i think those pictures show what it takes to be a top olympia bodybuilder and the YEARS of dedication and sacrifice even with great genetics. branch looked that good at 17 and it still took him how many years to be top 3 at the olympia?
Just to make it on the stage as an IFBB pro is a huge accomplishment. To say Branch has piss poor shape is your opinion... I think to make it to 250+ pounds, ripped at 5-7 says something about his genetics... Some of us are cheetahs and others are silver back gorillas! Branch is a silver back!
I respect the man and think that no matter what, he has the genetics to get huge and ripped. Coupled with his work ethic it has put him in the top 3 at the Olympia several times. I have talked to a fella that was Branch's training partner for a few months years ago... He is a very dedicated bodybuilder but said Branch is like no other in the gym. Genetics or not, he is awesome. Look at his tree trunk legs... There are some damn good genetics there!
I would be more than happy to be top 3 at my first "local" show. To be top 3 at the Mr. O... That is for the genetic freaks out there. The smaller more aesthetically pleasing physiques aren't placing at the Olympia these days...