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ARNOLD CLASSIC 2009: THE MUSCLE WORLD'S FINEST AND ITS FUTURE



Posted in: Gossip, Articles by ProSource, Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report
By Andrew Oye | Mar 9, 2009



Photo by Per Bernal
The current posing king gets another crown. Kai "Lion Slayer" Greene was crowned the overall winner of the 21st Annual Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Columbus, OH, this past weekend. The Veterans Memorial Auditorium was the scene of a stacked lineup '" a roster stacked with mountains upon mountains of pro muscle competing for a major bodybuilding title bestowed by one of the sport's legends.

The champ entered the fray with a groundswell of fan support. There were grumblings that health issues would prevent him from taking the stage. Yet, Greene had enjoyed a prosperous 2008 '" going from struggling athlete to sponsored star with a publishing deal and a supplement company contract. Greene, who placed 3rd at last year's Arnold Classic, took this year's crown by sporting full, round muscle bellies that mushroomed all over his frame. His low hanging lats enhance the visual effect of a tapered waist that flows into sweeping quads and hanging hams. Greene performed his signature theatrical posing style that we explored in my article series " The Art of War," which yielded yet another Best Poser Award.

2007 Arnold Classic champ Victor Martinez was favored by many, if only for the fact that he had overcome a patella tear that caused him to miss the 2008 Mr. Olympia. Martinez is a thick dude with a rock-solid upper body. While there was a bit of leg imbalance and his conditioning could've been a just bit more diced, the Dominican Dominator had a decent showing on the Muscle Stage that helped him capture 2nd place.

Branch Warren, who placed 4th at last year's Arnold Classic, overcame a triceps injury to claim 3rd place this year. He bulldozed onto stage with his usual slabs-o-muscle density and thick-as-phone-poles wheels that earned him the Most Muscular Award. Yet, his power build doesn't allow for the visual effect of widely flaring lats. While his conditioning was relatively sharp, unfortunately, this can sometimes get overlooked in the face of athletes who move with more so-called "grace." That's just not the big Texan's style.

A well--conditioned, graceful-posing, Toney Freeman '" who always gets my award for the most interesting posing trunks '" took 4th place. The X-man always makes a fashion statement as well as a physical statement. Despite the pec tear, this man has a top-tier physique and presence to match.

But what is a man who displays all of the physical elements of SCAM (Symmetry, Conditioning, Aesthetics and Mass) to do? Fifth-place finisher Silvio Samuel has all the goods, but mass aficionados still say his muscle mass is not quite massive enough to win a show of this caliber. Because El Matador looked great and placed out of the Top 3, mass conspiracy theorists may be right.

While the Arnold Sports Festival's three-day weekend included a plethora of athletics '" including powerlifting, gymnastics, MMA, strongman, arm wrestling and archery '" there is always a curiosity as to whether the popularity of the chosen sport of the event's creator is waning or growing. Andrew Oye's verdict: When die-hard fans see the caliber of future pros like the Super-heavyweight and Overall winner of the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Contest Roelly Winklaar '" who smiled through every pose '" they can only hope there is stage for him and peers'�and an audience to applaud their efforts.



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