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A profitable reward awaits whoever can stand on prime of the rostrum in Columbus.

It’s not exactly on par with the Olympia contest, however the annual Arnold Classic (AC) arguably holds as a lot status and affect, being thought of one of many main contests on the bodybuilding calendar. When a number of the world’s greatest bodybuilders journey to Columbus, OH, to take the stage on Mar. 3-4, 2023 for the newest version, they’ll take solace in figuring out one factor. A victory can be rewarded extra handsomely than ever.

On Jan. 12, 2023, the Arnold Sports Festival organizing physique put out a press launch on their web site and posted to Instagram asserting the prize for profitable the Men’s Open division on the 2023 AC can be $300,000. That is a $100,000 improve from the $200,000 reigning AC winner Brandon Curry took house in 2022. It builds on a big improve from earlier years when former champion Nick Walker gained $130,000 after the 2021 iteration, and inches nearer to the $400,000 prime prize earned by Hadi Choopan after profitable the 2022 Mr. Olympia.

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In the press launch, Arnold Schwarzenegger elaborated on the importance of the expansion of the Arnold Classic.

“From the first time we hosted a bodybuilding championship in Columbus in 1976, my goal has been increasing the prize money to reward these fantastic athletes,” Schwarzenegger stated. “I am excited to announce that this year’s winner of the Arnold Classic will win a record $300,000.”

As for who will journey to Ohio to vie for the latest AC title, a number of previous champions, huge names, and up-and-comers spotlight the Men’s Open. On Jan. 12, 2023, the group revealed that Nick Walker would return to the 2023 AC and the competition that arguably first helped him construct his sterling popularity in skilled bodybuilding. Past winner (2018, 2020) William Bonac can even return to the Columbus stage. Meanwhile, two-time 212 Olympia winner Shaun Clarida (2020, 2022) will attempt to problem each males. Other confirmed Men’s Open opponents embody Samson Dauda, Kamal Elgargni, Justin Rodriguez, and Akim Williams.

Notably, a current cadre of elite bodybuilders revealed they’d both withdrawn or declined their invites to the 2023 Arnold Classic. At the time of this writing, that group options the second-place finisher on the 2022 Mr. Olympia in Derek Lunsford, Blessing Awodibu, and Michal “Križo” Križánek.

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As the 2023 aggressive bodybuilding season develops, the 2023 Arnold Classic will undoubtedly be one of many first important steps towards making it a yr to recollect. Eventually, one targeted athlete with unbelievable mass and a ripped physique could have the nice fortune of leaving Columbus, OH, $300,000 richer for his or her diligent efforts.

Featured Image: @nick_walker39 / Instagram

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