Nick “The Mutant” Walker has his eyes on the prize. As an Worldwide Federation of Bodybuilding and Health (IFBB) rookie, Walker gained the 2021 Arnold Traditional and captured a fifth-place end result within the 2021 Mr. Olympia. Now, the 28-year-old bodybuilder is hungry to perform a lot extra.
In an Oct. 17, 2022, episode of the Actual Discuss With Ares podcast on YouTube, Walker hopped on the present to debate his future and objectives as a bodybuilder. Within the course of, Walker maintained that he plans to rise to the highest of the game as an all-time nice. On the identical time, he is aware of that he has some worthy battles forward.
Earlier than he mentioned what would possibly lie forward within the years to return, Walker described what he feels is a loaded subject on the 2022 Mr. Olympia. To the athlete, it’s not simply two-time reigning champion Mamdouh “Massive Ramy” Elssbiay that the bodybuilding sphere ought to keep watch over in Las Vegas, NV, on Dec. 16-18, 2022.
In actual fact, he thinks the whole putting of the 2021 version of the Olympia is likely to be due for a shake-up.
“That is the Olympia of all Olympias proper now,” Walker defined. “I’ll let you know this, as assured as I’m, I’ll all the time be assured, however this isn’t going to be straightforward for anybody. That’s simply actuality right here. I don’t assume anybody’s putting from final yr is protected for this yr. In fact, now we have the heavy hitters, however you even have some darkish knights that may rise and shock the world.”
Naturally, Walker outlined, intimately, who he thinks will be “darkish knights” in Las Vegas this December. Considered one of them is the 212 Olympia champion from 2021 in Derek Lunsford — who lately made the official transition to the Males’s Open division. Although, Walker additionally appears to understand the abilities of Samson Dauda, Hunter Labrada, and Hadi Choopan.
“Now, I see Derek [Lunsford] every single day just about,” Walker began. “Let me let you know one thing. If that dude nails it, nobody is protected. You will have Samson [Dauda], he nails it, and nobody is protected. You bought Hunter [Labrada], who’s wanting mighty giant. You bought Hadi [Choopan], after all.
Walker would save his ultimate reward for the top-two finishers from 2021, two titans/champions of bodybuilding — Elssbiay and Brandon Curry.
“[There’s] Brandon [Curry]; we don’t know what to anticipate from him, however Brandon is all the time Brandon, proper?” Walker exclaims. “Then Ramy [Elssbiay], who seems like he’s already bought the cheekbones popping. He’s able to go. That is going to be a kind of Olympias the place it’s important to be [expletive] peeled and prepared and full. That is that present the place they are saying, ‘You’re not going to nail your peak each present.’ Properly, that is one you bought to nail. That is the one.”
As for his private future, Walker is aiming excessive. Few bodybuilders have loved such stellar debut seasons as Walker. After forgoing a protection of his title on the 2022 Arnold Traditional to focus completely on December’s Olympia, it appears Walker is treating that preliminary flourish like a primary step.
Relying on how he fares on the 2022 Olympia, the athlete even alludes to a actuality the place he might attempt to stack extra Arnold Traditional titles once more.
“I didn’t compete all yr final yr … that did take a big toll,” Walker stated. “However now that I’m solely doing one present, like I stated, I’ll see how I really feel. If I do rather well on the  Olympia, and I’m working off a excessive, I’ll go do the Arnold [in 2023]. If issues don’t go the best way I deliberate and I’m simply not in it, I’m going to take a break. It’s all going to rely on how I really feel.”
Walker appears to know a uncommon place he’s in. He’s limiting his variety of competitions per yr for one good purpose — he’s making an attempt to construct a long-lasting legacy on the again of bodybuilding’s most prestigious occasions.
“… I need to win as many Arnolds and Olympias as I can. At this level in my profession, I don’t need to compete all yr lengthy. I need to do the highest two massive reveals … Then, once I’m able to name it for my profession, I’m prepared. However I need to do it on my phrases. If I win one Olympia and two Arnolds, that’s going to be remembered perpetually.”
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