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    Default 212 is going to be unreal.

    Iím going to go out on a limb here and say that 2020 is going to absolutely be the most exciting year for you if youíre a bodybuilding fan. Over the years we have seen the disappearance of Kai Greene, the death of bodybuilders, the dethroning of Phil, the surgery struggles and rehab of Flex Wheeler and Ronnie Coleman, and the legal issues with Shawn Rhoden. Iím ready to move on from that and when you make your way through the forest and see the light of walking into 2020 with a fresh start, this is looking to be one hell of a bodybuilding season.

    With that being said, thereís a definite dark cloud over the industry as well. So, letís get that out of the way and then move onto the good news. With whatís going on between the US and Iran, itís up in the air on whether or not third place Olympian, Hadi Choopan, will be able to get a visa in order to compete in the US this year. Iím sure there will be people trying to pull a few strings, but Iím not sure it will happen which is a shame.
    Another athlete up in the air is Shawn Rhoden. While I (as a bodybuilding fan) would love to see him on stage to mix things up and see what he can bring to the stage after missing out last year, I personally feel like heís going to sit out this entire year to put his focus on battling the court case against him. If found innocent in 2020, I DO see him competing at the end of the year Ė again, assuming this all gets cleared up within the next few months and allow him to properly prep.
    Hereís the good news and what bodybuilding fans should be getting excited aboutÖ
    Arnold Classic Ohio

    While I wouldnít say the lineups in the previous yearís werenít good, but have you seen the stacked lineup for 2020? If youíre a bodybuilding fan, you should be going nuts and booking flights and hotels NOW to make sure youíre in Columbus this year. As we all have seen for many years, competitors who are already qualified for the Olympia generally tend to sit out the year and prepare ONLY for Vegas.
    This year we can expect to see guys like:

    • Lionel Beyeke
    • William Bonac
    • Maxx Charles
    • Dexter Jackson
    • Johnnie Jackson
    • Steve Kuclo
    • Josh Lenartowicz
    • Victor Martinez
    • Cedric McMillan
    • Patrick Moore
    • Sergio Oliva Jr.
    • Big Ramy
    • Akim Williams
    • Roelly Winklaar (unless the rumors are true that he will not compete)

    There are names in that lineup like Dexter, Roelly, and Bonac that I never expected to see. As a bodybuilding fan, who wouldnít want to see the best of the best compete in more than one show each year? That has been my biggest criticism over the years that we only see some competitors in Vegas and thatís it.
    Two people to watch that could be sleepers are Patrick Moore and Josh Lenartowicz. Donít count out Cedric either, if he brings the conditioning, he could be hard to beat (and heís won the Arnold in the past).
    Arnold Classic Australia

    The Arnold Classic Tour is always a good one with some of the best out there making their way from country to country to compete in the Arnold Classic. But this year, if youíre a bodybuilding fan, youíre in for a treat. You can expect to see the following guys in Australia (as of the time of writing this article):

    • Blessing Awodibu
    • Big Ramy
    • Dexter Jackson
    • Steve Kuclo
    • Joshua Lenartowicz
    • Victor Martinez
    • Patrick Moore
    • Jake Nikolopoulos
    • Sergio Oliva Jr.
    • Fred Smalls
    • Josh Wade
    • Akim Williams

    As a bodybuilding fan, there are few interesting names on that list that I think we should mention. The first being Blessing Ė known as the Boogie Man. Blessing is probably one of the most entertaining bodybuilders in the industry and has a crazy sense of humor. Itís safe to say that we all have been waiting to see what Blessing can bring to an IFBB stage. And how will he look standing next to another monster like Big Ramy? Only time will tell.
    Being put on in his backyard, expect Josh Lenartowicz to bring it. Not that he doesnít any other show but expect him to be sure all his Tís are crossed and Iís dotted with his prep.
    And DexterÖ this man is bringing it in 2020. Arnold Ohio, Arnold Australia, Olympia, maybe the New York Pro, and Athleticon as well? Dex is showing no signs of slowing down and at the pace heís at, itís going to be hard for anyone to break his all-time wins record.
    Mr. Olympia

    Iím going to go out on a limb here and say I think we will have a new Mr. Olympia champion in 2020. If youíre a bodybuilding fan, you want to see the best of the best compete on the Olympia stage, but this year I donít think itís going to happen. Will Flex Lewis step on stage? Maybe not. I believe that both Phil Heath and Flex Lewis will skip the Olympia and prep for Athleticon (which Iíll talk about next).
    Many will say that Brandon Curry didnít look like previous Mr. Olympia winners Ė and they may be right. But for him, he only needed to be better than everyone else on the stage during that weekend. I feel that if Brandon doesnít improve his conditioning, heís vulnerable to get beat. Who will step up? Maybe Bonac? Roelly? Ramy? Hadi (if he can make it)? Itís going to be an interesting weekend in Vegas.

    People across the nation are wondering what The Rock will bring to Athleticon? And if I were a betting man, heís BRINGING IT ALL. I believe that this is the show we will see the comeback of Phil Heath and Flex Lewis. I also know that many supplement brands are bowing out of the Olympia and buying booth space at Athleticon Ė which could make the showroom floor at the Olympia quite smaller.
    This show is going to be the talk of the year. As a bodybuilding fan, Iím excited to see the vision The Rock has for the show. Being that he, himself, is a bodybuilding fan, I expect him to make this a HUGE production and with his status maybe he can even get the show on national television? Getting bodybuilding in front of the mainstream media and/or in the homes of the general public could be a great play to grow health and fitness as well as the IFBB,
    With everything going on this year, I truly believe that 2020 is going to be the most exciting year for bodybuilding fans and for the industry. So, get your popcorn ready!
    Get It Done!

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    Damnnnnn now that there is a beastly looking MOFO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Presser View Post
    Damnnnnn now that there is a beastly looking MOFO!
    Your not kidding, that is a tremendous physique! Muscle on top of muscle.
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    Huge but not my type of physique

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