Michal Krizo Seeks Top 8 at Mr. Olympia, Says He Beats Hunter Labrada Easily

Michal Krizo is ready to break into the top eight at the 2023 Olympia.

One of the most promising bodybuilders in the Men’s Open division, Michal Krizo is on a mission to crack the top eight at the 2023 Olympia. Real name Michal Krizanek, Krizo said as much in a recent interview and also expressed that he can beat Hunter Labrada with ease.

Say one thing for Michal Krizo, say that he is confident. But it’s not without merit. The 33-year-old bodybuilder has the kind of potential to not only break into the top five but also become Mr. Olympia. But while the potential is great, it’s the execution that wins competitions.

After taking twelfth place at the 2022 Olympia, Michal Krizo is on a quest to improve his standings one competition at a time. He seems to have a healthy ego in regard to his timetable for success. At the 2023 Olympia Krizo is aiming to crack the top eight at the show, but he’s keeping his expectations in check.

“I think now it’s – my condition – it’s very good.

“Top eight. Top eight. We will see. I don’t have big expectations.”

Where some would outright say they’ll win at the next Olympia, Krizo instead has given himself a four to five-year window to get it done.

“Yes. Every bodybuilder has the dream to win Mr. Olympia I think. Maybe, I don’t know. I don’t know. But I think my full potential will be full at 37, 38 I think. Yeah, four or five years.”

In order to accomplish such a feat Krizo will have to overcome some top-flight competition. One such competitor is the talented Hunter Labrada who has cracked the top five at the Olympia in the past. But according to Michal Krizo, he views Hunter as a surmountable goal en route to a higher Olympia placing. Old rival Andrew Jacked on the other hand is a different story.

“Hunter… no problem,” said Krizo. “Jacked… it’s hard to know. But Jacked isn’t on my radar.”

Michal Krizo also mentioned his early years as a bodybuilder that got him started in his journey. He started training at fifteen and has never looked back.

“I started training when I was 15. I was very short and a small weight. When I start to train, I grow, growing my weight and when I finished school, secondary school, I was 110 kilos but when I started to train, I was 64 kilos. In four years, I gained weight around 40 kilos but naturally!”

In the interview, Krizo also mentioned how he used to train like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the past.

“I train like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I take dumbbells and normally pump. This is only, nothing more. But in one hand I lift 40 kilos… in one hand. Now I don’t know, because I am – I don’t use the strength exercises for biceps, triceps. But before, no problem.”

For the full interview click here.

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News and Editorial Writer at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.

Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.