What an exciting and interesting Mr. Olympia contest this year. Reigning champ Phil Heath came in with unsurpassed size and conditioning, a look he hasn't had for a few years. He was awarded a well-deserved, yet close, win. Several other bodybuilders are breathing down his neck, veterans (Dexter Jackson), improving-all-the-time (Big Ramy, Shawn Roden), and young up-and-coming (William Bonac, Dallas McCarver). The return of Kevin Levrone at age 52, after more than a dozen retirement years, sparked much debate and attention. The absence of Kai Greene creates debate, too, of course. I loved it.
But, now that the Olympia is done, set your sights on Columbus, Ohio and the Arnold Classic! Coming up March 2-5, 2017, bodybuilding fans will have no trouble spotting and talking with (and taking selfies) the biggest names in the sport. Whether they are competing in the Arnold Classic or not, the line-up of athletes working booths and sigging autographs and posing for photos encompasses everyone you've ever heard of, plus other amazing bodybuilders you won't even be familiar with.
Here are a few of the top IFBB pros I ran across at the last two Arnold Classic Expo events. In all cases they are relaxed, happy to chat with fans and pose for photos. You'll never have a better opportunity to see and meet the top bodybuilders in the world. Everyone who competes in the Olympia shows up at the Arnold, plus everyone else (Kai Greene won the Arnold Classic last March).
Journey to Columbus in March for the Arnold Sports Festival. You'll wonder why you didn't come before, you'll have a great time, and you'll have the chance to meet everyone who is anyone in the world of bodybuilding.
@arnoldsports, #arnoldclassic, @Flex_Wheeler, @PhilHeath, @mrojaycutler