Ok...it’s late, i work tomorrow...but this is a post that must be made before i sleep.
i have said that my review of the top 2 of the 2018 olympia will happen not here, but on youtube. this is still true. but that video won’t be made for several days. so i have to say this here and now: @flexatronrhoden is mr. olympia. period. @philheath is a 7x mr. olympia. period.
nothing can take these things away! so...to people writing things like #notmymrolympia, yeah...shawn is! that’s the reality. live in reality!!!
and to those hating on him, or on phil...what’s the point? these men are both amazing bodybuilders. both showed up last weekend trying their best to win. they busted their a***s to be the best they possibly could be. and if your favorite won, or your favorite lost...guess what? neither man “sucks”!!! geez!!!! you don’t go home with a sandow...once or seven times...s*****g as a bodybuilder! you don’t end up 2nd in the olympia s*****g as a bodybuilder! shawn didn’t s**k in 2016, and phil doesn’t now!
you can disagree with the majority of the judges at the 2018 olympia, or you can agree with them...but don’t hate of shawn or phil simply because you like one or the other more. it’s simply asinine and illogical. just be inspired. and then aspire. aspire to be better. aspire to be your best!
and, shit...don’t say s****y things to me because you don’t like a photo i posted. scroll the f**k pass! i read so many ignorant comments post olympia (this year and especially last year) that i find myself tempted to be ignorant back. and i don’t like that. i’d like to read the comments on my posts and “like” them and converse back....but i’m tempted to disable the comments more and more. i could just not read them, but then i’d miss the ones from friends.
so...just be cool. sometimes all it takes to be cool is to be silent.
now...enjoy this photo by @baileyimage of our 2018 mr. olympia shawn rhoden. this pose, and this physique...simply sublime! #shawnrhoden#philheath#mrolympia#lesshatemorerespect#beafan#bodybuilding#bodbuilder#bethebiggerperson#thisisbodybuilding
This is the ever improving back double biceps pose of big @stevekuclo at last weekend’s mr. olympia. at 6’ tall steve had a stage weight of 284 pounds! he is enormous! pix don’t really do him justice! next to @big_ramy, steve was probably the widest guy on that stage! in person, he is incredibly impressive! he placed 10th...i would have had him a little higher in the single digits. he’d made significant improvements for the 2018 arnold classic where he placed 5th in a show where i had him in 4th. for this show he made improvements on that package! he’s still young and more importantly...he’s healthy and hungrier than ever. next year will only be better!
photo by @jeffbinns for @npcnewsonlineofficialpage. #stevekuclo#olympia#bodbuilder#bodbuilder#bethebiggerperson#thisisbodybuilding
It was an amazing experience for me personally to witness @brandon__curry place in the top 5 of the 2018 olympia, automatically qualifying for next year’s show. an amazing experience because not only do i think he’s an amazing bodybuilder coached by one of the very best in the business @abdullah_84otb...but i was also sitting behind his beautiful wife @bleaver808. her reaction to brandon’s best ever placing, putting him in the elite of his sport, was beautiful and priceless. i felt honored to share that moment with brandy. i also felt honored to witness brandon’s amazing physique! last year brandon won the @this_is_bodybuilding most improved bodybuilder of the year award. i’d say he’s a very strong contender to repeat this year! his partnership with abdullah has proven itself to be absolutely golden! if improvements continue at this same pace, brandon will prove a very serious contender at the 2019 mr. olympia! this is just the beginning for the prodigy!
photo by the talented @jeffbinns for @npcnewsonlineofficialpage. #brandoncurry#olympia#bodybuilder#bodybuilding#bethebiggerperson#thisisbodybuilding
It’s #flexatronfriday! i can’t believe it’s been a week since olympia weekend!!! the whole experience of vegas went by like a blur and i’ve been working ever since i got home!
it’s a little surreal. and if it’s surreal to me i can’t imagine what it’s been like for shawn! he’s had a long hard road with some serious mountains to climb. from breaking his jaw in 2017 to suffering from bleeding ulcers before the 2018 arnold classic which caused him to miss the show, shawn has persevered a hell of a lot to get to this moment in time.
last week shawn stepped on stage at the orleans arena and presented one of the most aesthetically pleasing physiques i have ever seen in person. literally one of the most aesthetically pleasing physiques to have graced the stage since @officialflexwheeler.
if you watched my first youtube video you know that i predicted he would place 4th or 5th. i’m not ashamed of being as wrong as i was. shawn had been 5th last year after all, and he had turned 43 about 5 and a half month’s ago. a 4th place finish at that age would have been amazing!
i was not expecting what shawn brought to the stage. he and his trainer @psychofitness21 and training partner @stanimal9 had put in tremendous work! his coach @therealtechnician dialed him in perfectly. the final product was simply an amazing physique.
a lot of attention was placed on the record that stood to be tied last weekend, and rightfully so. but there was a record which was broken last week which deserves to be mentioned and respected. at nearly 43 and a half years old shawn has broken chris dickerson’s record by becoming the oldest man in the history of the contest to become mr. olympia. to me that’s truly inspiring. the fact that he’s still clearly making improvements means he is showing zero signs of slowing down. imagine if he improves as much between 2018 and 2019 as he did between 2017 and 2018! if that happens he will stand an excellent chance of breaking his own record next year!
this awesome shot of mr. olympia was taken by @l_a_design_photographer! #shawnrhoden#mrolympia#bodybuilding#bodybuilder#bethebiggerperson#thisisbodybuilding
Swipe!!!! @arash_rahbar looks amazing in both of these shots! one doesn’t have to vacuum to look classic, but being able to do so certainly doesn’t hurt! here’s arash hitting the best of both worlds!
arash gave another stellar performance at the 2018 classic physique olympia. he placed 5th, personally i had him higher. i will give my full review....on youtube...in a couple weeks.
arash is the epitome of professionalism. he improves every single year. he has added quality muscle everywhere. and his posing routine was excellent, as always. the man is polished. this was not his year to win, but he certainly did qualify for next year...and i know in my heart that this man is a future olympia champion. just keep watching.
these awesome photos are by @brandonseye @brandonwarah! thanks, brandon! #arashrahbar#classicphysique#olympia#bodybuilding#bodybuilder#bethebiggerperson#thisisbodybuilding
Ahhh!!!! a high quality shot by @matzebusse of @repone.de!!
i have more and they will be used in my youtube video.
the comments in the last couple posts have been very interesting. some very strong opinions.
i want to take this opportunity to remind all that i block anyone who i feel is disrespectful to myself, each other and especially the athletes. remember to express your opinions without the presence of anger, rudeness or vulgarity. you can have any opinion you like...just refrain from being rude while doing so. remember, i don’t get paid to do this. the amount of followers i have doesn’t bring me any more or less income. i block to keep this page a nice positive place for bodybuilding fans to come absent of drama. your favorite can be @flexatronrhoden, @philheath, @big_ramy, @william_bonac, @jaycutler, @ronniecoleman8, @thedorianyates....i don’t care. just, you know...be cool.
thank you all. #shawnrhoden#philheath#mrolympia#bodybuilding#bodybuilder#bethebiggerperson#thisisbodybuilding