The Big Bad Blade, Blazing as AlwaysArguably what would go down as one of the most exhilarating events in the pro bodybuilding history was the achievement of Dexter Jackson ‘The Blade.” The month of March saw the big blade blaze the trail and come to ties with the legendary Kenneth “Flex” Wheeler by clinching his fourth Arnold Classic, after 25 years of the show running on. Impressively, Dexter solidified his grip on the bodybuilding baton and was ushered in meritoriously to the Body building’s Hall of Fame.
Born 25th November, 1969, his has not been a case of a pleasant walk to stardom. It was undulating and challenging; dint of hard work and extraordinary work ethic. To become a professional bodybuilder, most athletes sweat it out, most rolling into decades of years before they could smell that feat. The enormous muscle mass to be added, genetic composure and a series of pre-contests workouts make it not so short a journey for bodybuilders who wish to earn their trademark in the game.
As an amateur in 1991, Dexter Jackson started form the real base, competed in his first body building contest as a bantamweight (weight not more than 143.3 pounds). He spent the next four years grinding and sharpening his teeth at the NPC, all the while gazing covetously at the IFBB.
Getting His Pro Card
In the light heavy weight category (176.25 – 198.25 pounds), Dexter proved a man to beat as he dazzled the crowd at the 1998 North American Championships with a 1st place win. Not only did he win in his category, he went on to claim the overall title for the night; which means he literarily crushed winners, and contestants who won in their different weight levels. Not even the contestants in the higher categories who weighed as much as 225.25 pounds could challenge Dexter. It was a dramatic night for the freshly-crowned body professional.
In his first year as a pro, he competed at the Classical Arnold Classic event the following year and placed a not-too-worrisome seventh. That same year also got him competing at the Mr Olympia event ranking among the top 10 by placing a debutant 9th.
After a long but steady journey, three years later competing in 19 other shows as a bodybuilder, Dexter showed his admirers and naysayers alike exactly what stuff he’s made of himself when he won the overall prize at the England’s 2002 Grand Prix.
It took him three years more before he could come around as someone to displace when he won his first full-blown title at the 2005 Arnold Classic, a feat he later repeated and won at three other times to date, in 2006, 2008 and earlier this year 2013.
For the Blade, it was smashing all the way!
With only 13 winners to date, the Mr Olympia event prides itself as the grand master of all bodybuilding events, pro and non-pro. Though established in 1965, Mr Olympia is comparably not benevolent with its event titles as compared to the Arnold Classic established in 1989 which has its titles, already held by 14 holders. The level of competition in the Mr Olympia, year in year out is that tough. Apparently an impossible record, Jackson clinched the Mr Olympia’s prize in 2008, beating current holders Jay Cuttler (who has won it 4 distinct times) and Phil Heath to it.
Winning the Arnold Classic was a rare feat, and claiming the coveted overall Mr Olympia’s prize proved a master accomplishment such that before Dexter Jackson achieved this feat in 2008, only two bodybuilders have ever achieved this feat, Jay Cutler and 8-time record winner, Ronnie Coleman.
It was therefore a show performance per excellence when Jackson created his own creed by becoming the only bodybuilder dead or alive to have won the Masters Olympia title in 2012. To date, a total of 17 wins have been claimed by Dexter across all pro bodybuilding contests, notable of which are the 2011 Pro Masters World Championship, the 2011 FIBO Power Pro Germany, and the 2004 Iron Man Pro Invitational.
With dozens of bodybuilding laurels to his name, it goes without mention that there must be one or two work routines this pro body builder is doing right. His agile and round muscle bellies tone up with the super genetic outlay and his rocket speed from a 135-pound bantam weight to an over 230-pound heavyweight bodybuilder lends credence to the fact that the pathway indeed requires a whole bit of commitment and dedication.
Rather than playing along with the books, Jackson studied his anatomy and worked with it, treating his personal strengths as a plus for his routines. Dexter has left no one in doubt that he is fit and not yet ready to retire. Only this year, he competed at the Arnold Classic and is also billed to contest at the Mr Olympia contest later this September.
His professional feats can also be attributed to the sterling record of his trainer, Charles Glass reputed to have tutored renowned bodybuilding pros for years and also his sports nutrition advisor, George Farah who has a long list of popular satisfied clientele.
If he chooses not to actively participate in bodybuilding any further, the mark Jackson has made is one that is indelible and already written in the industry’s history as a don decorated with lifetime laurels.
By Rich Webdevoman
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