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Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding,
Fitness, Figure and Bikini

Amateur athletes the world over to compete in Columbus

Columbus, Ohio – The top 300 amateur competitors from around the world and USA will compete in the Arnold Amateur IFBB International Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Championships at Veterans Memorial Auditorium and the Greater Columbus Convention Center March 5-7 as a part of the Arnold Sports Festival.

 “Last year athletes from 40 different countries competed making this one of the biggest international events of its kind” said Bob Lorimer, owner of MetroFitness Gyms and the events co-producer.   “We are fortunate to collaborate with such wonderful partners like Rafael Santonja, President of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Jim Manion, President of the Nation Physique Committee who help us bring together so many talented competitors,” Lorimer added.

The Arnold Amateur Championships have become a spring-board to the professional ranks.  “One of our success stories from last year is Maria Del Carmen-Gomez,” says event co-producer Mike Davies of the Fitness Factory.  “She won her division in amateur bodybuilding and this year is competing as a professional in the Ms. International Contest.”

New this year is the Bikini division where competitors have a chance to win an Arnold Fitness Weekend jacket and a one year subscription to Posedown Magazine.  Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure overall winners will receive two tickets to attend the Arnold Classic and will have their photo taken with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

$25 General Admission for Fitness and Figure PREJUDGING and Bikini competition 7 pm Thursday, March 5 at Veterans Memorial.    $25 Reserved seating for Men’s and Women’s Bodybuilding PREJUDGING 9 am Friday, March 6 at Veterans Memorial.  FINALS for Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure on the EXPO stage at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Saturday 10 am-1 pm $10 Arnold EXPO ticket required.  Tickets are available at the door or through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or call 800-745-3000.  For more information visit, www.arnoldamateur.com and www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.


Arnold Sports Festival National Sponsors:  GNC, All American EFX, Amino Vital, Bodybuilding.com, Champion Nutrition, Gaspari Nutrition, German American Technologies, Gold’s Gym, Jan Tana, MHP, MuscleTech, NetJets, Optimum Nutrition, Star Trac, Supro, Twinlab, Universal Nutrition, and Vitamin Shoppe.

Arnold Fitness EXPO Sponsors: Bodybuilding.com, BodyWell, Bulk Nutrition, EP2, ISS, Labrada Nutrition, MET-Rx, MRI, MRM, NxLabs, Prolab, Proto Whey, SAN, and Triarco Industries.

Arnold Sports Festival Local Sponsors:  3 Point, American Dairy Association Mideast (3-A Day), City Scene Magazine, Columbus Dispatch (Alive), Huntington Banks, Metro Fitness, NetJets, Qfm96, Raisin Rack, Ricart.com, and Time Warner Cable.


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Matt Lorz

Suzanne Irwin

Brent LaLonde


Lorz Communications, Inc.

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