The era of the “mass monster” defined bodybuilding in the ’90s and 2000s, with competitors like Dorian Yates and Ronnie Coleman typifying the look of the time. While trends change, it seemed like size was back in vogue when the near-300-pound Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay had a two-year Mr. Olympia run in 2020 and 2021.
However, according to Olympia judge Terrick El Guindy, more aesthetically pleasing bodybuilders like Andrew Jacked could overtake current mass monsters like Nick Walker in future shows’ scorecards. Check out his interview on the Prime Time Muscle YouTube show:
The Future of Bodybuilding Champions
In the lead-up to the 2023 Arnold Classic, many in the bodybuilding world had eyes on Nick Walker as the favorite to win. “The Mutant” finished third at the 2022 Mr. Olympia and had momentum leading into the show. However, Samson Dauda, who finished sixth at the 2022 Olympia, beat the heavy favorite, leaving Walker in the runner-up spot and Andrew Jacked in third.
On Prime Time Muscle, El Guindy explained that the recent rise of more aesthetically pleasing physiques puts pressure on competitors whose physiques are primarily competitive via their sheer mass.
“Once you have aesthetically pleasing guys moving up, you’re about to look like a box if you don’t have the lines,” El Guindy said. By “lines,” El Guindy is referencing muscle separation and the definition that comes with top-tier conditioning.
El Guindy made special mention of Andrew Jacked, Samson Dauda, Derek Lunsford, and Rafael Brandao as some of “the most genetically gifted guys” currently competing in the Men’s Open.
Aesthetics Vs. Mass
El Guindy added that if bodybuilders like Jacked and Brandao add mass to their backs, it could harken back to the ’90s when competitors like Flex Wheeler, Chris Cormier, and Shawn Ray were in their primes. If that happens, El Guindy believes those types of aesthetic physiques touting balance and conditioning would be “bad news for guys like Nick Walker and Michal Krizo,” who are both notorious for their unreal size.
According to El Guindy, Big Ramy’s Olympia run was positive for all mass monsters. However, if more aesthetic bodybuilders like Dauda continue to rise to the top, it’s a telltale sign of what the judges prefer.
Will this trend continue at the 2023 Olympia? Fans will have to wait until the show hits Orlando, FL, from Nov. 2-5 to find out.
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