2010 Mr. Olympia Preview!

It's that time again for the most prestigious of the bodybuilding contests, The Olympia. Read on for this year's predictions and see where your favorites are ranked!

Article Summary:
  • After regaining his title last year, Jay Cutler is predicted to pull off another defeat.
  • Cutler's main competitor for this year's title comes in the form of Kai Greene.
  • Victor Martinez and Dexter Jackson are also predicted to take top spots.

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2010 Olympia Preview

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Jay Cutler is ready to win his fourth Mr. Olympia title, but will someone dethrone him this year? Find out who has the best chance of overthrowing Cutler in this 2010 Mr. Olympia preview.

Dexter wants his title back. Jay's not willing to give it up and Kai or Phil would love to rip the Mr. Olympia title away from either one of them. This sets the stage for a huge battle this year and it will be an all-out war that can leave only one man standing as Mr. Olympia.

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Looking Back To 2009
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No one predicted Jay Cutler would come in the kind of condition he presented last year. Oh sure, Lonnie Teper predicted Jay would win, but not even the Swami thought he'd look like he did. After struggling to come in at his best in 2007 and 2008, Jay shocked the bodybuilding world looking the best he's looked since 2001. Some experts say it was his all-time best while others say he still looked better in 2001. I wasn't at the 2001 Mr. Olympia to see Jay's mythical conditioning at that show, but I have seen Jay every year since 2004 and that was easily the best I had ever seen him. I was amazed when he came out and did the "quad stomp." After that stomp, it was all about who was getting second through last place.

Jay Cutler At The 2009 Olympia. Jay Cutler At The 2009 Olympia.
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The 2009 Mr. Olympia was exciting with Jay winning the title back. Branch came in a surprising second, which meant an in-shape Dexter fell all the way to third. Even though the top three guys were at their best, a few of the guys weren't at their best. Wolf, Heath and Greene all missed the mark and that leaves things open for this year to see how they'll present themselves. Hopefully this year, they will all come in at 100% and we might find out where these guys really stand.

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Predictions For 2010 Top Six
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Last year's top six will most likely be this year's top six also so the bulk of this preview will center on them. A couple guys have the potential to break into the top six and bump out one of the other guys. We'll take a look at who those guys might me too.

In order of last year's placings we have:

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Jay Cutler
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As mentioned earlier, Jay Cutler pulled off a huge upset last year and regained his title. He's the only man to regain the Mr. Olympia title after being defeated. It was obvious Jay wanted his title back and he showed a level of confidence by pumping his fist into the air and eating up the roars of approval when he hit pose after pose. I have not seen this level of confidence in Jay - even when he won his first title in 2006.

Jay Cutler At The 2006 Olympia.
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Jay combined forces last year with Hany Rambod for nutritional coaching. Hany also introduced him to the popular FST-7 training style, which helped Cutler with his fullness and, to a certain degree, some of his symmetry issues. Rambod is again part of Team Cutler and will be overseeing Jay's prep.

As the article is being written, Cutler is again in lockdown mode when he makes very few appearances. He stays in Las Vegas and does little more than train, eat and sleep to prepare for the Olympia. He's pulling out all the stops this year in order to grab his fourth title. Jay's still doing plenty of volume and he's even added good old barbell squats back into his routine for added leg mass.

The big question on everyone's mind is can Jay do it? Can he win the title for a fourth time against Olympia title-hungry guys like Kai Greene and Phil Heath? In less than one month Jay will step on stage and reveal to the world just how effective his hard year of training and preparation was this year.

Jay Cutler At The 2009 Olympia. Jay Cutler At The 2009 Olympia.
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Branch Warren
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Known for his brutal training techniques and all-around hardcore workouts, Branch Warren is tearing up MetroFlex for another run at the Mr. Olympia title. He showed up last year with his all-time best conditioning and was awarded with second place for it. He again came in great shape six months ago at the 2010 Arnold Classic. There he could only muster up a third-place finish, behind Greene and Heath. Kai and Phil were in much better shape than they were at the Olympia when Warren placed ahead of both of them.

