Dax Shepard says he’s taking ‘heavy testosterone’ to bulk up

Dax Shepard revealed in an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show last month that he had gained 25 pounds recently. He said that it he has always wanted to get big and that he had been hitting the gym and eating more calories. Dax wanted to be in a Marvel movie and said he hoped to be hired for one to give him an excuse to bulk up, but when Jimmy asked what character he wanted to be he said Elastic Man, which is DC. So Dax just wanted to get big. In an episode of his Armchair Expert podcast, Dax told Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis that he achieved his weight gain and muscle with the help of testosterone.

Dax Shepard… revealed on the latest episode of his Armchair Expert podcast with guests Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis that he’s gained 24 pounds of muscle during quarantine using “heavy testosterone injections.”

“Can I comment on the size of your biceps right now, Dax?” Kutcher pointed out during their discussion about cryptocurrency. “You’re getting Joe Rogan arms in there. It’s phenomenal! I mean, you look like He-Man right now.”

Shepard said he’s “gained about 24 pounds” by working out “six days a week, lifting heavy (weights), protein shakes, going bananas, (and) heavy testosterone injections.” The actor said he previously weighed “185 and now I’m 210.”

He added, “I spent my whole life as a medium boy, and now I’m a big boy and I like it.”

Kutcher and Kunis both expressed concern over his use of hormone injections. “I told you that you got to be careful with these testosterone injections,” Kutcher said.

According to Mayo Clinic, testosterone helps maintain men’s muscle strength and mass, but it can lead to a number of side effects, including stimulating noncancerous growth of the prostate and increased risk of forming a blood clot.

Shepard assured his friends that he’s “fine” because he’s only using the injections to take himself to his “28-year-old testosterone level,” noting that low testosterone runs in his family.

The actor added that the mental effects of testosterone outweigh the physical.

“Forget the body; mentally I love it because it makes me far more on fire to be alive,” he said of the injections. “I was depressed after (the 2017 film) ‘CHIPS.’ I was literally retiring, that was the plan. I’m out. Started taking testosterone… All of a sudden I was on fire to work. I was like, ‘I like this version.’ This is the version I enjoy.”

[From USA Today]

So he’s been using testosterone since 2017 due to depression and he’s just getting big now? Did he up his doses recently? I have questions. I had to google “is testosterone a steroid” because I wasn’t too clear on the difference. Healthline tells me that “steroids are a synthetic form of testosterone.” Testosterone injections given by a doctor are different than typical steroids though and they’re often prescribed for men in their late 40s, like Dax, who are having issues related to lower testosterone. Hopefully Dax is having his injections prescribed and his testosterone levels monitored by a professional. It does sound a little iffy, given what he’s disclosed about his addiction, but if it helped his depression that’s a positive thing. He looks good, but I thought he looked good before. I would find him attractive if I knew nothing about him.



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  1. Darla says:

    You’re getting Joe Rogan arms in there. It’s phenomenal! I mean, you look like He-Man right now.”

    OMG. Who in hell thinks of Joe Rogan when they think of big arms??? Especially in the age of superhero films? Ashton is such an asshat, I really cannot stand him.

    • Merricat says:


    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Bro talk… and Rogan has big arms proportional to his small body.

      I know a few men that took testosterone/synthetic steroids after their vasectomy… they said they felt a drop in testosterone, but really it was just not prioritizing gym time and keeping more snacks in the house for the kids. Their lab tests proved it wasn’t a hormone drop.

      Didn’t Dax get a vasectomy too?

      • detritus says:

        A vasectomy has no impact on hormone production tmk?

        Sounds like BS to cover the stink of doping.

        And it just reinforces that men who lift and bulky superheroes aren’t for appealing to women. It’s for appealing to other men

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        I only meant it was something men that had vasectomies would claim. That they felt less testosterone like their manhood was gone, but really they became sedentary parents of newborns, had junk food in the house and didn’t go to the gym as frequently.

