|Johnnie O. Jackson - Strong, Thick Bodybuilder
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The photos above are just two which prove how incredible Johnnie Jackson is as a bodybuilder. He is relatively speaking (in terms of fellow bodybuilders), a smaller bodybuilder than most.
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Off Season Weight: 260 lbs.
Competition Weight: 225 lbs.
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Bench Press (1 rep max.): 545 lbs.
Barbell Curl (1 rep max.): 215 lbs.
Squat (1 rep max.): 825 lbs.
Deadlift (1 rep max.): 805 lbs.
As you can see from the picture above, Johnnie O. Jackson may not be the biggest bodybuilder around, but the thickness and density of his muscles are mind blowing! Just check out his traps and chest. They pop out and he isn't even flexing them. Just sitting relaxed. Here is another photo below. This photo is great to show Johnnie's lack of size (compared the the other Mr. Olympia monsters like Ronnie Coleman), and also shows his incredible thickness:
To show the comparison perfectly, here is a picture with both big Ron and Johnnie:
The size difference is quite dramatic. What is interesting is that despite the 60+ pounds that Ronnie has over Johnnie in contest shape, they both share similar strength levels in powerlifting. In Ronnie Coleman's new video "The Cost of Redemption" he squats 800 pounds for two reps. If you put those numbers in the one rep max calculator, you see that works out to about 840 pounds, although some have argued that Ronnie could have done a few more reps and quit too early, which would make big Ron's one rep max higher than that. In any case, whether Ronnie could beat Johnnie in a powerlifting meet is debatable. Johnnie also deadlifted 805 pounds in a powerlifting contest. Ronnie did more in his video, , but it is still impossible to say how he would do adhering to the powerlifting rules in a judged meet.
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Where Johnnie Jackson will place in future competitions is hard to say. He has had success since becoming a pro, but it all depends what the judges choose to reward and how Johnnie looks the day of the contest. Despite is incredible strength he is considerably smaller than most of the other top pros. In my mind, his muscle quality makes up for this, but the main things judges seem to look for is size and condition. For him to compete and stay strong with the top guys like Ronnie, Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson, Dennis James, Gunter Schlierkamp and the other top dawgs of bodybuilding today, he will need to pack on some size. To do this, he may need to incorporate less power building movements and more hypertrophy specific movements. I say this because strength development may be important, but in the end, he isn't getting judged onstage for how much he can bench press, deadlift, or squat. In any event, Johnnie is certainly a smart bodybuilder and has the tools needed to make the changes in order for him to become competitive. If he puts on some mass, he may be one of the thickest, freakiest bodybuilders to ever step on stage. Only time will tell.
See Johnnie O. Jackson at the 2003 Mr. Olympia Contest!
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