The IFBB Arnold Sports Festival, also known as the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, is a yearly multi-sport event consisting of professional bodybuilding in Arnold Classic and Arnold Strongman Classic, fitness, figure, and bikini weekend expo. It was founded in 1989 and is named after Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The major event is held yearly around late February or early March in Columbus, Ohio, USA, by the International Federation of Body Building and Fitness, but this year 2021 it’s going to held on 2nd October 2021. It is thought the second-most-prestigious event in professional men’s bodybuilding, physique, figure, and bikini after Joe Weider’s Olympia; it was before the second-most-prestigious event in professional female bodybuilding and fitness.
Prize Money in Arnold Sports Festival
A productive sports competition, the Arnold Sports Festival awards several large prizes. Most prominently, first prize in bodybuilding consists of a 130,000$ with a Hummer vehicle, and an Aude mars Piguet watch.
Since the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding title pre-dates and offers higher prize money than the Arnold Sports Festival, a competition in fame and popularity has sprung up. The Arnold Sports Festival is always hotly disputed, often with one or two competition points departing the winners.
The Arnold Sports Festival’s Awards Consist of the following:
- National Champion jackets
- Trophies for every team
- Custom medals
- Limited edition patches
- Grand Champion banners
- Possible partial or full paid bid to Cheerleading World contests
Performance in Arnold Sports Festival
All-star cheerleading championships span two days. More than 4,000 competitors joined the cheerleading event in 2014. Each team serves to perform a two and one-half-minute routine on the stage.
After the teams’ rounds are complete, they are scored by a panel of professional judges, each judge is an expert on one area of cheerleading. Once scoring is complete, every team entered in the tournament is called to the mat for prizes, during which each team has a possibility of winning multiple times.
A Brief History of Arnold Sports Festival
On June 7, 2013, the Arnold Sports Festival event promoter, Jim Lorimer, declared that from 2014 on, the Arnold Sports Festival’s “212” would permanently replace the Ms. International women’s bodybuilding competition.
Lorimer said “The Arnold Sports Festival was proud to support women’s bodybuilding through the Ms. International for the past quarter-century, but in keeping with demands of our fans, the time has come to start the Arnold Classic 212 beginning in 2014.”
Arnold Classic 2020
William Bonac“The Conqueror” of the Netherlands recovered the Arnold Classic title with a close win over five-time champion Dexter Jackson “The Blade” at the 32nd Arnold Classic at the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival.
William Bonac got congratulations from Arnold Schwarzenegger, a check for $130,000, a Tony Nowak Official Champions Jacket, and the champion’s trophy from Natalie Eva Marie of Reign Total Body Fuel and Steve Slater of Rogue Fitness on his success.
Arnold Classic 2019
William Bonac won his first Arnold Classic title in 2018 and finished second in 2019 to Brandon Curry, who moved on to also maintain 2019, Mr. Olympia. Max Charles got 2nd position in Arnold Classic 2019. Luke Sandoe took 3rd place in Arnold classic 2019
Dexter Jackson “The Blade” in Arnold Classic
Dexter Jackson, who won the Arnold Classic in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, and 2015, fell just short of declaring his sixth Arnold Classic title. The Jackson, Fla., resident, who will leave after this year’s Mr. Olympia 2020, has played in Columbus a record 17 times. Jackson received $75,000 and a medal from Cryotech Nordic and Big Sports.
Big Ramy in Arnold Classic
Big Ramy of Egypt completed third in his first Arnold Classic show. He got a check for $50,000 and a medal from Mount Carmel Health System and Jan Tana. He got an extra $10,000 for winning the inaugural Franco Columbu Most Muscular Award.
Arnold Classic 2021 Qualifiers
Arnold Classic Champions in History
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Competitors in Arnold Classic 2021
Here is a list of qualified bodybuilders for Arnold Classic 2021.
- Morgan Aste
- Lionel Beyeke
- William Bonac
- Maxx Charles
- Nathan De Asha
- Victor Martinez
- Cedric McMillan
- Patrick Moore
- Sergio Oliva Jr.
- Akim Williams
- Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay
- Dexter Jackson
- Johnnie Jackson
- Steve Kuclo
- Josh Lenartowicz