by Christian Duque
Sure, sadly the nice Nick Walker dubbed “The Mutant” for carrying darn close to 300lbs of muscle, has blocked your ole buddy Christian Duque, for being an goal journalist. In all my years overlaying bodybuilding, I may rely the highest professional’s which have blocked me on one hand. There’s Phil Heath, and there’s Nick Walker. No different prime bodybuilder has ever executed that. And imagine you me, there’s bodybuilders that I’ve grilled, I imply actually placed on the spot, however none have blocked me. I’ve been blocked by different prime bodybuilders, however a few years after their greatest years have been behind them. And even these grumpy has-beens don’t maintain me blocked for lengthy.
Take Lee Priest, for instance, he not solely can’t maintain me blocked for lengthy, however from time to time, he’ll unblock me and like a bunch of my posts.
The very fact is, you shouldn’t block the press. For those who’re to be any type of a public determine, particularly a champion, you may’t tune out everybody who doesn’t blow your head up and/or individuals who disagree with you. To try this, creates an alternate actuality, and widens the hole between the influencer and the followers.
The first goal of social media, for instance, is to bridge that hole. The extra direct the hyperlinks could also be, the extra items and providers are prone to be offered. The concept of blocking folks is counterproductive to rising bodybuilding and the health business.
There’s a motive why, so far, I’ve solely been blocked by two prime tier bodybuilders after overlaying the game for darn close to fifteen years. What’s attention-grabbing, is that whereas lots of people got here to me through the years, to empathize with my points with Heath, many are popping out of the woodwork – simply in a number of days – to say the identical about Nick Walker. One Florida promoter, for instance, made a public remark, stating as a lot. I imply, when you might have a promoter occurring file as to say they don’t like him, you understand the man’s both misunderstood – or – an asshole.
There’s quite a lot of commonalities between Nick and one other bodybuilder who shot to the highest, not too way back. I gained’t say names, however for these of you who’re devoted readers of Iron Journal, you’ll choose up on this reminiscence fairly rapidly.
So, image it, I used to be hanging with Dave Liberman at an Arnold Traditional and he wanted a spot (video) from a bodybuilder who was to visitor pose at one in all his two massive contests in Cleveland. We needed to wait in line on the sales space, which is very uncommon. If you understand the bodybuilder and also you’re within the media, a promoter, or a fellow influencer, then the usual is, you chop. I do know that’s type of fucked up; why ought to we not wait, however you, the followers, ought to? I don’t actually have a solution, besides to say, that’s simply the best way it’s. I simply glide. In any case, the primadonna behind the sales space made us wait. He barely acknowledged us.
Now thoughts you, Dave was there, contest posters in hand, and it was clearly apparent why he was there. It was enterprise. In any occasion, the bodybuilder made us wait. It wasn’t tremendous lengthy, nevertheless it was 5-10 minutes. Whereas it wasn’t lengthy, it was humiliating. Dave was irritated, as was I. Finally, the bodybuilder waved us over, gave us a halfhearted spot, and the entire time appeared like he was doing Dave an enormous favor. That’s an asshole transfer. I wouldn’t anticipate far more from Nick Walker. To be truthful, it’s not simply because blocked me, nevertheless it’s additionally based mostly on the mountain of suggestions I’ve been receiving.
You’ll be able to inform rather a lot about folks based mostly on their actions. And the very fact is, simply to provide you an concept how petty this 300lb phenom is, my concern was along with his coach. I didn’t actually have a drawback with Nick. His coach, Matt Jansen, voiced displeasure with my protection of Shaun Clarida’s outrageous dismissal from RAW, however even Jansen didn’t block me. That’s as a result of one man blocking one other man on Instagram is a weak transfer.
When Nick took Prime 5 on the O, we exchanged a pair dozen texts and audio messages on IG. I met him on the Pure Physique occasion in Ozone Park, NY. It’s not like he couldn’t have reached out and mentioned, “hey man, I don’t dig your protection,” or “I disagree with you due to…” As an alternative, he blocks me. He blocks me understanding I run like 50 Instagram pages. Blocking one account serves no objective, plus, he’s all around the information. Am I not going to see that? Am I immediately going to be reduce off, unable to put in writing articles or do commentaries? I simply don’t perceive what blocking accomplishes, besides to offend folks. I completely get unfollowing somebody, however blocking them?
