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2017 Arnold Classic Invite List

Who’s Competing at the 2017 Arnold Classic?

Cardio and Weights knows!

IFBB Men’s Open Bodybuilding

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2017 COMPETITORS

Fouad Abiad
Lionel Beyeke
Maxx Charles
Vitaly Fateev
Will Harris
Michael Lockett
Dallas McCarver
Cedric McMillan
Juan Morel
Luke Sandoe

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Cedric McMillan can win this if he keeps everything tight

Summary: Look for a tightly contested race between Dallas McCarver, Cedric McMillan, and Lionel Beyeke. Fouad Abiad and Juan Morel are my dark horses. 

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2017 COMPETITORS

Ahmad Ashkanani
Guy Cisternino
Charles Dixon
David Henry
Manual Manchado
Jose Raymond
Mitchell Staats
Zane Watson
Quincy Winklaar
Kyong Won Kang
Hidetada Yamagishi

Summary: Look at Hidetada Yamagishi to repeat, however Jose Raymond, Guy, and David will be up there. Dark horse is Zane Watson and Ahmad Ashkanani. 

2016 Mr. Olympia Qualifiers (Qualification Series)

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2016 Mr. Olympia Qualifiers and Point Standings:

Qualifiers: Justin Compton, Victor Martinez, Ben Pakulski, Dallas McCarver, William Bonac, Nathan DeAsha, Mamdouh (Big Ramy) Elssbiay, Kai Greene, Phil Heath, Dexter Jackson, Steve Kuclo, Josh Lenartowicz, Kevin Levrone, Cedric McMillan, Lukas Osladil, Shawn Rhoden, Roelly Winklaar, Dennis Wolf, Akim Williams.

Note: Kai Greene, Branch Warren, and Dennis Wolf is not expected to compete at the 2016 Mr. Olympia

Top 5 in the points standings will automatically qualify for the Mr. Olympia:

Point Standings: Ronny Rockel-16,  Michael Lockett-12, Maxx Charles-11, Lionel Beyeke- 8,  Branch Warren-8,  Brandon Curry-7, Alexis Rivera-6, Rafael Jaramillo-5, Juan Morel-5,  Fred Smalls- 5, Johnnie Jackson-4, Vitaly Fateev-4, Kenneth Jackson- 4, Jose Raymond-4,  Fouad Abiad- 3, Michael Kafalianos-3, Essa Obiad-3, Robert Piotrkowicz-3, Abdulhadi Al-Khayat – 3, Kevin Jordan- 3,

2016 Results Through the First Half of the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Year:

2016 Levrone Pro Classic

Champion: Cedric McMillan
2nd: Josh Lenartowicz
3rd: Branch Warren

2016 Arnold Classic:

Champion: Kai Greene
2nd: Cedric Mcmillan
3rd: Josh Lenartowicz

2016 Arnold Australia:

Champion: Kai Greene
2nd: Cedric McMillan
3rd: Justin Compton

2016 Arnold Brazil:

Champion: Kai Greene
2nd: Juan Morel
3rd: Lionel Beyeke

2016 Bodypower:

Champion: Roelly Winklaar
2nd: Nathan DeAsha
3rd: Michael Kafalianos

2016 New York Pro:

Champion: Dexter Jackson
2nd: Roelly Winklaar
3rd: Victor Martinez

2016 Arnold South Africa:

Champion: Dexter Jackson
2nd: Roelly Winklaar
3rd: Lionel Beyeke

2016 California Pro:

Champion: Steve Kuclo
2nd: Nathan DeAsha
3rd:  Essa Obaid

2016 Toronto Pro:

Champion: Nathan DeAsha
2nd:  Maxx Charles
3rd: Fouad Abiad

2016 Chicago Pro Show:

Champion: Dallas McCarver
2nd: Michael Lockett
3rd: Brandon Curry

 2016 Vancouver Pro Show:

Champion: Ben Pakulski
2nd: Brandon Curry
3rd: Fred Smalls

2016 Baltimore Pro

Champion: Victor Martinez
2nd: Akim Williams
3rd:  Michael Lockett

2016 Tampa Pro

Champion: Akim Williams
2nd: Alexis Rivera
3rd: Abdulhadi Al-Khayat

2016 Golden State Pro

Champion: Justin Compton
2nd: Michael Lockett
3rd: Kevin Jordan

Who Will Win the 2016 Arnold Classic?

