Nick Walker’s new bodybuilding trainer is Dominick Mutascio
Nick Walker had a terrific first season as a professional bodybuilder in 2021. He picked up a win at the 2021 Arnold Classic and landed in fifth place on his Mr. Olympia debut. Jumping to the top of the sport’s two biggest contests in his first year draws a lot of attention, including high expectations in the second season. Walker appears up to the challenge and plans to bring “something special” to the 2022 Olympia stage from December 16-18, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV.
In January 2022, Walker parted ways with his former coach Matt Jansen. Since then, Walker has recruited bodybuilder, trainer and dietician Dominick Mutascio to guide Walker’s preparation for Olympia 2022. Mutascio and Walker filmed a workout together where they targeted the chest and triceps. Check out the entire workout below, courtesy of Walker’s YouTube channel:
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The workout opens with Walker performing barbell flyes with Matuscio touching his upper chest to ensure Walker is recruiting the correct muscles. After performing flyes on an incline bench and a flat bench, Walker performed a dumbbell bench press with a lockout break.
On his second set of dumbbell bench press, Walker put on wrists and lifted 120 pounds in each hand. Walker continued to increase the weights, reaching the dumbbells with seven small weight plates at each end rather than a solid bell.
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The duo followed the dumbbell bench presses with additional bench presses on the Smith machine, focusing on the upper chest. Mutascio’s strategy for Walker seemed to be higher volume training with short rest periods between sets.
Moving on to the chest press, both men did one-arm reps. Matuscio touched the inside of Walker’s chest during the move. Although there is no way to target the inside of the chest because the anatomy of the pectorals does not allow it, performing single arm presses at such an angle can help carve out the separation of the pectorals, which may look more aesthetically pleasing on stage.
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Despite everything very large volume of pressing already carried out. Mutascio had Walker perform an incline chess press on a machine, followed by a superset of cable flies with the Svend press. They followed this with elevated push-ups so Walker could continue training in the stretched position.
After finally gassing up their chests, it was time to train the triceps. Standing cable extensions were the first. Walker went through the cables, lowered his hands and left his elbows only at 90 degrees before the next rep. Once the workout was over, it was obvious that both men’s pumping was intense.
The bodybuilding career of Dominck Mutascio
Mutascio is no stranger to the bodybuilding scene. According to Online NPC Newshe competed as a middleweight, welterweight and light heavyweight starting in 2014. Here are all the contests he has entered:
- 2014 CNP Junior National Championships | Middleweight – Second Place
- 2015 NPC Northeast Summer Classic | Middleweight – First Place
- 2015 NPC USA Championships | Middleweight – Eighth Place
- 2016 NPC USA Championships | Welterweight – Second Place
- 2017 NPC New England Championships | Middleweight – First Place
- 2017 NPC National Championships | Middleweight – Seventh place
- 2018 NPC USA Championships | Middleweight – Third Place
- 2018 National NPC Championships | Middleweight – Sixth Place
- 2018 Caribbean Grand Prix Pro Qualification | Light Heavyweight — Third Place
Judging by the workout video, the training volume and load were tough on Walker, who was told Bar Bend that his main priority for 2022 is to win the Sandow Trophy at the 2022 Olympia. He is unlikely to compete until then. He has already vacated his Arnold Classic title as he will not be competing in this contest on March 4-5, 2022 in Columbus, OH. We’ll see if Matuscio can take Walker’s career to the next level and help him improve on his fifth place finish at Olympia from 2021.
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