Bodybuilder Sadiq Hadzovic said he will compete in the 2022 New York Pro Championships in May

On January 12, 2022, bodybuilder Sadiq Hadzovic took to his YouTube channel to share his chest and triceps workout with 336,000 YouTube subscribers. During this exercise, Hadzovic announced his return to the competitive bodybuilding stage at the 2022 New York Pro, in a more specific reference to the men’s fitness division..

The 2022 New York Pro Championship, promoted by Olympia President Judge Steve Weinberger, is set for May 21, 2022 in Teaneck, NJ. Check out Hadzovic’s entire chest and triceps workout and announcement in the video below. The 2022 New York Pro mentions at the 6:48 mark:

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Hadzovic mentioned he needed to look at the feedback from the previous men’s fitness show – where he finished sixth at the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival (ASF), according to NPC News Online – Since his current body might look too big in his board shorts:

Excited to grow in the show. I don’t even know if I should grow anymore, I’m a really big person.

Hadzovic’s return to the gym came after a two-week break to recover from illness. During that time, he dropped seven pounds. However, he regained eight pounds after his recovery and felt strong enough to return to training.

The two-time Olympia runner-up in men’s fitness opened his workout with an inclined bench press. He gradually added a resistance band and worked his way up to 110 pounds in each hand. He followed these up with sets of seated chest presses, making a conscious effort to pull in and squeeze his shoulder blades, so working tension is primarily placed on his chest. The groups ranged from 180 pounds to what appeared to be 240 pounds.

Returning to weights for triceps work, Hadzovic hit several sets of triceps extensions on an upright bench. He positioned his body with a slight tilt back to allow a more natural angle for the triceps to bear the brunt of the weight. Staying too perpendicular to the bench can impair stability and limit the range of motion of the triceps.

no pain no gain. This is the worst advice ever. Annoyance is good. You should know the difference between discomfort and pain.

Switching to the cable machine, Hadzovic stroked his triceps with a neutral grip. He then swapped out the triceps rope with a pair of D-grips for additional triceps workouts with a drop grip at the top and a fully extended, rounded position at the bottom for a stronger contraction.

Hadzovic finished the exercise with a focus on the passive to give his triceps more time under tension.

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Sadiq Hadzovic’s bodybuilding career

Hadzovic made his competitive bodybuilding debut on May 5, 2012, at the 2012 USA Junior Championships, where he placed second overall. He participated in five additional shows that year – all in men’s fitness – to the following results:

In 2013, Hadzovic participated in four shows in men’s fitness, including a big win at the New York Pro. In addition, he made his Olympia debut:

  • 2013 IFBB Europa Show of Champions – 2nd place
  • 2013 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro – fourth place
  • 2013 IFBB New York Pro – first place
  • 2013 IFBB Mr. Olympia – fourth place

In 2014, he returned to Olympia and improved by two places:

  • 2014 IFBB New York Pro – 2nd place
  • 2014 IFBB Tampa Pro – first place
  • 2014 IFBB Mr. Olympia – 2nd place

In 2015, he won the first ASF men’s fitness competition and maintained his position at Olympia:

  • 2015 Arnold Sports Festival – first place
  • 2015 IFBB Mr. Olympia – 2nd place

2016 saw Hadzovic transition into the classic fitness category. He participated in one show that year – Olympia – where he ranked third overall. He returned to the Classic Physique Olympia in 2017 but is down four places from the previous year.

  • 2016 IFBB Mr. Olympia – third place
  • 2017 IFBB Mr. Olympia – 7th place

Hadzovic did not compete in 2018 but returned to the competitive stage in 2019 at the ASF:

When Hadzovic steps up on stage at the 2022 New York Pro Championship in Men’s Fitness, it will be over two years since his previous competition and nine years since he first won that show. We’ll see if his physique can compete with some of the best bodybuilders in the world after nearly a decade to return to the Olympics.

Featured image: @sadikhadzovic on Instagram

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