There are a lot of potential up-and-comers who could make some noise at the 2022 Mr. Olympia. Current International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League rookie Michal Križánek might be one of them.
In mid-July 2022, Križánek announced that he would be switching to the IFBB Pro League. A few months later, in October 2022, he earned his official IFBB Pro League card by winning the 2022 Amateur Olympia Italy. Now, with his first IFBB Pro League contest — the 2022 EVLS Prague Pro — on the horizon, the athlete shared a look at where he stands physique-wise in an Oct. 21, 2022, Instagram post. (Note: That contest will take place on Oct. 29, 2022, in Prague, Czech Republic.)
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For someone vying for a roster spot in December’s Olympia, Križánek certainly looks the part of a shredded, well-trained mass dynamo. With a potentially momentous performance awaiting Križánek at the 2022 EVLS Prague Pro, he preceded this physique update with a short breakdown of a recent chest workout that he posted to his YouTube channel on Oct. 20, 2022.
Here’s an overview of that routine:
Michal Križánek | Chest Workout, Oct. 20, 2022
- Machine Chest Fly — Three sets
- Machine Pec Dec Fly — Three sets
- Dumbbell Bench Press — Four sets
- Smith Machine Incline Press — Three sets
- Cable Crossover — Two sets
(Note: Specific reps were undisclosed.)
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Should Križánek transfer his training output and recent success to the stage in Prague, a victory would garner him automatic qualification to the 2022 Mr. Olympia. If he does not win, the athlete would need to take home a top-five result, at minimum, to earn points in the Olympia qualification standings. (Note: Only the top three in each bodybuilding division will qualify for the Olympia on a points basis. The points qualification period ends on Nov. 20, 2022.)
According to the IFBB website, the 2022 EVLS Prague Pro is a Tier 3 contest. That means second through fifth-place finishers will earn successive points ranging from six to three. With zero IFBB Pro League contests to his name, these points would be Križánek’s first as a professional in the event he doesn’t win outright.
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It’s been quite a long and winding competitive journey for Križánek over the past few months. A victory in 2022 EVLS Prague Pro would assuredly not end it. The bodybuilder, like his peers, has aspirations of excelling on the Olympia stage. At his rapid pace of progression, it’s not clear what, if anything, could halt those dreams.
The 2022 Mr. Olympia will take place on Dec. 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.
Featured image: @ifbb_pro_michalkrizokrizanek on Instagram