After hanging across the second spot for years, bodybuilder Derek Lunsford lastly won the 212 Olympia title in 2021. Whereas defending the title a number of occasions continues to be his precedence after the hard-earned victory, Lunsford already has his eyes set on the Open Mr. Olympia stage.
Throughout a current interview with Muscular Development Magazine, Derek Lunsford said that he all the time needed to compete within the open class at Mr. Olympia and that’s the place he’ll ultimately compete. Nevertheless, Lunsford likes to compete within the 212 division regardless of the competitors outcomes. The 28-year-old added that he’s targeted on defending the 212 title at 2022 Mr. Olympia and wouldn’t entertain the thought of shifting up earlier than discussing it along with his crew.
“I’ve stated it over and over and over. I’ve all the time needed to go open. I anticipate sooner or later I’ll be an open man.” Derek Lunsford said.
The game of bodybuilding is about incremental beneficial properties. Lunsford cited the motivation to see his physique proceed to develop as the explanation to compete within the open division.
“Proper now we’re targeted on defending the 212 title however do I ultimately need to be open? There aren’t any questions requested man. I’m a bodybuilder. I need to see my physique proceed to develop into the open.” Derek Lunsford said.
Lunsford has competed at 212 via the whole thing of his skilled bodybuilding profession and bulking as much as make it into open continues to be unchartered territory for him. Elaborating additional on the timeline, the 28-year-old alluded that his transfer as much as the open class will rely totally on how his physique responds to the method.
“I’m 28 years outdated and I believe that I must spend slightly bit extra time within the health club growing my physique. How lengthy will it take? We’ll see if my physique simply booms in a single yr who is aware of?” Derek Lunsford stated.
Derek Lunsford’s bodybuilding profession at a look
Having earned his professional card with a second-place end on the 2017 NPC USA Championship, Derek Lunsford scored the first win within the 212 division on the 2017 IFBB Tampa Professional. Courtesy to the stable victory, Lunsford was invited to 2017 Mr. Olympia and captured the fifth place on the grand stage 5 months into his skilled profession.
Regardless of being one of the promising prospects, Lunsford has largely been criticized for not competing often and has solely participated in Mr. Olympia in subsequent years. He captured the second place on the 2018 and 2019 Mr. Olympia and slid right down to the fourth spot in 2020.
Lunsford’s 212 title win at 2021 Mr. Olympia got here as a shock as many anticipated Shaun Clarida to defend his title heading into the occasion. As an alternative, Derek Lunsford emerged victoriously and pushed Clarida to the second spot.
Derek Lunsford’s skilled bodybuilding information
NPC USA Championships – 2nd (earned professional card)
IFBB Tampa Professional – 1st
IFBB Mr. Olympia – 5th
IFBB Mr. Olympia – 2nd
IFBB Mr. Olympia – 2nd
IFBB Mr. Olympia – 4th
IFBB Mr. Olympia – 1st
Watch the interview:
Courtesy of Muscular Improvement Journal’s YouTube channel, you may watch Derek Lunsford’s interview section right here: