Sergio Oliva Jr. Explains His ‘Off Conditioning’ at The 2018 Chicago Pro

Sergio Oliva Jr. on his conditioning issues

Sergio Oliva Jr. on his conditioning issues

This past weekend, 2018 Chicago Pro show determined who would punch their ticket to the 2018 Olympia stage and what we learned was that a number of winners, namely Michael Lockett would go on to get their golden opportunity to attend the biggest bodybuilding show of the year.

Many fans and experts thought that Sergio Oliva Jr. would win the Chicago Pro show easily after his impressive win at the 2017 New York Pro where Sergio shine and shown a great deal of promise. However, Sergio’s conditioning at the Chicago Pro show leads him to take second place to Michael Lockett.

Since the show, fans have been commenting about his conditioning and that he wasn’t as tight as it could have been.  The son of “The Myth” decided to address the issue head on, on a post on his Instagram Sergio clear up the reasoning for his performance and conditioning:

“I think some people don’t understand the difference between “Not being conditioned” and “Nailing your condition” timing.”

“In most pros shows you get judged twice. Once in the morning and once at night. Unfortunately, I’m always my best later in the day (night). Since no one cared or followed me before NY they don’t know I was actually losing prejudging in New York just like Chicago but because I was able to come back HOURS later at night I tightened up and pulled that Win out.”

“But this was a different show. Prejudging was so fast and I didn’t get worked over and over like I did before which I need as anyone will tell you I get better the longer I’m out there and on top of it then the night show started 2 hours later at 4 pm. So, unfortunately, the show was decided in the morning. And anyone who follows me knows I’m up till 3-4 am so that early prejudging my body just won’t ever peak.”

Sergio Oliva Jr. added:

“I don’t care about any haters that finally have something to say about me. (In fact I’m glad y’all are back because I need you guys lol). But because I was holding water and didn’t fill out now all of a sudden I’m not a good bodybuilder and wasn’t in shape? Def not the case. It wasn’t lack of hard work or anything like that either.”

“Just the last day timing of food and water.”

“But I do want my followers to understand the differences and learn this sport cause I feel that’s the biggest problem is the ignorance of what’s good or bad. So this is my back literally 3 min before I went down for the night show cause @therealtechnician wanted a quick pic to see how we were filling out. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter.

So I don’t like that I never got to stand alone with Mike at night and battle it out like I did with Jon in NY and the fans def deserved it. But thats bodybuilding.

You can’t always control everything. You can only adapt or plan certain shows around what’s best for you. And if you think Chris and I won’t adapt then you don’t know who the technician is… “

I think some people don’t understand the difference between “Not being conditioned” and “Nailing your condition” timing. In most pros shows you get judged twice. Once in the morning and once at night. Unfortunately I’m always my best later in the day (night). Since no one cared or followed me before NY they don’t know I was actually losing prejudging in New York just like Chicago but because I was able to come back HOURS later at night I tightened up and pulled that Win out. But this was a different show. Prejudging was so fast and I didn’t get worked over and over like I did before which I need as anyone will tell you I get better the longer I’m out there and on top of it then the night show started 2 hours later at 4pm. So unfortunately the show was decided in the morning. And anyone who follows me knows I’m up till 3-4 am so that early prejudging my body just wont ever peak. I don’t care about any haters that finally have something to say about me. (In fact I’m glad y’all are back because I need you guys lol). But because I was holding water and didn’t fill out now all of a sudden I’m not a good bodybuilder and wasn’t in shape? 🤔Def not the case. It wasn’t lack of hard work or anything like that either. Just the last day timing of food and water. But I do want my followers to understand the differences and learn this sport cause I feel that’s the biggest problem is the ignorance of what’s good or bad. So this is my back literally 3 min before I went down for the night show cause @therealtechnician wanted a quick pic to see how we were filling out. Unfortunately it didn’t matter. So I don’t like that I never got to stand alone with Mike at night and battle it out like I did with Jon in NY and the fans def deserved it. But thats bodybuilding. You can’t always control everything. You can only adapt or plan certain shows around what’s best for you. And if you think Chris and I won’t adapt then you don’t know who the technician is… #TeamAceto #OnlyWinsCauseOfHisName

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Sergio was the favorite leading into the show and also being the most well-known bodybuilder there. He had easily the best legs of the show but it was his back and lack of fullness and hardness that let him down in my opinion. He did not bring the same condition that won him the NY Pro last year but brought a recognizably bigger package. All in all a good package but just not enough to beat Michael Lockett.

Now check this interesting post share one of our reader:

A Bodybuilding Fable About Humility: @sergioolivajr won his first (and, at that time, only) pro show, the 2017 NY Pro, under controversial terms. He spent the following year reminding everyone of the fact. In the meantime, he took to social media and trashtalked, not only peers, but bodybuilding fans who respectfully disagreed with him. He went on record stating he couldn't beat the Top 6 Olympians from 2017, thereby implying he could best anyone else in that year's lineup. Today, Sergio stepped on stage for the first time since his NY win and placed second to @ifbbpromichaellockett, who came in last at the 2017 Olympia. At this point, Oliva would be well advised to take a page from Kendrick Lamar because, although critiqued on physique, IFBB judges monitor social media and, when making close calls, undoubtedly consider the character and reputation of the athlete who will be representing the title. Despite being a pro of three years, during the past 14 months, Sergio has failed to exhibit the professionalism expected of a champion and, as a result, this may well have been the reason he wasn't issued benefit of the doubt at the 2018 Chicago Pro, in lieu of having more muscle mass and greater symmetry than Lockett–but was less conditioned. #Bodybuilding #ChicagoPro #WingsofStrength #MichaelLockett #SergioOlivaJr #VictoryClothing #Humility #Ego #LessonLearned #NYPro #NewYorkPro #SitDown #KendrickLamar #BeHumble #Comeuppance #Sportsmanship #Professionalism #ProfessionalinNameAlone #Grace #TooMuchSocialMediaTooLittleBodybuilding

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