Bodybuilder James Hollingshead Cosplays as Kratos, Has a Physique Fit for a “God of War”

Bodybuilder James Hollingshead Cosplays as Kratos, Has a Physique Fit for a “God of War”

Marcel Stevens

Marcel Stevens

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It really is really hard to inform the change among Greek god or elite bodybuilder.

Immediately after James Hollingshead finished in 12th location through the 2021 Mr. Olympia — his Olympia debut — it may be good to say the bodybuilder has been on the aggressive warpath in 2022.

In September, Hollingshead came in 3rd area at the 2022 Arnold Typical United kingdom. He followed that general performance with a get in the 2022 Tsunami Cup Pro, earning his next-at any time berth in the Olympia. As he starts counting down the days toward the subsequent significant moment of his career, Hollingshead resolved to have some fun commemorating the latest launch in 1 of his most loved video recreation sequence.

On Nov. 5, 2022, Hollingshead posted a online video to his YouTube channel wherever he cosplayed the effective most important character of the God of War series, Kratos. Hollingshead’s costume was element of a take a look at to the MCM Comic Con that took area on Oct. 28-30, 2022, in London, England. The most current edition in the series, God of War Ragnarök, was launched on Nov. 9, 2022, for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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Given that Kratos is a dwelling, respiration tank of a fictional Greek (and Norse) god within the game’s lore, it is only fitting an athlete like Hollingshead — with the requisite strength and electricity — could be his spitting picture.

In accordance to NPC Information On the internet, Hollingshead has been a member of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Physical fitness (IFBB) Professional League due to the fact 2018. In his Pro debut during the 2018 Tampa Pro, although competing in his regular Men’s Open division, a rookie Hollingshead came in 16th spot. At any time given that that fateful contest, the bodybuilder has seemingly only enhanced.

In 2019, Hollingshead tackled a gauntlet of competitions all over the calendar 12 months. He notched two leading-5 finishes while notably taking household a 3rd-put final result in the 2019 Bigman Weekend Professional. In 2020, Hollingshead won his to start with two IFBB Professional League contests — the 2020 British Grand Prix and the 2020 Europa Pro Championships. At some point, Hollingshead attained a new peak with his initial-ever appearance at the 2021 Mr. Olympia and the observed 12th-position end.

Soon after that Olympia debut, Hollingshead’s sterling success at the most up-to-date Arnold Common British isles and Tsunami Professional very likely would not have been doable with no his steadfast dedication to schooling. The athlete isn’t essentially unique from his friends in sharing standard updates about his development in the gymnasium, but feats like a 340-kilogram (749.6-pound) squat triple and a 300-kilogram (661.4-pound) squat for nine reps in May possibly 2022 could established him apart. They may well even portend a terrific efficiency in Hollingshead’s 2nd go-round at the Olympia.

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Among a loaded slate of competitors like two-time reigning Olympia champ Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay and the titanic Nick Walker, Hollingshead may well get misplaced in the shuffle of so quite a few Olympia contenders on December 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. With a deeper appear, it would possible be a slip-up to dismiss an athlete who can effectively recreate the physique and mannerisms of a fictional god.

Featured graphic: @hollingshead89 on Instagram