Jeremy Buendia: The Precarious Road To The Fifth Olympia Championship

Jeremy Buendia has traversed a tough road in his comeback after surgery.

This September’s Olympia show is sure to be one for the ages. The rapidly growing Men’s Physique division is especially exciting due to the uncertain status of returning 4-time Champion Jeremy Buendia.


‼️CHALLENGE BEGINS JULY 1st‼️ – Olympia is going down as one one for the ages. I know my team here in the states and my team over in the Philippines are ready for battle! – We are coming through with a purpose this year, to solidify my dominance and to introduce the next generation of Superstars to the amateur stage! – With that being said, there will be aloe of PR & hype in the upcoming weeks. & you better expect an electrifying press conference. – This Olympia is going down for the ages!! You DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT! – Who’s READY FOR THE 2018 OLYMPIA??? – Here is your chance to attend the most prestigious bodybuilding event in the world, ALL TRAVEL EXPENSES COVERED by your 4x Men’s Physique Champion, Jeremy Buendia! – ‼️The 8 Week Shred To Olympia Challenge‼️ – ▪️A challenge to see who can have the best 8 week transformation! – ▪️The winner will get a trip to Las Vegas to meet Jeremy and have the full Olympia Experience! – ▪️Domestic Flights covered (international will receive $2500 in travel accommodations) – ▪️2 night stay at a Host Hotel – ▪️2 VIP Olympia tickets – ▪️$500 spending cash – ▪️Evogen Supplements – ▪️Hera X Hero clothing – ▪️and a chance to meet Jeremy in person! – No excuse now! Let’s get shredded with Jeremy and take on Olympia together! – Challenge starts JULY 1st!!! – Who will join me at the Olympia? – 🔻Option 1: Receive Shred With Buendia Ebook and utilize the plan to create your own best transformation $199 – 🔻Option 2: Receive Shred With Buendia Ebook & 8 week online coaching with Team Hero Head diet coach David Kim with weekly check ins! $449 – Click the link in my bio to join! – Be sure to shop the champs gear, @heraxhero! Show your support by rocking his swag!!

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Buendia underwent surgery for a catastrophic pec tear around six months ago and has been on the road to recovery ever since. Doctors initially prescribed Buendia a four-month recovery, and many initially doubted whether he would even elect to defend his title.

Almost all the information about Jeremy’s recovery has been disseminated over his Instagram, and as such should be taken with a grain of salt. Competitors are often known to post strategic pictures in the lead up to a big show, and Jeremy is in a special position to do just that. Yet he is an unusually open and candid individual, and seems to be keeping the public genuinely abreast of his progress. Five weeks ago (around 15 weeks out) he posted this video.

This is humbling for me to post. But I don’t look like this now, so why not show you guys what I went through. – Ya, imagined how I felt when I looked in the mirror…😡 – This was 6 weeks post operation. Weighing 179lbs, feeling and looking like 💩 – I was at a really low point in my life, watching 10 years of hard work fall apart in a matter of a few months, left me angry and frustrated. – Life throws curve balls and will always try to derail you from path to success. It’s our job to take on those blows and stay true to our course. – To be honest, I didn’t know what the turn out of this surgery was going to be. I just stayed positive, prayed about it, and let God lead the way. At this point, I’m recovering faster than expected and I know I can still improve upon my physique. Although my chest won’t ever look the exact same, the doctors did a hell of a job and the damage is minimal for how bad the tear was. – I’m back training almost 100% but from a mental standpoint, I’m at the best place possible.

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Hardly back to his former glory, asymmetries left by the injury were clear- but it was also clear that Jeremy is regaining size rapidly.

The other astonishing aspect to Buendia’s road to recovery has been his level of activity outside the gym. The champ has made several trips to his ancestral home of The Philippines, doing charity and promotional work both by himself and along with his trainer and Evogen developer Hany Rambod. As anyone who follows Jeremy on Instagram knows, he has been equally busy developing his team Hero competitors for various shows.

Buendia also made headlines with various comments about the role of Physique and Bikini divisions in ‘reviving’ the sport of bodybuilding- making the entire competitive scene more attractive to new fans. Although there certainly is some merit to his claim, many adherents of old school bodybuilding took umbrage at comments they perceived to be disrespectful to the sport in which Buendia has made his name.

With so much going on outside of the injury, there were serious doubts as to whether Jeremy would be able to grow enough to dominate the stage. Leading a pack of hungry challengers, same as last year, is Andre Ferguson, who appears to be in top shape. Around 11 weeks out (5 days ago) Jeremy posted this:

Locking my legacy in this year. #fightfor5 #nobodyoutworksme

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His physique looks impressively recovered. Buendia’s genetics are phenomenal, not only in his sheer ability to grow, but also in his physical proportions for the Physique class. He manages to keep an extremely small waist while boasting a massive shoulder girdle and arms. He is also an intelligent competitor who know’s how to win, taking advantage of a relatively neglected area last year, showing off his well-built legs in flatteringly tight shorts.

That’s likely to be a opportunity his competitors won’t miss this year. With only around ten weeks to go, precision is everything in training. If he can win a solid 5th championship after the pec tear, Jeremy will be cemented as head and shoulders above the other Physique competitors, and perhaps ideally primed for a move to Classic Physique.

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