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SHOW OF ARMS

In physique and philosophy, second year IFBB pro Omar Deckard Echoes Body-Pro-Worthy Bi's and Tri's.

SHOW OF ARMS

By Eric Velazquez

In physique and philosophy, second year IFBB pro Omar Deckard echoes bodybuilding's past. Here's how he built his pro-worthy bi's and tri's

SNAPSHOT
BIRTHDATE
May 30, 1973
BIRTHPLACE
Hollywood, California
CURRENT RESIDENCE
Westchester, California
HEIGHT 6'1"
WEIGHT 275 pounds off-season,
260-265 contest
FAMILY Wife Alisa; twin stepchildren Makaii and Makaiiya, 13
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 2007: Ironman Pro, 9th (IFBB
debut); Europa Super Show, 5th.
2006: NPC USAs superheavyweight
and overall, 1st (won pro
card). 2005: NPC USAs superheavyweight,
3rd. 2004: NPC USAs
superheavyweight, 3rd
TO CONTACT
omardeckard2@yahoo.com

OMAR DECKARD TRAINS BY HIMSELF. ALWAYS HAS.
Having lived on his own since he was 16, he knows how to work isolation to his advantage. He has never enlisted the aid of a training partner to help him get a few more reps or called on a bodybuilding guru to help him rethink his exercise selection. But he has never really been alone. As Omar plows through a heavy set of barbell curls, Shawn Ray commands better form. When he moves to concentration curls, Arnold Schwarzenegger whispers to him about holding the peak contraction to maximize biceps height. At the same time, Omar hears Lee Haney waxing strategic about the benefits of training smart, not just training heavy. When Omar walks over to hit some poses in the mirror, he sees Tom Platz, arms over his head, quads billowing out and rife with vascularity. This is how you hit an absand- thigh, he seems to suggest. The greats of bodybuilding's past are always talking, and Omar's listening.

Omar, who earned his pro card at the 2006 NPC USAs after a seven-year grind at the national amateur level, is a cognitive lifter who keeps a close eye on his physique and an attentive ear to the advice of those who have come before him. He holds the kind of encyclopedic knowledge of bodybuilding's yesteryear that Joe Weider loves in an athlete, the kind of reverence for the sport that his competitors respect. Although Omar is constantly looking toward his future in the pro ranks, it's the past that powers his progress.

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