A stellar 2022 was solely only the start for Jacked.
In 2022, Chinedu Andrew Obiekea, a.ok.a. “Andrew Jacked,” burst onto the key bodybuilding scene. Throughout his Worldwide Federation of Bodybuilding and Health (IFBB) Professional League rookie yr, the Nigerian athlete made waves by profitable the 2022 Texas Pro and Arnold Classic UK. His performances have been so notable, bodybuilding legends like Ken “Flex” Wheeler believed him to be the future of the sport. When Jacked efficiently overcame established powers like former 212 Olympia champion (2019) Kamal Elgargni alongside the way in which and likewise notched an eighth-place end at his first-ever Mr. Olympia in December 2022, a shiny long-term outlook appeared inevitable.
With 2023 already in full swing, Jacked seems deadset on fulfilling his proposed “future.”
Throughout a Jan. 15, 2023, RxMuscle podcast episode, former skilled bodybuilder Dave Palumbo revealed Jacked is at the moment being trained by the esteemed Chris “Psycho” Lewis. The coach is probably most well-known for his work with the late Shawn Rhoden — who defeated the titanic then-reigning seven-time champion, Phil Heath, to win the 2018 Mr. Olympia. Lewis will now use his steering to assist Jacked maximize his upcoming 2023 Arnold Classic (AC) look.
As the subsequent steps of Jacked’s IFBB Professional League profession unfold, fellow coach Chris Aceto didn’t mince his phrases. He believes working with Lewis may unlock plenty of potential in Jacked’s total plans and ship a top-notch physique.
“I feel it’s a game-changer as a result of I keep in mind seeing an image of Andrew Jacked, I feel he was in Flex Lewis’ gym,” Aceto stated. “It was earlier than he had competed in one of many reveals that he gained. And he appeared good, you understand what I imply? However you are taking an actual look, you would possibly say, ‘God, he may be manner higher than he truly appears right here as a result of he’s superb in proportions. He’s bought the slender waist, slender hips, big thighs, wide shoulders.’”
As for the bodybuilders Jacked should overcome on the 2023 AC, there’ll assuredly be no scarcity of elite opponents. On the time of this text’s publication, former champions William Bonac (2018, 2020) and Nick Walker (2021) are confirmed to compete within the Mar. 2-5 contest in Columbus, OH. The defending champion, Brandon Curry, might unsurprisingly verify his rostered standing on the 2023 AC within the coming weeks.
In early 2023, relative Males’s Open newcomers in Derek Lunsford, Blessing Awodibu, and Michal “Križo” Križánek all introduced formal plans to skip the AC within the curiosity of relaxation whereas focusing their energies on improved particular person performances on the 2023 Olympia in November.
Many count on nice aggressive achievements from Jacked within the months and even years forward. It’ll take time and plenty of stringent effort, however he already seems to be taking proactive steps in confirming folks’s religion in his innate expertise.
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