Walker looks primed for a potential Olympia title.
Written by Robert Zeglinski
Amidst a stacked field of elite competitors at the 2022 Mr. Olympia, Nick “The Mutant” Walker might be the biggest threat to Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Ellsbiay’s stake on a third straight Olympia title. In the final stages of his Olympia preparation, a recent update from Walker on his training progress shows he seems more than ready to go muscle to muscle with a bodybuilding great.
On Nov. 25, 2022, Walker shared a glimpse of his latest physique roughly three weeks before the onset of bodybuilding’s flagship competition. Per the caption of his post, Walker weighs a massive 262 pounds in the photo. With the 2022 Olympia set to take place on Dec. 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV, it’s distinctly possible Walker will only be putting some finishing touches on this stacked figure in the coming weeks.
This isn’t the first instance of Walker making headlines in recent weeks. In addition to the usual updates on his work in the gym over social media and otherwise, the 28-year-old athlete has been making the rounds on various platforms, discussing what he thinks lies ahead at the 2022 Olympia. That, in turn, has almost acted as a seamless way to track his progression over the calendar year.
For example, in early June 2022, Walker weighed in at a staggering 295 pounds. Then, in early November 2022, after taking some time to disclose where his progress stood, Walker shared that he had a body weight of 277 pounds. With his latest update on the account, this means the bodybuilder steadily cut 33 pounds off of his frame in roughly six months’ time.
As far as soundbites and notable thoughts go, in mid-August 2022, Walker alluded to a potential scenario where he could dethrone Elssbiay at the Olympia. He maintained that if Elssbiay “comes in even slightly off,” it could be a “good battle” between the two titans. Two months later, in late October 2022, Walker said he thinks the upcoming Olympia will be a gauntlet of a contest thanks to “dark knights” like Derek Lunsford (who recently transitioned from the 212 division to Men’s Open) and 2019 Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry.
Finally, after revealing he had recently reunited with his coach Matt Jansen, a confident and ambitious Walker minced no words about his 2022 Olympia outlook. He told bodybuilding legend and seven-time 212 Olympia champion James “Flex” Lewis he would be “Mr. Olympia without a doubt.”
Walker has undoubtedly stayed busy during 2022 as he charges headlong into his second-career Olympia appearance. After a stunning fifth-place debut in 2021, many assume he may only improve at the 2022 iteration. All eyes will be on the bodybuilder to live up to the hype.
Featured image: nick_walker39 on Instagram
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