Only a few weeks before the 2021 Mr. Olympia, the man who currently holds that title is in the final stages of his preparation for the repeat. Mamdouh "Big Ramy" Elssbiay has temporarily moved from his native Egypt to Phoenix, Arizona, where he will continue to train with The Menace Podcast's coach and host Dennis James. On September 7th, James shared a video on Instagram of Big Ramy performing a heavy leg press with 13 45-pound plates on each side of the machine.
The reigning Mr. Olympia also shared the post with his own thoughts in the caption.
“I'm back in Arizona and we're picking up where we left off. The workouts are tough, but I love them and I'm ready to do whatever it takes. Let the fun begin. "
The Master's stay in the United States is a repetition of the strategy he used last year. Eight weeks before the 2020 Mr. Olympia, Elssbiay moved to James' house so he could train and travel to Orlando, Florida with minimal risk of being hit by travel restrictions due to the pandemic. The plan paid off as Elssbiay defeated reigning champion Brandon Curry and seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath to become the 16th winner of the greatest bodybuilding title.
Nutritionist Chad Nicholls recently fired a warning shot at the rest of the field when he shared a photo of Elssbiay's back with a reported weight of 332 pounds. It was reported that he had been outside of Olympia for eight weeks at the time the photo was taken.
Elssbiay, along with James and Nicholls, hopes that their joint efforts in America will help him become the first champion to successfully defend his title since Heath took seven straight titles from 2011 to 2017 to face the challenges of Curry, Hadi Choopan and fend off William Bonac among other candidates. The Mr. Olympia competition will be held October 7-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. More information and tickets can be found at www.mrolympia.com.