Bodybuilder and International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League member Nathan Epler doesn’t draw back from being an obvious underdog. Epler — who calls himself the “Dark Horse,” per his Instagram profile — is likely one of the sport’s up-and-coming names. After a fifth-place consequence ultimately yr’s 212 Mr. Olympia, it looks as if the bodybuilder is prepared for extra glory judging by the newest peek at his coaching progress.

On June 20, 2022, Epler shared an replace on the place his physique stands because the 2022 Mr. Olympia begins to return across the bend. That competitors will happen on December 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.

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Epler started his aggressive bodybuilding profession in 2015. He received off to a quick begin with a victory on the 2015 National Physique Committee (NPC) Fort Wayne Flex within the middleweight division. Years later, the American athlete may need actually burst onto the scene with a first-place end on the 2019 NPC USA Championships for the heavyweight class.

Throughout his profession, Epler has maintained a principally glowing resume. Aside from his fifth-place end on the 2021 Mr. Olympia (212), the peaks of his profession to this stage are undoubtedly his second-place consequence on the 2021 IFBB Indy Pro and a win within the 2021 IFBB New York Pro. Epler competed within the 212 division at each contests.

Here’s an entire rundown of Epler’s most notable profession outcomes up to now, based on NPC News Online:

Nathan Epler | Complete Career Results

  • 2015 NPC Fort Wayne Flex (Middleweight) — First place
  • 2015 NPC Fort Wayne Flex (Light Heavyweight) — Second place
  • 2018 NPC Indiana Muscle (Heavyweight) — First place
  • 2019 NPC Junior Nationals (Heavyweight) — First place
  • 2019 NPC USA Championships (Heavyweight) — First place
  • 2021 IFBB Indy Pro (212) — Second place
  • 2021 IFBB New York Pro (212) — First place
  • 2021 IFBB Mr. Olympia (212) — Fifth place

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Epler’s Near Future

While Epler has notched some stellar outcomes during the last approximate calendar yr because of his physique, energy, and conditioning, he faces a stacked 212 subject on the 2022 Mr. Olympia.

At the time of this writing, a number of the largest names within the 212 division — together with Derek Lunsford (2021 Olympia Champion) Shaun Clarida (2021 second place), and Kamal Elgargni (2021 third place) — are all set for an additional go-around on the 212 Olympia title in December. If that weren’t sufficient, each Clarida and Elgargni are former 212 Olympia Champions (2020 and 2019, respectively). Plus, in 4 appearances, Elgargni has by no means didn’t make the 212 Olympia podium.

If Epler is to qualify for the rostrum, not to mention win the 212 Olympia title, he’ll undoubtedly have overcome a few of bodybuilding’s elite. To his credit score, given his “Dark Horse” nickname, the rising Epler appears to relish the potential alternative.

The 2022 Mr. Olympia will happen on December 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.

Featured picture: @ifbb_nathan_epler on Instagram