The 2019 Mr. Olympia competition is less than three months away, and the contenders for this year’s title are starting to become clear. With 7x champ Phil Heath and Big Ramy more than likely skipping this years’ Olympia, the field is more open than it has been in years. Let’s look at the top 5 contenders for the 2019 Mr. Olympia title.
Last year’s Mr. Olympia champion has a very good chance of repeating this year. His natural lines, and more aesthetically pleasing physique was welcomed by bodybuilding fans around the world. Shawn is not a small guy. However, his victory over Phil Heath displays the recent trend of awarding symmetry over sheer size. If Shawn comes in any bigger, and in the same shape as he did last year, he will walk away with his second consecutive Sandow trophy.
One of the biggest surprises in bodybuilding this year was Brandon Curry’s victory at the Arnold Classic. For his size, not many people pack on more muscle mass than Curry. At 245 pounds, he also is not a small guy. His back double biceps pose might be the best in the business.
The only thing stopping Brandon from realizing his potential was his lack of leg development. Well, that is a thing of the past. At this year’s Arnold Classic, his legs were massive. Pair that with one of the smallest waists in all of bodybuilding, and he is a legit contender for this year’s title. If Shawn is just a little off, or Curry comes in even better than he did in Columbus, look for him to steal the Sandow from Shawn Rhoden.
Roelly Winklaar is one of the biggest bodybuilders around today. The 5’6” Caracao native, weighs over 285 pounds. Let’s put that in perspective for a second. Most bodybuilders that weigh 285 pounds are 5’10 or taller. While his size is amazing, his lines are nowhere near those of Shawn Rhoden or Brandon Curry.
The Ghana native stands at 5’7” and weighs an impressive 235 pounds. He hasn’t had the easiest road to the Olympia, but he is now a major threat for this year’s crown. He has a larger frame, like Roelly Winklaar, and caries a ton of mass. Again, with the recent trend of awarding size and symmetry over mass, Bonac is a contender, but it will take an off night from the three men above for him to win.
The Army instructor from South Carolina made big waves in the bodybuilding world when he won the 2017 Arnold Classic. He followed it up with a disappointing 10th place finish at the 2017 Olympia. Last year he only placed 9th. He has better lines and symmetry than Bonac or Winklaar, but, his inconsistency has held him back. If he comes into the Olympia in the best shape of his life, he has a legit chance to win. He has a good combination of size and symmetry that could steal the Sandow from the other four men on this list.