This year's show was fantastic! Here are some of the great things people saw at this year's Arnold Classic: 36 sports and events - 15 of them Olympic sports - more than 17,000 competitors - and an expanded 650-booth Expo. New events this year: Amateur competitions & Sumo wrestling!
We captured 130 video interviews and expo/party footage clips... So grab a tall, cool glass of water & a bag of unsalted, un-buttered, air-popped popcorn, and sit back and enjoy these 2007 Arnold Weekend videos! LOL
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IFBB Figure Pro Christine Pomponio-Pate - What's not to luv?
Colorado's own Christine Pomponio-Pate was working the Vyotech booth at the Arnold Expo. Ms. Christine has shot to the top of the figure ranks over the last couple of years and is a favorite of many photographers. She's appeared on magazine covers, layouts, ads and can be seen in a few commercials in the Denver area. I've been friends with Christine for a few years now and we always joke around like a couple of dorks. I ask her about her photos, tigers and more on this video.
Shawn & Dina address the rumor & Figure Champ, Mary Lado
This is one interesting interview! Ron and Isaac stopped by the Vyotech booth and ran into Shawn Ray. As we're chatting with Shawn, who shows up, but Dina Al-Sabah! We put them on the spot to address the rumors started by Shawn's fellow pro bodybuilder (the one who called me a punk a$$ on Pro Bodybuilding Weekly radio show). Shawn speaks about the Colorado Pro show and the rumor with Ms. Dina. We then catch up with the figure champ, Mary Elizabeth-Lado at the Vyotech booth. She tells us about her future competition plans and more.
Ah the lovely, Ms. Jessica Paxson-Putnam. Jessica is an IFBB Figure Pro, sponsored by ABB and won her first pro show in New York last year. Jessica is currently on the cover of ABB's magazine as as you can see in the screen grab below. I also asked Jessica about her thought on her hubby, NPC competitor Peter Putnam, being seen smooching with Lonnie Teper in IRONMAN magazine...
What's happening at the ISS booth? That's what we wanted to know, so we asked a couple of the lovely ladies working the ISS booth what was up. Ron, the owner, agreed to give Ron from DNA Nutrition a great show deal. The two ladies shown here are also cheerleaders, well dancers, or something like that...
My good friend Catherine Moe from Molecular Nutrition was in Columbus for the Arnold Classic again. It's always a pleasure to catch up with Moe. I've known Catherine for a few years and she is one of the real peeps in the business. I stopped by the booth and talked to her and Bill Llewellyn the day before and they had the best drink at the expo. Unfortunately, they were all out. BLASTED!
Everyone's favorite fitness model and NPC/INBF Figure Competitor, Jamie Eason gave us a moment out of her busy schedule at the Bodybuilding.com booth to let slip a little gossip about her new video game! See and hear about it here, as well as Jamie's opinion on the differences between MySpace and BodySpace!
Ron caught up with Dexter "The Blade" Jackson after prejudging and asked him to give his predictions. The blade comments on "The Experts" video and gives me aka LIFT Studios an owning of epic proportions. It's all in good fun, Dex ya know I love ya man. You're a good bodybuilder and you were the better man that day. Keep watching "The Experts" video as you never know what prediction will come next. Check out Dexter (now with MuscleTech) here!
Evan Centopani Video Interview - How big are his arms?
We stopped by to chat with Evan Centopani at the Arnold Classic to see what he had up his sleeve. Since the giant NPC competitor wasn't wearing any sleeves we decided to see if his arms were as big as he claimed. He actually didn't make any claims and was a very humble guy. He was expected to win the NPC Nationals but Desmond Miller changed those plans. Check out out big Evan's arms are and what he has to say about his future plans.
We caught up with supplement company founder and BB.com writer, Lisa Marie at the ReddRox booth at the 2007 Arnold Expo! Watch her plug her newest product, ReddRox, made from 100% Organic South African Red Bush Needles. Click here to learn why entire football teams (like the 2007 Fiesta Bowl winners, BSU) and key NFL players (like Cleveland Browns' Therrian Fontenot) are using this new electrolyte balancing and rehydration product!
Quincy Taylor at 360lbs! Does he visit Getbig.com?
Quincy Taylor was one of the largest people we encountered at the Arnold. He was working the Pinnacle Expo Booth and tells us he is weighing 360 lbs! How big are his arms and does he visit Getbig.com? These are some of the questions you'll find the answers to in this video.
