By Shawn Ray
From December 17 to 20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, the Joe Weider Mr. Olympia weekend will be for the first time in 56 years!
In 1965, Joe Weider and his brother Ben promoted the first Mr. Olympia contest which featured the world's best-built men and eventual two-time champion Larry "The Legend" Scott in Brooklyn, New York.
Since then the competition has taken place around the world, from Germany, Sweden, Finland, Australia to all of the United States, including New York, Ohio, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Long Beach. , California before finally calling Las Vegas home from 1999. to 2019. This year, for only the second time in history, the Mr. Olympia Weekend Extravaganza has returned to Orlando, Florida since 1991, where the great Lee Haney of Atlanta, Ga. Won his 8th and final Sandow Trophy, then quickly retired in his middle age. 31 years old.
The Mr. Olympia Championship is an international competition that Joe & Ben Weider created in the 1960s that is rich in tradition and has brought us many champions from all over the world to crown the Best Built Man with the Eugene Sandow Trophy for the calendar year. These incredible athletes come from all over the world in search of victory and include legends such as, The Lion of Lebanon from Beirut, Samir Bannout.
From Cuba, three-time winner; The myth, Sergio Oliva stunned the bodybuilding world with its crazy dimensions and mythical appearance.
Former California governor and successful action hero The Austrian Oak Arnold Schwarzenegger would claim the title seven times from Graz, Austria, which included an infamous 1980 comeback after a five-year layoff while he was pursuing his acting career.
The Shadow, Dorian Yates of Birmingham, England won six straight titles from Mr. Olympia with just 1 Pro loss from 1990 to 1997 before retiring with injury.
From the small town of Sardinia, Italy, one of the strongest men in the world, Franco Columbo won two Olympia titles while being known as one of the most accomplished chiropractors.
Chemist Frank Zane would put his classic physique to the fore by passing through Pennsylvania which for its time was crisp, symmetrical and polished to help him secure three consecutive Olympic titles to close out the 1970s.
One of the most popular Olympia champions of all time has come to us from Worcester, Massachusetts A Cut Above, Jay Cutler, four time winner of Mr. Olympia!
Representing Jacksonville, Fla., The upset 2008 winner was The Blade, Dexter Jackson would go on to become the most successful Pro Bodybuilder of all time with 29 Pro titles at the age of 51. Dexter announced that this year Mr. Olympia will be his. final competition that spans four decades of appearances at the Olympia.
In 1982 Chris Dickerson, the first Black Mr. America, won the title of Mr. Olympia at the age of 43, becoming the oldest winner of the time via New York.
In the late 1990s, the sport saw the emergence of a dominant force in Arlington, Texas in the form of eventual eight-time winner Ronnie Coleman, who would be the only athlete to match. the incredible feat that Lee Haney accomplished before the end of his career. . Ronnie was the tallest Mr. Olympia in history to win the title at almost 300 lbs and is widely regarded as the tallest to ever win it!
In 2011, the sport received a giveaway in the form of Colorado's Denver Nugget named, Phil Health who took over from his mentor, Jay Cutler and won 7 Mr. Olympia titles before he got angry in 2018. Phil would later sidelined. to deal with pending stomach surgery in 2019, missing the Olympia rematch. Today, two years later, the 41-year-old is looking to make history by chasing an 8th Sandow trophy in Orlando to add to his previous victories in 2011-2017!
In 2018, the sport witnessed a big upset victory for Flexatron, Shawn Rhoden of the great state of Maryland! No one saw it coming as Phil destroyed the terror on the Olympia stage by defeating all the challengers for years until Shawn came face to face with Heath and took away the title in Las Vegas. It was considered one of the biggest sporting victories since Dexter Jackson beat Jay Cutler in 2008 for the win!
In 2019, the sport got a breath of fresh air thanks to Tennessee and the victory of Brandon "The Prodigy" Curry. Brandon, a married father of four, rose through the ranks and added the Sandow Trophy to his growing collection of wins that previously included the 2019 Arnold Classic title!