    • wow says:

      HE was prolly giving a left handed compliment- I think it’s funny because Dax look super stupid w his big face & ‘roid body.

      • Esmom says:

        That was my fist thought, too, subtle shade. Dax looks scary to me. Definitely steroidal and I can’t see this ending phase ending gracefully.

      • Ellie says:

        In the header photo, he looks like the “guy trying to hold in a fart next to a cute girl in class” meme. So, terrible.

      • Chaine says:

        Right? He was not attractive to begin with and the added bulk on his face and nose especially now just makes him look kind of Neanderthal.

      • minx says:

        Never found him appealing but he seemed harmless. Now he looks menacing, like he could go off at any second and beat someone up. And the extra weight is not flattering at all.

      • Christine says:


    • Embee says:

      The look on Mila’s face says it all. Dude: don’t.

    • Christine says:

      I am on the floor! The obvious choice is Chris Hemsworth, for arms.

  2. Dss says:

    Very stupid idea….he is putting himself at greater risk for prostate cancer…,who gives a shit about his arms anyway.

  3. minx says:

    What a knucklehead.

    • ssb says:

      He’s ruining his face and the haircut is hideous.

      • TheRickestRick says:

        Holy cow, I just really noticed that how, very similarly to women these days who all get the same facial procedures now all look so alike, Dax’s face looks just like my acquaintance who also uses illegal steroids. They all get the exact same face!!! Its not a good look

  4. Ariel says:

    It is giving me red flag alerts- addiction, using testosterone for the good feelings.
    Seems sketchy.
    I hope it does not go poorly for him.

    • Steph says:

      Same. With his addiction, doesn’t this seem like another drug he is misusing?

      Also- it explains a lot about his contentious relationship with KB.

  5. SusanRagain says:

    Not a good idea, IMO.

  6. El says:

    From a biology teacher perspective, steroids are molecules with a 4 ring base. This includes cholesterol, sex hormones, and synthetic steroids.

  7. Mom2mom says:

    Looks like he and his friends skip leg day

  8. GRUEY says:

    He has that red-faced, bug-eyed, jacked-brain look that makes me find certain men uncomfortable to be around.
    I don’t listen to him but from everything ya’ll always write about him, he seems pretty erratic.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. I said above that he seems scary now. Scarier, I should say, since I have always found him off-putting.

      • rainbowkitty says:

        Yes. He comes off as someone who has anger issues. I don’t listen to him so I don’t know if he actually does, but his vibe is off. Like he could explode at any minute.

  9. Agreatreckoning says:

    Oh man..can’t believe I noticed this, but it looks like the string on his shorts is at an odd angle in the last picture.

    • SarahCS says:

      And I can’t believe I scrolled back up to check but I did and you’re right.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Haha! Is it a minor consolation that at least it’s not Piers Morgan or Trump’s areas?

  10. Abby says:

    Yikes this makes me nervous for him. I know it’s anecdotal but my husband had a friend die by suicide and the only thing that had changed in his life was starting t injections. Another friend’s 10-years-long marriage blew up all at once, 6 weeks after her husband started taking testosterone. It was completely out of the blue and he suddenly started dating someone else (since broke up), and everyone in his life (including his parents/siblings) were advising him not to leave his wife.

    I know that’s not the case every time someone takes testosterone but this just got me feeling worried for him and his family. I don’t think it’s a good idea to mess with testosterone without careful medical advice. It seems foolhardy in his case.

    • Jennifer says:

      Seconded. I’m pretty concerned at this. Dax seems like a nice guy, but I’m afraid he might go complete rage on this?

  11. girl_ninja says:

    He seems to replacing his addiction with a body building addiction. I wonder if the the injection is kind of like a pacifier for his former elicit drug use? I don’t know if he used needles in his past use.

    Also he’s skipping leg day.

    • lucy2 says:

      I wonder the same, if it’s replacing one addictive behavior for another. Exercise and fitness is great, but this seems…excessive.

