The first month of 2023 is not even over yet, and Chinedu Andrew Obiekea, aka “Andrew Jacked,” is already keeping his schedule packed. The eighth place finisher of the 2022 Mr. Olympia followed that excellent top-10 performance by diving head-first back into her training and nutritional plans. Part of the former note is connected to Jacked’s recent revelation that he will begin working with a new trainer, Chris “Psycho” Lewis. The trainer is perhaps best known for his time working with the late 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden. Judging by a recent update, Lewis seems to be unlocking Jacked’s full potential.
On January 26, 2023, Jacked posted a photo on his Instagram where he flexed his ripped chest and arm muscles. An overview of Jacked’s feed up to this point in 2023, this is the first fairly comprehensive look the bodybuilder has offered at where his body has stood over the past few weeks.
“When the hoodie comes off … the chest and triceps work! … The training seems to be going really well.”
With the 2023 Arnold Classic (AC) on the horizon in March, this could still bode well for Jacked’s prospects in the big competition.
While there is a stacked cadre of competitors on tap for the 2023 AC, that doesn’t appear to be a daunting gauntlet for Jacked.
Certainly, a field that, at this time, has two-time AC winner (2018, 2020) William Bonac, two-time Mr. Olympia champion (2020-2021) Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay, and Nick Walker (another former AC winner from 2021) can be intimidating at first glance. However, in this case, if Jacked is to get what could be the biggest win of his career in Columbus, OH, on March 2-5, 2023, he will likely have to knock off a bunch of elites. same age. From that point of view, beating stars like Bonac, Elssbiay, and Walker would be a great fortune because it would speak to, and validate, Jacked’s painstaking work in his preparation.
The athlete maintained a lot during the recent Jan. 25, 2023, interview with Muscular Development while breaking down his feelings about his new training regimen and setup. Jacked also works with Chris Aceto, an experienced bodybuilding coach and consultant with 111 victories on the stage spread among his clients over the years.
“I like to work with people together,” Jacked explained about what lies ahead in his prep work for the 2023 AC and other competitions in the calendar year. “I think things will go very smoothly. she [Chris Aceto] said cool, so I’ll walk with him for Arnold [Classic] … Aceto, ‘the true technician.’ He is a wonderful man. Well, both of them and Chris. I work with Chris [Aceto] and Chris [Lewis]. They are both amazing people to begin with. Amazing. It’s all business and not brotherhood or friendship or anything.”
Obviously, Jacked’s ambitions seem entirely valid based on the focused, hands-on attention and guidance he’s currently receiving. At the very least, his pair of trainers gave him confidence for the journey ahead.
“Even ‘Psycho’ [Lewis], I told him, ‘Bro, I need a drill sergeant, not a brother,’” said Jacked. “And he [Lewis] like, he wants the same, too. We are training and we are going. There is no time to chitchat, smile, whatever. No. We’re in it for business and that’s exactly what I want. Aceto did his thing too, and I was like, ‘Yeah, well, it’s awesome.’ “
An important year in Jacked’s career awaits him. He may have put himself on the map with individual wins at the 2022 Texas Pro and 2022 Arnold Classic UK, but it’s easy to see that he wasn’t satisfied with an early highlight reel. Working alongside two elite trainers and putting one of bodybuilding’s most important competitions in his crosshairs speaks to the legacy Jacked wants to create. He seems to want to be special, and such a strong mentality goes into a game with intense commitment.
Featured image: @andrewjacked on Instagram
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