By George Farah
At the 2013 Olympia prejudging staged on Friday night, we had a problem. Kai was holding a film of water— we couldn’t figure it out, maybe he was a bit nervy or something. By Saturday night’s finals, we had gotten rid of the water and he was much tighter, but it was too late and he was second again. People said why didn’t you bring him in like 2012, ripped and lean? I said, guess what, we brought him in like that in 2012 and he was second, so for 2013 the plan was to bring him in bigger and harder.
At the Arnold Classic Europe, a week later in Madrid, we nailed it and he made Phil look small. That was his best ever. He was 280 pounds, shredded. But again it was too late; we all know a week after winning the Mr. Olympia that the champ has an advantage going in.
This year we’re gonna repeat and improve the Madrid look. People keep saying don’t let him get any bigger. We’re not aiming to make him bigger, we’re aiming to make him better. We won’t go by the scale; we’ll go by how he looks. C’mon, the guy’s a freak of nature. In early July, 11 weeks before the Olympia, he’s posing at 307 pounds with his glutes just about striated. I feel bad for anybody who has to stand next to him on the Olympia stage.
The only change from Madrid is we’re working on is streamlining his waist more— already people have noticed it is smaller. We’ve changed his diet a little. He’s having smaller meals, more often; like eight to nine meals per day. That way we keep too much protein being ingested at one time, which can bloat the stomach.
Listen to me. Everyone one is saying Phil cannot be beaten. Kai is not one of them. He’s absolutely confident he can beat Phil— he already did in Madrid. He knows he has to be bang on at Friday night’s prejudging, and be set up to beat Phil on Friday and Saturday. He is so confident he will win the 2014 Olympia, that he’s not doing the contests taking place during the weekends after the Olympia. For him, now it’s all about the Olympia— only about the Olympia. He’s focusing only on that and by not thinking ahead to other contests, all the marbles will be on the table in Las Vegas. Kai has this dream of winning the Olympia, and he will never let that go. He believes if you don’t have a dream, you give up. He’ll never give up.