Classic Physique bodybuilder Urs Kalecinski faced adversity before stepping on the 2023 Arnold Classic stage. Kalecinski recently took to Instagram and revealed he was hospitalized with food poisoning five days before competing in Columbus, Ohio.
Germany’s Urs Kalecinski established himself as a top Classic Physique pro over the last three years. His combination of aesthetics, lower body definition, and vibrant on-stage energy made him stand out instantly. Kalecinski won his first bodybuilding show in 2021 at the Tampa Pro. In his debut on the Olympia stage, Kalecinski proved himself with a fourth-place finish.
Despite a lack of experience, Kalecinski shined at some of the sport’s most esteemed contests. He finished third at the 2022 Arnold Classic, behind runner-up Ramon Rocha Queiroz and two-time winner Terrence Ruffin. In addition, Kalecinski took home back-to-back victories at the Boston Pro and Kuwait Classic Pro.
Before calling it a year, Urs returned to the Olympia stage in December and moved up to third place, once again trailing behind Queiroz and the seemingly untouchable four-time Classic Physique Olympia Chris Bumstead.
In preparation for the 2023 Arnold Classic, Kalecinski expressed interest in another showdown with Queiroz. While Urs’ mission was to defeat Ramon, he earned runner-up instead. After digesting the outcome, Kalecinski opened up on some of the health problems he faced last week.
Urs Kalecinski Says He ‘Never Lost Sight’ of His Goals After Being Food Poisoned 5 Days Before Competing
According to Kalecinski, he was hospitalized with food poisoning just five days before competing at the 2023 Arnold Classic.
“Strength isn’t just about the muscles you build, it’s about the willpower you have to keep pushing forward. Even when I was in the hospital just 5 days before my competition because of food poisoning i got, I never lost sight of my goals.
Let this be a reminder to all the young bodybuilders out there: no matter what obstacles come your way, you have the power to overcome them and achieve greatness. Believe in yourself and never give up on your dreams until you reach your goals or your maximum aesthetic
so thankful for my coach @bossofoutlaw
who stayed at my side thru this whole time and made the perfect decisions to bring our best possible package this weekend 🙏🏻” Urs Kalecisnki wrote.
In spite of the hospitalization, many fans thought Urs pushed Ramon Rocha Queiroz with one of his best packages to date. The bodybuilding community gathered in the comment section of Urs’ post to extend their support.
With age on his side, Kalecinski has plenty of time to build on the physique he brought to the 2023 Arnold Classic. He’s been open about his plan of attack in the off-season. Specifically, Kalecinski intends to bring up his arms and back in the coming months. ‘The Miracle Bear’ also revealed that he’s 6.6 pounds away from his height/weight limit for the Classic Physique division, which will give him the opportunity to continue growing.
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Urs Kalecinski made a quick turnaround last year at the Boston Pro and Kuwait Classic Pro. Should he announce an entry into a nearing contest, Fitness Volt will keep you updated.
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