Fortunately for all of you, Ron Avidan has the connections to get this interview with John Cena. His line (John's, not Ron's) for photos and autographs was several hundred deep. The signing booth was close to getting shut down because of fire code and so many people around Cena's station. John is part of the ABB team and shares a bit about that and what his favorite ABB drink is. It's short, but trust us - it was not easy to get this interview!
Isaac & Ron stopped by the Nutrabolics booth and met up with Jason to see what was happening. Jason introduced them to his lovely booth girls, all of which had an interesting story happen to them before arriving in Columbus. While they were chatting with the booth girls, newly signed WWE's Dave Batista made his way into the booth. They snapped a few shots and captured this video for you. Make sure you check out DXL the magazine, which is a HOT publication put out by Nutrabolics. Check out the sexy Nutrabolics girls and Dave Batista!
We stopped back by the Bodybuilding.com booth (okay, for the 30th time, LOL) and snagged another quick interview with fitness model, Christina Lindley. See what lies in store for the lovely Lindley in the next few months...
We stopped back by the Bodybuilding.com booth (okay, yes, yet again - LOL) and snagged another quick interview with fitness model and IFBB Fitness Pro, Timea Majorova. See what lies in store for the not-so-timid Timea in the next few months...
We spotted Olympic weightlifter, Shane Hamman at the iSatori booth at the 2007 Arnold Expo! See what's new with Shane, why he likes H+Blocker so much, and why even weightlifters should take fat burners... LOL
Well, we apparently couldn't stay away from the Bodybuilding.com booth for more than a few minutes it seems (gee, I wonder why?!) - so here's a quick interview we did with BodySpace member, Chris Lacascia! See for yourself what a little knowledge, a sound nutritional plan, and some great supplements can do...
BodySpace member, Brenna talks about her banned photos in this quick yet funny interview in front of the ALRI booth. Hear for yourself why her photos and ad's have been banned (not only from BodySpace [by me!], but also by the State of Texas)... LOL
We bumped into Bodybuilding.com writer, Francesco Casillo who flew in all the way from Italy to attend the 2007 Arnold Classic and Expo! Hear about Francesco's upcoming 30-page multimedia article on Bodybuilding.com and his experience meeting Bob Cicherillo in the gym!
As I was jogging past the Performance Ready booth, BodySpace member Liza actually recognized me (!) and begged me for a quick interview (just kidding, LOL!) See how stunning NPC Figure Competitor, Liza Kampstra looked and what she had to say!
Amongst our 2007 Arnold Expo wanderings, we stopped by the ISS Research booth for a few tasty samples of their Oh Yeah! Protein Wafers. See what Dave Rose thinks about the hot new ISS products being given away this year at the Arnold!
I ran into George Friedel, contestant in the BodySpace 2007 Transformation Contest, on the floor of the 2007 Arnold Expo during my meanderings. See what George had to say about the 2007 Transformation Contest Group Blog and his results to date!
In this video interview, BodySpace member and OPA/NPC Figure competitor Nancy Di Nino plugs the finals webcast from the Bodybuilding.com booth at the 2007 Arnold Expo. Even though the live webcast and finals are now over, you can still see the webcast replays on Bodybuilding.com for free!
We caught up with BB.com writer and BodySpace member, Jordan Frantz at the Bodybuilding.com booth at the 2007 Arnold Expo! Hear all about UCP and the Overcome wristbands in this great interview with a fabulous backdrop! LOL
We caught up with everyone's favorite Danish Underground Bounty Hunter, Tomm Voss at the Optimum Nutrition booth, and chatted with him about his upcoming video game project. See what this great Dane is up to, and what's new at ON!
We caught up with fitness model & hottie-at-large, Crystal Matthews at the Bodybuilding.com booth this past weekend at the Arnold Expo at the Greater Columbus Convention Center! Hear what this 5-year Arnold booth veteran had to say about this year's event!
We caught up with feisty & fun-loving IFBB Figure Pro, Christine Pomponio-Pate at the VyoTech booth at the Arnold Expo, and asked her about that fabulous Female Action Hero photograph we’ve all caught a glimpse of. See the stunning photo here, and find out a little background info about the shoot, straight from the lovely Christine's own mouth!
