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Arnold Classic 212 Preview

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first-ever Arnold Classic 212!

2014 Arnold Classic IFBB Men's 212 Preview

The light but impressive beasts of the IFBB's 212 class are ready to rumble at the 2014 Arnold Classic. Check out these predictions for the Arnold Classic 212!

The 212-pound men's bodybuilding throw-down is set to debut at the 2014 Arnold Classic on February 28. Open to all IFBB male pro bodybuilders weighing 212 pounds or less, the Arnold Classic's inaugural 212 men's competition will feature the best of pro bodybuilding's lighter athletes.

The build-up to this hotly anticipated event is a doozy. Excitement will hit an all-time high when bodybuilding's "smaller" yet impressively muscled contenders take the stage at the Columbus Convention Center in Ohio.

The popularity of the 202-pound pro men's division prompted a move to increase the weight limit to 212 pounds in 2011. Before this weight limit change, competitors who weighed in at sub-200 rarely had the opportunity to shine; they were overshadowed by bulkier men.

The extra 10 pounds of wiggle room gives smaller contenders the chance to showcase a little extra mass, but there's no slacking involved here: They're still expected to show up with razor-sharp conditioning, serious game faces, and prime physiques.

Twelve fierce competitors have been invited to compete in this year's Arnold Classic 212-pound class. Of these 12, four stand out as immediate favorites: Two-time and current 212 Olympia champion Flex Lewis, his arch nemesis and pro legend David Henry, the always competitive and heavily muscled Jose Raymond, and the great Hidetada Yamagishi.

Posing alongside these top picks are such pro stalwarts as Tricky Jackson, Stan McQuay, and Charles Dixon, as well as impressive newcomers Aaron Clark, Quincy Winklaar, and Marco Rivera.

While you might be quick to place bets on any of the top four, you shouldn't count the others—in particular Dixon and Rivera—out of the contest just yet.

With so much talent soon to swarm the stage, I couldn't wait to make my predictions. Who will come out on top? Here's my forecast.

10th
Quincy Winklaar

Though considerably smaller than his fellow IFBB pro and brother Roelly, Quincy Winklaar is impressive in his own right. The 2010 Arnold Classic light heavyweight amateur standout shows incredible promise in the way of killer quad development and great balance.

Despite being a relative newcomer to the pro game with his 9th-place finish in the 2013 Dallas Europa Supershow 212 class, Winklaar is ready to show that his highly ranked brother is not the only contender to be feared in the family.

9th
Marco Rivera

The well-proportioned Marco Rivera is one to watch at this year's Arnold Classic. Rivera kicked off 2013 with a commendable showing at the Europa Show of Champions and the New York Pro with 3rd and 5th-place finishes, respectively.

The New York gym owner brings an intimidating stage presence that rivals the best. As long as he tightly dials in his condition and lives up to his reputation as having some of the best shoulder development in his division, Rivera will establish himself as a 212-pound threat.

8th
Aaron Clark

The 2012 NPC USA Championships heavyweight winner is as big as men get in the 212-pound division. Aaron Clark will need every ounce of muscle to overcome the towering challenges by Henry, Flex, and company. With his impressive 4th-place finish at last year's New York Pro, Clark has demonstrated his ability to bring quality along with quantity.

His stunning V-taper and full, peaked biceps will certainly help catapult him to a top-10 seat. Having received his pro card at age 23, this perennial fan favorite and young IFBB pro has a bright future ahead of him. No doubt he'll press hard for inclusion in the top six.

7th
Stan McQuay

Despite being pro for more than a decade, 2002 NPC USA middleweight champion Stan McQuay has competed among the world's best only nine times. McQuay may not be the most consistently conditioned competitor; he tends to either bring his A-game or completely miss the mark. When he reveals his ace, however, the winner's trophy can be within reach.

In his last competitive appearance at the 2011 Sacramento Pro, he secured first place with a beautifully polished performance and an impressive, balanced physique. His weaker overall mass may be a hindrance, but if he brings the physique that has so far won him three pro shows, he may have one hell of a fighting chance for a spot in the final standings.