    • North of Boston says:

      Yup, that was my thought as well. It may not be “substance abuse” in the way his prior alcohol/illicit drug use was, but from how he looks and how he talks about it, it sounds entirely like addict behavior.

      He’s diving into this “bulk up” thing INCLUDING taking a substance to enhance it. It just seems like yet another way to knock your life out of balance. And he’s found a group of guys who are into the same thing, forming a kind of sub-culture that reinforces the more more more approach.

      It reminds me a bit of when someone has an eating disorder that causes them to become overweight and then who loses weight to no longer be fat, but still has a raging eating disorder that’s just getting expressed in a different way, with a different set of dysfunctional behaviors. Or when someone is part of an extreme religion, gets out and breaks away from it, but then throws themselves headfirst into a MLM thing.

  12. MF1 says:

    Yeah, I hope he’s got a doctor looking after him because this seems risky. At least he’s exercising, which can really help with depression and mental health issues.

    As an aside, I think it’s kinda sad that a lot of men are so obsessed with getting big in the gym. I’m all about fitness, and I like a man who looks like he takes care of himself, but a lot of them start to look unnaturally bulky when they spend this much time working out.

    • lucy2 says:

      Personally I don’t find the overbulked up look attractive either. There’s a lot of guys around here who do that, some to the point where they can barely move their arms, and it looks ridiculous, imo. To each their own, but that look is usually an immediate turn off to me.

  13. detritus says:

    So uh, he has anger issues it seems (depression and anger are linked) and he’s doping with test?

    This seems like a bad call all around.

    He’s another Hollywood guy who seems to be using therapy to get the right words to cover his mess up. Not actually stop being a mess.

    • Lauren says:

      You cannot assume someone has anger issues just because they have depression. Is anger a symptom for *some* depressed people? Sure (mostly children and adolescents), but there’s a much stronger link between depression and addiction.

      • detritus says:

        I don’t assume, it’s because he has said he has anger issues.

        He also has depression and according to his own accounts seem to use when he’s down or angry, that’s where the link is. Notice how I didn’t say all depressed people are angry.

  14. Murphy says:

    This will end well.

  15. faithmobile says:

    So many red flags here.

  16. Soupie says:

    Pass. I liked the way he looked on Parenthood. And isn’t testosterone supplementation dangerous? Even when monitored.

  17. iconoclast59 says:

    News of an affair in 3…2…1…

    You can argue about the health benefits all you want, but it’s been my observation that when a man entering middle age starts getting ripped, he’s looking around to see what’s out there (or has found someone and wants to buff up to seal the deal).

    • minx says:

      Yep. Those two always seem on the verge of splitting up anyway, and now this?

    • North of Boston says:

      Doesn’t he already have a too close for just being colleagues relationship with his podcast producer?

      Though, TBH, this really seems like just an expression of whatever dysfunction that drove his prior substance abuse/addition. If he winds up having an affair it will just be another symptom of the root dysfunction, not the reason for this bulking up obsession.

    • Granger says:

      Yeah, exactly what I was thinking. I know too many middle-aged men who’ve done this. Also almost as many who regretted it down the road.

  18. SarahCS says:

    He doesn’t look particularly happy in any of those pics. None of this is painting a good picture.

  19. Lory says:

    He is an addict. Addicts are forever addicts. If he is in any kind of program, or under a doctor’s care for his addiction, he would be advised against this.

  20. Twin falls says:

    “Forget the body; mentally I love it because it makes me far more on fire to be alive,”

    This is a high from which he will inevitably crash.

  21. Meg says:

    I fear hes replacing his addiction with testosterone injections and working out. Its still addictive behavior just changing what hes addicted to. Many get hooked on working out in rehab. Ive met many people at gyms with addictive controlling approaches to working out and diet

    • Cacec04 says:

      Yep. I worked at a rehab for awhile and had a guy who ended up relapsing on opiates after going down the exercise>gym rat>steroids route. He got just as obsessive and started neglecting other responsibilities in his life over working out as he did when he was using. Dax strikes me as someone who is always looking for the next fix

  22. Stellainnh says:

    He has traded one addiction for another.

