While the Arnold Classic men’s open bodybuilding lineup receives much hype in the lead up to what has become one of history’s biggest sporting spectacles, the newly created men’s physique category and the tried and tested figure and bikini classes must receive their share of the credit for attracting thousands of new fitness fans to Columbus Ohio this year.
Proudly flying the ALLMAX Nutrition flag at this year’s Arnold will be women’s figure standout Candice Keene, men’s physique contender Michael Anderson and beautiful bikini sensation Noemi Olah.
Where will they place in the most competitive of professional fitness arenas?
Men’s Physique – Top three
First: Sadik Hadzovik
The 2014 Olympia runner up Sadik is heavy in the muscle department but is sufficiently streamlined so as not to stray into the more freakish realms of pro bodybuilding massiveness. Had Sadik won his second Olympia outing, not one spectator would have complained so perfect was his physique and stage presence. He should comfortably win his Arnold debut.
Second: Jason Poston
Less muscled than Sadik, Poston has a V-taper to kill for and some killer calves thrown in for good measure. Ticking all the physique boxes the 2014 New York Pro champ and Olympia 3rd place finisher is a sound pick for runner up at this year’s Arnold.
Third: Mark Anthony Wingson
The history-making Wingson won the first ever Olympia men’s physique class in 2013 and was slated to defend his title last year. Missing his peak he secured only 6th place. Now he is back for redemption and all signs point to a triumphant return. Possessing great symmetry and excellent size, Wingson will be gunning for the top and hoping to make history again at this year’s Arnold.
In breaking the top ten at last year’s Olympia, ALLMAX Nutrition athlete Michael Anderson has shown that he can hold his own amongst ultra-tough competition. While he may not have the top level credentials to break the top three at this year’s Arnold, with his phenomenal shape and the improvements he has made since 2014 there can be no ruling him out of the running. In his first Arnold foray he will certainly make the top six, and is likely to land in fourth.
Figure- Top three
First: Candice Keene
ALLMAX Nutrition’s Candice Keene is about as good as it gets in the figure division. Winner of the past two Arnold’s and second place finisher at last year’s Olympia, Keene is the logical pick for top honors in Columbus. Amazingly the driven and dedicated figure veteran has made further improvements and, as such, promises to bring her best ever shape to this year’s Arnold stage. Though she will be pushed hard, she has enough experience to follow her plan and take the win.
Second: Candice Lewis
Though she is known for peaking well for one big show each year – she was more refined at 2014’s Olympia, where she took 3rd, while placing a comparatively mediocre 5th at the Arnold earlier in the season – Candice Lewis will be hoping to make it two in 2015. Her first stop: Arnold Classic success. Easily the other Candice’s biggest competition at this year’s Arnold, the exotic and beautiful Lewis, not equipped with the same great ALLMAX supplements, will have to be content with second place.
Third: Ann Titone
In taking 4th place at both the 2014 Arnold and Olympia events, Ann Titone, one of the most improved pro figure competitors of the past three years, has worked hard for her formidable rankings. Not quite in the same league as Keene, Lewis could conceivably overtake Lewis to snatch second. With further improvements she could go all the way.
Bikini – Top three
First: Ashley Kaltwasser
With many of the 2014 Olympia’s top placed bikini girls contesting this year’s Arnold, the makings of an impressive showdown is well and truly on the cards. And there is no greater competitor in the division than current and two-time Olympia champion Ashley Kaltwasser. Having won 10 out of 17 pro events and having been runner up in four others, Kaltwasser is currently untouchable. She will need to miss her peak by a mile to fall out of contention for this year’s Arnold crown.
Second: Janet Layug
Relatively new to the pro bikini scene is the head to toe stunningly beautiful Janet Layug. In her meager four pro outings Layug has managed one big win (the 2014 Battle on the Beach Pro) and has placed 2nd at the 2014 Olympia. Because of Layug’s relative lack of experience she has much room for improvement and if she can bring an even better look to her second Arnold outing – she placed 8th in 2014 – she may even take her first major title.
Third: Noemi Olah
Though she is yet to contest the prestigious Arnold, the stunning ALLMAX athlete Noemi Olah has been tested in bikini’s biggest arena, placing 9th at the 2014 Olympia. With the massive improvements she has since made and her fourth place finish at the 2014 Nordic pro giving her ample momentum, she is likely to take third in her first Arnold showing.