6th
Tricky Jackson

Tricky Jackson has been sporting the posing trunks since 1988 and went pro in 2006. Tricky placed fifth in the lightweight category at his first contest, the Kentucky Derby, weighing only 137 pounds. With four big pro wins and multiple top-three placements under his belt, the veteran continues to make strides, especially if his 2013 Olympia 212 placement is any indication.

He's recently added additional mass to keep him in a game dominated increasingly by walking granite blocks. His ultra-wide back, near perfect quad flare, and flawless posing skills are signature strong points.

There are no tricks here: He will use his experience and wisdom to his advantage at this year's Arnold.

5th
Charles Dixon

2013 Europa Pro 4th-place finisher Charles Dixon has a phenomenal physique. Stacked from head-to-toe with enough quality beef to vie for top placement in any 212 lineup, the 2007 NPC Nationals light heavyweight winner will put up a fierce fight for top six placement at the 2014 Arnold.

Since his pro debut in 2008, Dixon has improved with each show. If this pattern carries over to 2014's first big show, he will surely be recognized among the best of his division.

4th
Hidetada Yamagishi

After sliding into the top 10 at the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Olympias (in the open weight category, no less), Japan's Hidetada Yamagishi showed that size does not always trump class. Smaller and lighter than many of his pro peers, Yamagishi has worked tirelessly on his conditioning and proportion, showing few flaws and proving that he can compete with top players.

He secured 5th and 8th place at the 2013 Arnold Classic and Arnold Classic Brazil, respectively. Now a 212-pound competitor, Yamagishi is determined to make waves in his pro career, starting with a stellar performance at this year's Arnold.

3rd
Jose Raymond

Jose Raymond might just be the most densely muscled competitor in the 212-pound division. Raymond carries loads of muscle packed onto a lightweight, lean, mean frame. He definitely knows a thing or two about accentuating his mass and winning events.

He's been in the pro competition circuit since 2009. Having dominated the 2013 New York Pro 212 class, Raymond is likely to round out the top three this year.

2nd
David Henry

All eyes will be on David Henry, who won the first ever 202-pound Olympia event in 2008. Since his early rise to glory, a succession of 2nd-place finishes in lighter class competitions in the last couple of Olympias have left a blemish on an otherwise polished pro record.

Still, Henry is a gem to be admired: His shredded back, glutes, and arguably the best front double biceps shot in the division will keep him at the forefront of this year's lineup.

Fueled by his 2013 Sheru Classic and Europa Phoenix Pro wins, the "Giant Killer" is expected to put his best foot (or leg) forward this year if he is to contend with reigning champ and archrival Flex Lewis.

1st
Flex Lewis

Easily the most complete competitor in the 212-pound division, the Welsh Dragon Flex Lewis is a two-time 212 Mr. Olympia and the current Olympia 212-pound champ. Although he's up against some formidable opponents this year, Lewis is a fan-favorite and unlikely to be stopped at this year's Arnold.

It's easy to see why: Lewis totes a compact and massive yet strikingly symmetrical and well-proportioned body. Can he claim his sixth consecutive pro victory at this year's Arnold? If his current track record is any indication, my answer is a resounding yes.

This phenomenal lineup is sure to ignite this year's Arnold Classic. Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Keep your eyes peeled on the action with our exclusive Bodybuilding.com live webcast.





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Miamiboy87

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Number 5's gluteus are so squared, as if it's cropped

Feb 18, 2014 10:00pm | report
 
Laxpal45

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Laxpal45

I know right? I couldn't look away - it was very odd haha

Feb 23, 2014 9:28pm | report
keeny76

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keeny76

formidable lineup.. but FLEX all the way..

