Arnold Classic 212 To Debut At 2014 Arnold Sports Festival

/ Posted 06.07.2013


COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Arnold Sports Festival will add the 212-pound professional men’s bodybuilding division to its IFBB Pro League contests in 2014, event promoter Jim Lorimer announced today.

The men’s bodybuilding lightweight division has become one of the IFBB Pro League’s most popular since being introduced in 2008 as the 202-pound division. The allowed weight was increased to 212 pounds effective November 2011.

The first-annual Arnold Classic 212 will be held Feb. 28, 2014. Prejudging will be held from noon-2 p.m. at the Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage, with finals sets for 7 p.m. that night at Veterans

The Arnold Classic 212 will replace the Ms. International women’s bodybuilding competition at the Arnold Sports Festival. The Ms. International was part of the Arnold Sports Festival for 25 years, with Iris Kyle winning her record seventh title in 2013.

“The Arnold Sports Festival was proud to support women’s bodybuilding through the Ms. International for the past quarter century,” Lorimer said. “But in keeping with demands of our fans, the time has come to introduce the Arnold Classic 212 beginning in 2014. We are excited to create a professional competitive platform for some of the IFBB Pro League’s most popular

The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival will again feature five IFBB Pro League events: men’s bodybuilding, 212 men’s bodybuilding, women’s fitness, figure and bikini.

The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival – which will once again feature 18,000 athletes from more than 80 nations competing in 45 sports and events – will be held Feb. 27-March 2, 2014. Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International and Figure International competitions will be held on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Veterans Memorial. The 26th Annual Arnold Classic and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 1 at Veterans Memorial.

The Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships will be held March Feb. 27-28 at Veterans Memorial and March 1 at the Greater Columbus Convention

Visit for more information. Tickets to all events will go on sale beginning at a later date at

Media Contacts:
Arnold Sports Festival Lorz Communications, Inc.
Brent LaLonde,, (614) 431-2600
Matt Lorz,, (614) 443-1877

Filed Under: 212, Arnold Classic

Henry’s Dynamic Return

/ Posted 08.20.2012

David Henry was missing in action last year, but not by his choice. As a member of the Armed Forces, he received deployment papers and fulfilled his duty. David made his return to the stage a dynamic one in Dallas, Texas, over the weekend by dominating the 212 division at the Europa Super Show, and setting up another great battle with Kevin English in that category at the Olympia next month in Las Vegas.

In the main event, Shawn Rhoden made it two wins in a row, but Hidetada Yamagishi edged past Toney Freeman for the runner-up slot. The X-Man finished third, with Roelly Winklaar finishing in fourth and Ed Nunn in fifth. In judging how good Winklaar looked, needless to say it was a very good line-up. The question now, of course: can Rhoden become a top six guy at the Olympia? Certainly has one of the most pleasing physiques in the game today–as does Henry.

Filed Under: 212, Europa, IFBB

Bye-Bye 202, Hello 212

/ Posted 05.12.2011

A press release was sent out Tuesday by Jim Manion, Chairman of the IFBB Professional League, announcing that a change is coming in the 202 and under category in 2011. The division has gained 10 pounds of muscle; beginning with the Sacramento Pro on November 5, 2011, the class will now be called the 212 and under.

I imagine the happiest person to hear the news was Kevin English, the three-time Olympia 202 and under champ who had a tough time making weight every year. Folks like Seth Feroce, Flex Lewis, Mark Dugdale and Eduardo Correra might not be too upset with the change, either. Now, what Jose Raymond, Tricky Jackson and Stan McQuay think about the new rule is another story.

Your thoughts?

Filed Under: 202, 212, Contests