Jackson Winning Shows A Fundamental Shift In Judging

As those of you who follow such things probably already know, Dexter Jackson won the Mr. Olympia this past weekend in Vegas. I don’t follow who wins what much these days, but Dexter winning “The O” shows a fundamental shift in the judging criteria, where big blocky physiques – often accompanied by big bloated guts – were put in the top spot.

I have said for years that Dexter was the best pro bbing had to offer in the current crop of pro bbers, and should have won this and other shows in the past. His physique looks like a combination of Flex Wheeler and Shawn Ray, with more muscle packed on his frame then either.

I was not in attendance at the O this year, so I can’t say if Dexter brought his A game to this show, but rewarding the amazing shape, balance, symmetry, and conditioning Dexter has always brought to the stage, is a welcome change to the sport in my view

Now I have known Jay Cutler since he was a teenager, and he’s a local guy from MA, but I think he’s sacrificed shape and symmetry for shear mass (which was bing rewarded by the judges BTW) and perhaps this shift in judging may inspire he and others to re think their focus/training and pre-contest prep in favor of overall balance vs. mass.

Hopefully this will be an ongoing trend in the sport of pro bodybuilding…



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