Feb 19, 2014 2:24am | report
 
Requitor

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There shouldn't be a weight restriction for a new division, there should be a height restriction. Five foot five seems about right. Then judges would need to judge on appearence instead of mass and we all know that isn't going to happen. So in reality the weight restriction is in place to keep the judges honest not so much the competitors.

Feb 19, 2014 9:24am | report
 
jdalsim

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jdalsim

They do have a new division. It's either coming or just starting where your max weight is based on your height. So, a guy at 5'8 might have a 250 lbs limit whereas a guy at 5'4 might have a 220 lbs limit. Those numbers aren't exact, just an example.

Feb 19, 2014 4:50pm | report
KettleBellFreak

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KettleBellFreak

man, pro bodybuilding sucks now.

Feb 19, 2014 10:40am | report
 
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man, why can't we live in the 70s when the olympia bodybuilders looked like greek gods and not like these mass monsters.. What happened to the thin waist and the vacum stomach? what happened to the posing? why the shiny posing strings?

Feb 19, 2014 2:55pm | report
 
Ameed El-Ghoul

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Ameed El-Ghoul

My thoughts exactly :(
Nicely stated,

Feb 20, 2014 12:31pm | report
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joeharman

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joeharman

What happened to them? They crushed the Greek Gods and created new ones! Haha. I think that there were amazing physiques then and there are amazing physiques now. The guys are bigger now, but the best bring size and symmetry. I mean, bigger has always wowed the BB community since the beginning. Example, Sergio Oliva, when he first stepped on the stage no body could believe the freakish leg development this guy brought.. no one had ever seen anything like it. To quote arnold "He was so huge, he was so fantastic, there was no way I could even think of beating him." His size and symmetry got him is recognition and his 3 consecutive titles at the olympia. The guys today bring the same package. In actuality, sergio was bigger than these dudes competing at 225-250ish.

Feb 22, 2014 3:58am | report
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I look forward to seeing it.

Feb 19, 2014 3:11pm | report
 
KingsFitness

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Hidetada Yamagishi is going to KILL the 212 competition...

Feb 19, 2014 4:08pm | report
 
joeharman

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joeharman

Would definitely rate him up there on the list, and really believe that he is going to be the best up there this time.

Feb 22, 2014 3:47am | report
jdalsim

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jdalsim

Always glad to see the Winklaar's get respect. Roelly is one of my current favorites, amazing genetics there. Dixon...I think he got his legs mixed up with a 260 lbser's. Monster wheels.

Feb 19, 2014 4:48pm | report
 
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iownaniroc

Marco really needs to work on lower back...it just looks like a leather bag

Feb 19, 2014 5:04pm | report
 
Barutt

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Barutt

It's hard to be positive and constructive when professional bodybuilding has turned into THIS... How cool would it be, to see these genetically gifted beasts develop their bodies naturally?
It would be extremely motivational and impressive, but instead, this is what we get.

Feb 19, 2014 11:46pm | report
 
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fishnbrah

into what? flex and david henry are some of the best balanced and aesthetic bodybuilders of all time.

Feb 20, 2014 4:00pm | report
joeharman

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joeharman

Not sure I see what's wrong with many of the physiques up there. Quality, well earned muscle. Flex looks great, Henry looks great, Yamagishi in my opinion looks the best. Nothing really that displeasing. Never seen a natural bodybuilder look like this? How would you know who's not natural? And why would that matter? Did the natural guy work any harder than someone who didn't? Doubtful. And please, elaborate on what pro bodybuilding has turned from. Any of the "greats" you think were better than these guys? Just fishing for some explanations here not really trying to rag on you man.

Feb 22, 2014 3:46am | report
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Between Flex and Henry i think its just all about what the judges are looking for! Man thats a nice duo! Flex has those pretty smooth lines and symmetry/aesthetics are great. Henry has that freaky grainy muscle. Not quite as pretty as flex's but I think he's symmetry is just as good. I still think Hide will hang out in 3rd. To me he just doesn't bring the package and genetic gifts the top 2 guys have. Just my Opinion

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Flex Lewis to win looks great.

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