We caught up with the wonder twins, Vanessa & Daniel at the BB.com booth this past weekend and I rudely forced them into an interview with me. J/K Hear Nessypoo's prediction for the winner of the Transformation Blog Contest! =)
Ron and Isaac interviewed 21 year old, Trey Brewer. Yes, this kid is only 21! He was recently featured on a magazine cover and signed a deal with BSN. He let us know what his competition plans are and when he'll be competing next. He claims his arms are 23" but are they? See how they measure up on this video interview.
We caught up with Haitian-born Dayana Cadeau at the Bodybuilding.com booth at the Arnold Expo on Saturday. Hear what Dayana had to say about finishing 6th at the 2007 Ms. International contest, and what she will place at the 2007 Olympia!
We caught up with teen powerlifter, Amanda Harris (a.k.a. Barbie Barbell) and her family behind the scenes at the Arnold Expo in the powerlifting warm-up area. Click the play button to see what Amanda (7-Time World Female Powerlifting Champion) and her father, Mark Harris, had to say!
We caught up with Amateur Light-Heavyweight and Overall Winner, Miguel Neil, behind the scenes at the Arnold Expo! Hear what Miguel has to say about his win, his plans, and what he thinks about the pro Classic!
We caught up with National-Level NPC Figure Competitor, Tonya Wood earlier this afternoon on the Expo floor for a quick interview! Learn a little about women's arm wrestling in this impromptu interview!
We caught up with IFBB Pro David Henry earlier this afternoon on the Expo floor at the ProTan booth during a guest appearance for a quick interview! Hear and see what David thought about the men's prejudging from this morning.
We caught up with Jim & Kathy at the ALRI booth, and they had some juicy gossip about JKeith getting banned and meeting Valerie Waugaman in person. Hear more about it all in this live 2007 Arnold Expo interview...
We caught up with Kevin Levrone, former IFBB pro bodybuilder who deserved the Olympia title back in the day but landed the title of Movie Star instead, and Melly Mel, Music Hall of Famer, at the EST booth. Hear all about Kevin's new film, "Red Line", in this two-part interview.
We caught up with the ever popular, natural pro bodybuilder, Layne Norton and his lovely fiancé, Isabel Lago, on the 2007 Arnold Expo floor earlier this afternoon and coerced them into an impromptu interview... Tune in for some dating tips and learn how to find a mate online... LOL
Fit Mission Revolution: Road To The Arnold. Valerie Waugaman leads the way down the road to the 2007 Arnold and the coveted Figure International title and springboards the Fit Mission Revolution, improving the lives of millions along the way!
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VPX "Fat 2 Fit" & Toney Freeman!
We attended the VPX Redline Charity Bash After-Party at Karma Transcended Nightlife, but didn’t think we'd see another Toney Freeman posing routine! Well, needless to say, we were wrong...
The All-American Wonder Woman, Lauren Powers was partying it up at the Redline After-Party at Club Karma in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night after the Arnold Classic. See what Lauren was up to with a film crew following her around...
Reigning IFBB World Masters Champion, Bob Cicherillo and beautiful fitness model Christina Lindley give us their predictions in this video interview at the Bodybuilding.com booth at the Arnold Expo! Bob said we could take his predictions to the bank... See if he was right! LOL
"The Experts" in Columbus with their prejudging recap
As some of you may have seen, Ron Avidan, Lonnie Teper and Isaac Hinds have been doing "The Experts" predictions. We have fun with it and most of the time we're all wrong. This time around Ron picked the right winner with Victor Martinez, but this was only because LT and I convinced him Luke Wood wouldn't be a strong choice. Check out the recap after the prejudging as we freeze our butts off in Columbus!
We caught up with IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Idrise Ward-El at the Bodybuilding.com booth at the 2007 Arnold Expo! Hear Idrise's Top 5 pics for the 2007 Arnold Classic! My favorite line: "Everybody looks great standing alone..."
We managed to squeeze in a very loud interview with James "Flex" Lewis at the Muscle & Fitness booth at the 2007 Arnold Expo. See what's in store for Flex and when his next competitions will be, and who he thought was going to win the Arnold Classic...
I ran into Milos Sarcev (star of The FitShow here on Bodybuilding.com) at the M&F booth at the 2007 Arnold Expo, and asked him for a few predictions about the 2007 Arnold Classic. Hear what Milos has to say about the myth of "peaking," plus how he helped train Silvio Samuel and Hidetada Yamagishi recently!
