SEPTEMBER 2014 COVER STORY
MESHACK! THE NEXT PNBA MR. NATURAL OLYMPIA? Interview by Ben Yosef
Meshack Ochieng may well be the most muscular Natural Bodybuilder in the sport today. I would challenge anyone to identify another bodybuilder on the circuit who possesses the kind of full, dense, round, balloon-like muscle bellies as Ochieng.
This Kenya-born marvel of a man burst onto the US scene last year. He managed to come out of nowhere, landing in 3rd place at the 2013 PNBA Natural Universe, giving superstars like Marshall Johnson and Phillip Ricardo Jr. a run for the PNBA prize money. However, even with all the hype and excitement he generated, Meshack did not ride that wave into last year’s Natural Olympia. Instead, he went back under the iron with the goal of adding further refinements to an already brilliant physique.
What resulted was a bigger, fuller, harder look that earned him that coveted first place spot at the 2014 Universe. With the package he has put together, as well as the momentum from his Universe win, will Meshack Ochieng be the next PNBA Mr. Natural Olympia?
Congratulations on taking the Natural Universe. That was a big win. How do you feel about the package you brought to that show?
“…TO WIN THE CONTEST, I HAD TO COME IN MORE SHREDDED AND THAT IS WHAT I DID.”
Thanks for the compliment. The PNBA Natural Universe is one of the most competitive events in the country. Last year I did the contest and came in third after Ricardo and Marshall. I learned from these two guys that for me to win the contest, I had to come in more shredded and that is what I did.
The combination of muscle, conditioning, posing, and presentation you displayed was unbeatable that day. Do you think this was your best showing to date?
I’m blessed with round muscle, and I made sure that getting shredded didn’t make me loose the mass. It’s hard combining the two, mass and looking shredded, but I did it. This was the best package to date for me.
Speaking of round muscle, your muscle bellies could very well be the roundest I have ever seen on a Natural Bodybuilder. Did you always have this look to your muscle? And, obviously genetics play the dominating roll here, but is there anything that you do to further enhance this effect?
“SINCE I STARTED TRAINING I HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE ROUND MUSCLE BELLIES.”
Genetics are one of the most important things when it comes to the way I look. Since I started training, I have always had the round muscle bellies. The second thing that caused my body to look this way is the way I train. I figured out that for me to get real results, I have to pick workouts that work for me. We have tons of workouts but I had to figure which ones suit my genes. And lastly I like using free weights compared to machines. Though nowadays they have machines that almost work as free weights but I still prefer the old school workouts.
Meshack, you have the kind of thickness that is typically associated with steroid-using competitors. I imagine there are many people who doubt your “natural” status. How do you respond to this?
First I will respond to this question by saying that God knows and that is my first priority. I hear all kinds of negative comments to this subject and it’s true when they say you will have your haters and you will have your supporters. I really am adamant about keeping clean. I even will read the back of a supplement bottle or vitamins just to…
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