Jacked is ready for his March moment.
The first month of 2023 isn’t even over yet, and Chinedu Andrew Obiekea, aka “Andrew Jacked”, has already packed his schedule. The 8th-place finisher at the 2022 Mr. Olympia followed up that stellar top-10 performance by diving headlong right back into his training and nutrition plans. Part of the first note is related to Jacked’s recent revelation that he would be working with a new trainer, Chris “Psycho” Lewis. The manager is perhaps best known for his stint with the late Mr Olympia Shawn Rhoden in 2018. Judging from a recent update, it seems Lewis may be on the right track to unleash Jacked’s full potential.
On January 26, 2023, Jacked posted a photo on his Instagram where he tenses his torn chest and arm muscles. After a general review of Jacked’s Feed up to this point in 2023, this is the first relatively comprehensive look the bodybuilder has given at where his physique is in the last few weeks.
“When the hoodie comes down… work your chest and triceps! … Training seems to be going pretty well.”
With the 2023 Arnold Classic (AC) on the horizon in March, it could even be a great sign that Jacked’s prospects in the big competition are good.
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While there’s a stacked roster of contenders available for the AC 2023, this doesn’t seem like an intimidating gauntlet for Jacked.
Sure, a field that currently includes two-time AC winner (2018, 2020) William Bonac, two-time Mr. Olympia winner (2020-2021) Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay and Nick Walker (another former AC) Victor ex 2021) may seem daunting at first glance. However, in this case, if Jacked was going to pick up arguably the biggest win of his career on March 2-5, 2023 in Columbus, OH, he was likely going to have to bring down a number of fellow elite players anyway. From that perspective, overcoming the likes of Bonac, Elssbiay and Walker could be extremely fortunate because it would address and validate Jacked’s meticulous work in his preparation.
The athlete maintained this during a recent interview with Muscular Development on Jan. 25, 2023, while laying down his feelings about his new training plan and setup. Jacked also works with Chris Aceto, an experienced bodybuilding coach and consultant with 111 wins on the stage spread across his clients over the years.
“I like working with people who are a good fit,” Jacked explained of what lies ahead in his prep work for AC 2023 and other competitions in the calendar year. “I think things will be very smooth. He [Chris Aceto] said it’s cool, so I’m going to the Arnold with him [Classic] … Aceto, “the real technician”. He’s a wonderful guy. Well, both from Chris. I work with Chris [Aceto] and Chris [Lewis]. Both are amazing people to start with. Stunning. It’s all business and not brotherhood or intimacy or whatever.”
It’s evident that Jacked’s ambitions seem entirely valid based on the focused, hands-on attention and guidance he’s now receiving. At least his sneakers give him confidence for the journey ahead.
“Even ‘Psycho’ [Lewis], I told him, ‘Bro, I need a drill sergeant, not a brother,'” Jacked remarked. “And he is [Lewis] like, he wanted the same thing too. We train and we go. There is no time for chatter, smiles or whatever. no We’re doing this for business reasons and that’s exactly what I want. Aceto is also doing its thing and I’m like, ‘Yeah, well, great.’”
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A pivotal year in Jacked’s career could await. He may have put himself on the map with corresponding wins at the 2022 Texas Pro and 2022 Arnold Classic UK, but it’s easy to see that he’s not satisfied with such an early highlight role. Working simultaneously with two elite trainers and putting one of bodybuilding’s most prestigious competitions in his crosshairs speaks to the legacy Jacked aims to create. He seems to yearn to be special and such a strong mentality adds a lot to a sport of intense commitment.
Featured Image: @andrewjacked on Instagram
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