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Blessing Awodibu Will Skip 2023 Arnold Classic As He Focuses On Rest


Blessing Awodibu entered the 2022 Mr. Olympia with high hopes. A certified dark horse contender, some believe Awodibu will enjoy one of the better performances of his career on stage in Las Vegas, NV. However, Awodibu finished outside the top 15 while watching Hadi Choopan get his long-awaited moment of glory as champion successfully defeating Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay. Because of that humiliating performance, Awodibu seems to prefer to recalibrate first.

On January 10, 2023, Awodibu used his Instagram to announce that he will decline a formal invitation to the 2023 Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH.

Thank you very much[Arnold Sports Festival] for the invitation, one of my favorite shows of all time, but, unfortunately, I will not do Arnold [Classic] this year.

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Awodibu’s main reason for skipping the 2023 Arnold Classic is to focus on self-care before he tries to achieve any ambitious goals in the coming months. In discussing why he is leaving one of the top bodybuilding competitions, Awodibu did not ignore a single detail. The winner of the 2022 International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Indy and New York Pro contests, Awodibu noted that he felt his schedule last year was too full.

In the end, it seems to have a negative effect on his final performance and show the body of the 2022 Mr. Olympia.

“Leaving completely for almost three months after Indy and New York [Pro] Shows and travel really affected my Olympia prep negatively,” Awodibu wrote. “I really lost muscle, and I didn’t have enough time to replenish my body before the Olympia. So, now, I just give my body the time it needs to get back in shape before any prep. Expect a crazy comeback later this year. “

Awodibu is not the first big name to reveal that he will not compete in the 2023 Arnold Classic. Instead of diverting his energy to prepare for another contest, Derek Lunsford, the 2022 Mr. Olympia second-place finisher, revealed that he will also skip the Arnold Classic. However, he will spend his 2023 completely trying to finish the job at Olympia at the start of this new year. That competition will take place in November 2023 in Orlando, FL.

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As an elite athlete, it is understandable that many will admit that one needs time to recover rather than keeping the foot on the gas 99 percent of the time. Such a patient approach for Awodibu is theoretically unconventional, but it could pay off for him in spades in 2023.

Featured image: @blessing_awodibu on Instagram

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