Derek Lunsford’s dominance in the world of bodybuilding continues to impress. As he prepares for his second Olympia appearance in the Open division, Lunsford recently showcased his progress with a physique update that leaves no doubt about his readiness for the competition. Following his victory at the 2021 Olympia, Lunsford underwent a significant muscle gain, making it impossible for him to compete in his previous weight class. His appearance at the 2022 Pittsburgh Pro as a guest poser highlighted his remarkable size, leading to the decision to move him into the Men’s Open category where he can fully capitalize on his impressive physique.
Last year, there were doubts about Lunsford’s ability to qualify for the Olympia. Without a special invitation and facing weight restrictions in the Men’s 212 division, it seemed unlikely that he could defend his title from the previous year. However, to everyone’s surprise, Lunsford received a special invitation to compete in the Men’s Open at the 2022 Olympia, marking his debut in the Open Bodybuilding division. His performance on the grand stage solidified him as a top contender for the title.
Lunsford’s dedication and hard work are evident in his training videos. After a rigorous chest workout, he took the time to strike poses, showcasing his impressive physique. This progress is thanks in part to the guidance of Hany Rambod, a renowned expert who has guided many champions to Olympia glory.
In his debut competition in the Men’s Open class, Lunsford finished second, leaving a lasting impression on both fans and judges. His overall package, consisting of size, symmetry, and conditioning, was impeccable. After the competition, Lunsford took to Instagram to express his gratitude to Hany Rambod and his supporters, stating that this is just the beginning of his journey.
Recently, Lunsford shared a physique update on his Instagram, giving fans a glimpse into his current condition. Despite being 12 weeks away from the Mr. Olympia 2023, Lunsford appeared shredded and dry, further solidifying his status as a fan favorite and a threat to his competitors, including current champion Hadi Choopan and 2021 Arnold Classic winner Nick Walker. One notable feature of Lunsford’s physique is his massive quads, showcasing excellent conditioning and vascularity even well before the contest day.
As Lunsford prepares for the Mr. Olympia, he follows a strict diet that focuses on clean eating and high-protein meals. He avoids sugars and maintains a disciplined approach to his nutrition. The journey from being a Men’s 212 champion to competing in the Open class has not been easy, but Lunsford remains determined to become the Open champion at this year’s Olympia.
The bodybuilding world eagerly awaits Lunsford’s performance on stage as he vies for the coveted title of Mr. Olympia. His dedication and commitment to his craft make him a formidable competitor, and his progress thus far indicates that he is a force to be reckoned with. The 2023 Olympia promises to be an exciting event, and Lunsford’s presence is sure to captivate audiences.
Published: 11 August, 2023 | 1:09 PM EDT