Liver King with syringe injections

Liver King Is Back on ‘Roids

But this time, he’s doing it right.


ncestral living obsessive Brian Johnson, also known as Liver King, was embroiled in scandal earlier this year after YouTuber Derek Cole leaked emails exposing his $10,000 a month steroid bill. Shortly after, Johnson publically swore off steroids and dubbed the new, natty version of himself, Liver King 2.0. 

Since then, his 30, 60, and 90-day natty updates have garnered thousands of views on Instagram and TikTok. When he was on steroids in December, he clocked in at around 202 pounds. After cycling off gear, he lost around 20 pounds of muscle mass.

Now Johnson is back on steroids—but this time he’s going to a physician for testosterone replacement therapy, a legit treatment to maintain normal hormone levels as he ages. In a YouTube video, Johnson says that he’s applying testosterone cream three times a week and taking growth hormone—all prescribed by his doc—to combat the muscle loss he noticed once he went natural after years of over-the-top anabolic steroid use.

“The modern world, with all its imperfections, offers great utilities to optimize further,” Johnson writes in a “confessional” on his blog. “I’ve made my ‘natty’ point, proud AF doing so, and I’m gonna live my life by my terms.”

The Difference Between Steroids and TRT

Several viewers criticized Johnson for—once again—seemingly giving up on his “primal” lifestyle by getting back on steroids. But his current treatment is vastly different from his previous gear. 

It’s true that testosterone is an anabolic steroid—a type of hormone involved in muscle growth. However, taking testosterone prescribed by a doctor isn’t the same as anabolic steroid misuse—often dubbed “gear” or “juice”—that is common amongst bodybuilders. 

TRT is prescribed to men who are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone—like muscle loss, weight gain, fatigue, and low libido—and boosts their levels back into a normal range. TRT doses are typically much smaller than doses used by guys who are misusing anabolic steroids (typically 10 to 100 times greater). And DIY-ing your steroid protocol without a physician isn’t safe or legal. 

If you suspect that your testosterone levels are low, Hone’s at-home hormone assessment kit can help you find answers without leaving the comfort of your couch. After you complete and mail in your kit, one of Hone’s partner physicians will assess if you’re a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy. 

Hone’s at-home testosterone assessment is the simplest way to uncover whether your levels are low. If you qualify for treatment, TRT can be sent right to your door.