I ran into natural bodybuilding competitor and BB.com writer, Hugo Rivera at the Prolab booth at the Arnold Expo, and did a quick interview with him. See what the hot products are at Prolab, learn more about Hugo's new book/DVD combo, and find out who Hugo thought would win the Arnold Classic!
Interview With NPC Giant Bodybuilder, Kenny Gipson!
We caught up with super tall and monstrous NPC bodybuilder, Kenny Gipson at the Triarco booth this past weekend at the 2007 Arnold Expo. Hear what the Emerald Cup star had to say about the Arnold Classic!
We spotted IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Bill Wilmore at the Vyotech booth and asked him for some quick predictions and commentary on the Arnold Classic pro competitors. Hear what Bill thought would happen at the Men's Finals... Was he right?
We caught up with the always stunning Miss Nancy Di Nino at the Bodybuilding.com booth this afternoon and snuck in a quick interview about the ladies pre-judgings and callouts! Hear who Nancy thinks might win tonight...
Lonnie Teper Arnold predicts going with The Blade, Dexter Jackson, to make it a three-peat in Columbus. Ron "Yogi" Avidan says it will be Vic "the Brick" Martinez, while Isaac "Buster" Hinds is going with the new kid on the block, Phil (The Thrill) Heath.
Ron and Isaac bring you exclusive video footage that no one else has of Arnold. Arnold caught up with a man from Baghdad who has been trying to attend the Arnold Classic for several years. This is the first time Sabah Talib has been able to make it to the show due to Sadam no longer being in power. Talib owns a gym in Iraq, called appropriately enough, "Arnold Classic Gym." Arnold chatted with him for a couple minutes and posed for photos. You could tell Talib was delighted to speak with Arnold and meet the Governor and bodybuilding icon.
We caught up with Adam Reich, NPC National Bodybuilder, 2005 Overall Eastern USA Teen Champion, and star of BEEF, in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel tonight. Hear about his Arnold predictions, and about his upcoming show.
We caught up with GeneX Hwang in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel tonight. Hear about his Arnold activities, including doing some photoshoots with teen female world powerlifting champion, Barbie Barbell (Amanda Harris), and several others.
Backstage & Behind the Scenes at the Arnold NPC contest
Take a look backstage and behind the scenes of the Arnold NPC competition. Ron and I venture into the pump up room, media room, the famous tunnel and more. The video is lengthy but will give you a number of looks at what the competitors go through backstage and what you don't get to see from sitting in the audience. Go backstage and behind the scenes!
Get a look at what goes on backstage before the IFBB men's prejudging. The men get their last minute tanning and oil applied as well as getting their pump on. This is the first of a couple videos from the pump up area. Go backstage as the IFBB Pro Men Bodybuilders pump up!
I spotted IFBB Figure Pro, Valerie "The Regal One" Waugaman at the Bodybuilding.com booth at the 2007 Arnold Expo, and even though I didn't get to chat with her, I did snag a brief glimpse of her doing an interview with someone else (!) on camera for all her fans!
Amongst the throng at the MuscleTech booth, we were able to squeeze in fairly close and grab some footage of the arrival of Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler, and also spot King Kamali and Marvelous Melvin Anthony! Jay's looking large today, folks! =)
The floodgates at the Arnold Expo opened a couple of hours ago, and the first huge guy we saw was PDI Bodybuilding Pro, Lee Priest at the MuscleMag booth! See what Lee is looking like today in this brief glimpse (and find out who he hates!)
Hidetada and Silvio Samuel appeared to be absent from the line-up and weren't seen at the meeting. Does this mean they are out of the show? We believe so but will confirm tomorrow on if they were just absent from the meeting or will not compete.
Press passes are wonderful things... We went backstage behind the 2007 Arnold Expo main stage in the convention center during some of the strongman competitions and caught this warmup video footage! See how the big boys lift!
We head backstage with the staff and Ron snags his donut
There were boxes of donuts and Ron tried to snag one but they denied him. After Ron and Isaac chatted with the backstage staff of over 40 years, they warmed up a bit. Ron got his donut and they showed a few gems hanging on the bulletin board backstage. Cormier playing cards, past arnold coverage and more. Check out this amusing backstage interview!
