Nick “The Mutant” Walker is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to building his strength and muscles. On April 20, 2022, the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League bodybuilder destroyed 180-pound incline dumbbell presses for 10 reps.
Check out the set below, via Walker’s Instagram profile:
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Walker doesn’t take notable pauses on the lift until the last couple of reps, when his spotter supports his elbows to help finish the set. Walker completed the incline dumbbell presses seated on a weight bench while wearing wrist straps and a lifting belt.
Walking the Walk
Walker boasts an extended, impressive resume of accomplishments in an almost decade-long career. To date, his most significant achievement might be a first-place finish at the 2021 Arnold Classic in the Open division. Notably, he’s only been an IFBB pro since the 2020 North American Championships, where he earned his Pro card with a first-place mark in the Super Heavyweight division.
That apparent late-earned distinction hasn’t stopped the 27-year-old Walker from making noise in the bodybuilding sphere all around. Here are some of the more notable results of his career thus far:
Nick Walker | Notable Career Results
2014 National Physique Committee (NPC) Junior Nationals (Middleweight) — 2nd place
2015 NPC Northeast Summer Classic (Middleweight) — 1st place
2016 NPC USA Championships (Welterweight) — 2nd place
2016 NPC South Jersey Championships (Heavyweight) — 1st place
2017 NPC National Championships (Heavyweight) — 6th place
2017 IFBB North American Championships (Heavyweight) — 6th place
2018 NPC USA Championships (Middleweight) — 3rd place
2018 NPC National Championships (Middleweight) — 6th place
2018 Caribbean Grand Prix Pro Qualifier (Light Heavyweight) — 3rd place
2019 NPC South Jersey Championships (Heavyweight) — 1st place
2019 NPC USA Championships (Heavyweight) — 2nd place
2020 North American Championships (Super Heavyweight) — 1st place | Earned Pro Card
2020 Chicago Pro (Open) — 4th place
2021 New York Pro (Open) — 1st place
2021 Arnold Classic (Open) — 1st place
2021 Mr. Olympia (Open) — 5th place
A Singular Focus
Including these dumbbell presses, Walker’s recent training is related to his focus on the 2022 Mr. Olympia. Walker has previously stated he will not feature in any other upcoming competitions this year save for that meet. His focused competitive thought process is connected to a desire to improve upon a fifth-place finish at the 2021 Mr. Olympia.
While it doesn’t appear to be a significant obstacle to his goals, Walker recently changed coaches. Up until early November 2021, Matt Jansen was Walker’s coach through most of his bodybuilding career. Jansen undoubtedly played a significant role in Walker’s recent first-place, Open division triumphs at both the 2021 New York Pro and 2021 Arnold Classic. The two men did part ways amicably, per a post on Jansen’s Instagram profile.
Walker’s new coach, Dominick Mutascio, now has the task of helping the bodybuilder achieve an improved result during his second-ever Mr. Olympia this coming December. Walker will have to overcome many big names when it comes time to step onto that stage, including reigning Open division champion Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay, Brandon Curry, Hadi Choopan Hunter Labrada, and perhaps even Shaun Clarida.
What the near future holds in store will likely be related to Walker’s continued progress with his new coach. The 2022 Mr. Olympia will take place on December 15-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.
Featured image: @nick_walker39 on Instagram