After incredible success last year, Hadi Choopan intends to keep the crown as he prepares for the 2023 Mr. Olympia. With a rare sneak peek posted on Instagram, Choopan showed off his massive back and balanced proportions with just eight weeks until taking to the stage.
Iranian bodybuilder Hadi Choopan began his IFBB Pro career in 2017 in Men’s 212 Bodybuilding. Choopan would see success when he took home gold at the 2017 Amateur Mr. Olympia, and then placed second to Flex Lewis at the Asia Grand Prix that same year.
Hadi Choopan made the move to Men’s Open in 2019 where he found instant success at the Vancouver Pro, earning his ticket to his debut Mr. Olympia competition, which saw him take third place. From there, Choopan would stay in the top four before seizing the throne in 2022.
At the biggest event of the year, ‘The Persian Wolf’ went up against some of bodybuilding’s top athletes including Derek Lunsford and Nick Walker. To claim the Sandow trophy, Choopan also had to dethrone ‘Big Ramy,’ who entered the competition as a favorite. Hadi Choopan received a hero’s welcome upon returning home to Iran following his title-winning display. Weeks later, in light of his victory, a 10-foot statue was built in his honor.
With many people, including eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman believing that Hadi Choopan will be dethroned by his teammate Derek Lunsford, Choopan is upping his training intensity with only eight weeks before returning to bodybuilding’s brightest stage.
Hadi Choopan Sends Warning Shot To Men’s Open Lineup At 2023 Mr. Olympia
Considering Derek Lunsford and Samson Dauda are targeting the crown as well as Nick Walker, Choopan has been training harder than ever, showcasing a humungous 1,102-pound hack squats and heavy T-Bar rows.
Teasing fans, Choopan shared an update on his back detail as many believe that to be Derek Lunford’s greatest strength.
“I can’t sleep🤨🤨🤨🤨😵💫😵💫😵💫😵💫😵💫😵💫1:45 in the night🥴🥴🥴🥴🥴🥴let’s play 🥴🥴🥴🥴🥴
Sorry, I don’t have a professional camera and photoshop🙏🙏💡💡💡💡💡” Hadi Choopan wrote.
Choopan will face many foes this year such as Andrew Jacked and Nick Walker. “The Mutant” recently shared that he doesn’t perceive the champion as a threat at 2023 Mr. Olympia. Walker, who recently took silver at the 2023 Arnold Classic, mentioned that he’s more confident than ever heading into his third Mr. Olympia competition. Meanwhile, other pros like William Bonac appear convinced in Choopan’s ability to remain champion when all is said and done.
Given that Choopan will be facing his teammate Derek Lunsford on the sport’s biggest stage, fans expect fireworks in less than two months. One thing is certain: Choopan has been training with a chip on his shoulder ahead of his anticipated title defense.