Awodibu needs to take a step again earlier than he embarks on his subsequent Olympia journey.
Blessing Awodibu entered the 2022 Mr. Olympia with excessive hopes. A certifiable darkish horse contender, some believed Awodibu would get pleasure from one of many higher performances of his profession on the Las Vegas, NV, stage. As a substitute, Awodibu completed exterior the highest 15 whereas watching Hadi Choopan get his long-awaited second of glory because the champion who efficiently beat Mamdouh “Large Ramy” Elssbiay. Within the wake of such a humbling efficiency, it appears Awodibu would like to recalibrate first.
On Jan. 10, 2023, Awodibu used his Instagram to announce that he could be declining a proper invitation to the 2023 Arnold Basic in Columbus, OH.
Enormous due to the [Arnold Sports Festival] for the invite, one in every of my all-time favorite exhibits, however, sadly, I can’t be doing the Arnold [Classic] this 12 months.
Awodibu’s foremost rationale for stepping down from the 2023 Arnold Basic is specializing in self-care earlier than he can actually attempt to obtain any formidable objectives within the coming months. In discussing why he’ll forgo one in every of bodybuilding’s prime competitions, Awodibu didn’t overlook a element. The winner of the 2022 Worldwide Federation of Bodybuilding and Health (IFBB) Indy and New York Professional contests, Awodibu famous that he felt his schedule final 12 months was too jam-packed.
In the end, it appeared to have a detrimental impact on his eventual efficiency and offered physique on the 2022 Mr. Olympia.
“Going off utterly for nearly three months after the Indy and New York [Pro] exhibits and touring actually affected my Olympia prep negatively,” Awodibu wrote. “I positively misplaced some muscle mass, and I didn’t have sufficient time to fill out my physique earlier than the Olympia. So, proper now, I’m simply giving my physique the much-needed time to carry my form again earlier than any prep. Count on a loopy comeback later this 12 months.”
Awodibu just isn’t the primary notable title to disclose he wouldn’t be competing within the 2023 Arnold Basic. Quite than divert his vitality on preparation for one more contest, Derek Lunsford, the 2022 Mr. Olympia second-place finisher, revealed he would additionally skip the Arnold Basic. As a substitute, he’ll be spending his 2023 completely on attempting to complete the Olympia job initially of this new 12 months. That contest will happen someday in November 2023 in Orlando, FL.
As an elite athlete, it may possibly understandably be so much to confess one wants time to recuperate reasonably than maintaining the foot on the fuel 99 p.c of the time. Such a affected person method for Awodibu is theoretically unconventional, but it surely would possibly repay for him in spades in 2023.
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