2016 Arnold Classic Preview

Every year since 1989 the Arnold Classic has held the honor of being the one contest that sets the tone for the competitive season. Winners top “who to watch” lists heading into the Big O in September. This year, perhaps more than in others, that may be doubly true as none of last year’s Mr. Olympia top five are competing. For all the challengers looking to be “that guy,” there is still one man in the lineup that will no doubt steal the lion’s share of attention: Kai Greene.

Greene famously sat out the 2015 Mr. Olympia, but all the drama aside, he has been the undisputed second-best bodybuilder in the world from 2012–14. One missed opportunity will not erase that fact, and fans are eager to see the Predator back on a bodybuilding stage.

Though Greene may be the favorite, Branch Warren, Cedric McMillan, Justin Compton, Evan Centopani, Juan Morel, and the other six men will be hungry to start 2016 as the breakout star. Here’s a sneak peek at the 2016 Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH, March 4–5.


Birth date: 04/07/1982
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 265 pounds




Arnold Classic history: 2014–15: 5th; 2012: 3rd; 2011: 4th

Ox has been in somewhat of a competitive slump, placing fifth at the Arnold the past two years. If he can show greater depth in his torso and more meat to his wheels, he has the structure and grainy density to challenge for the top spot.



Birth date: 02/21/1977
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 265 pounds



Arnold Classic history: Rookie

After making the top five in his first pro shows, Charles broke through last year with a win at the Tampa Pro. He’s got the chest, delts, and arms to stand with everybody else in the lineup, but he’ll need more back and leg thickness to make it past his more complete foes.

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