Bodybuilder Kamal Elgargni has already reached the highest of the 212 summit — as soon as profitable the 212 2019 Mr. Olympia. The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League member is ready to indicate off his elite mass and conditioning by leaping up a aggressive class within the coming weeks.
On July 26, 2022, Elgargni revealed that he would compete within the upcoming 2022 Tampa Pro and Texas Pro contests within the Men’s Open division. This yr’s version of the Tampa Pro will happen on August 6 in Tampa, FL, whereas the Texas Pro happens on August 12-13 in Irving, Texas. Elgargni, 51, made his announcement in partnership with BPI Sports over their Instagram profile.
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Elgargni’s plans come on the heels of the world-class bodybuilder exhibiting latest vital progress together with his physique. The strides the athlete has made appeared to be sufficient for him to leap from 212 — the place rivals have a tough weight cap of 212 kilos — to the unrestricted Men’s Open.
I really feel actually, actually good, and I’m excited with what I’m going to deliver to the stage at each contests.
In his assertion, Elgargni clarified that his physique weight was round 224 kilos on the day of his announcement. That might nonetheless shift (i.e., upwards) by the point the 2022 Mr. Olympia rolls round on December 16-18 in Las Vegas, NV.
The Libyan athlete maintained that getting into the 2022 Tampa Pro in a brand new division made essentially the most sense as a result of he at present calls the Tampa Bay space residence. And because it’s just one week later, the 2022 Texas Pro additionally felt like a logical step to check himself.
At the time of this writing, neither IFBB competitors has introduced an official checklist of athletes who will take part.
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A Wave of Change
Elgargni’s transition to a brand new bodybuilding division isn’t out of the extraordinary in comparison with a few of his friends.
In October 2021, Shaun Clarida competed within the Legion Sports Fest within the Open class, the place he completed first. Clarida went on to take residence a second-place outcome to Derek Lunsford within the 212 class in the course of the 2021 Mr. Olympia. At the time of this text’s publication, Clarida is eligible for the 212 and Men’s Open courses on the 2022 Mr. Olympia however has not made a definitive selection.
Lunsford himself may very well be one other fascinating case. In mid-July 2022, over OlympiaTV, Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon mentioned that Lunsford is “nowhere near 212 at this point” and implied that he could need to transition to the Men’s Open division on the upcoming Olympia. That hypothesis would line up with Lunsford’s latest coaching and dietary parameters.
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Elgargni’s Next Potential Obstacle
If he wished to flex within the Men’s Open division, Elgargni should earn a spot in that division on the 2022 Mr. Olympia; he can accomplish that by profitable both of the Tampa or Texas Pro contests, or by ending within the prime three within the Men’s Open class by the point the Olympia qualification interval ends on November 20, 2022.
As a former 212 champion, Elgargni has an computerized lifetime qualification in that division.
Should Elgargni transition to the Open class on the 2022 Olympia, he’ll face an elite cadre of athletes. That consists of two-time reigning champion Mamdouh Elssbiay (2020-2021), former Open winner Brandon Curry (2019), seasoned veteran Hadi Choopan, and a few potential rising stars like Hunter Labrada and Nick Walker.
Elgargni has an intriguing aggressive path forward of him. If all goes effectively, he might quickly maximize it.
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