Check out bodybuilder Hunter Labrada’s insane back gains since the 2021 Chicago Pro

Bodybuilder Hunter Labrada brings the heat during his offseason ahead of the 2022 Olympia weekend. The IFBB Open Division professional competitor shared a post on his Instagram page on March 31, 2022, comparing what his back looked like one day from winning the 2021 Chicago Pro — his most recent show other than the 2021 Mr. Olympia contest, where he placed fourth overall — to his current physique in the offseason.

The overall muscle density and thickness of his lower lats, in particular, is certainly noticeable side-by-side in his before and after photos, where he weighs thirty pounds more in the latter. Check it out below:

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Labrada weighed 252 pounds in the post-contest photo (left) on July 25, 2021and 282 pounds in the off-season photo (right) taken March 23, 2022. Comparing a contest physique to an off-season physique isn’t necessarily the most accurate because the body fat percentage during an off-season is often much higher than the peak week. Still, Labrada seems to have put on a lot of muscle mass in less than a year.

A well-known notion in bodybuilding is that “shows are won from behind”. Labrada seems to buy into this as it is an area he is focused on improving.

Son of IFBB legend Lee Labrada, Hunter has made incredible progress in his career and physique since earning his IFBB Pro card in 2018. Labrada won his pro debut at the 2020 Tampa Pro to qualify for the Olympia the same year, where he finished in eighth place. The following year, he moved up to fourth place at Olympia 2021 – a huge leap, especially in such a stacked open division that twice saw Mr. Olympia Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay and 2019 Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry stand out. fight for the top of the podium.

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The fourth Olympian runner-up has racked up so much height in such a short time after resolving his shoulder problem and explained in his Instagram post that he still has plenty of time before he dives into his Olympia 2022 preparation.

Still nearly five months to continue growing before the [Olympia] the preparation begins, and there are still MANY bullets left in the gun to do so.

Given his back gains, Labrada is likely to come into Olympia 2022 with more muscle mass than he showcased in 2021. If he can still maintain or improve his conditioning from 2021, he could threaten the current reign of Big Ramy.

Current hunter back training

Labrada, 29, often shares his workouts on his social media. His current workout breakdown is: Push A, Pull A, Arms, Legs, Off, Push B, Pull B, Arms, Off, Repeat.

Before anyone asks me why I’m organized the way I am, look at the line of pull he provides and think about the area I’m trying to train with this move.

Pull A and Pull B are back-focused workouts, although slightly different. Pull B includes the addition of two hamstring exercises, such as the seated hamstring curl and the Romanian Pit Shark (RDL) deadlift. Labrada alternates between the following back training routines:

Pull a

Pull B

  • Straight arm pulldown: 1x 12-15
  • One arm pulldown: 2×10-12
  • DY hammer line: 2×10-12
  • Upper back pulldown: 2×10-12
  • First row of machines: 2×10-12
  • Seated Hamstring Curl: 2×10-12
  • Pit Shark Romanian Deadlift: 1 × 8-10

Waiting for Olympia 2022

Labrada is a force to be reckoned with in the Open Division and comfortably in the discussion of potential future champions. He will challenge the best of the best again in Las Vegas, NV, from December 16-18, 2022. After bringing up a potential weak point in his physique thanks to improved back development since the 2021 Chicago Pro, the question now is : can he improve on his fourth place in the Olympia ranking of 2021 in 2022?

Featured Image: @hunterlabrada on Instagram

Teresa E. Burton