“Lights Are the Most Important Thing”: Bodybuilding Legends Join Chorus With Critics Bashing Mr. Olympia 2023 for Poor Lighting

Published 11/09/2023, 1:09 AM EST

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The Mr. Olympia is regarded as one of the most decorated and prestigious events in the realm of bodybuilding. It takes months to prepare for the grand stage on which the best bodybuilder is bestowed with the magnificent Sandow Trophy, following the years of the legacy established by Joe Weider so that the Mr. Universe winners could continue competing and earn money out of it.

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The first Mr. Olympia championship was held on 18th September 1965 and ever since then, the preparations and execution only kept on getting grander. However, the Olympia this year, was not as much of a hit and has received bashing several times, in almost every aspect. Even the retired bodybuilding legends recently joined the clan and pointed out a significant error on stage this time.

Former Olympia competitors Milos Sarcev and Jay Cutler talk about poor lighting in the Mr. Olympia

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In the series of Podcast of the Cutler Cast, hosted by Jay Cutler, his manager Matt Daniels, and the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding coach Milos Sarcev, where they are seen talking about every aspect of Mr. Olympia 2023 in detail, the legends spoke about the several failures that occurred this year.

As the video gradually progressed, Jay Cutler started talking about the poor lighting on the stage. He said, “What was going on at the time? There wasn’t smoke or anything in the prejudging right?” To this Milos Sarcev, validating Cutler’s point started talking about how the sport of bodybuilding is entirely different from other sports, and lighting is one of the very important aspects.

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He said, “This is a physique show, so you have to emphasize your physique. And the lights are the most important things and you know the black curtain behind.” In one of the previous episodes of the same series, Jay Cutler even spoke about how most of the bodybuilders on the Olympia stage were not at their best this year.

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In the previous episode, where the legends congratulate the champion Derek Lunsford on his victory, Jay Cutler stated that he believes each one of them could have done better. Comparing their regime to his, he talks about how he would never go over 3 or 4 meals before getting on to the stage.

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However, the bodybuilders this year did not follow a similar pattern, rather they had around six to seven meals before getting on the stage. This, according to him, is a little too much as it is hard to take in, especially when one is refeeding themselves, and that is why they could have done better on stage. What do you think about the Mr. Olympia this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Aheli Chakraborty

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Aheli Chakraborty is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. A student of Mass Communication, Aheli has looked to convert passion into a career by venturing into sports writing. A bodybuilding enthusiast and powerlifter herself, Aheli has been drawn to the sport since a very young age.
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