Good point,” the fan commented. Meanwhile, some dismissed Coach Greg. “So there are actually people that still listen to Greg Doucette? Wow!” one follower wrote. What did you think of the differing takes of Doucette and Nalewanyj? Tell us in the comments.

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