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Are you ready for the Arnold Classic Africa?

Bodybuilders from all over the world will represent their countries in the upcoming Arnold Classic Africa in Sandton, Johannesburg this month.

The championship is fixed for Friday, 18 May to Sunday, 20 May at the Sandton Convention Centre. Athletes, who have been registered with the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), will be pumped to take on the world’s best.

It will be the third time that the Arnold Classic will return to South Africa. While bodybuilding and power sports will again be at the heart of the event – given legendary bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lifetime passion for these sports – a multitude of other codes will also be given a platform. This means that athletes from across a wide range of different sporting codes – from arm wrestling and archery to gymnastics, fencing and rowing – will have the opportunity to compete in an internationally recognised setting.

The Arnold Sports Festival was originally found in Columbus, Ohio in 1989 and has over the years grown into the world’s largest multi-sport extravaganza. In 2016 and 2017 Arnold Classic Africa organisers Wayne and Michelle Price in conjunction with the Gauteng Provincial Government and the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) afforded local athletes the opportunity to compete in an international competition against opposition from other continents.

This year the largest showpiece of its kind in Africa will be jam-packed with contests, demonstrations, record attempts and amazing feats with 16 additional events that will be added to the bill compared to 2017 which brings the total to 60 events over the 3 days of the competition .

An Expo will also be held featuring the latest brands, products and services supporting the modern athlete.

Check out the weekend programme for the bodybuilding and physique events:

Group A – Friday, 18 May 2018 (9:00 am)

Junior Women’s Bikini-Fitness -One open category (16- 23 years)

Women’s Fitness One open category

Men’s Fitness One open category

Women’s Physique Up to 1.63 m

Over 1.63 m

Women’s Body Fitness Up to 1.58 m

Up to 1.63 m

Up to 1.68 m

Over 1.68 m

Women’s Bikini-Fitness Up to 1.60 m

Up to 1.63 m

Up to 1.66 m

Up to 1.69 m

Up to 1.72 m

Over 1.72 m

Muscular Men’s Physique One open category

Women’s Wellness Fitness Up to 1.63 m

Over 1.63 m

Group B – Saturday, 19 May 2018 (9:00 am)

Junior Men’s Bodybuilding – One open category (16- 23 years)

Junior Men’s Classic Bodybuilding – One open category (16- 23 years)

Junior Men’s Physique – One open category (16- 23 years)

Masters Women’s Bikini-Fitness – One open category (over 35 years)

Masters Men’s Physique 40 – 49 years – One open category

Masters Men’s Physique 50 years and over – One open category

Men’s Physique Up to 1.70 m

Up to 1.74 m

Up to 1.78 m

Over 1.78 m

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding Up to 1.71 m

Up to 1.75 m

Up to 1.80 m

Over 1.80 m

Masters Men’s Bodybuilding (age 40-49) Up to 80 kg

Over 80 kg

Masters Men’s Bodybuilding (age 50 and over) One open category

Group C – Sunday 20 May 2018 (9:00 am)

Men’s Bodybuilding Bantamweight 65 kg

Lightweight 70 kg

Welterweight 75 kg

Light Middleweight 80 kg

Middleweight 85 kg

Light Heavyweight 90 kg

Middle Heavyweight 95 kg

Heavyweight 100 kg

Super Heavyweight over 100 kg

IFBB Elite Pro Cards will be awarded to the following:

Top 3 in the Men’s Physique category

Top 3 in the Men’s Bodybuilding category

Top 3 in the Women’s Body Fitness category

Top 3 in the Women’s Bikini-Fitness category

First IFBB Elite Pro show in Africa

Apart from amateur bodybuilding lineups packed with outstanding athletes, the Arnold Classic Africa will also for the first time on the local professional circuit play host to an IFBB Elite Pro show. The IFBB Elite Pro divisions will comprise of the following:

  • Elite Pro Men’s Athletic Physique
  • Elite Pro Men’s Classic Bodybuilding
  • Elite Pro Men’s Bodybuilding up to 90kg
  • Elite Pro Men’s Bodybuilding over 90kg
  • Elite Pro Women’s Fitness
  • Elite Pro Women’s Physique
  • Elite Pro Women’s Body Fitness
  • Elite Pro Women’s Bikini Fitness
  • Elite Pro Women’s Wellness Fitness

Who will be the powerhouse to lift the Pro bodybuilding crown? Find out by supporting the Arnold Classic Africa from 18 to 20 May! Ticket options from day to weekend passes, covering some or all of the contests are available. Visit www.arnoldclassicafrica.com for more information and a link from which to purchase tickets.

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