It is laborious to inform the distinction between Greek god or elite bodybuilder.
After James Hollingshead completed in Twelfth place throughout the 2021 Mr. Olympia — his Olympia debut — it could be truthful to say the bodybuilder has been on the aggressive warpath in 2022.
In September, Hollingshead got here in third place on the 2022 Arnold Basic UK. He adopted that efficiency with a win within the 2022 Tsunami Cup Professional, incomes his second-ever berth within the Olympia. As he begins counting down the times towards the following massive second of his profession, Hollingshead determined to have some enjoyable commemorating the most recent launch in one in every of his favourite online game sequence.
On Nov. 5, 2022, Hollingshead posted a video to his YouTube channel the place he cosplayed the highly effective primary character of the God of Struggle sequence, Kratos. Hollingshead’s costume was a part of a go to to the MCM Comedian Con that happened on Oct. 28-30, 2022, in London, England. The most recent version within the sequence, God of Struggle Ragnarök, was launched on Nov. 9, 2022, for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Provided that Kratos is a residing, respiration tank of a fictional Greek (and Norse) god throughout the recreation’s lore, it’s solely becoming an athlete like Hollingshead — with the requisite energy and energy — may very well be his spitting picture.
In accordance with NPC Information On-line, Hollingshead has been a member of the Worldwide Federation of Bodybuilding and Health (IFBB) Professional League since 2018. In his Professional debut throughout the 2018 Tampa Professional, whereas competing in his regular Males’s Open division, a rookie Hollingshead got here in sixteenth place. Ever since that fateful contest, the bodybuilder has seemingly solely improved.
In 2019, Hollingshead tackled a gauntlet of competitions all through the calendar yr. He notched two top-five finishes whereas notably taking house a third-place end result within the 2019 Bigman Weekend Professional. In 2020, Hollingshead gained his first two IFBB Professional League contests — the 2020 British Grand Prix and the 2020 Europa Professional Championships. Finally, Hollingshead reached a brand new peak together with his first-ever look on the 2021 Mr. Olympia and the famous Twelfth-place end.
After that Olympia debut, Hollingshead’s sterling outcomes on the newest Arnold Basic UK and Tsunami Professional seemingly wouldn’t have been potential with out his steadfast dedication to coaching. The athlete isn’t essentially distinctive from his friends in sharing common updates about his progress within the fitness center, however feats like a 340-kilogram (749.6-pound) squat triple and a 300-kilogram (661.4-pound) squat for 9 reps in Might 2022 may set him aside. They may even portend a terrific efficiency in Hollingshead’s second go-round on the Olympia.
Amongst a loaded slate of rivals like two-time reigning Olympia champ Mamdouh “Huge Ramy” Elssbiay and the titanic Nick Walker, Hollingshead may get misplaced within the shuffle of so many Olympia contenders on December 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. With a deeper look, it will seemingly be a mistake to dismiss an athlete who can efficiently recreate the physique and mannerisms of a fictional god.
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