Blog Archive: February, 2019

Graber, Peterson Score Big Wins At #ASF2019

March 01, 2019

By Roger Lockridge

The first night of the 2019 Arnold Classic is much more than a traditional bodybuilding show. It’s the start of the IFBB Pro League season and as IFBB Pro League President Jim Manion explains, it’s a reminder that it’s time to get serious about bodybuilding and fitness again.

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Friday Fun At 2019 Arnold Sports Festival

March 01, 2019

By Steve Wartenberg

What the heck are on the shoes of those women bounding up and down and dancing on the Concourse Stage?

Why, they’re wearing Kangoo Jumps, a new fitness boot and workout that looks like a lot of fun, and is another reminder that no matter how many times you’ve been to the Arnold Sports Festival … you will always see a few new things that make you scratch your head and say “I want to try that!”

Ritsa Mazur, an instructor at the FunFit Motion Lab in Cleveland, led the upbeat Kangoo Demonstration.

“It’s a low-impact, high-intensity, rebounding activity,” she explained. Kangoo Boots have what can only be described as miniature, and round plastic catapults on the bottom. The aerobic workout has been popular in Europe and South America for several years, and is slowly catching on in North America.

Demonstrating the fitness activity she loves at the Arnold is great exposure, Mazur said. “We were here for the first time last year, and only did one demonstration. This year we have an instructor who is training six people to be instructors, and we’re having workshops and people can try on the boots and do it.”

Kangoo Jumps is especially good for those with joint issues and for older people, Mazur said. “My mom, she’s 74 and was very hesitant to try it. She was set for surgery for a double knee replacement and finally tried it and loved it and wound up not needing the knee replacements.”

Mazur’s mom was at the Arnold. She wasn’t part of the demonstration, but was walking around the hall, looking spry and passing out brochures about Kangoo Jumping.

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Fans, Athletes Mix At Meet & Greet

February 28, 2019

By Steve Wartenberg

Peking duck.

This is what William “The Conqueror” Bonac eats on those rare occasions when he doesn’t care about fat and calories.

This bit of Arnold Classic trivia comes courtesy of our new correspondents, Jenni and Gregg Glowinski, who came in from Green Bay and were first in line at the Meet & Greet With IFBB Pros on Thursday night to kickoff the 31st Arnold Sports Festival.

Jenni and Gregg got in line at 4:30 p.m. for the event, which started at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

“We’ve always wanted come to the Arnold, but this is our first time,” Jenni said.

“We had some friends who came last year, and they loved it,” said Gregg, who competed in some regional bodybuilding competitions back in the day.

A Mountainous Photo
Behind Jenni and Gregg in line was Randy Facundo, who recently got out of the military. A short while before he and two friends got in line, the Michigan resident was walking around and was suddenly aware of a rather large and looming presence … and possibly the ground shaking.

It was Hafthor Bjornsson, the defending Arnold Strongman Classic champion and one of the stars of the incredibly popular Game of Thrones. “It was awesome, he was walking by and I introduced myself and asked for a picture,” Facundo said. “Those guys are kind of huge and scary, but they’re all really nice guys.”

Because Jenni and Gregg Glowinski were first in line at the door, they were also first in line to meet Bonac. “I was surprised he said Peking duck was his favorite cheat meal, I thought he’d say something like ice cream, five gallons of ice cream,” Jenni said.

The three chatted about diet and asked for a few workout tips.

“He was very engaging,” Gregg said. “And very sincere and down to earth,” Jerri added.

Bonac said he feels “confident” about his chances to repeat. “I feel good, I did my homework and now it’s up to the judges.”

After they posed for a photo with Bonac, Jenni and Gregg dashed off to find Roelly Winklaar, one of the bodybuilders expected to challenge Bona for the coveted Arnold Classic title. We weren’t able to touch base with them after they met Winklaar to find out his favorite cheat meal.

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Fitness, Figure, Bikini I Previews

February 25, 2019

By Roger Lockridge


The Arnold Classic isn’t just about the dudes. The female athletes of the IFBB Pro League are a major part of the weekend and the 2019 International competitions are definitely shows to watch. Whether you’re into the bikini look, showcasing your figure, or want to be entertained by the fitness division, you’ll be inspired by the women who are looking to win a major title and qualify for the 2019 Olympia.

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Foosball, Futsal Among New Sports In 2019

February 22, 2019

By Steve Wartenberg


Bob Lorimer knows his way around a foosball table.

“I have a table at home and play pretty regularly,” said the President of the Arnold Sports Festival and a fan and connoisseur of any and all sports.

Lorimer recently took a trip to the Columbus Square Bowling Palace, where the region’s top players gather weekly for some intense, high-level league competition. “I didn’t even touch the ball; it’s insane how good they are and how fast the ball moves,” he said with a shrug and a smile.

A lot more people will be impressed and smiling during the upcoming Arnold Sports Festival as foosball makes its debut at the Arnold Sports Festival here in Columbus (Feb. 28-March 3). Foosball is one of several new sports and activities that will be featured at the world’s largest multi-sport fitness weekend, celebrating its 31st year of all-around athletic awesomeness.

There will be more than 22,000 athletes from 80 countries competing in a record 80 sports. Other new sports this year include: the Arnold Ninja Warrior competition that will include several stars from the popular American Ninja Warrior TV show; the Viking Dash Trail Run at Delaware State Park and a post-race BBQ; and the international sport of Futsal. They will join the long list of fan favorites: The Arnold Classic, Bikini International, Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and Arnold Strongman Classic Finals.

“I love learning about and bringing new sports to the Arnold,” Lorimer said. “I’m a sports guy. Every sport.”

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2019 Arnold Classic Physique Preview

February 20, 2019

By Roger Lockridge


If you think of the Classic Physique division in the IFBB Pro League, one phrase may come to mind. “Back to the Future”. The “back” is in reference to the look in this rising division serves as a tribute to the look and appeal of the physiques from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s era of bodybuilding. The “future” would be because this division has become popular quickly and will be for several years to come.

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New In 2019: Arnold Ninja Warrior

February 17, 2019

By Steve Wartenberg

We’d love to describe the challenging, obstacle-filled Arnold Ninja Warrior course that will be featured at the Arnold Fitness EXPO in the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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Kids & Teens EXPO Bigger, Better In 2019

February 14, 2019

By Steve Wartenberg

In the midst of all the excitement swirling around her in Bricker Hall at the Ohio Expo Center, as thousands of kids and teens jump rope, shoot arrows, race through obstacle courses, twirl batons, dance and sing, and roll in a giant Zorb ball, Lea Coburn likes to take a few moments to soak it all in.

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Arnold Strongman Classic: Here’s What You Need to Know

February 08, 2019

By Roger Lockridge



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Arnold Sports Festival To Be Held On Five Continents In 2019

February 08, 2019

By Brent LaLonde

The Arnold Sports Festival will hold multi-sport festivals on five continents in 2019.

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