Despite Backing Out From Mr. Olympia, Big Ramy Still Leaves Everyone Guessing About His Next Move “Guess Which Show I Was Prepping For”

Published 10/08/2023, 5:45 AM EDT

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Big Ramy, whose real name is Mamdouh Mohammed Hassan Elssbiay, is a famous Egyptian bodybuilder who has won the Mr. Olympia competition two times. He was born on September 16, 1984, and used to work as a fisherman in Kuwait. Later, Ramy got a job as a trainer at the nearby Oxygen Gym. His friends saw how good he was, so they convinced him to take bodybuilding more seriously around 2009.

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Big Ramy began his bodybuilding career and became an IFBB professional bodybuilder after his second competition. Ramy won the Amateur Olympia in Kuwait City in 2012. This gave him a Pro Card, and he has been winning competitions ever since. He made his IFBB Pro debut at the New York Pro in 2014 and won. In a recent interview, Elssbiay announced that he is withdrawing from the 2023 Olympia. This further left his fans curious about his next move in a recent Instagram post.

Ramy skips Mr. Olympia to plot a comeback

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This year, Big Ramy won’t be taking part in the Mr. Olympia competition. He put up a video on his official Instagram account where he’s showing off his muscles and asked, “Guess which show I was prepping for?” This has got everyone curious about his future plans and what he’s preparing for.

Last year, Hadi Choopan took the title from Ramy and became the 2022 Olympia champion. Ramy’s performance hasn’t been great lately, and he’s been criticized by fans and experienced bodybuilders for his current physique, which doesn’t have good proportions. In a recent interview with Rx Muscle, Ramy talked about his plans for the 2023 Olympia, and it might surprise a lot of people.

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Despite Retiring, Big Ramy Is Far From Calling It Quits on Bodybuilding: “Not Done, Never Giving Up”

In 2022, Hadi Choopan won the title, beating Ramy, which surprised a lot of people. What was even more surprising was that Ramy, who had been in first place in 2021, dropped to fifth place last year. Ramy understood that he needed to improve, so he decided to take a break this year to focus on himself and make a strong comeback in the future.

Big Ramy takes time off to focus on recovery and improvement

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In an interview with Bob Cicherillo, Elssbiay said that he is taking time off and will not compete in the 2023 Olympia because he has old injuries that have affected his performance in the Men’s Open bodybuilding division. “I think the better choice is right now, we need to get a break. The Olympia is here, and we’re working to get better and better for the next show,” Elssbiay said.

Big Ramy says he will compete again next year, but for now, he is taking time off to improve. He will have a chance to show himself off in other competitions before the biggest bodybuilding show of the year in 2024.

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Despite his remarkable accomplishments, Big Ramy’s decision to step back and focus on self-improvement in preparation for a potential comeback in the 2023 Olympia is truly admirable. Please share your thoughts and goals for your personal “comeback.”

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Divya Ghughatyal

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Divya Ghughatyal is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a Master's Degree in Journalism, she has been an avid sportsperson since childhood and was a national-level Handball player. An experience of five years in content writing and her interest in sports inspired her to delve into professional sports writing.
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