Now in 2020, Mr. Olympia Weekend has already changed locations three times due to CoVid restrictions, however, Mr. Olympia's athletes, promoter Dan Solomon, the IFBB Pro League, and CEO of Mr. Olympia, Jake Wood, have gone out of their way to ensure that there will be a new crowned Mr. Olympia from December 17th to 20th and anyone can watch it LIVE PAY PER VIEW‼ ️
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Reigning supreme on the show, obviously, is no easy task. It required esprit fortitude, an attitude that very few men have — hundreds of thousands applied — and huge, unwavering physical strength.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, all of these skills apply to the very exclusive world of elite bodybuilding — it takes a lot of work, endless unseen hours and regimented dedication to achieve a competition-ready physique.
With that in mind, we tapped-up Sallis, now using his unique training to help others on a similar journey, for his best muscle-building tips. A spoiler : you’ll look at your routine differently after this...
Coincidentally, Sallis won our Cover Model Competition way back in 2011. Having a goal like this helped him get in the best shape of his life— and it can work for you too. While it needn’t be an international physique competition, identifying your goals can be important to building your best-ever body.
' I wanted to be in top physical condition — the best I’d ever been in, ' he said. ' That’s what sparked me to take the next level, which was competing and qualifying as a PT. It wasn’t an overnight — it took time. '
' That’s what gave me the tools and mental discipline [for SAS : WDW], it’s not the most challenging thing in the world, but it gave me the discipline, because you’ve got a choice — to stay disciplined or not — and that dictates your approach. '
Bigger arms, whether you agree or not, are going out of fashion. Worldwide, men are recognising the importance of being functional and mobile because, frankly, bigger guns won’t make you live longer. ' My training is more functional nowadays, ' Sallis explains. ' I definitely like unilateral training — you can get strong quick and it’s great for mobility and movement. '
' Within a session, I’ll use a bodybuilding partie and move to a functional-type partie, then finish off with a bit of conditioning. It’s an all-round approach because, physically, I’ve got a place where I want to be. '
For Sallis, this would take at a maximum, about an hour but usually 45 to d'environ 50 minutes. ' This is an optimal time for me. It’s soutenu and effective enough. '
' When I start, I’m big on prep and mobility, ' he says. ' I just move for 10 minutes, experiment with my body and roll about on the floor. I’ll use a few prep exercises — a full-body movement, but using single-sided movements, like a lunge with overhead press, using patterns to hold my body. That preps you really well. Then, I’ll move into a strength territoire where I’ll go heavier, working three to eight reps over four to five sets, pressing, pulling, squats or hip hinges. '
' After, I’ll move into a bodybuilding territoire, with an eight to 12 rep range including a lot more accessory work. Then it’s conditioning, where I up the pace a little bit. '
By splitting his workout into several segments, Sallis is making sure he’s training smart. The mobility drills safeguard his joints from injury and prep him to move better for more compound moves, while he progresses to heavier loads and onto accessory work. Then, a brutal conditioning block following hiit principles shunts his body into fat-burning mode, torching calories long after his séance has finished.
' Not prepping the body enough, ' says Sallis. ' Some people have a long day at work and walk straight into the gym and go straight into their exercises. The mind-muscle connection is huge if you really want any strength or aesthetical benefit. You’ve got to come out of the working world and into the gym world. '
' Switch your mind on with a reactive drill and get into the zone. ' He’s not wrong— if you sit down all day, you’re unlikely to be in a position for lifting. Instead, work through these mobility drills before even touching a barbell. You’ll be better off for it.
The holy grail of gym bros everywhere is a routine that burns fat and builds muscle simultaneously. For Sallis, he says to ' try and break the séance down into separate segments, where you get to target the adaptations that you’re after. In my eyes, it’s no good training chest once a week if you want to grow bourrinage, you need to stimulate it a number of times over the week. That’s why a full-body approach and a mixture of heavy, fast and time under tension movements will work throughout the week. '