by Matt Weik
Nobody has actually thrown out any speak in regards to the Olympia simply but, so I figured I’d begin the social gathering a bit early and provides my predictions. There’s lots that went on on the 2016 Olympia which ought to excite many coming into the 2017 Olympia prep. Phil is clearly going to be again to defend his title, however are there any bodybuilders on the market who’re in a position to dethrone him? Let’s first lay out my prime 5 predictions after which get into some dialogue about every.
High 5 Predictions:
1. Phil Heath
2. Shawn Rhoden
three. Dexter Jackson
four. Massive Ramy
5. Cedric McMillan
Six-time Mr. Olympia winner, Phil Well being, for my part is on his strategy to take house quantity seven. Assuming he can are available in and nail his conditioning and avoid any accidents, I don’t see anybody on stage proper now who can beat him. Many have mentioned that Kai Greene is the one one who can knock Phil off, however to be trustworthy, I’m not so certain I imagine that anymore. Phil, as I see it proper now, has the very best physique in bodybuilding and stands alone—he’s the whole bundle. I can solely hope that somebody can step up and provides us a present just like the previous Phil and Jay days.
If Phil is available in a bit off, it may fairly frankly open the door for Shawn to step in. Shawn has a type of freaky physiques that stands out on stage. Nice muscularity with sharp conditioning and a tiny waist. When he hits his conditioning, he has a number of the greatest and most outlined abs within the line-up. It’s exhausting to not think about him going toe to toe with Phil once more this 12 months, solely to fall brief for an additional 12 months.
Do we actually even want to clarify this one? Dexter is a risk in each competitors he exhibits up for. His conditioning and look appears timeless and actually hasn’t modified within the final a number of years. Whereas his midsection has bought a bit wider, it was on the expense of including on extra high quality mass to have the ability to stand subsequent to guys like Phil and Shawn and never look small. Dexter is a vampire of the game and doesn’t appear to age. In actual fact, yearly he provides a brand new dimension to his physique with out shedding sight of the conditioning he’s so well-known for. Whereas I don’t imagine we’ll ever see Dexter as an Olympia winner once more, he sure deserves to be on stage and within the prime 5.
The person who is alleged to be the subsequent Mr. Olympia simply can’t appear to nail his physique. Yearly it looks like one thing is off with it. Slotting Ramy into 4th is perhaps me being gracious. After Massive Ramy parted methods with Chris Aceto, I nearly had a way of the “previous” Ramy coming again the place he was only a large, large, mass of muscle with not the best conditioning. IF Ramy comes into the Olympia trying just like the older model of himself, we’d see him slip into fifth and even out of the highest 5 probably. There are too many rivals today who’re coming into large exhibits utterly diced. In 2016, I believed we noticed the very best model of Ramy so far. If he can get again to that conditioning whereas sustaining his dimension, Ramy may even transfer up within the checklist and slide into third. However, I’m simply undecided what to anticipate from Ramy this 12 months since we haven’t seen him on stage, plus, he had surgical procedure throughout the low season as effectively. Kuwait has been very type to him and he’s completed some superb issues over at Oxygen Fitness center, however solely time will inform the conditioning he can obtain with out Aceto in his nook.
It actually pains me to have Cedric within the quantity 5 spot since he’s one in every of my favourite bodybuilders proper now. Final 12 months he positioned seventh behind Winklaar and Bonac. But, this 12 months he took house the Arnold Basic title and received over followers throughout the globe along with his put up win interview with Arnold. To not point out his mid-performance selfie with The Oak, himself. I’m certain a lot of you is perhaps questioning how I may slide Cedric into fifth when he positioned behind two different rivals final 12 months, and each of these rivals had superb physiques. Right here’s my take… Cedric is every thing this sport must survive. He has an excellent physique, he doesn’t rock the boat, he has a humorousness, and he’s every thing the game of bodybuilding wants to remain fascinating. He’s additionally a tremendous ambassador to the game, extra so than many different rivals for my part. I imagine he will likely be given (key phrase being “given”) the quantity 5 spot. Everyone knows that there’s a bit behind the scenes politics occurring within the business, so it’s my thought that he’ll are available in fifth.