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If you read my 2015 Arnold Classic prediction you saw that I hit the nail on the head and predicted Dexter Jackson to win his 5th Arnold Classic. I predicted the remaining top 5, but had them out of order. Branch Warren surprised many and pushed Dexter.  Dexter will not be competing, so we will not have a repeat champion!

I will be at the 2016 Arnold Classic and will be posting photos and result analysis.

Who will win the 2016 Arnold Classic?

The surprise of the year happened when Kai Greene put his hat into the ring. Kai hasn’t competed at the Arnold since 2010. He has won 2 and is looking for #3. Kai is the odds on favorite, but who will win the 2016 Arnold Classic?

#1. Kai Greene

No one really knows the condition Kai Greene is currently in. The photos and videos he has posted has shown him in a hoodie. If he comes into the condition and size he is known for, no one can beat him.

#2. Justin Compton

Last year I picked him to be second, and I will keep him at second this year. Justin Compton is the future of bodybuilding. He is still young. It is scary because he keeps growing. If anyone on stage can compete with Kai’s size, it is Justin.

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#3. Cedric McMillan

Cedric didn’t have a very good 2015. He dropped out of the Mr. Olympia at the last minute, and struggled getting in shape in other contests. Cedric has the dream physique and has Arnold Schwarzenegger’s backing, but his conditioning is always a little off.

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#4. Evan Centopani

Evan is a top tier bodybuilder, and if he nails his conditioning to match his size, it will vault him into the top 2 or 3. Evan took some time off last year and has been really working on his diet eating quality foods and such. I hope he nails it.

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#5. Branch Warren

A couple weeks ago I predicted that Branch Warren will fall off this year. I actually had Josh Lenartowicz at #4. I think Branch will finish in the top 5 in the Arnold, but do believe he is on the downside.

Dark Horses:

  • Josh Lenartowicz has the size and conditioning to be in the top 4. Just hasn’t competed against the best of the best yet.
  • Johnnie Jackson has looked really good in prep pictures. Johnnie is a humble dude and one of my favorite bodybuilders.
  • Fouad Abiad is a top tier bodybuilder but from prep pictures I’m not sure if he will be ready.
  • Toney Freeman is the king of social media pictures. He would win every competition if it was online. His conditioning is insane right now, but I’m not sure how it will look in Columbus. Toney turns 50 this year and I want him to compete in the Olympia.

Not Ready Yet:

  • Cody Montgomery is the youngest Mr. USA in history. His conditioning is top notch but doesn’t have the size yet to compete with the big dogs.

 

2016 IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Predictions

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You may have read my 2015 edition where my predictions were near perfect . Dexter won his 5th Arnold Classic. Justin Compton finished top 3 at the Arnold, Kai Greene finished outside the top 2 at the Mr. Olympia (Okay, he didn’t show), Phil Heath won #5, and William Bonac finished 8th.

Predictions for 2016:

Kai Greene will win the 2016 Arnold Classic

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Kai Greene didn’t compete at the 2015 Mr. Olympia because he didn’t sign the damn contract. Kai Greene will take advantage of the fairly strong 2016 Arnold Classic lineup and win. He will then go to the Mr. Olympia and finish in the top 3.

Josh Lenartowicz will finish top 10 at the Mr. Olympia

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This guy is an animal and came out of nowhere. He is from Australia and has the mass and conditioning to compete with anyone.

