The journey to the Olympia stage is marked by relentless dedication, rigorous training, and unwavering commitment to excellence.
As the bodybuilding world eagerly anticipates the 2023 Mr. Olympia, we delve into the preparation of Samson Dauda, a rising star in the Men’s Open category, and his recent collaboration with fitness influencer Sam Sulek for an intense chest and calves workout.
Samson Dauda: The Dark Horse Emerges
Samson Dauda, known as ‘The Nigerian Lion,’ emerged as a dark horse in the 2022 competitive season.
His ultimate goal is to dethrone the reigning champion, Hadi Choopan, and capture the coveted Mr. Olympia title on November 5, 2023.
Sam Sulek: The Rising Fitness Influencer
A prominent fitness influencer, Sam Sulek, has been making waves in the online fitness community.
Notably, he built a massive physique, weighing 240 pounds, at age 21.
His incredible muscle mass at such a young age has raised eyebrows, with experts speculating about his possible use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
However, Sam Sulek continues to grow and develop his impressive physique.
A Dynamic Training Duo
The session was an opportunity to assess their training chemistry and push Samson Dauda‘s limits as he prepares for the biggest competition of his career.
The Intense Training Session
Superset – Angled Calf Raises and Seated Calf Raises
This combination allowed for rapid progression and minimal rest between sets, priming the calves for the intense workout ahead.
Smith Machine Incline Bench Press
Incline pressing movements emphasize the upper pectoral muscles, a challenging area to develop.
The Smith machine‘s fixed trajectory ensured focused targeting of the upper chest, minimizing the involvement of stabilizing muscles and reducing the risk of injury.
Machine Incline Chest Press
The duo continued their chest workout with the incline chest press, utilizing an iso-lateral machine.
This variation added another layer of stimulation to their pectoral muscles, ensuring a comprehensive chest workout.
Pec Deck Flyes
This isolation exercise isolates the pectoral muscles, providing a different stimulus than pressing movements.
Several sets of pec deck flies further intensified their chest training.
Close Hammer Grip Dumbbell Press
The final exercise of the day was the close hammer grip dumbbell press.
This chest press variant adds variety to the training routine and is less strenuous on the shoulders.
It allows for adequate muscle stimulation with relatively lighter weights, contributing to overall chest development.
The Full Workout
In summary, the chest workout consisted of the following exercises:
- Superset: Angled Calf Raises and Seated Calf Raises
- Smith Machine Incline Bench Press
- Machine Incline Chest Press
- Pec Deck Flyes
- Close Hammer Grip Dumbbell Press
- A Glimpse into the Future
As they continue their respective journeys, they serve as reminders that the path to greatness is paved with sweat, determination, and partnerships that push boundaries.