The bodybuilding season is in full swing as competitors have until October 9 to earn a Mr. Olympia invitation. In a pair of Instagram posts, Iain Valliere and Hassan Mostafa showed off their latest progress just days before competing at this weekend’s 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow.
As a Men’s Open talent, Iain Valliere quickly garnered attention in the league courtesy of his dry conditioning and wide back. Last year, Valliere earned his Mr. Olympia invite following an intense battle with fellow standout Antoine Vaillant at the 2022 Vancouver Pro.
Holding on to 280 pounds, Valliere targeted his best look at last year’s Mr. Olympia but was met with heavy resistance in 11th place. In the aftermath, Valliere was open about his performance and said problems with sodium contributed to the lackluster showing. Nevertheless, Valliere made it clear he would come back stronger.
With improvements being his number one priority, Valliere has taken measures in the gym, such as reintroducing deadlifts into his workout routine. He also rejoined his former coach Matt Jansen, who is responsible for training a host of top-tier athletes some of which include Nick Walker, Shaun Clarida, and Quinton Eriya.
If Valliere wants to earn his 2023 Mr. Olympia invite, he’ll need to get past Hassan Mostafa this weekend. Mostafa is riding momentum following a successful season last year. He earned back-to-back first-place finishes at the 2022 Orlando Pro and Puerto Rico Pro.
Before getting the chance to step on the Olympia stage, Mostafa was forced to withdraw due to a health scare. He told fans that another prep could have caused further damage to his kidneys so he didn’t want to risk his wellbeing. While he wasn’t able to perform at Olympia last December, Hassan plans to make up for lost time this year if he earns his qualification.
Iain Valliere and Hassan Mostafa Look Absolutely Shredded Days from 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow This Weekend
In two posts, Valliere updated fans on his current condition less than a week before taking to the stage. Given his hardness and muscle detail, many fans have labeled Valliere the frontrunner this weekend. He enters the 2023 Toronto Pro Supershow as the highest-raking Olympian.
Mostafa continues to improve year to year. Given his success in 2022, the bodybuilding community wouldn’t be surprised if Mostafa secured the win. Considering his vascularity and detail, it appears the show in Toronto will come down to who brings the best balance of conditioning and symmetry.
Aside from training, both men have kept followers updated on their nutrition. Last week, Valliere shared a shredding diet he’s using to bring his best package possible to his home country. It consisted of six meals, which were all high in protein.
Whether it’s the off-season or Ramadan, Hassan is solely dedicated to improving as a bodybuilder. He’s also working with Chad Nicholls, a bodybuilding coach who trained legends like eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman and two-time winner Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay.
With the 2023 Mr. Olympia show in less than six months, athletes are focused on prepping for the event or qualifying. Should Hassan Mostafa or Iain Valliere earn their invite this weekend, they will have a shot at knocking Hadi Choopan off the throne in November.