Lee Haney's 2016 Olympia Preview

8X Mr. O Lee Haney weighs in on this year's Sandow chasers.


 Cedric McMillan 

2015 Mr. Olympia: Did Not Compete

Lee says: “A beautiful, beautiful physique. If he can duplicate his condition from the 2015 Arnold Classic Brazil, I wouldn’t count him out. He’s what the world and industry are calling for now. As a competitor, only you know what’s stopping you. I don’t know what he has to deal with on a daily basis. I had to deal with being a father, a husband, and a competitor. If you can balance things right, then you become a force to be reckoned with. He’s still in the military and that could pull on his time and attention. From what I saw at the Arnold Brazil, there’s nothing lacking. He had reemerged and said, ‘I’m the one you guys need to be looking at.’ He’s a good poser and a good presenter, but next to guys like Dennis Wolf—those guys will eat you alive. They’re huge and flaunt it in the greatest of ways. They tear the house down! I remember when I was coming up in 1983, Arnold told me, ‘Lee, you don’t pose big.’ Arnold got me with his coach and the next year, guess what? I was Mr. Olympia. There you go. He needs to pose like a conqueror—like you’re coming to destroy. Branch Warren—when he hits the stage, he’ll take your life away! You’ve gotta make the audience and judges feel that. It’s a mindset. If you don’t believe it, the judges won’t believe it. That’s what he needs to do.”

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