Nick, actually, has been by means of rather a lot in his life and I actually respect his many achievements on stage; nevertheless, I’m not going to brush his blocking me underneath the rug. It units a nasty precedent and it must be addressed early on. Look how dangerous it obtained with Phil Heath. He used to dam EVERYONE! You didn’t suppose he’d win? He’d block you. You didn’t suppose he made enhancements? He’d block you. You merely appreciated a heckler’s remark? He’d block you. Phil Heath was the most important man baby that ever held the Mr. Olympia – and what’s worse is, he held it for seven consecutive years. Have you ever ever puzzled why Ronnie’s and Jay’s strains have been at all times longer than Phil’s, even when Phil was on the top of his reign? It’s as a result of Phil was a prick. Perhaps my article will resonate with the individuals who inform Nick what to do, or possibly he’ll learn it, and do a volte-face.
Others have mentioned that Nick runs from any negativity. I believe he even advised me one thing about me not writing something controversial. I didn’t actually get it and when he mentioned it, he mentioned with this form of feeble-looking demeanor, that I simply couldn’t take significantly. It was simply bizarre. Nick mentioned it as I approached him to say what’s up. It was virtually like a conditional what-up. Lol. It’s like he needed to put that warning out, like if I ever took any essential place – on something – into infinity, then from what I collect, I ran the chance of not getting him to say what’s up
to me. That’s tremendous bizarre.
Apparently, it additionally included being blocked on Instagram. I’m sorry people, however this does NOT sound like something out of a hardcore bodybuilding story. It’s like knitting circle bullshit. I imply, are you able to think about a 300lb., shredded, vascular freak, taking the time to go round Instagram blocking folks as a result of they’ve opinions he deems detrimental?
I can’t even start to let you know what a unique notion I’ve of Nick Walker, now. After I noticed the footage of him successful North People, then the NY Professional, then the Arnold and forcing his manner into the Olympia Prime 5, I assumed this man was the long run Markus Ruhl meets Dorian Yates. I used to be actually, actually impressed. That’s why I made a degree to go say howdy to him on the Pure Physique occasion. I didn’t, for the file, even discuss to Chris Bumstead. Nothing in opposition to C-Bum, however I’m a Black Swan fan and I don’t go round asking random professional’s for interviews, and even pictures. I’m a journalist, not a fan boy.
Though Nick didn’t have a lot to say, even simply saying howdy, and taking a photograph was adequate. And after I took a essential stance of Matt Jansen, I made a degree to succeed in out to Nick. I used to be thoughtful like that, which I by no means am, in any other case. If I had a essential stance of Chris Aceto, I wouldn’t DM John Jewett or Jose Raymond to verify their emotions weren’t damage. I should have had some inkling that Nick was way more delicate than the typical bodybuilder – however there’s delicate, after which there’s this. I didn’t even insult Jansen; I simply said he didn’t do sufficient to guard Shaun Clarida (his consumer) and guarantee his spot at an organization he partly owned. And bam! Nick Walker blocked me. Now what I see, is a 300lb diva. He may develop into 400lbs, with 2% physique fats, with 30” arms and I’d nonetheless need to name him Karen.
Professional’s who block folks look weak. Regardless of how a lot muscle they carry, their insecurities undermine all of that. For those who’re so mushy you could’t even scroll previous posts that you just don’t 100% agree with, then you definitely’re selecting to stay an especially sheltered, alternate actuality. Oh properly, I mentioned my piece. He’s younger and he’s making tons of cash. I extremely doubt he’ll learn this text, a lot much less care what I’ve to say. I simply would hate to see him 10yrs in, with armies of haters, no sponsors, and looking for himself and a profession in his late 30’s. To me, after I see a Mr. O go from ruling the game to begging for private coaching shoppers on Instagram, it reveals me how little so many Execs have going for them. That is actual discuss, people, you may’t compete without end, a lot much less keep on prime.
The Professional’s who’re cool to the media, cool to the followers, and funky to critics, whereas on prime, construct audiences that stand the take a look at of time. Have a look at my buddy, Brandon Curry. He gained’t even block trolls on his Instagram Lives. He’s affected person with them and he by no means give responds with negativity. In consequence, some – not all – of those trolls begin to loosen up and begin discovering themselves changing into followers. In a single yr, Curry had considerably extra connections and grew bodybuilding dramatically extra – than Phil Heath did in seven years! If that’s not meals for thought, then I don’t know what it’s.
So Nick Walker blocked me. Oh properly. For fifteen years, I’ve been blocked by two prime athletes. That’s very telling. I’m certain he’ll be advantageous; I simply want Walker gained’t turn out to be pushed by his many insecurities. What’s your tackle jacked bodybuilders blocking journalists/followers and performing like divas on social media?