Arnold Classic Top 5

  1. Kai Greene
  2. Justin Compton
  3. Cedric McMillan
  4. Josh Lenartowicz
  5. Evan Centopani

The Rise and Fall of Branch Warren

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Branch had a great year in 2015. I was actually at the Charlotte Pro Show where he won his first pro competition. I’m a huge fan, but I think this will be the year he starts to regress. Too many injuries in his great career will start taking a toll on his placings.

Dexter Jackson will win the 2016 New York Pro

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Dexter is one of my all-time favorites. With a win at the 2016 New York Pro, he will surpass Ronnie Coleman as the winner of the most pro competitions ever. Dexter will also move on to the Olympia where he will finish again in the top 5.

Sergio Oliva Jr. will compete in his first pro competition this summer and win

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I think that Sergio is ready for the big time after winning his pro card last year. Sergio has size and conditioning to win at mid-level shows.

Cody Montgomery, not ready yet…

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I am a huge fan of this kid. His conditioning and style reminds me of some of the greats. I think with the current bodybuilding judging mindset, Cody will be penalized for not being big and thick enough to compete with the elder-statesman of the league. I think Cody can compete in mid-level shows, but will need a few more years to win a coveted title.

Phil Heath will win #6, but the competition is closing in…

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Phil will win his sixth title this coming September, but the people behind him will start pushing. I think Cedric, Compton, and Big Ramy will be pushing Phil, while others will start falling.

 

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Thank you,
Dustin Holston
Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist
http://www.teamnutritiontrain.com

 

2015 Bodybuilder of the Year Awards

This is Team Nutrition Train’s 1st Bodybuilders of the Year Awards where the winners get absolutely nothing but the prestige and honor of winning this such lowly award.

 

The categories:

  • Rookie of the Year
  • Surprise of the Year
  • Disappointment of the Year
  • NPC Bodybuilder of the Year
  • Pro Bodybuilder of the Year

Rookie of the Year

Nominees: Dallas McCarver, Kim Jun Ho, Michael Lockett

Winner: Dallas McCarver

Dallas is the new X-Frame that bodybuilding desperately needs. While Cedric can’t get into shape, and Toney Freeman is running out of time, Dallas is young and is still growing.

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Surprise of the Year: 

Nominees: Dexter Jackson, Branch Warren, William Bonac

Winner: Dexter Jackson1874-dexter-jackson-237_final

Branch came back gnarly and shredded in 2015, William Bonac is the new giant killer, but Dexter wins Surprise of the Year. Dexter won the Arnold for his record fifth time, then finished second to only Phil Heath in the 2015 Mr. Olympia.

Disappointment of the Year:

Nominees: Cedric McMillian (for failing to get in shape), Kai Greene (for failing to sign a document to compete in the O), Zane Watson (Arrested)

Winner: Kai Greene

Sigh, the pictures heading into the O showed Kai Greene primed and ready to take on Phil, but unfortunately the documents were never signed and Kai did not compete at the Mr. Olympia. Many say that he was “banned”, in which he was not. He was given a document to sign and it didn’t get signed. It was probably over negotiations of his likeness, his new supplement line, or who knows what. Overall he was a huge disappointment to his fans.

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NPC Bodybuilder of the Year:

Nominees: Cody Montgomery, Sergio Olivia Jr.

Winner: Cody Montgomery

Although Sergio looked great getting his pro card, Cody Montgomery is on a roll! 3 x Teen USA, Youngest Mr. USA in history, Cody has steamrolled the competition and expects to make his 2016 debut soon.

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Pro Bodybuilder of the Year:

Nominees: Phil Heath, Dexter Jackson, Flex Lewis, Jose Raymond

Winner: Dexter Jackson

I can hear people say “but Phil won?”. Phil did win, but he competed only once. Dexter is in his mid-40’s and won the Arnold Classic for the 5th time, and finished 2nd at the Mr. Olympia, 7 years after winning his only Mr. O. Phil winning his 5th Olympia is impressive and puts him 1 behind Dorian Yates, 2 behind Arnold, and 3 behind Ronnie and Lee.

