Where I finished in the 2012 Olympia is a validation. After a conversation with Jay during which he told me to start acting as if I was already a Mr. Olympia champion, I literally started to think that way, that one day I’m going to be Mr. Olympia—I started training and carrying myself in that manner. So it was a stepping stone in that direction to finish third. After that, I felt like the future was wide open.
I had wanted to work with Chris since I turned pro in 2009. I knew he’d been doing the consultations with pros for a long time. He was the only guy out there before the others came along, but I figured I couldn’t afford him.The first thing he [Chris Aceto] said to me: “I don’t get too excited about working with too many people, but I’ve been dying to work with you.” I couldn’t believe it. Since 2009, I was wondering how to approach this guy, and he said that. He asked me when I wanted to start, and I said, “Today.” The first week we started working together, I said, “If I make the top six at the Olympia, I’ll buy you two tickets to Jamaica!” He replied, “How about we make that top three?” Well, he went to Jamaica in February.
Click "Next Page" to continue >>