In professional bodybuilding, the Mr. Olympia competition is the pinnacle of achievement. It is the stage where the world’s most elite athletes gather to showcase their extraordinary physiques, hoping to etch their names in the annals of bodybuilding history.
In a YouTube video published on October 4, 2023, these two bodybuilding titans shared their intense delt-focused workout and offered insights into their journeys, strategies, and aspirations.
This article delves into their workout routine, individual stories, and shared pursuit of excellence on the Olympia stage.
Brandon Curry: A Journey to Redemption
Brandon Curry, a formidable Men’s Open Bodybuilding figure, has seen his career reach remarkable heights.
With his aesthetic shape, round muscle bellies, and sculpted back, he made history in 2019 when he clinched the Mr. Olympia title—that season marked Brandon Curry‘s zenith in the sport, where he exhibited an exquisite blend of size, separation, and conditioning.
However, the path to bodybuilding glory has its challenges. Last year, in the 2022 Mr. Olympia, Brandon Curry took fourth place, leaving him hungry to return to the top spot.
He knows that becoming Mr. Olympia requires a unique combination of dedication, talent, and strategy, and he has already tasted the sweet victory of holding that title once before.
Terrence Ruffin: The Classic Physique Phenomenon
Terrence Ruffin, in contrast, has made a name for himself in the Classic Physique division.
However, he rebounded spectacularly by securing the gold medal at the 2023 Dubai Pro.
As he prepares to face the reigning Classic Physique champion, Chris Bumstead, once again, Terrence Ruffin has chosen to test his mettle at the upcoming Legion Sports Fest Pro.
The Delt-Focused Workout: A Glimpse into Their Dedication
The workout included a variety of exercises designed to target different parts of the deltoid muscles:
Bent-Over Single-Arm Cable Lateral Raise (5 sets)
This exercise, led by trainer Amer Kamra, emphasized maintaining proper form and achieving a full range of motion.
Curry stressed the importance of stretching the deltoid muscles, a facet often overlooked in delt workouts.
Machine Single-Arm Rear Delt (5 sets)
Transitioning to the rear delt machine, Curry and Ruffin aimed to maximize shoulder development. Groups of 12-15 reps pushed them to the brink of failure.
Machine Lateral Raise (3 sets)
They used the lateral raise machine to focus on the side deltoids.
Ruffin’s final set was particularly demanding, targeting both his side deltoids and traps.
Seated Shoulder Press (3 sets + 1 drop set)
Plate-loaded shoulder presses followed, with three regular sets and a drop set.
This segment showcased Curry’s remarkable strength, completing 15 reps with heavy weights and then a 12-rep drop set.
Cable Rope Front Raise (4 sets)
Returning to the cable machine for rope front raises, they worked on their front deltoids while discussing the challenges of balancing bodybuilding with family and other responsibilities.
Dumbbell Lateral Raise (3 sets)
The workout concluded with classic dumbbell lateral raises, gradually increasing the dumbbell weight to pump up their upper bodies.
Training Philosophy and Insights
Curry highlighted the significance of stepping away from distractions to focus on his craft, acknowledging that he struggled to balance family and bodybuilding commitments.
He emphasized that he remains committed to the sport and enjoys the journey as long as his body responds positively.
Looking Ahead to the 2023 Mr. Olympia
The competition is scheduled for November 2 to 5 in Orlando, Florida.
Their delt-focused workout showcased their physical prowess, mental fortitude, and unwavering commitment to their craft.
As the 2023 Mr. Olympia draws near, the bodybuilding world eagerly awaits the showdown between these two extraordinary athletes, each determined to etch their name in the annals of bodybuilding history.