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Best Bodybuilders 2010-2015

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In my third installment of my “Best Bodybuilders” series (fourth if you count the most shredded bodybuilders ever), I will be focusing from 20100-2015. You will see Phil Heath, Dennis Wolf, Kai Greene, and others who have won major titles during this time. While the 90’s was about shredded mass, and the 2000’s were about size, where 2010-2015 was a mixture of the two. I wouldn’t say that it is better than either decade, but it is very much its own style of bodybuilding.

 

10. Justin Compton- Questionable Pick, Europa Orlando Winner, Top 3 at Arnold Classic

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9.  Victor Martinez- Won several shows, finished 3rd 2011 Arnold, 4th 2011 Mr Olympia.

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8.  Mamdouh Elssbiay “Big Ramy”- 2 x New York Pro, 1 x Arnold Brazil

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7. Shawn Rhoden- Top 4 Mr. Olympia 2012-2015

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6. Jay Cutler- 4 x Mr. Olympia winner won his last in 2010, Runner-Up 2011, Retired

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5. Branch Warren- Winner of 2 Arnold Classics

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4. Dennis Wolf- 2014 Arnold Winner, Top 6 Mr. Olympia 2010-2015

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3. Dexter Jackson- Winner of 2 Arnold Classics between 2010-2015, 2nd Place Mr. Olympia 2015.

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2. Kai Greene- Winner of Arnold Classic 2010, 3 straight 2nd’s at Mr. Olympia 2012-2014

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1. Phil Heath- 5 time Mr. Olympia Winner 2010-2015

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Summary: I’d put prime Ronnie Coleman (98-2001) or prime Dorian Yates above anyone in this time frame. I’d also put Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, Nasser, and a few others up there also. The amount of mass can compete with any year, but the conditioning has been lost.

Honorable Mentions: Toney Freeman, Johnnie Jackson, Cedric McMillian,  and William Bonac.

Like the picks? Hate the picks? Sound off below!

 

Lift Heavy My Friends,

 

Dustin Holston

Arnold Classic Brazil Results

If you read my latest post, here is what I predicted for my top 10:

My Predictions

10. Jose Luis Rodriguez Oyola
9. Marius Dohne
8. Toney Freeman
7. Brandon Curry
6. Fred Smalls
5. Lionel Beyeke
4. Victor Martinez
3. Juan Morel
2. Cedric McMillian
1. Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay

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The Official Top 10 (My Comments in Parenthesis)

10. Marius Dohne (Last year looked solid in contests, this year looks rough)
9. Jose Luis Rodriguez Oyola (Needs a lot more size, and conditioning)
8. Lionel Beyeke (Mr. Disappointment, He could have/should have won last year, looked soft)
7. Fred Smalls (Fred looked really good, but the top 6 was too talented)
5/6. Toney Freeman (Some mass confusion in the 5th and 6th places. Judges award to Curry, but Toney had a better score. Math error. Not sure who finished higher, Toney looked amazing for 48 years old)
5/6. Brandon Curry (Brandon looked good. He could have easily been 5,6,7… needs to be more crisp)
4. Victor Martinez (Victor looked great, lineup was too tough)
3. Juan Morel (Juan looked amazing and push Cedric. Has size and shape)
2. Cedric McMillian  (Cedric looked his best ever. Due to his long arms and legs, he does need more size, although others would argue with me)
1. Mamdough “Big Ramy” Elssbiay (Estimated 315 pounds!!! Big Ramy looked his best… ever. 35+ inch quads, better conditioning, back is improving. George Farah needs to dial him in tighter though if he is going to make top 5 at the Olympia!)

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Overall: I think that the Arnold Classic Brazil was probably the best conditioning in the top 7 of any contest this year.  Juan Morel proved that he deserved his NYC win, Cedric showed he can get in shape, and Big Ramy showed he is still the freak of the IFBB.

Bonus Snippet: I think Ramy will finish in the top 4 this year of the Olympia.

Lift Heavy My Friends,
Dustin Holston
1st Phorm
Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist