Top 3 Bodybuilding Contenders to Watch in 2024

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The echoes of Derek Lunsford’s historic Mr. Olympia victory still reverberate in the world of bodybuilding, but the seasoned eyes of Olympia judge Terrick El Guindy are already casting their gaze toward the future.

In a recent YouTube video, Terrick El Guindy unveiled his top three picks for the most promising contenders in the 2024 season, offering insights into their potential, improvements, and the challenges they might overcome. 

Among these rising stars are Michal Krizanek, the promising newcomer Rubiel “Neckzilla” Mosquera, drawing comparisons to legends, and Rafael Brandao, the Brazilian powerhouse aiming for greatness.

Michal Krizo Krizanek: The Ascending Pro

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Terrick El Guindy’s first spotlight shines on Michal Krizanek, a relative newcomer who transitioned to the IFBB Pro League last year. 

Despite a modest debut at 12th place in his first Mr. Olympia, Michal Krizo’s trajectory has been nothing short of impressive.

Winning the 2023 Empro Classic Pro and climbing to seventh place in the subsequent Olympia showcased his rapid improvement.

“His physique is getting better. It’s more balanced, and his conditioning is improving,” notes Terrick El Guindy.

Predicting a continued ascent, he sees Michal Krizo evolving into one of the world’s best bodybuilders. The potential for greatness is undeniable, setting the stage for an exciting journey through the 2024 season.

Rubiel “Neckzilla” Mosquera: A Titan in the Making

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The emergence of Rubiel Mosquera onto the IFBB Pro League stage has been nothing short of spectacular. 

Transitioning from a rival federation to the NPC, Mosquera earned his Pro card and secured a remarkable third-place finish at the 2023 EVLS Prague Pro.

However, it’s his massive physique, particularly his legs, that has drawn comparisons to none other than Tom Platz.

Terrick El Guindy acknowledges Rubiel Mosquera’s incredible mass but provides constructive criticism, emphasizing the need for balance in his physique—more lats, upper chest, and improved conditioning. 

Despite these areas for refinement, Terrick El Guindy believes Rubiel Mosquera could potentially dominate a Pro show in 2024, highlighting the undeniable potential housed within Rubiel Mosquera’s imposing frame.

Rafael Brandao: Brazil’s Bodybuilding Pride

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Stepping into the limelight as Brazil’s torchbearer in bodybuilding, Rafael Brandao has already left a mark with his 10th-place finish at the highly competitive 2022 Mr. Olympia

Terrick El Guindy sees Rafael Brandao’s dedication to training and nutrition as the driving force behind his ascent. 

While Rafael Brandao opted out of the 2023 season, his promise of increased size, impeccable conditioning, and maintained aesthetics positions him as a contender worth watching.

“I believe Rafael Brandao will make some noise not only during the season but also has a chance to qualify for the Olympia and move up,” expresses Terrick El Guindy.

With top 10 credentials already under his belt, Rafael Brandao’s prophecy of becoming Brazil’s best bodybuilder may well unfold in the upcoming season.

Navigating the Path to Olympia

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The journey to the 2024 Mr. Olympia promises to be challenging, with adjustments to the qualification system. 

Abandoning the point system, the Olympia Qualification System now grants automatic qualifications only to the top three Mr. Olympia finishers.

Competitors aiming for the Olympia stage have until September 15 to earn their qualifications by triumphing in Pro shows.

As the 60th anniversary of the Mr. Olympia competition approaches in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 10-13, at the Resorts World, Las Vegas Convention Center, the anticipation builds. 

Terrick El Guindy’s keen insights have illuminated the paths of Michal Krizo, Mosquera, and Brandao, setting the stage for a thrilling 2024 season.

The bodybuilding world eagerly awaits the unfolding drama, where these contenders will strive to etch their names into the storied history of the Mr. Olympia competition.

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Maqsood Ali
Maqsood Ali
Maqsood Ali is a freelance writer, proofreader, English tutor, editor, and content strategist. He has over 06 years of experience, specializing in health, fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle content. Before becoming a freelancer, Maqsood held part-time staff positions at various companies and agencies, including Faizi Homeopathic clinic. Maqsood became heavily involved in CrossFit and fitness after finishing his Master's degree in English at the University of Okara. You can find his work at Tikkaykhan, GetSixpackab, and other fitness and nutrition companies and media outlets.
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