“U Owe Nobody No Apology”: Emotional Bodybuilding Community Rallies Behind 280 Lbs Beast as He Backs Out From Mr. Olympia 2023 Amidst Health Struggles

The sport of bodybuilding is arguably not for the faint-hearted. It requires a lot of dedication and determination on the athlete’s part. However, unfortunately, there are instances when the athlete is giving their best, and some external factors get the better of a bodybuilder. Injuries, mental breakdowns, unhealthy relationships with food, etc., are pretty common when it comes to bodybuilding athletes. Making a shocking announcement recently, was IFBB pro bodybuilder Brett Wilkin, who revealed that because he has a high metabolism, he needs to eat a lot of food to retain and gain size. 

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Unfortunately, things are not going as he planned, and he is having a lot of trouble getting those calories. As a result of poor eating, his performance in the gym was also affected. Due to all this, he decided not to compete in this year’s Mr. Olympia. While this came as a surprise to almost everyone, the bodybuilding community tried their best to cheer up Wilkin and commented with kind words on his Instagram post.

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Wilkin recently took it to his Instagram and announced via a long and detailed video that he would unfortunately not be participating in this year’s Olympia due to health reasons. Starting the video, he confessed, “I will not be competing at the Mr. Olympia here in four weeks’ time. Probably the worst thing that I can say because I’ve spent the last now, it’s been a year, you know, preparing for this moment, this weekend coming ahead.”


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Further, he explained that he is unable to eat in surplus in order to gain or maintain muscle mass. To make things worse, he is suffering from vomiting and “diarrhea issues.” He added, “I was vomiting you know, a meal or two a day, which I would then try to replace. I was nauseous, I was dizzy.”

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Upon coming across the post, many fellow bodybuilders expressed their views. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

The bodybuilding community expresses their views on Wilkin’s retirement


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Bodybuilding veteran Flex Lewis supported Wilkin’s decision by stating, “You made the best and right call. If anyone gets and understand what your saying and lived them days, of throwing up, stomach issues you talk about is me,” while seven-times Mr. Olympia Phil Heath commented, “The responsible choice is quite often the most difficult yet rewarding in the long term. I always wish you nothing but the best along with your family.”

Mr. Olympia athlete Derek Lunsford wrote, “I hate hearing this brother! I know you and you will not stop. You will be back at it next year. Get healthy brother. Praying for you and for your family,” while Andrew Jacked stated, “u owe nobody no apology cuz priority is health & family.” Former 212 champion Shaun Clarida also supported Wilkin’s decision and wrote, “Was looking forward to spending the last week together and seeing you up on that stage but glad to see you are doing what’s best for you and your family.”


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The bodybuilding community’s response to Wilkin’s decision depicts the camaraderie among the bodybuilders. What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments.

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