We are only 7 weeks out from the 2023 Arnold Festival! The official competitors so far in the Arnold Classic are William Bonac, Samson Dauda, Shaun Clarida, Akim Williams, Blessing Awodibu, Charles Griffin, Justin Rodrigues and Kamal Elgargni.
Four-time Mr Olympia and three-time Arnold Classic Champion Jay Cutler, is extremely disappointed in the competitors NOT doing this show! I agree with him and don’t understand why the bodybuilders that just competed in the Olympia are not doing the Arnold, as there should be no excuse why they are skipping it. They are professional bodybuilders and have another opportunity to win money by competing. They have just spent a lot of money and time getting ready for the Olympia, where they won nothing. Those competitors should continue on their diets and continue to prep for eight weeks and do the Arnold. These are professional bodybuilders and they have a second chance to display their work on stage and they should be thrilled to take it. To become popular in the sport of bodybuilding, you have to compete, and competing once a year is not going to cut it.
Although these competitors are worried about their careers, health, longevity and their personal success, they have to create rivalries, and the only way they’re going to do that is by competing at the biggest shows against the best athletes.
What bothers me the most about these athletes is they should never be saying in the public eye that they have to go talk to their coach to see if they can do a show or not. They should make that decision themselves. They are responsible for themselves no matter what the relationship with their coaches is and that’s their career, after all. The only time a coach should step in and tell them they shouldn’t do a show is if their health is in jeopardy.
These competitors have no excuse, they should all be on the show battling for the $200,000 and the Arnold title. They should be solidifying their legacy, especially when they’re healthy and feel good.
What are your thoughts on the 2023 Arnold Classic lineup?
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