Regan Grimes won’t take part on this yr’s upcoming 2022 Mr. Olympia. On Sept. 15, 2022, the bodybuilder introduced the choice throughout an episode of four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler’s podcast, the Cutler Cast. Grimes will shift his focus to 2023 in a mission to construct extra mass. 

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Grimes made the looks on Cutler’s podcast alongside his coach Miloš Šarčev. The pair outlined Grimes’ upcoming energy coaching plans, sustaining that Grimes’ new aim is so as to add 15 kilos of muscle mass earlier than returning to compete on the 2023 Olympia. Grimes completed in fifteenth place in every of the final two Mr. Olympia contests and want to enhance his outcomes the subsequent time he steps onto the Olympia stage. (Note: Šarčev additionally coaches Grimes’ fellow Men’s Open opponents Samson Dauda and Joe Mackey.)

“I want to really get in the top five, and I don’t think, right now, I’m just not there yet,” Grimes says. “So this year, we’ve decided to take it off and continue this rhythm of putting the tissue on, and we’ll hit a show next year and go to Olympia.”

Grimes says he weighs 295 kilos within the clip, however after session with Šarčev with the competition roughly 4 months away — the 2 agreed that Grimes’ progress wasn’t the place they needed at this level within the lead-up course of. 

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Over the previous few years, Grimes has been a constant fixture within the aggressive bodybuilding scene.

According to NPC News Online, amongst different notable appearances except for the final two Olympias, Grimes received the 2018 New York Pro as a Classic Physique competitor. He additionally took first place within the Men’s Open division on the 2020 Romania Muscle Fest Pro. With extra time on his plate as a substitute of specializing in any pending contests, Grimes says stepping away from the Olympia will permit him extra flexibility to enhance his physique for the longer term. 

Meanwhile, Šarčev was candid, saying he doesn’t imagine Grimes had the suitable measurement to beat established Men’s Open stars like Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Ellsbiay, Brandon Curry, Nick Walker, Hunter Labrada, and Hadi Choopan. 

“It’s still a muscle contest — it doesn’t matter what we say,” Sarcev says. “When you stand next to ‘Big Ramy,’ you have to have size. And if he doesn’t have it, he would be outclassed.”

Cutler echoed an identical sentiment about Big Ramy and any potential challengers. 

“A month ago, I said okay, people may challenge [Big Ramy]. But now, I can’t see him losing being in the shape he is in.”


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Grimes earned an automated qualification for the 2022 Mr. Olympia by successful the 2022 Cairo Pro. This previous aggressive yr additionally noticed respective seventh-place outcomes on the 2022 Arnold Classic and 2022 Boston Pro. 


At the time of this writing, Grimes has not clarified when he would compete subsequent as he resets his sights on the 2023 Olympia. In the subsequent occasion that Grimes is seen on a stage, his physique may look dramatically totally different. 


Featured picture: @regangrimes on Instagram