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QuoteVictor Martinez, the 2007 Arnold Classic winner, graces this month’s cover of the 21st annual Muscular Development, devoted totally to the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. This year, the whole MD team will descend upon Columbus, Ohio to bring you the best coverage we have ever given to a bodybuilding contest— as we do every year to honor the very best bodybuilding has to offer. Our subsequent issue featuring the coverage is just as anticipated as this preview issue. So, let’s get right down to brass tacks.
Four-time Arnold Classic champion Flex Wheeler runs down the preview of the guys in the show and how he thinks they will fare, pitted one against the other. Weak points, strong points, and his predictions on where they will place. Then we move on to feature the top five guys who we feel have the best shot at victory.
Victor Martinez is poised to make the comeback of the decade. The 2007 winner should have two Mr. Olympia titles under his belt by now, but as you know, fate saw it another way. This year, fighting back from the surgery to reconnect his patellar tendon, Victor seems unstoppable. It should be very exciting to see him comeback and retake his Arnold Classic crown.
‘The Predator’ Kai Greene is also hunting for an Arnold crown and he’s out for blood. Kai is also coming back after an abdominal hernia operation. Can this amazing monster catch the champ? Has he ironed out the mass he added to his frame? These questions are sure to be answered sooner rather than later. One thing for sure is that Kai will bring down the house with a posing routine I’m sure you will be talking about for the rest of the year.
Next is the contest prep of Mr. Blue-Collar Muscle, Branch Warren. ‘Mass With Cass,’ ‘The People’s Champ’— Branch embodies them all. He is a true champion and staunch devotee of everything hardcore. His appearance in Columbus is sure to shock and amaze us. Branch is also coming back after a debilitating triceps injury and all of our best wishes are traveling to Ohio with him.
The biggest dude in the show, Toney Freeman— also known to bring down the house with a stellar and outrageous posing routine— blasts his lower body and talks about his plans to do damage at the Arnold. Toney is the original ‘X-Man’ and out of all the competitors onstage, he casts the greatest shadow. Watch out for Toney Freemen!
‘El Matador’— Silvio Samuel— makes an appearance with his sword drawn, ready for the kill. He’s not the biggest boy in the pack, but his superior condition and big round muscle bellies have made many a giant run for cover. Everyone is waiting to see what he brings to Columbus after winning the Ironman this past weekend. Silvio was not at his best at the Ironman and will require to be a lot drier with more muscle separation if he is to make the Top 5.
Last but not least director/photographer George Butler discusses the film that put Arnold on the map, “Pumping Iron.” With a special appearance by ‘Incredible Hulk’ Lou Ferrigno, discover what went into the making of the film that started it all. Without “Pumping Iron,” none of us would be heading to Columbus this year!
That about does it for this 21st annual Arnold Classic special preview issue which appears on the newsstand February 3rd. The rest of the book is packed as always with the best cutting-edge research information, news and entertainment on building the body of your dreams by the very best our industry has to offer. See you in Columbus!
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