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Samir Bannout Says Derek Lunsford Can Crack the Prime 5 on the 2022 Mr. Olympia


On September 15, 2022, information broke that 2021’s 212 Olympia champion Derek Lunsford acquired a particular invite to compete within the Open Bodybuilding division on the 2022 Olympia. This transfer, whereas anticipated, nonetheless brought about a ripple impact all through the game.

Now, not solely will Lunsford not defend his 212 title in Las Vegas this December, however he’s becoming a member of an already packed area of opponents vying for the Mr. Olympia crown. On the September twentieth episode of The Muscle Maturity Podcast, Samir Bannout, the 1983 Mr. Olympia, gave his ideas on how Lunsford will fare on the present.

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Bannout on Derek Lunsford

Throughout a dialog concerning the present Olympia lineup, the present’s co-host, Nick Trigili, requested Bannout the place he thinks Lunsford will place this 12 months. And it seems that the previous Mr. O is excessive on Lunsford’s possibilities.

I believe Derek has the instruments to be within the high 5 [and] perhaps increased,” Bannout says. However he’s additionally fast to level out that he nonetheless must work on his posing.

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“Derek is unbelievable, however [I see] main flaws in his posing,” says Bannout, who largely has points with the way in which Lunsford units his toes and calves throughout his routine.

Co-host Trigili agrees, saying, “I believe the again poses, for certain, want lots of work. His foot placement; I hate it. His legs [are too far apart].”

Bannout additionally mentions that Lunsford wants to focus on getting “tremendous sliced” come showtime.

“​​As soon as these guys get tremendous large, they’re not getting that […] gnarly-looking muscularity as a result of there’s extra quantity within the muscle tissue, there’s extra roundness,” Bannout says. “[When] you’re them from shut up, [you] don’t see each fiber and element.”

The Artwork of the Pose

On the flip aspect of Lunsford, Bannout had nothing however reward for Hunter Labrada’s posing through the present. Whereas he says somebody like Nick Walker might outsize Labrada, Labrada “will do the correct poses” on stage, permitting his routine to circulate.

Bannout additionally mentions that Labrada’s dad — former Mr. Universe (1985), Lee Labrada — was “top-of-the-line within the enterprise at posing,” which he says could possibly be invaluable to Hunter throughout prep. In line with Hunter’s Instagram web page, he and his dad craft his posing routine collectively, proper right down to the music. And it’s one thing they each take significantly.

“Whereas there isn’t a scored posing spherical on the [Olympia], that doesn’t imply you’ll be able to’t make a significant impression together with your posing, and I intend to try this after which some,” Hunter Labrada writes in his Instagram caption.

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Hunter Labrada took fourth place on the 2021 Mr. Olympia. And whereas Bannout didn’t give a concrete prediction on his putting in 2022, each Trigili and co-host John Hansen imagine he’ll end within the high 5 – 6.

Extra 2022 Olympia Predictions

Wish to know what a number of the different high names within the business suppose will occur on the 2022 Mr. Olympia? Listed below are extra predictions:

Featured Picture: @dereklunsford_ on Instagram



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