The primary month of 2023 hasn’t even concluded, and Chinedu Andrew Obiekea, a.okay.a. “Andrew Jacked,” has already stored his schedule jam-packed. The eighth-place finisher on the 2022 Mr. Olympia has adopted that sterling top-10 efficiency by diving head-first proper again into his coaching and dietary plans. A part of the previous observe is linked to Jacked’s latest reveal he would begin some work with a brand new coach, Chris “Psycho” Lewis. The coach is probably beforehand greatest identified for his time working with the late 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden. Judging by a latest replace, Lewis probably appears on observe to unlocking Jacked’s full potential.
On Jan. 26, 2023, Jacked posted a photograph to his Instagram the place he’s flexing his ripped chest and arm muscle groups. Per a normal perusal of Jacked’s feed so far in 2023, it’s the primary comparatively complete look the bodybuilder has supplied of the place his physique stands over the previous couple of weeks.
“When the hoodie comes off … chest and triceps work! … Coaching appears to be going fairly effectively.”
With the 2023 Arnold Basic (AC) on the horizon in March, it’d even be an excellent signal of Jacked’s prospects on the main contest.
Whereas there’s a stacked cadre of opponents on faucet for the 2023 AC, that doesn’t look like an intimidating gauntlet for Jacked.
Certain, a discipline that, presently, options two-time AC winner (2018, 2020) William Bonac, two-time Mr. Olympia champion (2020-2021) Mamdouh “Huge Ramy” Elssbiay, and Nick Walker (one other former AC victor from 2021) might seem daunting from an preliminary look. Nonetheless, on this case, if Jacked was going to seize what would arguably be the most important win of his profession in Columbus, OH, on Mar. 2-5, 2023, he was more likely to should topple a set of elite friends anyway. From that perspective, overcoming stars like Bonac, Elssbiay, and Walker may be an excellent fortune as a result of it could communicate to, and validate, Jacked’s meticulous work in his preparation.
The athlete maintained as a lot throughout a latest Jan. 25, 2023, interview with Muscular Growth whereas breaking down his emotions about his new coaching routine and setup. Jacked additionally works with Chris Aceto, an skilled bodybuilding coach and marketing consultant with 111 on-stage victories unfold throughout his shoppers through the years.
“I like working with those that go collectively,” Jacked defined about what lies forward in his prep work for the 2023 AC and different contests within the calendar yr. “I believe issues might be very easy. He [Chris Aceto] mentioned it’s cool, so I’ll stroll with him for the Arnold [Classic] … Aceto, ‘the actual technician.’ He’s a beautiful man. Nicely, each Chris’s. I’m working with Chris [Aceto] and Chris [Lewis]. Each of them are wonderful folks to start out with. Wonderful. It’s all enterprise and never brotherly or intimacy or no matter.”
It’s obvious Jacked’s ambitions appear completely legitimate primarily based on the centered, hands-on consideration and steering he’s now receiving. On the very least, his pair of trainers give him confidence for the journey forward.
“Even ‘Psycho’ [Lewis], I instructed him, ‘Bro, I want a drill sergeant, not a brother,’” Jacked famous. “And he’s [Lewis] like, he wished the identical, too. We practice and we go. There is no such thing as a time for chitchat, smiling, no matter. No. We’re on this for enterprise and that’s precisely what I need. Aceto is doing his factor, too, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, good, superior.’”
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A pivotal yr in Jacked’s profession might await him. He might need put himself on the map with respective wins on the 2022 Texas Professional and 2022 Arnold Basic UK, but it surely’s readily obvious he’s not happy with such an early spotlight reel. To work concurrently with two elite trainers and put considered one of bodybuilding’s most vital competitions in his crosshairs speaks to the legacy Jacked desires to create. He appears to want to be particular, and such a powerful mentality goes a great distance in a sport of intense dedication.