EXPECT bulging biceps, sharp six-packs and lean legs on your screens – as Mr Olympia 2022 is just around the corner.
The prestigious competition, previously won by Arnold Schwarzenegger, will put contestants’ strength to the ultimate test.
When is Mr Olympia 2022?
The world’s most renowned professional men’s bodybuilding contest is due to begin on December 15, 2022.
The three-day event will wrap up on December 18, 2022, after a contestant has been crowned the winner.
Since then, it has been regarded as the most important title in the world to musclemen desperate to take home the glory.
The 2022 top prize is also a tidy $750,000 – meaning winning can bolster your bank balance and your profile too.
Where is Mr Olympia 2022 taking place?
The 58th edition of the highly-anticipated event will return to its first home, hosted by Planet Hollywood.
Competitors will be staying at the hotel and resort for the duration of the competition.
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36 athletes have qualified – making it one of the largest line-ups in Mr Olympia history.
The 2022 Olympia World Fitness Expo will be held at the Venetian Expo inside the Venetian Resort.
Who won Mr Olympia 2021?
In 2021, Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay was crowned the winner of Mr Olympia.
The Egyptian IFBB professional bodybuilder also scooped the win the previous year in 2020.
Weighing a whopping 337lbs, the hulking champion is looking to defend his title in 2022, and wants his third win.
He has been intensely training his huge shoulders and slim waist to ensure his physique is on point for Mr Olympia.
But he has fierce competition to beat – including Hadi Choopan, Hunter Labdrada and Nick Walker.
What happens at Mr Olympia?
Various competitions take place over the weekend, with both men and women participating in a string of fitness and figure events.
As well as a Ms Olympia being crowned, the men will battle it out to earn the title of Mr Olympia.
They take to the stage to flex their muscles and are scored on a points system, before being ranked in order of their different tiers.
Competitors are critiqued on their mass, symmetry, definition, proportion and stage presence.
In the event of a tie, the bodybuilder with the most points in the highest-tiered show is granted the win.
The main event is the Mr Olympia (Men’s Open), which is spread across two nights.
The prejudging for this category takes place on December 16, 2022, before the finals are held the following day on December 17.