Gustavo Badell received a lot of criticism for his stomach distention and this year he has been working with Milos Sarcev to make improvements in size and condition as well as reduce his distention. Judging by these pictures, the two bodybuilders have achieved the goal quite well and Gustavo is looking quite good. Only time will tell, but I predict another top five finish at this year's Mr. Olympia Contest. He has a lot going for him and it even appears that he has improved his chest this year as well. That had previously been a trouble area for Gustavo in that it would look flat in the traditional side chest pose. He hit the pose completely wrong in the challenge round at the 2004 Mr. Olympia Contetst
In my opinion, Gustavo has a great overall shape to go along with his size and under the new mandate from the IFBB which calls for more pleasing looking physiques, I think Gustavo can do very well especially now that his stomach is in check. In 2002 he was able to do a vacuum pose in his front double biceps shot and while his stomach doesn't look quite that good yet, it does appear to be extremely tight and flat, which should be good enough to win favour with the judges.