by Matt Weik
After an incredible 5 212 Olympia wins in a row, Flex Lewis appears to be lining up all the rivals like bowling pins, after which knocking all of them down. Going into the 2017 Olympia, it’s onerous to see anybody knocking the reigning champ off his pedestal. That’s to not low cost the opposite rivals, it’s only a undeniable fact that Flex has a physique that over latest years can’t be overwhelmed.
If Flex comes into the Olympia on level, will he win?
Completely. I feel even when Flex is only a couple factors off that he can nonetheless safe the win. On the subject of competitors, Ahmad Ashkanani is in my thoughts his solely true menace doubtlessly. Positive, you could have guys like David Henry and a few others who all the time convey an incredible bundle, however on the subject of dimension, construction, and conditioning, Flex appears to have all of their numbers.
Ashkanani, coming off a powerful win on the Arnold Traditional in Columbus may have an actual shot relying on how he seems on stage and relying on if Flex can hit his mark or not. By way of dimension, I might nonetheless say that Flex has the higher hand. Flex is a bit of taller than Ashkanani and for my part, has higher construction. Flex’s legs are higher than Ashkanani, his arms are larger than Ashkanani, and his total presence is greater than Ashkanani. There numerous holes and gaps that have to be stuffed and plugged earlier than even Ashkanani can take the title from Flex.
If you take a look at Flex on stage with out realizing his top or weight, you’d think about he could be within the open division. He has big legs, insane calves, bouldering delts, and one of the best arms in your complete 212 division. Whereas Flex is not any Jose Raymond within the vascularity division, he has a pointy and detailed physique that I feel many admire on stage.
An space the place Flex is susceptible, although, could be his again. If you take a look at the rear lat unfold of Ashkanani versus Flex, it’s evening and day totally different. Ashkanani has probably the most insane backs in all the 212 class. Flex might need extra definition in his again, however Ashkanani has far more mass and width from the again. Even on sure photographs from the entrance you’ll be able to see a noticeable distinction within the lats whenever you examine the 2.
It could be nice to see Flex do extra within the business although. I really feel as if after exhibits he disappears and perhaps exhibits up at a couple of expos. He’s a humorous dude and is all the time making folks snort and I really feel as if that’s extra of what we’d like within the sport. I might be nice to see him doing a little movies, interviews, and so forth.
Prime 5 can be fascinating as all the time
Properly, when you’ve made it this far, you already know I’ve Flex successful and Ashkanani coming in second. That leaves three extra spots to spherical out the highest 5. So right here goes…
In third place, this 12 months I see Jose as soon as once more securing this putting. Jose all the time comes into the Olympia trying nice, tremendous vascular, tons of muscle, and will as soon as once more look nice on stage. The Boston Mass didn’t get his identify from being a tiny man. He’ll make his followers again residence and throughout the globe proud once more this 12 months.
In fourth place, I’m going to go along with David Henry. In my view, David has among the best physiques on the 212 stage, however because of not having the standard muscle that guys like Flex and Ashkanani have, he appears to get missed. Nevertheless, whenever you take a look at his physique, he has a loopy higher physique with an extremely tiny waist, and his form is pleasant to the attention. He’s not some tremendous vascular type of competitor with mounds of muscle, however that’s additionally to not say he’s “small” by any stretch of the creativeness. With David’s tiny waist, it accentuates the musculature of his higher physique and actually brings out his lats. And whereas he doesn’t have the largest legs on stage, they’re all the time separated with deep traces.
To spherical out the highest 5, I’ve final 12 months’s 4th place winner, Eduardo Correa sliding backwards into fifth. Wish to know why? I truthfully haven’t received a clue. Eduardo has an amazing physique, I simply really feel that David Henry has a greater one. David doesn’t have the whole bundle, however I additionally don’t really feel like Eduardo does both. Being that it’s my opinion that David is all the time missed, it’s for that cause that I really feel he’s going to make some enhancements within the low season and are available into the Olympia and bump Correa into fifth. I just like the move of David’s physique greater than Correa. However, on the finish of the day, my prediction of David and Correa’s placings may simply be flip-flopped.
How do you see the 212 taking part in out? Do you agree with my putting predictions or do you are feeling I’m means off? Tell us within the feedback and on social media!