The big question regarding Branch this year is if he again comes in shape and so do Kai and Phil, can he place ahead of them? Maybe. Maybe not. Although Branch can hang with anyone when it comes to legs, the biggest factor that hinders Warren is his lack of detail in his back. His entire back is huge and thick, but he needs more detail across that enormous back to really make sure he stays in the top four or higher.

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Dexter Jackson
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Normally when someone loses their title or places lower than the year before it's because they were off and just didn't look as good as previous showings. That wasn't the case at last year's Olympia. I thought Dexter had improved from his 2008 physique at the Olympia. Jay just looked amazing last year and blew Dexter away. Whether or not he deserved third behind Branch Warren is still open for debate.

This spring at the Arnold Classic, The Blade came in fourth, behind Warren, Heath and Greene. It was the first show I ever saw Dexter "off" and his legs were not at the same level they had been in the past. After the judging, I would not have been surprised if he had been placed as low as fourth or even fifth.

A few months ago Dexter decided to come out here to sunny California and gave Charles Glass a try this year. Maybe the famous training expert gave Dexter what he was looking for to bring home a second Sandow trophy.

Dexter Jackson At The 2009 Olympia. Dexter Jackson At The 2009 Olympia.
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Kai Greene
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The new kid on the Weider block is getting ready for his second attempt at winning the Mr. Olympia. Only a few weeks ago Kai was reportedly weighing close to 300 pounds with more added size from his last competition, which was the 2010 Arnold. There he grabbed his second title in a come-from-behind victory over Phil Heath.

Greene, with his long, warrior-like, braided hair and non-conventional posing routines has risen to become one of the best physiques in recent history. Of the top, current Olympia competitors, the only man Kai has not defeated is Jay Cutler. If Kai brings to the Olympia stage the physique he displayed at the 2009 Arnold Classic or the 2010 Australian Pro and Jay Cutler does not bring his A-game, the bodybuilding world will be celebrating a new Mr. Olympia and Jay will have to settle for second place.

Kai Greene At The 2009 Olympia. Kai Greene At The 2009 Olympia.
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(On a sidenote, any Kai Greene fans can check out his new videos right here on Bodybuilding.com.)

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Phil Heath
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Last year in my predictions, I had Phil winning the 2009 Mr. Olympia. Had I known he was going to suffer through a horrible bout with food poisoning the night before prejudging and Jay would be at his all-time best, I wouldn't have picked him to win. I still think Phil has the most pleasing, aesthetic and polished physique in the current pro ranks; he just needs more size. He has been adding mass and improving with each show and he'll most likely proudly display the improvements he has made since the Arnold Classic this spring.

I, like many others, thought Heath should have won the Arnold Classic over Kai Greene this year. Kai was not at his best and looked watery during the judging. Even though Greene did look better at the finals, I still think Phil should have been given the nod.

With all that being said, I am really looking forward to seeing the match-up of these two competitors at their all-time best. There's been a lot of bickering back and forth on the message boards about who is better. I hope they both truly come in at 100% to settle the score.

Phil Heath At The 2009 Olympia. Phil Heath At The 2009 Olympia.
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Victor Martinez
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This year Victor Martinez is enjoying a life with less stress and turmoil than last year. Despite the upheaval in his personal life, Victor was still able to capture sixth place in bodybuilding's most elite competition. Can he move up the ladder again this year? Will his legs be back on par with his legs before his 2008 training accident, which required surgery on his knee? Judging from a few photos I've seen on line, we should see the best Victor Martinez anyone has seen since the 2007 Mr. Olympia, which many of his fans thought he won.

