A New Generation of Bodybuilding
Another year has gone by, 2017 is finally here, and so is the new generation of bodybuilding.
We put together a list of bodybuilding's top rising stars to watch out for in 2017.
The list is complete with eight names that will surely dominate this year's bodybuilding circuit and bring back a high level of competitiveness to the beloved sport.
Let's take a close look and see how we think they will do.
Calum Von Moger
First on our list is Calum Von Moger, a very young promise and a household name in bodybuilding that needs no introduction.
The Australian-born bodybuilder has captured the hearts of millions through his unique look, charisma, personality, and golden-era bodybuilding training.
Standing at 6'2 and weighing approximately 250lbs, Calum dominated the Mr. Universe circuit and won the title three times.
Now, he is in search of a bigger challenge and strives to earn his IFBB Pro Card so that he can then compete and claim the title of 2017 Classic Physique Olympia.
Arguably the largest bodybuilder in the entire IFBB league, Big Ramy has quickly moved up the ranks and defeated a lot of big names while doing so.
2016 was a spectacular year that proved just how large his potential truly is. If he manages to improve on last year's showing, it's game over for the 2017 Olympia lineup.
Even though he placed fourth at the 2016 Mr. Olympia and second at the Arnold Classic Europe, the fans saw it differently.
Most agree that he should've been a close second to Phil Heath at the Olympia and taken the trophy at the Arnold. 2017 will undoubtedly be a big year for him.
Chris Bumstead is another aspiring competitor that turned pro at the 2016 IFBB North Americans by winning the highly competitive heavyweight class.
After his win, the 21-year-old shortly announced his switch to the classic physique division and took third at his first pro competition shortly after. Followers of the sport argue that he could have easily won the whole show.
His height, proportions, hard training – and overall aesthetic look will definitely take him to the classic physique Olympia stage this year; where he will be battling for the top spot.
Even though some fans are disappointed with his switch to classic; we are sure that he made the right choice, and hopefully, one day, we will get to see him compete in the open division.
Let's go back to men's open bodybuilding and acknowledge the presence of one of the IFBB's youngest and most successful athletes.
Cody Montgomery dominated the amateur circuit and then won the overall title at the prestigious 2015 NPC USA Championships.
Cody's professional debut occurred at the 2016 Arnold Classic where he took 10th place ahead of Johnnie Jackson and Toney Freeman.
Even though Montgomery lacked a few pounds of muscle compared to the veterans, he was -by far- the most conditioned athlete of the show.
Although we still don't know what show he will do next; we are positive that he will shock the world once more and make his way to the Olympia stage.
Luke Sandoe is one of the IFBB's newest additions to the pro circuit. Ever since I first came across his social media, I couldn't believe how monstrous yet complete his physique was.
When the initial competitor lists for the 2017 Arnold Classic was published, I wasn't very excited, but, when his name was added – it completely changed the playing field.
I hope that Luke Sandoe will have a very successful pro debut and will battle for the top spot at the Arnold Classic.
It will truly be interesting to see how he stacks up against the competition in what seems to be a very interesting contest that's filled with different types of physiques.
Sergio Oliva Jr.
Sergio Oliva Jr. is a perfect example of consistency, hard work, and discipline. I'd be lying if I said that I'm not excited for his long-awaited pro debut.
Sergio has proven that if you set your mind to it, you can achieve any goal; no matter the circumstances.
His name and genetics alone didn't get him to where he is today. He is a champion because he earned it and because he carries himself as such.
It will be really entertaining to see this mass monster break through and earn his way to the Olympia stage, where he belongs.
If Sergio manages to add a few pounds of muscle in the right places while improving his conditioning; there's no set limit on what he can accomplish.
Regan Grimes is one of Canada's newest rising talents. The young 23-year-old had a very short amateur career before earning his IFBB Pro Card at the 2016 Arnold Classic Brasil.
His height, lines, taper, and aesthetics will undoubtedly propel him into the higher levels of the IFBB as he gets ready to make his professional debut.
Even though Regan's “biggest weakness” is overall size and thickness when comparing his physique to that of the veterans; we hope that he takes the time to slowly but fully develop a quality physique that will challenge even the toughest of competitors.
The last name on our “New Generation of Bodybuilding” list shouldn't come as a surprise. Jonathan Irizarry is one of the biggest names in the NPC amateur league for a good reason.
Even though Irizarry hasn't earned pro status as of yet, his potential is so immense that we are confident that his amateur status won't last much longer.
With a pro-stage-ready physique, we predict that Irizarry will dominate the NPC in 2017 and join the rest of the competitors on this list as an IFBB Pro athlete.
Once he accomplishes such goal, it will only be a matter of time till he makes his way to the largest stage in bodybuilding.
The amount of talent that is quickly making its way into the IFBB is truly impressive.
With the birth of the classic physique division, fans are getting to see a side of the sport that they have long been waiting for.
Although the open class still draws in a huge crowd; classic bodybuilding is poised to become just as popular.
As modern bodybuilding transitions and becomes dominated by the young rising stars; fans are happy in knowing that their beloved sport is heading in the right direction.
Hopefully, we can expect the big shows (Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia) to return to the silver screen and raise the overall popularity of the competitive discipline – taking it to all the glory that it once had.