Leading up to the 2007 Mr. Olympia September 28-29 in Las Vegas, FLEX will be bringing you interviews with the combatants. Today, 2007 Ironman Pro and Sacramento Pro champion Toney Freeman and 2007 Montreal Pro runner-up Quincy Taylor.
TONEY FREEMAN: ÂI looked at what I brought to the spring shows, and I was missing a little size; IÂd focused on conditioning, and I accomplished that. At 6Â2Â and 275, I placed good with conditioning, but to win, I had to complement that with size. So this year, I took a different approach: I decided I needed to get in shape with more carbs. I also changed my training to add size without injuring myself. I began my Olympia diet weighing 290, and I havenÂt been below that since. Right now, IÂm 295, with body fat in the high 3 percent range. When I turned pro, I said I wanted to be competing at 295 with a 31Â waist, and thatÂs what IÂll be bringing to the Olympia stage. Ronnie has always had size, proportions and conditioning, so when you add the numbers, heÂs had the most of everything. Cutler, who took advantage of Ronnie not being at his best, is also improving himself, but I donÂt see anyone coming in with a whole lot more than they had last year. Victor is hoping to repeat his conditioning performance with a couple more pounds. Jay will be close to the same weight with hopefully better conditioning. Ronnie canÂt come in big like he was, or his physique will be distorted; and he canÂt come in smaller, because heÂll then be too small. Everybody will have to be close to what theyÂve always brought, so I donÂt see anybody bringing in anything new, other than myself. I was 275 at the Arnold Classic; IÂll be 295 here Â for real Â and size carries a long way in the Olympia. I was 286 at last yearÂs Olympia, but I was conditioned. This year, IÂll have the same or better conditioning; plus, IÂve been working on my glutes, IÂve brought up my arms, I brought my chest up a lot, my legs are even more improved Â theyÂre the biggest theyÂve ever been Â so I think people are going to be really shocked at my unveiling. I measured my waist the other day at 32Â½. I also measured my quads, and theyÂre 32. I donÂt think thatÂs ever been done. I canÂt wait. I have the media behind me, and IÂm ready to go.Â
QUINCY TAYLOR: ÂIf I could have won the Montreal Pro Show as I expected over the weekend, my spirits would be a little higher, but this is bodybuilding, and you never know. I just hope IÂm in the top five Â IÂd be happy with the top seven or eight. I donÂt know what to expect, but IÂm going to come in the best I can. My bodyÂs been feeling really good, nothing hurts, and on top of that, IÂm getting bigger, so youÂll be seeing more as I go along. IÂve been working on my weak points: the chest, the quad sweep. IÂve had to find the right exercises, and everythingÂs falling together. When you get up against these guys, it comes down to just that one thing that throws your whole physique off. It could be glutes, it could be calves. You have to have everything, and IÂve now structured my physique so that thereÂs really nothing missing.
ÂJohnnie Jackson is a great bodybuilder, but heÂs missing some fundamental body parts, like legs. But the thing about Johnnie is that he has to stop drinking that de-caf coffee. That de-caf coffee is f-----g him up.
ÂIÂve beaten Darrem, but I know heÂll come in with that beautiful package. ThereÂs nothing missing on the guy. The only thing is that he needs to be 30 pounds heavier, and heÂd make me look like a toothpick.
ÂFrankly, IÂm a top-five guy, because many of those guys are shallow in the glutes and shallow in the hamstrings. TheyÂre being ranked high, but theyÂre really not that good. ItÂs a name game, but itÂs bodybuilding, dude, so I canÂt complain about it. IÂm still disappointed; I wanted to go to the Olympia, but more than that, I want to win. On the other hand, I now get to stand up there against Jay and Ronnie, and thatÂs something IÂd love to do. My physique is so different from both of theirs that it would come down to apples and oranges. RonnieÂs back is incredible, but in a lot of the other areas, IÂm just as big as he is, especially when I hit my most-muscular. My most-muscular, my lower back and my traps are the best there is, and my hamstrings are second to none. My goal is to be compared with those two guys, because there are certain poses where no one can beat me. That most-muscular crab pose of mine is scary. It scares my girlfriend. It even scares me. I had no idea my traps were that big. ItÂs beautiful, man.Â