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Arnold is back. 

Every year Arnold makes this statement, but this year it rang true. Although the competition had gone ahead during the pandemic, the expo and consumer confidence had, rightfully so, had been down and almost out 

The expo over the weekend, particularly Saturday, was packed to the rafters, sponsors had come out in droves and the local restaurants, gyms and nearby hotels of Columbus welcomed the much larger Arnold Classic crowd.

I have personally been attending this show for the past 18 years and it was a relief to enjoy the ‘good ole’ days again of the Arnold Classic where numbers were up, excitement was heightened and normalcy was back. 

A new competition that was added to the line up of events was Slap Fighting. Logan Paul and Arnold were on hand to commentate and witness the event that gained a lot of attention for it’s sheer craziness where competitors take turns to literally slap the s*+# out of each other 

I bumped into Arnold at Golds Gym in Venice just days before the Classic getting pumped for his trip to Columbus for the 34th year of his event to give out almost $800,000 in prize money. 

Hair band rocker, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, kicked off the entertainment before the highly anticipated categories began.  

Five weeks out, the 2022 Arnold Classic was set to be a stacked lineup. Unfortunately 6 competitors had since dropped out for various reasons but we still got to see a class of 9 quality physiques. 

The judges worked the top two favorites and previous winners of Arnold’s show, Brandon Curry and William Bonac extremely hard. It was an extremely clear battle between these two champions.

1st place Brandon Curry 

Brandon Curry was eventually crowned the winner, who also took home the $10,000 bonus for the best poser award. 

Brandon had made improvements from Friday nights prejudging which was noticeable in body parts such as his quads which looked down in size and unbalanced compared to his massive upper body. Curry didn’t have the muscularity or deep deep separation of Bonac but his symmetry and physique flow reigned supreme. 

2nd Place William Bonac

Although William Bonac put forth an impressive overall package that was ripped, extremely full and muscular enough to take home the Most Muscular Award, the judges slipped him into second which was backed by some boos of the crowd. 

Although William looked great through some poses, others weren’t as impressive. He looked like he had attempted the carb up too heavy had which led to a slightly bloated midsection. William looked very dominant through the side poses, especially through the ham/glute/quad tie-ins but had a slight film of water through the midsection. I believe Williams gyno which is seen through ab and oblique poses also may have contributed to his 2nd behind Brandon. 

3rd Place Steve Kuclo

Steve Kuclo took home third place and brought an impressive physique that improved the more he posed. He didn’t look much different to yesterdays prejudging but he was competitive enough due to his massive 6’2 frame at over 275lbs. He provided the crowd with plenty of entertainment within his powerful routine to the with Black Sabbath blasting the crowd.

4th Place Samson Dauda

Samson Dauda from the UK surprised a lot of us when he came in fourth place. He posed to classical tunes in the beginning but then soon transitioned into a tribute to a previous Kevin Levrone Olympian routine and song looking drier and fuller this evening which likely moved him up a one-to-two placings from yesterdays prejudging.

5th Justin Rodriguez

Justin was softer this evening and was holding water. Although Justin has some very impressive poses and huge body parts, his blockier midsection doesn’t allow his physique to flow, especially at transitions to poses. An impressive placing from his 8th place Mr. Olympia last year nonetheless.

2022 Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Results:

Winner — Brandon Curry

Second Place — William Bonac

Third Place — Steve Kuclo

Fourth Place — Samson Dauda

Fifth Place — Justin Rodriguez

Sixth Place — Brett Wilkin

Seventh Place — Regan Grimes

Eighth Place — Maxx Charles

Ninth Place — Fabio Giga Rezende

Best Poser Award

Brandon Curry wins Arnold Classic Physique best poser award.

Ed Corney Best Poser Award: Brandon Curry ($10,000)

Most Muscular Award

William Bonac ($10,000)

Arnold Classic 2022 Pro Wheelchair Results

The Pro Wheelchair division has been a staple in this show and the Olympia for several years  which is largely due to my person friend Nick Scott. The event has become hugely popular and inspiring to say the least and continues to grow each year. We didn’t see this event happen last year but the the division returned in 2022 and saw Gabriele Andriulli pull off an upset over multiple Olympia and 5 times Arnold Classic winner Harold Kelley 

First Place – Gabriele Andriulli

Second Place – Harold Kelley

Third Place – Bradley Betts

Fourth Place – Chad McCrary

Arnold Classic 2022 Men’s Physique Results

Erin Banks became the champion at the Arnold Classic 2022 in the Men’s Physique division. 

Banks owned the stage with confidence that caught the attention of the judges.  His traps were so impressive that Arnold even asked him to repeat this pose during his victory interview. He showed incredible conditioning which saw him narrowly take the win over an equally impressive Emmanuel Hunter. 

Arnold Classic 2022 Mens Physique

Arnold Classic 2022 Men’s Physique

First Place – Erin Banks

Second Place – Emmanuel Hunter

Third Place – Diogo Montenegro

Fourth Place – Antoine Weatherspoon

Fifth Place – Choi Bong-Seok

Sixth Place – Terrence Teo Kok Hua

Seventh Place – Riccardo Croci

Eighth Place – Daniel Leone

Ninth Place – Drelyn Hunt

Arnold Classic 2022 Wellness Results

After makings its debut at the Olympia in October, Wellness appeared at the Arnold Classic for the first time over the weekend. This is a category that appears to be growing at a dramatic rate and had already become highly competitive.

Arnold Classic 2022 Wellness

Arnold Classic 2022 Wellness

Isabelle Nunes won the inaugural Arnold title at which didn’t seem contested by the judges or argued by the crowd. Nunes looked very impressive in prejudging and she only needed to show up to take the title on Saturday night 

Isabelle Nunes

Arnold Classic 2022 Wellness Winner Isabelle Nunes

First Place – Isabelle Nunes

Second Place – Angela Borges

Third Place – Sunny Andrews

Fourth Place – Julia Chitarra

Fifth Place – Yarishna Ayala

Sixth Place – Kassandra Gillis

Seventh Place – Barbara Cesar

Eighth Place – Lorena Ragusa

Ninth Place – Devyn Cambre

Tenth Place – Casey DeLong

Arnold Classic 2022 Bikini Results

The Bikini International division keeps going from strength to strength which keeps attracting more social followers, fans, sponsors and athletes alike. This year it was Lauralie Chapados who impressed everyone during prejudging with her confidence, flawless presentation tan which was too hard of a package to beat from her closest rivals. 

Former Olympia champions Ashley Kaltwasser and Elisa Pecini were tipped to fight for 1st place but it was Maureen Blanquisco who leapfrogged them into 2nd place 

First Place – Lauralie Chapados

Second Place – Maureen Blanquisco

Third Place – Ashley Kaltwasser

Fourth Place – Elisa Pecini

Fifth Place – Jourdanne Lee

Sixth Place – Alessia Facchin

Seventh Place – Lucia Malavaze

Eighth Place – Lauren Dannenmiller

Ninth Place – Phoebe Hagan

Tenth Place – Allison Testu

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