The Mr. Olympia has come and gone and Jay Cutler has regained his title!! So many people said it couldn’t be done!! Jay was done, he was kapootz!! His leg and arm issues were very visible last year, and he simply couldn’t nail the conditioning that almost nabbed him a Sandow back in 01. Let me state my opinion of the top 5 at the O, how I felt they looked, and if I feel they deserved their placements!!
5th-Phil Heath. The gift suffered some nasty food poisoning sometime before the prejudging which caused him to flatten out significantly. He did bring his trademark conditioning and displayed awesome shape and lines, but it wasn’t until the next night at the night show that he was able to alleviate the mishap and show up looking way fuller, harder and more complete!!
4th-Kai Greene. Originally my pick to win the whole thing, Kai certainly didn’t disappoint. He brought his trademark freaky, grainy, striated self to Vegas ready for battle. Everyone who was there said Kai got harder and harder as the prejudging went on!! The man is a freak of nature. I feel he may have been a TAD harder at the Arnold, but I don’t know if that’s the case or if the lighting is just better at the Arnold? Either way, I had him ahead of Dexter out of pure freakiness and slabs of muscle on top of muscle!
3rd-Dexter Jackson. The blade brought his usual blend of symmetry, hardness and proportions to the stage, but something just wasn’t right about his physique to me. He never looks unbelievably freaky grainy like Branch or Kai or even Jay this year. He looked awesome, don’t get me wrong, but I had him in 4th.
2nd-Branch Warren. The biggest surprise of the year!! Branch trains like a complete maniac beast in the gym, and it paid off for him this year by nabbing himself second place to Jay Cutler. The last time these two stood head to head was at the 1993 teenage nationals overall with Jay winning the heavy’s and Branch taking the Lt. Heavy. It was Branch that took the overall 16 years ago. It must have been a nostalgic feeling for them both to stand side by side again 16 years later battling it out for 1st place. What about Branch’s physique? Freaky freaky freaky!! Branch had veins all over the place, hardness as if he was made out of cinder blocks, unbelievable legs and improved back and arms. Branch is a working mans bodybuilder, training like an animal to improve on the genetics god gave him!! He totally deserved his placement, and I hope he continues to come in looking like he did!!
1st place-Jay Cutler. Jay did it!! Not only did he improve on his 2001 conditioning, he bettered it!!! Jay is working with pre-contest guru Hany Rambod and utilizing his FST-7 system! Could that have been the missing factor for Jay’s winning combination of size, shape, proportions and conditioning? Could it have been his diet? Both? Who knows??? But I do know his leg issue seems to have improved dramatically. The man came in simply unreal, and he deserved his 3rd Mr. Olympia title!!
Disappointments. Victor Martinez was 6th and looked totally off. Very water logged and seemed as if his leg issue was more obvious than at the Arnold???
Dennis Wolf – I had the man in the top 5, but obviously he did the TOTAL opposite from last year and over carbed. He was very water logged and soft. I feel really bad for Dennis because I know he can become Mr. Olympia one day. He needs to go back to the drawing board and look to redeem himself next year!!
Shocks this year – Joel Stubbs holy wide Batman!!! Back in the day Joel tore both of his quads playing basketball. I know exactly how he feels cause I tore both quad tendons last December!! It’s tough coming back from an injury like that!! It looks like Joel’s upper quads and inner thighs/tear drop have a lot of mass on them. It’s the outer sweep that deters from his total look. His upper body is disgustingly wide and huge, with a lat spread that would make Ronnie Coleman run for the hills!!! If Joel can somehow make those legs grow he will climb the ladder!!!