Bodybuilding legend Kai Greene is widely regarded as one of the greatest competitors to never win a coveted Sandow trophy. In a recent Muscular Development interview, Greene shared his thoughts on a potential comeback and praised longtime rival Phil Heath for achieving immense success in the sport.
Kai Greene first gained attention for his crazy muscle mass, shape, and monstrous physique in the late 2000s. He ushered in an era of superhero-like mass monsters with a 3D look and shocking muscular detail. He secured the Arnold Classic title twice (2009-2010) before setting his sights on the Mr. Olympia competition, considered to be the most prestigious fitness showcase in the world.
Greene dominated the competition at the 2011 IFBB New York Pro and took the top prize home under the mentorship of renowned bodybuilding guru George Farah. The win secured his entry into the 2011 Mr. Olympia. He narrowly missed out on the coveted Sandow trophy three times, falling short to his arch-rival and personal boogeyman, seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath. After finishing third in 2011, Greene took silver in the next three editions from 2012-2014.
Following a series of close defeats, Greene chose to stay on the sidelines and steered clear of competing at the Olympia contests. His final bodybuilding appearance saw him score gold at the 2016 Arnold Classic Brazil.
In Feb. 2022, Kai Greene opened up on powering through a difficult upbringing. Having been raised in an institutional facility, Greene issued a motivational message about becoming your own superhero instead of waiting on someone for help.
Greene teamed up with social media fitness influencer Will Tennyson for a grueling high-intensity chest workout. He mentored Tennyson through a high-volume workout made up of bodyweight exercises and other free weights.
‘The Predator’ joined forces with Men’s Open budding prospect Blessing Awodibu for a brutal shoulder training session six weeks from the 2022 Mr. Olympia. Greene expressed his admiration for Blessing. They appeared to get along well and rejoined each other for an intense back and hamstring workout a month later.
Kai Greene reveals if he’ll return to competition
In a recent Interview, Kai Greene shared his thoughts on potentially making a comeback to competition. While he did not reveal an exact plan, he also wouldn’t rule out a return either.
“I would never want to say never,” said Greene. “I never officially retired and you never know. This is a new year. 2023 is certainly something to be excited about. I guess the best thing I can say is you just can’t count the guy out. You never know.”
“I am not retired. I am not in any way like that whole idea of moving on. I think you’re supposed to progressively move forward with the development that is important to you and that you’re willing to realize. I think that I’m supposed to be inspiring to do more, expand, and aim to be even more successful. The size of my vision is really what’s on display.”
Greene lauds rival Phil Heath for his success
‘The Predator’ shared a fierce rivalry with Phil Heath during their days of battling it out on stage. Olympia owner Jake Wood believes their rivalry was the best of any due to the way it played out on stage with a high level of tension.
Greene’s still not a fan of Heath but credits him for enjoying a decorated career.
“I hate that guy. It’s one thing I will not do. I do not take any credit away from the man, the athlete. His accomplishments speaks for himself. There’s no way I can even rationally think myself to try to discredit that. He’s an amazing competitor and he’s accomplished a tremendous amount of things that I think a lot of athletes would only look up to. Nothing but respect but if you get on stage with me anytime again, I don’t know about all of that.”
Kai Greene laid out his daily caloric intake at 2,500 to 6,000 calories earlier this week. He stressed the importance of leaning towards staying natural and being responsible with the use of any synthetic substance, including testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
With the Masters Olympia returning later this year, fans would love nothing more than to see Kai Greene and Phil Heath back on stage. Both men have maintained stellar physiques since stepping away from the sport’s brightest stages.
Based on his response, it appears Greene is not ruling out a return to the stage. He has been teasing the possibility for some time now and it remains to be seen if he actually does make a comeback.