Rich Gaspari Says Hadi Choopan’s Back Wasn’t As ‘Refined’ As Other Athletes During His Time Competing
After taking part in a war of words with Hadi Choopan, Gaspari stands by his initial statement. He believes competitors lack the same dryness that was displayed during the 90s.
“I normally have a really good response from my followers but since I made that post — and I’m going to say by far… I’m not hating on Hadi Choopan. I think he’s a great champion. I thought he looked phenomenal. I’m going to be a critic as a bodybuilder who has been doing this for four decades.I’m being a critic to say, from the front Hadi had the most amazing physique, very dense, reminiscent to the older days. I still feel they are not as refined as today. But when you look at him from the front, dense as hell. From the back, he had a wide back; I’m not going to say he didn’t have a great back, he had a great back, but I don’t think the density was there compared to a Ronnie Coleman, Dorian Yates, or a Lee Haney,” says Rich Gaspari.
“The cameras were not better back in the day,” laughs Gaspari. “It’s the angle, oh he wasn’t hitting this shot… I don’t care, if you’re in a relaxed position, you can see when somebody is hard. Even if they aren’t hitting the shot totally. I didn’t want to sit there and bash Hadi and piss on his parade because I think he’s a great champion.”
Gaspari Names Nick Walker as Future Mr. Olympia, Says Athletes Are ‘Depending on Drugs More Than Training’ Nowadays
According to Gaspari, Nick Walker is a future Mr. Olympia winner. ‘The Mutant’ threw his name into the 2023 Arnold Classic after securing third place and the Olympia People’s Champ Award at 2022 Mr. Olympia. While he believes most competitors no longer train hard, he left Walker out of that stereotype.
“Nick Walker — I believe he could also be a threat to win the show [2023 Mr. Olympia]. He’s still not to that point of being super super hard. He needs to be super hard.
I’ve seen videos of Nick Walker training — he’s a freaking maniac with really heavy weights that guy is using, it’s tremendous. I think there is something to say how guys are training and depending on drugs more than the quality of training. That needs to come back. It seems like training is lost,” Rich Gaspari shared.
“When I was in my 20s training for the Olympia, I trained so hard that I would pop blood vessels in my eyes. I was doing legs. That’s how hard I trained. Again, I don’t want to sit here on this show and bash people and say they’re not training hard because I do believe there are a lot of current champions that do train hard.“What the Open is doing to get that much more massive — it’s probably a lot more eating. I don’t want to say this on the show, but a lot more drugs and other things to take to get that big,” says Gaspari.