2017 Arnold Classic: The Opportunity of a Lifetime
The 2017 Arnold Classic will be held in Columbus Ohio on March 2-5 2017, with a production that promises a lineup filled with new names and tons of unreached potential. Let’s take a close look this year’s competitors and try to predict the final outcome of the long-awaited showdown.
The favorites leading into the show are Dallas McCarver, Cedric McMillan, and Josh Lenartowicz. All three competitors managed to sneak their way into the top ten at the 2016 Mr. Olympia in a very tough lineup. On game day, Dallas McCarver will undoubtedly be the biggest and youngest guy on the Arnold stage, but, will this be enough to take the title home?
Cedric McMillan is known for having some of the best lines in the pro ranks but his lack of conditioning seems to always hurt him. Lastly, Josh Lenartowicz is a combination of monstrous size and freaky conditioning. All three athletes have huge strong points but they also have weak points that are just as large. At the end of the day, we won’t know who’s going to come out on top until the dust completely settles.
Here’s where things get a little tricky and conflictive because I think that the 2017 Arnold Classic title could potentially be awarded to someone other than the clear favorites. I also understand that everyone has their pick leading into the show, but, at the end of the day – only one can be crowned champion. A lot of variables can go into play when judging the show and a lot depends on what the judges are specifically looking for.
If they are looking for size, the first place award could go to Lenartowicz or McCarver, if they’re looking for aesthetics, McMillan can dominate – but, what if they want someone with the best overall physique to win? If this is the case there are two names that can potentially make a big impact. Lionel Beyeke could be a frontrunner and claim his first Arnold Classic Columbus title, while the new up-and-comer Luke Sandoe can squeeze into the top three.
We can’t forget about the 212 Division
The men’s 212 class has been growing like crazy which makes it – by far- one of the IFBB’s most promising divisions. The reigning 212 Olympia champion decided to skip the show and rest up but that still won’t make the contest a walk in the park. After finishing strong at the Olympia, Jose Raymond and Ahmad Ashkanani have positioned themselves as clear favorites.
Hidetada Yamagishi, David Henry, and Charles Dixon are not far behind and want to make an impact, but will the rookies let them? No matter what happens we can easily predict that the 212 division will be just as competitive as the open. A lot of these competitors have a lot to prove while the rest dream of cementing their name into bodybuilding history.
2017 Arnold Classic USA Top 5 Predictions
Men’s 212 Division
2- Hidetada Yamagishi
3- Ahmad Ashkanani
4- David Henry
5- Charles Dixon