As the 2023 Mr. Olympia Weekend approaches, the bodybuilding world is buzzing with anticipation and excitement. With an incredibly competitive Men’s Open division, the event promises to be one for the ages.
In the absence of a dominant titleholder since the end of Phil Heath’s reign in 2018, the stage is set for a new champion to emerge.
In this article, we will delve into the insights provided by Alotaibi and explore the top 10 contenders for the 2023 Mr. Olympia.
The Unpredictable Men’s Open Division
The Men’s Open division in bodybuilding has never been more unpredictable and exciting.
Coach Abdullah Alotaibi’s Insights
He not only predicts the top contenders but also sheds light on his coaching philosophy and the unique attributes of his athletes.
Top 10 Predictions
Let’s dive into Alotaibi’s top 10 predictions for the 2023 Mr. Olympia:
- Winner — Brandon Curry
- Second Place — Samson Dauda
- Third Place — Derek Lunsford
- Fourth Place — Chinedu Andrew “Jacked” Obiekea
- Fifth Place — Hadi Choopan
- Sixth Place — Nick Walker
- Seventh Place — Hunter Labrada
- Eighth Place — Michal Krizanek
- Ninth Place — Nathan De Asha
- Tenth Place — Behrooz Tabani
Brandon Curry’s Preparations
Alotaibi mentioned that they had made a mistake by prioritizing size over detail in the past. He highlighted the importance of symmetry for Brandon Curry, emphasizing that he is not a “freaky” bodybuilder like Big Ramy.
Alotaibi revealed that Brandon Curry avoids using performance-enhancing drugs a week before contests, emphasizing the significance of a clean and drug-free preparation.
Age Is Just a Number
Despite being 40 years old, Alotaibi believes that Brandon Curry is not slowing down.
Alotaibi explained that Brandon Curry maintains his physique without the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout the year, only introducing them in the final weeks leading up to the Olympia.
Samson Dauda: A Rising Star
Alotaibi also shared his experiences training Samson Dauda, highlighting Dauda’s determination and dedication.
Symmetry vs. Freak Factor
Alotaibi is a strong advocate for bodybuilders with excellent shape and symmetry, as opposed to those with a “freak factor.”
Size Isn’t Everything
Alotaibi emphasizes that “bigger is not always better.” He points out that Samson Dauda’s ability to maintain fullness and aesthetics at a lower weight gives him a competitive edge.
He also mentioned that Brandon Curry is expected to step on stage at 240 pounds, 13 pounds lighter than his previous Olympia appearance, highlighting the importance of maintaining a balanced and aesthetic physique.
Challenges for Hadi Choopan
Alotaibi expressed concerns about Hadi Choopan’s recent physique developments, particularly the growth of his waist and imbalanced legs.
He believes that Hadi Choopan’s growth might have been detrimental, leading to a less aesthetic physique.
Despite his respect for Hadi Choopan, Alotaibi questions whether he can continue to put on muscle without compromising his aesthetics.
Nick Walker’s Sixth-Place Prediction
While Alotaibi has a positive view of Nick Walker’s potential, he predicts a sixth-place finish for him if all competitors are at their best.
Other Predictions in the Bodybuilding Community
Jay Cutler, along with Dennis James and Chris Cormier, predicts a win for Derek Lunsford, while Milos Sarcev backs Samson Dauda. The diversity of opinions among experts adds to the intrigue of the 2023 Mr. Olympia.
The Final Words
The absence of a dominant champion in recent years has led to increased unpredictability in the Men’s Open division.
The event promises to be a spectacle, with fans eagerly awaiting the outcome of this fierce battle for the Mr. Olympia title. Whoever emerges victorious will undoubtedly make history in the world of bodybuilding.