George Farah reflects on Big Ramy’s Olympia win and his many coaching changes leading up to the victory.
Big Ramy’s Mr. Olympia win was a long time coming. So long, in fact, that many bodybuilding fans began to doubt if it would ever happen. His placings were a rollercoaster ride between the years. Regardless, in 2020, Ramy pulled it off. Throughout the years building towards this victory, Ramy changed coaches quite a bit. One of those coaches was George Farah. In our latest GI Exclusive interview, George Farah discusses his time training Big Ramy and claims that he could have gotten him the Mr. Olympia title sooner.
George Farah was Big Ramy’s on and off coach over the past few years of Big Ramy’s career. But like many other coaches along the way – Ramy refused to stay put. With each passing Olympia he didn’t win, Ramy tried out different coaches to find the best fit for victory. He found himself returning to Farah a few times during this period.
George Farah holds no ill will towards Big Ramy for these changes. “We are adults,” he claims in our interview. Farah understands that an athlete will ultimately do what he thinks is best for his career. While Farah enjoyed his time training Ramy – especially because of his potential – Farah understood that Ramy had to find his own path.
That being said, George Farah was extremely happy for Big Ramy to win the Mr. Olympia in 2020. He knew for years that if Ramy could get on point, he would be unstoppable. He still believes that now. Though he admits that anything can happen and it remains to be seen if Ramy will return on point again or continue his rollercoaster up and down career. Farah hopes to see him remain champion in the future.
We also asked George Farah why he thinks Big Ramy changed coaches so often throughout his career. As we briefly mentioned above, Farah thinks that Ramy needed to find his own path. He was hungry to win – and wanted to try out all options to see what worked best.
While George Farah is not angry about Big Ramy leaving him as a coach, he does admit that he finds himself somewhat sad. This is partially due to the fact that Farah finds Ramy to have one of the biggest hearts in bodybuilding. But it’s also because Farah strongly believes that he could have gotten Ramy the Mr. Olympia title sooner.
“Did it hurt me that he left? Yeah. But it didn’t hurt me that he left me. It hurt me because I saw what I could do with him,” George Farah stated in our interview. He continued:
“I saw that – I said, ‘Oh my god. Right now I knew how Ramy’s body is going to work.’ After Prague, it’s going to be a piece of cake. But he ended up going with Chris… I didn’t get mad. I got a little sad. Like I said, the only reason I got sad because I know what I could have done. I could have gotten him that Olympia before waiting four or five years.”
George Farah seems convinced that if Big Ramy stayed more consistent with his coaches that he could have found success at Olympia sooner. More specifically, Farah believes he fully understood Ramy’s body and could have gotten him the Sandow trophy years earlier.
You can watch George Farah go into full detail about Big Ramy and his Mr. Olympia win by watching our latest GI Exclusive interview above.