Think about standing on the fringe of a bodybuilding stage and ready for the announcer to name your identify to stroll out. You’ve ready for this second for months and skilled for tons of of hours to listen to that crowd cheer and applaud you while you hit that first pose in entrance of the judges.
Erin Banks is completely different. He doesn’t even hear the group, and he stated that he’s developed tunnel imaginative and prescient on contest day. Walking out onstage is a totally completely different expertise for him.
“I don’t hear anyone, I don’t see anyone. Every part is a blur as a result of I’m so targeted as a result of I ready a lot. From the posing routine to the meals, the water reducing, all the pieces else that goes into it. That is my highlight, and I must zone all the way in which in and current my physique in the easiest way that I can.”
Banks hasn’t been simply displaying up onstage, he’s been dominant in a short while. Banks is the reigning Arnold Basic Males’s Physique champion, and he gained the 2022 Males’s Physique Olympia in Las Vegas in December. That makes him the primary Males’s Physique athlete on the earth immediately. He was the primary man to win each titles in the identical 12 months. Now, he’s trying to repeat that feat, beginning with the 2023 Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH, on Saturday, March 4.
With all of this success, it’s exhausting to imagine that Banks solely obtained into bodybuilding within the final 5 years. He was working as a private coach in 2018, and competing in a bodybuilding present wasn’t even on his radar till a former coach he knew talked him into stepping onstage.
“I used to be only a private coach, by no means thought of bodybuilding,” he revealed. “I wasn’t a fan of bodybuilding earlier than I began bodybuilding myself. I didn’t know something about it myself. She begged me to go for it, and I lastly did.”
Banks would compete in his first present in 2019, the NPC Fresno Basic, which he gained. By the top of that 12 months, he earned his professional card on the NPC USA Championships. After skipping the 2020 season, he made his first professional look within the Houston Event of Champions, the place he positioned second. One month later, he gained the New York Professional and certified for the Olympia.
By the top of that 12 months’s Olympia, he was side-by-side with champion Brandon Hendrickson ready to listen to who was introduced because the winner. It might be Hendrickson on that day, however Banks was properly on his means, and he knew how he needed to make use of this new highlight that was shining on him.
“As soon as I obtained into the game, I needed to be a man like Jay Cutler. He had an enormous presence onstage, and he nonetheless has an enormous presence off the stage. Jay is a folks particular person, and that’s a mannequin I’d like to comply with.”
One Arnold Basic and Olympia win later, Banks was on prime, however he didn’t have a lot time to have a good time or take within the satisfaction of victory. Banks obtained sick after the Olympia, and he then needed to instantly start getting ready to defend his Arnold Basic title, alongside together with his coach, Ariel Cutz.
“I solely obtained to benefit from the second for like a day, after which I needed to get proper again into contest mode. So, it was proper again to the drafting board,” he acknowledged, “We’re bringing a distinct package deal. The objective is to come back on the similar stage weight, however with extra muscle density. It will likely be a greater total package deal from prime to backside.”
Banks will begin his title protection within the Higher Columbus Conference Heart, the place prejudging might be held on the Expo stage. He then will concentrate on finals on the Battelle Grand Ballroom in the identical constructing that night. In a stunning transfer between these instances, he scheduled himself to fulfill followers on the Celsius sales space through the Arnold Expo that day. Look ahead to him to be having fun with a Watermelon or Arctic Vibes flavored can whereas he’s there. In case you’re going to the Arnold, he invitations you to seize a can for your self as properly.
Banks feels that shaking arms and taking selfies, even with the strain of competitors, is essential as a result of he desires to fulfill his supporters and folks that look as much as him. He’s having fun with these moments as a lot because the followers do.
“To this point, it’s been nice,” stated Banks. “I’m a folks particular person. I’ve been capable of meet lots of people, encourage lots of people, and I need to give again to my group again house. Additionally, these followers paid cash to see Erin Banks compete or to fulfill me. It’s my alternative to offer again, at the least for one hour.”
The Fresno, CA native could not have been part of this sport for very lengthy, however the former three-sport athlete is right here now, and he doesn’t plan on going wherever for a very long time to come back.
“Proper now, I’m simply rolling with it, and I’m so grateful for the chance to win each reveals in the identical 12 months. Now, I’m coming again with the chance to defend that Arnold title and because the reigning Olympia champion, once more it’s a blessing. We’re in a great place.”