  23. MC2 says:

    I am surprised to see so many down on hormonal replacement therapy. We had to fight for the medical professional & society to see that, yes, hormones are a legitimate medical issue &, yes, women deserve to be treated for hormone shifts so they can lead healthier, happier lives. He was suffering from depression, lowered testosterone runs in his family & a doctor prescribed it.

    • North of Boston says:

      Hormone replacement treatment for medical issues is one thing. Taking hormones so you can get big arms is … not that, even if you find a doctor who goes along with the idea.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Andropause is a legitimate condition and can be alleviated by hormone replacement, but shooting yourself with roids is not the way you control it. And too much steroids will dramatically affect your mood (and reduce the size of your genitalia; talk about looking “manly”!)
      It’s like claiming you’re sensitive to certain food to hide your eating disorder: you’re using a legit condition to cover your issues so that it’s socially accepted

  24. Ann says:

    He’s always had a man child thing going on right? Now he’s full of hormones like a teenager. I know testosterone is used as treatment and is legit with certain diagnoses, but I’m picturing back zits and pitching inconvenient tents. Plus the BO. And the constant horniness. I’m probably totally wrong but that’s the picture I’m seeing. Dax Sheppard’s puberty 2.0. Have fun with that Kristen.

  25. Stan says:

    From Mayo Clinic: “Although some men believe they feel younger and more vigorous if they take testosterone medications, there’s little evidence to support the use of testosterone in otherwise healthy men. Guidelines from the American College of Physicians indicate that testosterone therapy might improve sexual function somewhat in some men, but there’s little evidence that it improves other functions, such as vitality and energy.”. He has an addiction and personality prob!ems, not a T-count problem. (His trainer, pictured above, must be furious that he has told the world they use steroids to bulk up. Not great for business.)

  26. Stan says:

    Just as bad, he posted on Instagram a video of him and his 8-year old daughter singing as they drove in their RV. The 8-year old is in the front seat. Doesn’t look like she’s wearing a seatbelt, but it could be the angle. So much for not wanting the kids to be shown in publicly, but it’s also illegal to drive with a child in the front seat. These are some of the most entitled people you ever want to see. Truly awful.

    • anon says:

      @Stan I just went and looked at that video and you can see both her shoulders briefly and she’s not wearing a seat belt.

  27. Valerie says:


  28. dina says:

    it feels like i SHOULD find him attractive, but… no. he’s off-putting as hell

  29. Tiffany :) says:

    This reminds me of the King of the Hill episode where Peggy starts slipping Hank testosterone.

  30. Kkat says:

    I have to give my youngest son testosterone injections because his is too low.

    You don’t start bulking up until your numbers are high and you use a large amount.
    If he were low, he would not be bulking up.
    That doesn’t happen til your numbers are normal and you take them abnormally high.

    It is one of the ones body builders use, it just doesn’t have that effect on someone with low numbers.

    My son is actually losing weight as his numbers rise.

  31. Jayna says:

    He looks awful. He had a pleasant, likable face before. Now his face just looks punchable. I get getting into being buff, but he’s gone too far. I liked his lean look.

  32. TheRickestRick says:

    Ryan Hansen, the one with the hat in the last picture? Him I like. Party Down, excellent show.

  33. Ry says:

    Off topic af. But I get annoyed by dudes always trying to bulk up
    I’m still trying to shed the ‘Rona 15.
    Listen, come to my house and I will bulk the shit out of you up. No joke. One meal with my mother and you’ve officially achieved your goal. Even your wife would agree with something you did for a change

    I hate editing

  34. cabooklover says:

    I think most addicts replace one addiction with another. Some become super religious, others turn to smoking. It’s like Demi Lavato being California “sober.”

  35. You Know Me says:

    He Is So Nasty. Inside & Out

  36. You Know Me says:

    Also — nobody does leg day? Yeesh.