2015 Arnold Sports Festival: Arnold Classic Physique Preview

Guys in board shorts are making their way to Columbus in the inaugural Men's Physique competition.

Men's Physique, a latecomer to IFBB contests that has caught on among fans and competitors at both the amateur and professional levels, is making its Arnold Sports Festival debut in Columbus on March 6, 2015. Although the competitors don't carry the same size and freakiness of pro bodybuilders, and wear board shorts instead of posing trunks, the athletes who compete here follow challenging preps and have fought just as hard for the right to be onstage.

A notable absence at the Arnold Classic Physique is reigning Olympia Men's Physique champ Jeremy Buendia. The winner of this contest, then, will be the odds-on favorite to challenge Buendia come September. Here's a closer look at the 11 guys who'll be taking the stage in Columbus.

If you're not familiar with how Men's Physique competitions are run, check out this video to know more.

Who's your favorite? Make your predictions in the comments below.

Matt Acton

Matt Acton has already seen the top of the podium, despite being just 26 years old. He won in Toronto in 2013. That year, he placed third in the first Men's Physique Olympia Showdown.

Matt Acton

Andre Adams

Andre Adams has won several powerlifting competitions, so he's as strong as he looks. The Wisconsin native keeps his hands full coaching other competitors, and working as an engineer in addition to being a father.

Andre Adams

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson has won five times in the Men's Physique Division and been on the Olympia stage twice. At 42, he's one of the older guys onstage, but he doesn't give anything away to his younger brethren.

Michael Anderson

Anton Antipov

Anton Antipov, winner of two pro contests previously, is one of the more popular guys on the circuit. He hails from Belarus and has athletic experience in swimming, track, and even gymnastics. Experience and conditioning are this Nutrex Research athlete's biggest strengths.

Anton Antipov

George Brown

George Brown has been a pro for just two years and has yet to place higher than second, so he's hungry for his first win. He's had both good and bad showings, so for him conditioning is critical. Fortunately he won't have to travel far, because the show is in his hometown.

George Brown

Felipe Franco

Felipe Franco is also looking for his first victory. The last time we saw him, he finished 15th at last year's Olympia. He's got a lot of room to improve, and he'll need to if he wants to move up.

Felipe Franco

Xavisus Gayden

Xavisus Gayden picked up his first win at the Titans Grand Prix Pro, which took place after the Olympia, so he's already qualified for Vegas later this year. He has a great V-taper but will have to repeat his conditioning of a year ago or he'll get lost in the shuffle.

Xavisus Gayden

Sadik Hadzovic

Sadik Hadzovic was runner-up to Buendia at the Physique Olympia last season. That makes him one of the favorites here. He has an excellent V-taper and capped delts that even guys on the bodybuilding circuit can appreciate. This is one of the two guys I see battling for the title.

Sadik Hadzovic

Jason Poston

Jason Poston was third at the Olympia last year but is coming off a win in Phoenix, so momentum is on his side. At the Olympia, this MET-Rx athlete appeared a bit blocky, but his appearance was better in Phoenix. If he's on here, he can make the top three.

Jason Poston

Rodney Razor

Rodney Razor won the 2015 BodySpace Spokesmodel Search, so he's no stranger to the Bodybuilding.com community. His last name is a perfect fit for the type of conditioning he brings to the stage. Rodney is coming off a big win at the Felicia Romero Classic.

Rodney Razor

Mark Anthony Wingson

Mark Anthony Wingson is the other favorite coming into the contest. The inaugural Men's Physique Olympia winner in 2013, Mark is looking to bookend history with a win at the Arnold. Mark fell out of the top five in last year's Olympia, so he should be looking for redemption.

Mark Anthony Wingson

Predictions for the 2015 Arnold Classic Physique

1st: Sadik Hadzovic
2nd: Mark Anthony Wingson
3rd: Rodney Razor
4th: Jason Poston
5th: Anton Antipov

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