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2012 FLEX PRO – MEN’S ASSESSMENTS
Chad: We peaked Fouad perfectly – has a much harder, grainier look than the others in the first callout. From the front – close among Fouad, Lionel and Ben; from the side, Fouad possesses standout detail, hardness and separation. From the back, Fouad is extremely grainy and conditioned – we were able to keep Fouad full while maintaining fantastic conditioning and he appears to be in the driver’s seat right now.
DJ: Had similar conditioning to last year, but a tad better – much fuller – looked much bigger on stage from the added fullness this time around – very impressed with his conditioning – I currently have him in first.
Chad: Unbelievable overall structure. From the front he possesses great detail in the quads and has crazy, full and round muscle, but lacks quite a bit of conditioning from the side and the back. When he dials everything in, he will be a force at any show. Currently, I see him in 3rd place.
DJ: A tall athlete, but has beautiful shape and a tremendous amount of muscle for his frame – didn’t come in with the conditioning he needs to take the show and his skin looked a little thick from water and lack of condition. You could see he was hard but not dry. If he would have brought the conditioning he could have won today.
Chad: Biggest guy in the lineup and one of the hardest – incredible detail; legs are hard and shredded from every angle. We were able to bring up his back tremendously; overall great fullness and standout conditioning. At prejudging I think Ben has edged out Lionel for 2nd place and will battle with Fouad later tonight for the top spot.
DJ: Very impressive – conditioning spot on – you could see he has filled out in the areas that were lacking last year – chest fuller though still not quite where I would like to see it, but much better – very hard, heavier than everyone else on the stage – extremely wide shoulders and size made him stand out – the best conditioning I’ve seen him in.
Chad: Beautiful structure – not the biggest guy on stage, but when he poses, everything comes to life. He possesses Flex Wheeler type lines – just beautiful from every angle. I’d like to see a bit more size added to his overall physique, but at this show his conditioning is just lacking. He is probably 15% off the mark and I have him as a lock for 4th place currently.
DJ: Absolutely beautiful physique – reminds me of a smaller Flex Wheeler. After seeing him at the 2011 Olympia I thought he lacked that dry conditioning today. His physique/structure carries him through the show even though he was one of the softer guys in the top 4. I would like to see him drop 4-5 more pounds to compete with the guys at this show. I have him in 4th place right now, but really needs to step up the conditioning for the Arnold and drop 4-5 more pounds to make an impact.
Chad: Definitely one of the hardest guys in the show and has the super “crisp” conditioning that I love to see on stage. In the comparisons he handled himself tremendously amongst the larger guys even though he probably gave up about 25-30 pounds. His conditioning has definitely moved him up the ladder, but he still needs more size to battle with the open guys. My main complaint is that he needed better color – would have made him look even harder. I can see him in 4th, but I believe he is probably in 5th right now, based off the callouts.
DJ: Unbelievable conditioning – in such great conditioning he makes others athletes in good condition look soft – made great improvements since his last contest. Still needs a bit more leg thickness. Would have liked to have seen him compared with the top 3 to see how far his conditioning could have taken him. When he was called back toward the end I thought he could have moved up in the top 3, but for now I see him 5th. At this show I would love to see a comparison among Eduardo, Fouad and Lionel as I think Eduardo could be a true “giant killer”.
Chad: Good overall muscle and structure just didn’t bring his trademark conditioning – I’m guessing he’s peaking for the 212’s next week and he will definitely be a force there. If he ends up in 6th tonight, still a great placement.
DJ: Color good, conditioning was nice, but just looked small compared to the rest of the top 5. I currently have him in 6th.