When aesthetically gifted bodybuilder Brandon Curry was sweeping the field at the 2008 US Championships, some observers saw him as the future of Mr. Olympia.
Obviously, this did not happen. Anyway, bye. But the rumble of Olympia returned and became stronger than ever. After a hectic professional career, the 36-year-old Curry showed signs of rebirth, with three victories in 2017, followed by the best result in history in fifth place in 2018 Olympia.
Then, of course, an important person came – a victory over the reigning champion William Bonac this season at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. Along with the $ 130,000 check, they came in a whisper that Curry had everything he needed to take Sandow home in September.
The turnaround began with a chance encounter after prejudice at 2016 Olympia. It was then that Curry contacted Abdullah Al-Otaybi, trainer from Oxygen Gym in Kuwait. Al Otaibi worked at the time with another experienced IFBB professional, Victor Martinez.
Al Otaibi told Curry that he wanted to teach him that he felt that Curry could be the sixth in Olympia. Curry, who had already signed up to participate in Kuwait Pro in two weeks, thought about what this would entail; namely, moving from his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to Kuwait for 11 months.
Ultimately, the 5-foot, 9-inch, 245-pound packed his bags, kissed wife Brandy (a professional competitor figure) and their four children goodbye and traveled 7,000 miles to train under the supervision of Al-Otaibi.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Anatomy of Disorder
In the preliminary release of the Arnold Classic, which I wrote for Bodybuilding.com, I called Rawley Winklaar a favorite – if he appeared in great shape. And if he didn’t do that, I continued, the title would go to either Bonak or Curry.
Vinklaar, suffering from inconsistency throughout his career, was far away, and he was lucky to take fifth place. As expected, the duel Bonac-Curry was next on the list, and it was a dandy.
Bonak, who is about 5 feet 5 inches and 230-235 pounds, carries as many muscles on his body as anyone in the game. This was emphasized when he received the most muscular reward.
In the end, the Curry lines — due to the tiny waist, gorgeous weapons, and the double biceps posture that should cause anxiety to former Mr. Olympia Phil Heath — showed a difference in victory with 12 points. And his legs, the weakest link in the past, have been improved.
Eyes for a prize
With Sean Rodin, who upset Heath at last year’s Olympia by weight victory, does that mean that Curry is now becoming a bona fide rival to make Rodin a one-time champion?
Curry, for example, thinks that this can happen. “Yes, I can win Olympia,” he said by phone two nights after his impressive victory. “I still have work to do … continue to concentrate on improving the fullness of my lower body and am in even better condition. I was easier on Arnold than on Olympia – I was a little less than 250 years old – but I looked more As long as I kept my condition in place, everything should fall into place. "
So what is the key to this? “Abdullah has an old school approach,” said Curry. “He did not overfeed me … did not make me overdo it with cardio, which he did with me most of the time. And he made me eat more. He actually pulled me back in all areas, which led to my best looking always on stage.
“The second time I went to train with him, I spent five months there. This year I will go to Kuwait in June and spend about 12 weeks in training. ”
Then to win Olympia?
Silent but sure, Curry stopped for a moment, then replied: "This is the plan."