After years of competing at the highest level of bodybuilding, and coming very close to capturing the title of Mr. Olympia, Hadi Choopan finally claimed the throne as the vaunted Mr. Olympia in December 2022. Leading the latest iteration of bodybuilding’s flagship competition. , the Iranian athlete has placed many top-level finishes, standing on the podium twice (2019, 2021) but never finished the job. Now, as Choopan looks to defend his first career Olympia title and enter the rare wind as a repeat winner, it seems he is wasting no time preparing for the next that glory.
On January 21, 2023, Choopan posted a photo on his Instagram showing a pumped chest and piston-like arms worth every profile of a defending Mr. Olympia. Given the aptly written caption “do it all over again,” it’s clear that Choopan is dead set on training and eating well to add another Mr. trophy. Olympia on her tablecloth.
With his long journey to the top of the narrative, and the reflective status of his peers like the two-time expelled Mr Olympia Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay, Choopan undoubtedly understands how weak an Olympia defense can be. In a game with various mammoth-like titans who seem to always shoot for the top and set their eyes on the prize, if one is the defending champion, there might as well be a giant target. behind them.
At the time of writing, it is unclear how Choopan plans to attack his off-season and preparation for the 2023 Mr. Olympia with almost nine months to go. However, one of his first public body updates on the 2023 calendar is a potentially illuminating insight into an athlete who is unlikely to rest on his laurels.
In the coming weeks and months, successive challengers for Choopan’s crown will, in all likelihood, continue to make their presence known. First, the 2022 Olympia runner-up in Derek Lunsford, plans to skip the upcoming 2023 Arnold Classic (AC), so he can prepare to beat Choopan on Nov. 3-5, 2023, in Orlando, FL. There’s also the third place 2022 Olympia finisher, Nick Walker, who, despite participating in the 2023 AC in early March, seems to believe he didn’t leave his best on stage in Las Vegas, NV, last December.
Considering the recent changes in the qualification of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League for the 2023 Olympia – which removed a previous comprehensive points system – a new battle-tested challenger may emerge beyond the Choopan push. It is clear that this edition of the competition can, not surprisingly, present itself as a gauntlet.
By the time the 2023 Olympia rolls around, it seems clear that Choopan will be ready to take the best shots from any of the contenders for his title. After all his hard work and dedication over the years, this doesn’t seem like a competitor ready to let go of his grip on greatness anytime soon.
Featured image: @hadi_choopan on Instagram
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