Well, I'm not entirely sure how this innocent arms-measuring video got out of hand, but apparently anything that Ron Avidan touches turns to pr0n... LOL This special Arnold Expo clip stars Gregg Valentino, Dave Palumbo, Flex Wheeler, Ron Avidan, and a cameo appearance by Isaac Hinds. See who grabs whose butt in this random, crazy footage by the MD booth!
I stopped in for a few minutes to watch some of the female weightlifting competitions, and snagged this brief lift on tape. Although it was declared a "no lift," she obviously still hefted that 100 kg (220 lbs.) barbell over her head... Impressive. =)
I stopped in for a few minutes to watch the spectacle that is powerlifting. Wow, what a show! Under all the bright lights, cameras, and loud music was just a guy (Shawn Frankl, a big-a$$ guy, mind you!) trying to move some serious weight. If you missed the show, check it out for yourself and see what you missed!
We stopped by the ALRI booth one final time and snagged this group shot of BB.com writer, Author L. Rea and the gang, including Michael & Kendra Elias, Brenna, Jim & Kathy from BodySpace, and Art Atwood, among others!
Anyone who exited the Convention Center by the huge inflatable Marine saw the people lined up to do chin-ups for free tee-shirts. If you didn't, however, now's your chance! For some it was a challenge, and for some it was quite easy...
We went up in a scissor lift behind the main stage at the 2007 Arnold Expo and got this great bird’s-eye footage of one of the strongman competitions! Watch and see what the stage looked like from the ceiling!
Here's some more video footage of the 2007 Arnold Expo and the main stage strongman competitions from high atop a scissor lift behind the scenes! There were something close to 130,000 people in attendance at the Arnold this year, and you can almost see everyone one of them in this video clip! Also catch the cameo appearance by noted photographer, Gary Gardiner!
NPC Figure competitor, Kristal Martin is hot. And Kristal trying out Ron's Banana Creme Pie with Ron Avidan encouraging her is just too cute. The look on her face when she realizes just how good it is in priceless...
After watching Kristal Martin enjoy that positively sinful dessert, Isaac Hinds just had to have his own 'all you can eat' dessert, too. Click play to watch Isaac throw weeks of cutting out the window, and hear what the waitress had to say... LOL
Very few people know that Richard went to a Rascal Flatts concert last night (and oddly enough, the band members are from Columbus, Ohio!), but the whole experience got me thinking about this next video clip. At certain points during the Expo, it's hard not to feel like you’re being herded around like cattle...
Just when I thought I had emptied out all of the random crowd footage, I found this "lost" random footage still lingering on my hard drive. I know this guy is someone famous, but I honestly have no idea who this is...
Okay, I think this should be the last of the Bodybuilding.com booth footage you’ll see from me. (Whew!) Yes, we love our booth (as if you couldn’t tell by all the footage we shot there!), but enough is enough already! LOL
Diva Dina Al-Sabah and Isaac Hinds in the XCYTO Shot Challenge
At the Ironman Pro, Isaac indulged in the Muscle Milk Shot Challenge, but this time around the lovely and always divine, Ms. Dina Al-Sabah joined him. We decided to go shot for shot on CytoSport’s energy drinks XCYTO. I had the regular and Dina went with the sugar-free (cause she’s a lightweight).
We caught up with the perpetually hot IFBB Fitness Competitor and model, Timea Majorova and the unbelievably glamorous Christina Lindley again at the Bodybuilding.com booth this past weekend. Watch these two lovelies work the booth! LOL
Doctor David Ryan is not only a writer for Bodybuilding.com, but also a regular fixture at all pro bodybuilding and powerlifting contests, including this year's Arnold Sports Festival. Trust us, Dr. Ryan is the guy you want to be there in case something goes wrong, especially if you're attempting to lift a 525-lb. stone!
Everyone's favorite Getbig.com personality, Ron Avidan lets slip in this on-the-spot interview that he is stalking Timea Majorova! See Timea jiggle her booty, and watch Christina Lindley pick up chicks! LOL
Be sure to also check out our 2007 Arnold Group Blog for more show coverage, opinions, videos, and commentary - it's a smorgasboard of interesting and cRaZy stuff!
An Interview With Heather Policky. We catch up with Heather Policky (pronounced po-lisk-y) at Harry's Colorado Pro Gym. See how what her training is like and some eye boggling photos and videos!
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