2022 Arnold Classic Returns!

By Shawn Ray

1989 Arnold and partner, Jim Lorimer started the Arnold Classic held in Columbus, Ohio to bring together the best Athletes and Bodybuilders in the world based on a “Handshake” agreement to promote a contest that would rival the Olympic Games! This March 3-6th following two years of a global pandemic which slowed the gathering of Fans, Athletes and Sponsors the Arnold returns full speed ahead with the Expo, Strongman & Amateur Competitions returning.

For the past 33 years the Arnold Classic has grown globally into the Arnold Festival which plays host to events such as: Archery, Arm Wrestling, Cheerleading, Marathon Running, Gymnastics, Kids Fair, Art Show to go along with Bodybuilding, Fitness, Bikini, Classic, Wellness and more!

The Arnold Classic is arguably the biggest weekend in sports inclusive of so many diverse activities that exposes the athletes and fans to other fitness ventures and collaborations that happen in real time through the four day event.

The first ever champion to win the 1989 Arnold Classic Title was The Dragon Slayer, Rich Gaspari who returns annually to Ohio as a supporting sponsor of the weekend events with his supplement company, Gaspari Nutrition.

Past champions include:

Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, Flex Wheeler, Brandon Curry, William Bonac, last years winner, Nick Walker and yours truly to name a few over the last 33 years!

Ronnie Coleman

Jay Cutler

Flex Wheeler
William Bonac
Brandon Curry
Nick Walker

Shawn Ray

The action begins on Thursday, March 3 with the Amateurs kicking things off and concludes on Sunday, March 6th with the Arnold Sunday Showcase Seminar.

Also, you won’t want to miss Dr. Bob Goldman’s International Sports Hall of Fame Awards presentation.

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