George Farah discusses Big Ramy’s constant switching of coaches, his conditioning, and his mentality.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Big Ramy on a major competition stage. The last time we saw him at Mr. Olympia he placed at a disappointing 6th. That was in 2018. He was unable to compete at the Mr. Olympia in 2019 due to an injury that left him unable to prepare for the event in time. Now we are just over two weeks away from the Arnold Classic, the first big competition Ramy will be competing in in over a year. What can we expect and will it show promise for his showing at the Mr. Olympia later this year? In our latest GI Exclusive, George Farah discusses the main reason why Big Ramy has issues winning the Mr. Olympia.
George Farah believes that Big Ramy is a Mr. Olympia champion… he just needs to come in on point to actually realize that potential. Ramy’s conditioning has long been a criticism of the talented bodybuilder. It’s the number one reason people believe he hasn’t yet been able to win the Mr. Olympia competition. But in our conversation with George Farah, he explains that Ramy’s conditioning isn’t the real issue per se.
Yes, Big Ramy has often had lackluster conditioning when he steps onto the Mr. Olympia stage. But according to Farah, that’s not because Ramy is failing on his conditioning. It’s because of his mentality. Farah shares a story of when he was training Ramy and saw him just hours before a competition. He was shredded and in incredible conditioning. But then a mishap occured that pulled Farah away from back stage – unable to return. When Big Ramy stepped out to compete, his conditioning was suddenly completely off.
George doesn’t know what exactly happened – but he believes the only thing that could have caused such a sudden change in his physique was a change in his mindset. Big Ramy gets too deep into his own head moments before competing and it causes him to fade.
Perhaps he just needs the right coaching team to make him feel mentally prepared. Big Ramy has switched coaches a few times throughout his career – including a controversial split from the Camel Crew after his 2018 showing at the Olympia. We asked George Farah his thoughts on that. Farah thinks that loyalty shouldn’t have a place in a coach/bodybuilder relationship. Big Ramy should find the coach that works for him – and he hopes that the perfect fit comes soon.
As Goerge Farah said at the beginning – Big Ramy has all of the right tools to become a Mr. Olympia champion. He just needs to get in the zone, get in the right shape, and keep it that way on the night of the competition. Perhaps the 2020 version of Big Ramy will finally find that perfect combination. The Arnold Classic will be our first chance to see if he’s going in the right direction.
Check out George Farah’s complete breakdown of Big Ramy in our latest GI Exclusive interview above!