The second season of Monday Night Muscle featured some of the biggest names in bodybuilding and fitness. This week was no exception as it featured two-time Olympic champion Brandon Hendrickson.
Hendrickson spoke to hosts Bob Cicherillo and Shawn Ray on a variety of topics, including the process he went through to regain the title he lost to 2019 champion Raymont Edmonds.
Hendrickson and Edmonds have two completely different body shapes. Edmonds is about six inches taller, so Hendrickson talked about the strategy he'd implemented as he prepared for the rematch that took place in Orlando, FL, last December.
“I lost the title. I lost the title in 2019 because I got complacent. I competed in the 2020 Arnold Classic and finished second, and I brought a completely different physique to this stage. I knew exactly what to adjust to get 100% Brandon Hendrickson and that was what I got to the 2020 Mr. Olympia. I found it undeniable. "
While winning the title back was great, Hendrickson had to figure out why he lost it in the first place. In his eyes it was not a physical, but a spiritual fault. He also feels like it's a problem he won't face again.
"My mind just wasn't in a good place last time. This time my mind is in a good place, I'm working with a new coach, Neil Hill, and I'm in a much better place mentally, physically and mentally, you know "Mentally I'm in a really good place right now. So I'm seeing another title this year."
Ray then moves on to something the champ has heard in the past, that the men's competitors aren't actual bodybuilders. He communicated that this division may not be the ultimate goal for him.
"I'm a bodybuilder first and foremost, I train like a bodybuilder, I eat like a bodybuilder and I live the life of a bodybuilder. For me, my focus is on training for that particular department, Men's Physique," says Hendrickson. "w I have the potential for a classic physique and someday, maybe five or six years, maybe 212, maybe openly if I focus on that. Right now my focus is on the build of men. "
If Hendrickson switched lines in the future, he would have an interesting challenge ahead of him. body in history has won Olympic titles in two different divisions.
Hendrickson had a lot to say to the hosts, and you can watch the full interview in its entirety on Digital Muscle's YouTube channel. Every Monday at 6 p.m. new episodes of "MNM" are broadcast. EUROPEAN SUMMER TIME.