The 2014 Arnold Classic will be launching the 2014 IFBB contest season on February 27 and what better way to start off the year than with a show as unpredictable as there has ever been. With last year's men's open bodybuilding champion Dexter Jackson sitting this show out, and with the top two bodybuilders in the world Phil Heath and Kai Greene waiting for the Olympia in September, the show is wide open for a new Arnold Classic champion to emerge.
The 11th annual The Fit Expo Southern California, also known as the LA Fit Expo, will be held on January 25 and 26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. This is one of the largest bodybuilding and fitness expos held each year, with over 400 exhibits on the expo floor and over 35,000 people in attendance. The expo has featured guest appearances by many top bodybuilders in the past and this year is no different. Among the names attending this year are three-time and reigning Mr. Olympia champion Phil Heath, former Mr. O winners Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler and Dexter Jackson and legendary bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno.
The 2014 edition of the Arnold Classic competition will feature the men's 212 bodybuilding division for the first time. But, while a new bodybuilding division has been added, another has been removed. The Arnold Classic will no longer host a women's bodybuilding competition. Most of the other pro divisions, including men's bodybuilding, fitness, figure and bikini will be featured, as they have in years prior.
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The 32nd annual NPC National Bodybuilding Championships event is scheduled to take place November 22 to 23 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The show features men's bodybuilding, women's bodybuilding, men's physique, women's physique, figure and bikini. Up to 62 IFBB pro cards will be awarded to either the top two finishers or the winner in each divisional class, depending on each division's specific rules.
Two pro competitions took place on November 15 to 16, marking the end of the 2013 IFBB contest season. Those competitions were the Tijuana Pro and the Felicia Romero Pro Figure Classic. The Tijuana Pro had two divisions, men's bodybuilding and bikini, as part of the show in Tijuana, Mexico. Former Mr. Olympia champion Dexter Jackson was the only big name in the bodybuilding lineup, which comprised a mere seven bodybuilders, and he had little difficulty emerging on top.
Three-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath is set to cross over to the professional wrestling world at the TNA Wrestling Bound for Glory pay-per-view on October 19. This event, emanating from the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California, is TNA's biggest annual show. It is the promotion's version of Wrestlemania, albeit at a smaller scale.
The second, and final, competition on the 2013 post-Olympia European bodybuilding tour is scheduled for October 19 in Prague, Czech Republic. That contest is the second edition of the Prague Pro and it features two men's pro bodybuilding competitions. In the main event, the open class contestants, most notably top-ranked bodybuilders Kai Greene and Dexter Jackson, will go head-to-head in what should be an interesting battle.
With the Mr. Olympia contest now in the past, we look onto the future. That future is two-weeks post-Olympia and it is in the form of the third annual Arnold Classic Europe. This competition is quickly becoming one of the elite contests of the year, thanks of course to it being part of the Arnold Classic family of contests. Not to mention, the show is in close proximity to the Olympia, so many of the top Olympia competitors are willing to stay in peak condition for a few more weeks for a chance at earning a prestigious trophy to add to their trophy case.
The 2013 Mr. Olympia took place on September 26 to 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it was a historical contest to say the least. In the main event, the men's open bodybuilding was dominated by Phil Heath, who earned himself a third Sandow trophy. Heath was well ahead of the competition during the prejudging and he held his peak into the finals to secure his third consecutive win at the SuperBowl of bodybuilding.