IFBB Pro League Men’s Open bodybuilder Chinedu Andrew Obiekea, also known as Andrew Jacked, is changing coaches for his 2023 Arnold Classic prep. The contest is scheduled for the weekend of March 2-5, 2023, in Columbus, OH.
The 2022 Texas Pro winner and 2022 Arnold Classic UK champion will work with Chris “Physco” Lewis as his trainer and “The Technician” Chris Aceto as his nutritionist as he prepares for the 35th edition of one of the most prestigious contests in the sport. The news was first reported by RxMuscle.
Jacked previously worked with coach George Farah. Both Lewis and Aceto are familiar with championship-caliber bodybuilding. Lewis trained with 2018 Mr. Olympia, the late Shawn Rhoden. Aceto was also his nutritionist. Aceto worked with the four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler as he prepared to win the first two of his four Mr. Olympia titles and his three Arnold Classic wins from 2002 to 2004.
Jacked is coming off an eighth-place finish at the 2022 Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas, NV. Hadi Choopan became the 17th Mr. Olympia in history by winning the title at the Zappos Theater in Planet Hollywood. Jacked was added to the lineup after an invite from Arnold Classic promoters following the withdrawals of Charles Griffen and Blessing Awodibu.
Jacked won two of the first three shows of his pro career and is the 2022 Arnold Amateur winner, which is how he became a pro. No Arnold Amateur winner has ever gone on to win the Arnold Classic in the following year. Jacked would be the first man to do so since the Arnold Amateur’s inception.
Nick Walker, who won the Arnold Classic in 2021, will also be in the contest, as will two-time Olympia 212 Champion Shaun Clarida, 2019 Olympia 212 winner Kamal Elgargni, and Samson Dauda, who finished in sixth place at the 2022 Mr. Olympia.
Fans who want to watch the 2023 Arnold Classic in Columbus in person can do so by purchasing tickets through the Arnold Sports Festival website. Fans not in Ohio can purchase the pay-per-view that will stream the event live throughout the weekend, courtesy of Fanmio.
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