King Kamali on Big Ramy: “He Took Too Many Diuretics”

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King Kamali believes Big Ramy made some miscalculations in his Olympia prep.

Bodybuilding veteran Shahriar ‘King’ Kamali believes that Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay utilized too many diuretics ahead of the 2022 Olympia. The veteran believes this is what made Big Ramy looks so flat when he stepped on stage.

In a recent interview, bodybuilding veterans, King Kamali and Jose Raymond both gave their reasoning for why they believed Big Ramy had an underwhelming performance. King Kamali, in particular raised an interesting notion, stating that Big Ramy had issues because of using too many diuretics ahead of a show.

Prep for a bodybuilding show can be truly complicated and is why the professionals work with dedicated coaches to get their physiques just right. Big Ramy worked with some talented coaches, including Chad Nichols and Dennis James. Despite that fact, it appears that King Kamali is suggesting that something went wrong with his preparation.

Too Much Diuretics?

Any recent interview King Kamali suggested that Big Ramy was utilizing too many diuretics ahead of the 2022 Olympia. The veteran bodybuilder suggest that this is the reason Big Ramy looks so flat on stage. While it may only be speculation, it is interesting to see these takes on what could have affected big Ramy during the show. King Kamali would go onto explain exactly what, taking too many diuretics can do to a bodybuilder ahead of a show.

“OKAY, IN LAYMAN’S TERMS, IT MEANS HE TOOK TOO MANY DIURETICS,” SAID KING KAMALI. “THAT’S WHAT IT BREAKS DOWN TO. SIMPLE, EASY, JAPANESE-EY. HE TOOK TOO MANY DIURETICS, AND HE COULD NOT CATCH UP WITH IT. NOW, FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND ‘CAN’T CATCH UP WITH IT,’ LET ME EXPLAIN IT TO YOU FROM A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.”

King Kamali went on to detail how taking too many diuretics means you’ll be flat for a few days.

“IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU SIT DOWN AND EAT 16 PIZZAS AND 15 CAKES BACK-TO-BACK WHEN YOU’RE FLATTENING OUT FROM DIURETICS, YOU’RE GOING TO BE FLAT FOR AT LEAST 48 HOURS. THAT’S IT. THERE’S NO COMING BACK FROM IT. YOU CAN’T CATCH UP WITH IT. SO, WHATEVER HE DID THOSE LAST THREE DAYS, HE COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH IT. THEN, WE CAN ADD IN THE CORTISOL AND THE STRESS AND ALL THAT STUFF.”

Can Big Ramy Come Back?

In the interview Jose Raymond would eventually go on to state that he doesn’t think Big Ramy can fix his issues for next year.

“TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, CAN HE COME BACK? HE’S STILL THE BIGGEST GUY ON STAGE. I DON’T KNOW. IT DOES APPEAR TO BE A NERVE ISSUE. HIS ARM IS SIGNIFICANTLY SMALLER, AND HIS LATS ARE DEFINITELY GONE. THERE WAS A GOOD COMPARISON ON INSTAGRAM THAT SOMEONE POSTED OF A REAR DOUBLE FROM 2015 TO NOW.

“HIS LATS USED TO COME ALL THE WAY DOWN. NO, I DON’T THINK THOSE ISSUES CAN BE FIXED. IT HAPPENED TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. JAY [CUTLER] IT HAPPENED TOO; THE LOWER LATS DISAPPEARED AT THE END OF HIS CAREER.

“THAT STILL LOOKS GREAT TO ME. WHEN HE STANDS NEXT TO GUYS THAT ARE SO COMPLETE LIKE DEREK [LUNSFORD] AND HADI [CHOOPAN] — THAT’S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO COME BACK FROM. I REALLY DON’T SEE IT.”

It’s clear that with some tweaks to his game, Big Ramy could eventually find himself back on top in 2023. But while the former reigning Olympian champion, could find himself back in the top position, he’ll have a great deal of opposition to face off against next year. He’ll have to deal with not only Hadi Choopan, but also Derek Lunsford, who took second place at the 2022 show.

Do you think Big Ramy can make a comeback at the 2023 Olympia?

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