“The Mutant” needs to be known as a two-time winner.
The 2023 Arnold Traditional is about to happen all through the weekend of Mar. 2-5, 2023 in Columbus, OH. One of many 10 confirmed bodybuilders competing within the Males’s Open contest is 2021 winner Nick Walker. Many followers are him as the favourite to win the competition, and each four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler and seven-time 212 Olympia champion Flex Lewis agree with Walker’s probabilities. In the meantime, Walker himself is expressing confidence by sharing a sequence of progress pictures with simply two weeks till he seems on stage.
On Feb. 14, 2023, Walker posted a photograph of himself revealing an outlined and vascular set of abdominals on Instagram. In following days, he additionally shared a facet chest pose photograph, in addition to a pic lifting up his shirt to carry out what he known as a “fast ab test after training hamstrings.”
Critics have beforehand knocked Walker for having what they name a “blocky” physique, which means he lacks symmetry and a slim waistline. His latest pictures, nonetheless, have acquired a justifiable share of optimistic feedback from his supporters.
Whereas the pictures are pretty self-evident, Walker hasn’t shared a lot else about his progress reminiscent of his present physique weight. He’s working with coach Matt Jansen, who helped him earn his first Arnold Classic win in 2021. Walker and Jansen went on to work collectively for that yr’s Mr. Olympia contest, the place Walker positioned fifth. That was his first Olympia as a competitor.
Walker and Jansen then went their separate methods briefly in 2022, however they reunited and labored collectively once more for the 2022 Mr. Olympia contest in Las Vegas, NV. Walker would enhance from his debut yr and place third — larger than 2019 Mr. Olympia winner Brandon Curry (4th) in addition to two-time Mr. Olympia Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay (fifth). Hadi Choopan would go on to win the 2022 Mr. Olympia title.
Out of the rivals within the 2023 Arnold Traditional subject, the one two males that Walker has but to defeat on an expert stage are, coincidentally, 212 rivals. Two-time 212 Olympia champion Shaun Clarida and 2019 Olympia 212 winner Kamal Elgargni are each making the bounce into the open for this contest. They are going to be dealing with Walker, and different high contenders, for the primary time. All 10 contestants shall be seeking to win the title, together with the $300,000 first place prize which was not too long ago raised from the 2022 contest’s $200,000 award.
Tickets to the Arnold Traditional and entry to the pay-per-view of the competition, supplied by Fanmio, may be obtained via www.arnoldsports.com.
Featured Picture: @nick_walker39 on Instagram