“In my head, I’m a winner and everyone’s behind me. I don’t think about them,” Walker shared about his competition.
Nick Walker on 2023 Mr. Olympia: ‘I’m Not Here to Play Anyone’s Game”
Walker revealed his mentality ahead of his next Mr. Olympia competition.
“Here’s my thing, I feel like when you start thinking about other competitors you simultaneously start to play their game. And I’m not here to play anyone’s game, I know my game, I know what my strengths are and they got me to where I’m at. I focus on my abilities to overpower everyone which has gotten me this far, why would I switch?”
Simply put, Walker believes the “stars are aligning” and he plans to overpower his look from last year.
“I do say it every year. I really do just feel like this will be my year. You know I feel like, in terms of life in general, this prep, the stars are just aligning this year. Everything was the way I needed it to be. A couple hiccups here and there, nothing dramatic. This has probably been a very smooth year for me.”
“I’m very confident that we are going to have the Arnold conditioning with Olympia-type fullness. That was a thing that me and Matt teeter-tottered with this prep. Going flat, filling out a little bit, going flat, filling out a little bit, so we didn’t go too flat. I think we were able to really balance that.”
“I do have that Arnold look that we wanted. Now we’re just kind of teeter-tottering with certain things as far as food goes. I just feel very confident that I’m going to surpass last year’s look.”
Officials recently announced that only the top three Mr. Olympia contestants will receive automatic qualifications. Walker shared his thoughts on this change:
“My honest opinion, I think it’s cool… but I don’t think it should have been done right now. Yes, to announce that two weeks before we are all about to hit the stage. I think if they were going to announce it now, it should apply for next year. I think it’s cool though, it makes things more competitive in that state which is cool. But to do it right now, I don’t think it was cool.”
Walker Says He’s Using ‘Little More Than a TRT Dose’ for All of His 2023 Mr. Olympia Prep
While the 29-year-old refused to reveal details about his weight, he was still forthcoming about his TRT dose during preparations.
“It’s funny, everyone says this is probably the most my face has been sunken in this early,” said Nick Walker. “I’m not talking about my weight.”
“I just think that one thing we did this off-season that really helped this prep was we didn’t kill food, we didn’t feel like we had to push the food extremely high. Other stuff, other supplementation… we didn’t really go crazy on whatsoever. I literally, I would say I probably did a little more than a TRT dose the entire time pretty much.”
“We didn’t really push anything but like the new training that I was doing with Jared with RP Strength, I just think it really allowed me to pull back training but add frequency if that makes sense. I just think that it also kept me leaner. It allowed me to grow faster. I finally got the CPAP which I think helped my recovery and everything tremendously.”
“Without overdoing everything this prep, it’s allowed a better look going into this Olympia I think,” said Walker. “I think the highest I got was high 290s I would say, but I was still very very lean. Everyone is like what are you doing, I’m like ‘Nothing.'”
“The thing is the results versus the price ain’t worth it. I also feel like that of course, everything is done a certain way but I think growth is just another way to blunt your sensitivity. Why? Why? Why? That’s when people add in other drugs, a lot of T3 or insulin. It’s like for what?”
According to Walker, size can be acquired without getting uncomfortable. He specified that he didn’t push for extra mass this season but still got bigger.
“You don’t have to be uncomfortable to put on size. I will tell you first-hand, this off-season even though I was already big I didn’t push for size at all but I got bigger without doing it. And I was not really that uncomfortable whatsoever.
It’s like you don’t need to go to these levels to drastically push new numbers, new heights to get bigger. Because odds are, as well all know, you’re going to lose probably half of that when you get into prep.”
Even though his confidence is soaring, Nick Walker has largely been counted out by bodybuilding veterans who monitor the sport. Thus far, Jay Cutler, Dennis James, Chris Cormier, Ronnie Coleman, and Samir Bannout have all extended their support for Derek Lunsford to become the next Mr. Olympia. Meanwhile, Milos Sarcev and Zack Khan have Samson Dauda coming out on top.
Considering Walker has never dropped placings at Mr. Olympia, history would suggest he’s bound to improve on the big stage. Don’t miss the sport’s epic showdown on November 2-5 in Orlando, Florida!