A spectacular 2022 was just the beginning for Jack.
In 2022, Chinedu Andrew Obekeya, aka “Andrew Jacked,” burst onto the dominant bodybuilding scene. During his International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League rookie year, the Nigerian athlete made waves by winning the 2022 Texas Pro and the Arnold Classic UK. His performance was so remarkable, bodybuilding legends such as Ken “Flex” Wheeler considered him the future of the sport. When Jack successfully overcame established powers like former 2019 Olympia champion Kamal Elgargani and finished eighth in his first Mr. Olympia in December 2022, a bright long-term outlook seemed inevitable.
With 2023 already in full swing, Jackd appears desperate to fulfill his proposed “destiny”.
During January 15, 2023, RxMuscle podcast episode, former professional bodybuilder Dave Palumbo reveals Jackd is currently being trained by the respected Chris “Psycho” Lewis., The trainer is perhaps most famous for his work with the late Shawn Roden, who defeated seven-time Mr. Olympia champion, Phil Heath, to win the 2018 edition of the competition. Lewis will now use his guidance to help Jackd maximize his upcoming 2023 Arnold Classic (AC) appearance.
As the next steps in Jackd’s IFBB Pro League career unfold, fellow coach Chris Aceto doesn’t mince his words. He believes that working with Lewis could open up a lot of potential and provide a top notch addition to Jackd’s overall plans.
“I think it’s a game-changer because I remember seeing a picture of Andrew Jacked thinking he was in the Flex Lewis gym,” Aceto said. “Before he even competed in any one show, he would win. And it looked cool, you know what I mean? But if you look realistically, you might say, ‘Gosh, he might be better than he actually looks because he’s so well proportioned. She has a thin waist, narrow hips, big thighs, broad shoulders.'”
As for the bodybuilders Jacked has to beat in 2023 AC, there will certainly be no shortage of elite competitors. At the time of publication of this article, former champions William Bonack (2018, 2020) and Nick Walker (2021) have been confirmed to compete in the March 2-5 event in Columbus, OH. Brandon Curry, the defending champion, could surprisingly confirm his roster status in the 2023 AC in the coming weeks.
In early 2023, relative Men’s Open newcomers Derek Lunsford, Blessing Awodibu, and Michal “Krizo” Krijnek announced formal plans to leave AC in the interest of comfort while focusing their energy on improved individual performances at the 2023 Olympia in November .
Many expect major competitive achievements from Jackd in the months and even years to come. It will take time and a lot of strenuous effort, but he is already taking active steps to reaffirm people’s faith in his innate talent.
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