After the 2020 Mr. Olympia – What are the athletes up to?
This time of the year is usually the time where things are starting to heat up again as most athletes begin their preps for the Arnold after a couple months of ‘resting’. The Olympia would have taken place more than three months ago and we would all be getting ready to start the year off with the second biggest show of the world in March.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic seems like it’s going to stick around for a while and shows are being pushed back, leaving us with about five months of no shows all the way up until May when the Indy Pro takes place.
This time off is a good opportunity for bodybuilders to focus on having a long and successful off-season and trying to add more muscle that they may need.
For us fans on the other hand, it is no good news as it will be a while until we get to see our favorite bodybuilders prep for shows and compete again.
Lets take a look of what the top Mr. Olympia competitors are up to in their off-season.
Big Ramy: He was received as a national hero as he arrived in Egypt with the Sandow trophy. Big Ramy has been making appearances on national TV as well as hanging out with national celebrities such as celebrity chef Burak Özdemir and Liverpool FC superstar Mohammed Salah. He seems to be taking a well-earned period of rest after conquering the Mr. Olympia.
Brandon Curry: Immediately after the Olympia, Brandon took advantage of the fact that the event was celebrated in Orlando to take his whole family on a trip to Disneyland and Universal studios. He has been really focused since the Olympia on promoting and launching his new supplement company of which he is the co-founder alongside Mark Lobliner. Brandon has also launched his new gym, Carbon Culture.
Phil Heath: The question surrounding Phil has been whether or not we have seen the last of him on the Olympia stage. After winning 7 Mr. Olympia titles, he decided to come back having gone through months of surgeries to claim back his title. Phil ended up placing third. As usual, Phil hasn’t taken any time off and went right back into the gym following the Olympia. He is of course working on his companies, Phil Heath Labs and Gifted Athletics. Whether or not he plans to come back remains to be seen.
Hadi Choopan: The Iranian superstar as in 2019 had various problems obtaining a visa to arrive in the USA to compete at the Mr. Olympia. He arrived in Florida two days before the show, which didn’t give him enough time to get rid of the water retention from the flight. This prevented him from possibly placing higher. On Friday night he was fifth and on Saturday night judges had him placing second. The final result for Choopan would be fourth, one spot lower than last year. He was once again welcomed back home as a national hero and he will continue to be a threat to the title.
William Bonac: He was disappointed with his fifth place at the 2020 Mr. Olympia after placing second last. After winning the Arnold earlier in 2020, he was full of confidence to possibly win the 2020 title. However, after the event, William has remained positive spending time with his wife and children back home in The Netherlands. He recently signed with new sponsor Scitec Nutrition and opened a new gym called the William Bonac Fitness Temple. He will be back for sure.
Akim Williams: Akim surprised a lot of people placing in the top six and looking by far his best ever at the 2020 Mr. Olympia. He won the last 2020 qualifying show of the season, the Chicago Pro, and presented a fantastic physique, his best ever. He just signed with new sponsor MuscleMeds and was back immediately training hard and heavy with coach Oscar Ardon.
Iain Valliere: Another man that presented by far his best to date. Qualified after a highly controversial New York Pro win, right after placing second to Hunter Labrada at Tampa. This was a great year for Iain after placing seventh at the 2020 Mr. Olympia. After the Olympia Weekend, Iain went on a family trip to Mexico with wife and former Olympian Melissa Bumstead, brother in law and classic physique Mr Olympia Chris Bumstead and his girlfriend, former Ms. Bikini Olympia Courtney King.
Hunter Labrada: It was an incredible first season for Hunter. He won his pro debut in Tampa and placed eighth at the 2020 Mr. Olympia. Hunter is looking to have a great future in the sport of bodybuilding, just like his father Lee Labrada. He is back to training back in his home town in Dallas, Texas.
Dexter Jackson: It was the last show for the most successful bodybuilder to ever grace the competition stage. At 51 years old and after 29 professional wins, The Blade has decided to put an end to his great career. He has obviously been resting a spending some quality time with his family and friends. Be sure to see him back to training in the near future.
Justin Rodriguez: Great showing for ‘’The Nightmare’’ who qualified on points and managed to get a top ten finish at his second Mr. Olympia appearance. Immediately after the Mr. Olympia contest, Justin is back to training with coach AJ Simms and looking forward to the 2021 season.
Lukas Osladil: Just placing out of the top ten, having to settle for 11th. Things have been quiet on Osladil’s front, but be sure to see him compete at a number of shows in 2021.
Seung Chul Lee: Very good season for the South Korean who won the show celebrated in his country and put on a great show at the Olympia. The fans and judges immediately noticed him as he presented a very balanced physique. He is back to training immediately and is someone to look out for in 2021.
Maxx Charles: Very long season for Maxx who started his season at the Arnold in March and competed in almost every show of the season. It has been a exhausting season for Maxx and his coach Milos Sarcev. Some placings could have been higher for Maxx. Be sure to see him back on the competition circuit in the 2021 season.
Antoine Vaillant: The Canadian had to settle for a disappointing 14th place at the 2020 Mr. Olympia. Always presenting a well balanced physique, the bodybuilding world has surely not seen the best version of Regan yet. Antoine is very active on social media and is already publishing content showing that he is back to training. He will continue to improve for sure and this is just the beginning for him.
Regan Grimes: As it happened with Maxx, Regan had to compete a number of times in 2020 to earn his 2020 Mr. Olympia qualification. He wasn’t at his best and had to settle for 15th place. Surely putting this placing behind him, Regan has a great future in this sport. Adding more size to his well balanced physique, will surely earn him a better placing at the Mr. Olympia.
Juan Morel: Placing 16th at the 2020 Mr. Olympia was very disappointing for Juan Morel. Juan admitted after the show that he was not at his best, but at the same time did not want to let his fans down by not showing up. Juan has been extremely focused on his incredibly successful cookie company ‘’My Cookie Dealer’’ as it has grown tremendously. Like Brandon, he and his family went on a relaxing trip to Disneyland and Universal studios right after the big show. What the future holds for Juan, only time will tell.