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Ronny Rockel
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Ronny Rockel has a phyique that seems to get overlooked. He took seventh last year at the Olympia and sixth this year at the Arnold Classic. Rockel has good shape, symmetry and proportion. He's even up there in the mass department. His conditioning has improved and so has hi presentation. If he can bring his back up with more thickness and width while still holding detail, he could be a top-5 or top-6 contender. Until then, the German Rock will have to settle for one of the seventh, eighth or ninth spots.

Ronny Rockel At The 2009 Olympia. Ronny Rockel At The 2009 Olympia.
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Toney Freeman
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There's one thing consistent about the X-man; you never know what he's going to look like at his next show. Will he be full and smooth? Or will he be shredded and flat? Or will he put everything together like he did in 2008 and rock the house? No one ever knows. And I don't think Toney knows either. If Toney can nail down the formula that works for him, he almost is guaranteed a top-six spot. The problem is Toney is a few years past age 40 and doesn't have much time left to experiment and play around to find that magic combination.

Toney Freeman At The 2009 Olympia. Toney Freeman At The 2009 Olympia.
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Dennis Wolf
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I was on the edge of my seat at the Orleans when Dennis Wolf came up to the front of the stage for the first time for all to see. I was anticipating a 2007-form Dennis Wolf - only better. Boy, was I disappointed and so was everyone else. No cheers, just a weird silence hushed through the arena. Dennis looked like he needed an additional three to four weeks for dieting. Apparently he overdid it on his carb loading so he wouldn't be flat. Well, flat he wasn't. Smooth was the term I heard everyone whispering.

With hopes of redemption, Wolf entered the 2010 New York Pro hoping to chalk up a win. That didn't happen. He placed third because he was flat and sort of smooth at the same time. Again he messed up his prep, but he did manage to qualify for this year's Olympia.

Dennis still has the potential to break into the top six again this year, but he has to do what he did in 2007 or even 2008 to get back there. For all the Wolf fans out there, I hope he puts it all of his eggs in one basket and regains the formula that made him an instant fan sensation. If not, he might learn - in the words of Bruce Almighty - that's the way the cookie crumbles!

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Roelly Winklaar
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For anyone that doesn't know yet, it's pronounced Roo-lee. Everyone needs to know how to pronounce his name because we're going to be hearing it more frequently. This guy has an army of fans and he's been a pro for less than a year.

I'll admit that I picked Roelly Winklaar to finish last at this year's Arnold Classic. The new kid on the block always finishes last at that show. When I walked into the pump-up room at the Arnold, however, I saw Roelly. Wow! I knew one thing for sure. He wasn't getting last place. He looked nothing like the photos I saw online when he won the Arnold amateur the year before in 2009. He had made tremendous improvements.

After placing seventh at the Arnold this spring, Roelly flew to Australia and picked up a third-place finish, which qualified him for this year's Mr. Olympia. But Roelly wasn't done yet. He entered and won the New York Pro against seasoned pros like Hidetada Yamagishi, Toney Freeman and Dennis Wolf. That's not too bad for your third pro show and no one knew who he was about a year ago.

Roelly will walk out onto the Olympia stage sporting the best triceps in the sport this side of Phil Heath. (Oh, that's another hot topic of discussion on the boards; who has better tri's, Phil or Roelly?) Roelly has made progress each show he has entered. He'll be even better at the Olympia. If anyone messes up their prep, Roelly's going to step right in and take their place. No questions asked!

Roelly Winklaar At The 2009 Arnold Amateur Championships. Roelly Winklaar At The 2009 Arnold Amateur Championships.
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Predictions
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Making a prediction about who will win the Mr. Olympia and where everyone else will place is never easy. There are so many factors and details that go into every competitor's prep and then there's the whole judging system, which can be a little bewildering at times. Predicting ends up taking a good guess. With that being said and if all the guys come in top shape, this is the way I see it:

I think Roelly Winklaar and Ronny Rockel will be battling it out for seventh and eighth place. Toney Freeman and Dennis Wolf will be close and fighting over the ninth and tenth spot.

You can agree or disagree, but that's the way I'm going to call it this year. See you in Vegas!

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