Re: Workout/Staying in Shape Thread
I thought the judging was pretty spot on for the most part.1st: Jay Cutler -
Impressive performance; probably the second most impressive behind Branch Warren's Olympia Weekend. Cutler entered the stage with the same massive size, same frame, more definition, way more detail, way more vascularity, way more definition, the same fullness, and a better haircut to distinguish him from Dennis Wolf. Proud of Jay for returning to the throne. He busted his ass to get back to where he is sitting again. There's no arguing whether or not he was deserving.
2nd: Branch Warren -
Honest to God he was the highlight of the weekend along with Jay sending out his statement which told everyone that he wasn't out of his prime yet. Branch is always the best conditioned in almost every single competition. His structure isn't the best; hell, he isn't even all that balanced, but Branch gives it his all. It's about time he got some major recognition as one of the world's best bodybuilders.
Best legs in the business along with Cutler's imho. He could really use some work on his lats and width but I'm afraid that can't be done with his structure.
Good for Branch.
3rd: Dexter Jackson -
After evaluating him and comparing him to the likes of Jay, I came across a few glaring weaknesses in Dexter this Olympia.
-His left bicep was much smaller than his right, which raised questions of symmetrical issues for the first time concerning Dexter.
-Believe it or not, Dexter wasn't on top of his game this Olympia. Still better than Kai, Vic, and arguably Phil and Branch but Dexter wasn't as sharp this outing. If you look at some of his back double biceps along with his lat spread from the back, you could tell he wasn't as detailed. Just look at a photo of him next to Jay on Friday night during pre-judging call outs: Dexter didn't have the glute/hamstring tie-in.
Like Dorian Yates said before the competition on Muscular Development, a same conditioned Jay Cutler will beat a same conditioned Dexter Jackson everyday of the week. Cutler is more massive, blows Dexter out of the water literally everywhere in terms of mass, and is as wide as a barn door.
4th: Kai Greene -
Fell off Saturday. I don't know about everyone else but comparing his Saturday shots to his Friday shots he seemingly looked a lot more smaller & flatter.
The Kai type of bodybuilder is the bodybuilder of the future. Not a bad Olympia debut for Kai Greene by any means.
5th: Phil Heath -
Came in a lot more sharp Saturday with more fullness. Too bad he didn't show up like that Friday before pre-judging, may have influenced a few votes. He's definitely the man of the future. Well, Kai and him at least..