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Dec152016

Excitement Building for upcoming Arnold Classic!

Don’t take your mind off the upcoming Arnold Classic just because winter is closing in on many of us. Once the holidays have passed, anticipation for the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival will begin to seriously ramp up. Before you know it, the first weekend of March will be here (March 2-5 are the dates to firmly burn into your mind).

I’ve a friend (Chad Kurian), who’s qualified in the Strongman competition for the second time. Think he’s spending even one day training without aiming his goals towards the Arnold? Nope; he’s focused on the prize. For him, this is his Super Bowl, his World Series. Phil Heath, preparing to defend his Mr. Olympia crown

Hundreds of strength and physique athletes, more than 700, from 80 countries, will be competing over the Arnold Classic weekend. The massive weights being lifted by strongmen and women mean both stages had to be structurally reinforced! Professional bodybuilding (Arnold Classic) and strongman (Arnold Strongman) events will be taking place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, where the Arnold Expo has it’s home. Also on the stages will be the Arnold Classic 212, Women’s Physique International, Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini.

In no way do I exaggerate when I tell you every big, strong, muscular athlete in the world will be in Columbus this weekend. If they’re not competing, they’re assisting at events, working company booths at the Expo, and singing autographs and posting for photos. Attendees can’t take five steps without seeing or bumping into a professional strength or physique athlete.

Professional bodybuilding is riding quite a wave. This year’s Mr. Olympia saw renewed interest from a larger audience, and I see this big audience moving right to the Arnold Classic. The Olympia generated huge attention, due to Phil Heath defending his crown with a vengeance, Kevin Levrone returning to the stage after more than a decade in retirement, a young and upcoming Dallas McCarver displaying his potential, and a deep, quality field of experienced bodybuilders like Shawn Rhoden, Dexter Jackson, Big Ramy, William Bonac, Roelly Winklaar and Cedric McMillan putting on a mass show that’s never been seen before. The series of pro bodybuilding contests around the world taking place in the weeks after the fall Olympia were highly competitive and exciting. Never before have there been so many good pro events. Victor Martinez, winner of the Baltimore Pro in 2016

I anticipate a deep and other-worldly line-up for the Arnold Classic this March. Speaking as someone who’s attended most of them over the course of the history of the show, my prediction is the biggest and best field ever will be onstage. Topping that, experience tells me past winners of both the Olympia and Arnold Classic, whether retired or still in the game, will be at the Arnold Expo if they’re not onstage. Everyone from the world of bodybuilding will be present!

I’ll be covering the bodybuilding, strongman, and Expo. Watch for hourly and daily updates, on this site, my Stuff I Like Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

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