Derek Lunsford was a rising star within the 212 division that gave the impression to be on an specific lane to legendary standing. He went from successful the 2017 USA’s to taking first on the Tampa Professional six days later. He then went on to position fifth after the Olympia a number of weeks later. He then adopted that up with a runner-up efficiency on the 2018 Olympia to Flex Lewis who then gracefully retired from that division.
With that sort of success so early in his profession, 2019 nearly gave the impression to be a coronation for the Indiana native that now calls Florida dwelling. Kamal Elgargni spoiled that second by upsetting Lunsford and successful the Olympia, relegating Lunsford to second once more. He shared with Dennis James on this week’s episode of The Menace Podcast that the loss damage him. He additionally now is aware of one motive why issues performed out the best way they did.
“The flexibility to win was there, however I used to be using an excessive amount of of a excessive with all of the hype,” he admitted. “I used to be in my head.”
Though he hoped to rebound and win final 12 months, Shaun Clarida caught everybody off guard and took the title that 12 months. Lunsford ended up fourth. At this level, he knew it was time to make a change.
“I stated to myself, “I believe that now could be the time that I study from another person. Get a special perspective, get a special eye, somebody that’s coached different Olympia champions.’”
He discovered what he felt was the proper coach within the type of Hany Rambod. Rambod had coached quite a few elite athletes together with Olympia winners Phil Heath, Jay Cutler, and Nicole Wilkins. Derek Lunsford shared with James that he knew this meant he needed to increase his personal requirements.
“Being with somebody new and somebody of that caliber, it makes me step up my sport much more, and need to do it (win) much more.”
On this week’s episode of TMP, Lunsford talks extra in regards to the adjustments that he and Rambod are making, his ideas on different 212 stars together with Clarida, and the way his mother adopted in his footsteps and made her aggressive debut onstage. The total episode of TMP is on the Muscle & Health YouTube channel, the place episodes air each Sunday at 3 p.m. Jap time.
0:45 – Derek Earlier than Bodybuilding
3:20 – Entry Into Bodybuilding
8:36 – Leaving and Lacking Wrestling
9:47 – DJ Breakdancing Earlier than Bodybuilding
12:11 – Derek’s Mother Competed
15:29 – 2017: Beginner to Olympian
22:06 – Prepared for the Hype on the Time?
27:38 – 2018 and 2019 Olympia
30:22 – 2020
33:40 – A Change is Made
39:15 – 212 or Open?
44:39 – 2021 Recreation Plan and Changes
48:17 – What Must Enhance
49:28 – Fan Assist and Notion
57:24 – Journey to Las Vegas to See Flex Lewis
59:45 – 212 Division Analysis